Guest Post- Christina from Christina’s Adventures

Hi everyone! Today, I have the fabulous Christina from Christina’s Adventures guest posting today. I “met” Christina a few months back and we have become fast friends.
She is sharing a fabulous project today so I will let you take it from here.

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be guest posting here today – it’s my first time! I wanted to share how I made these for a gift for my mother in law:
They weren’t always that cute. They actually started as these:

The canvas on the left was $4, and the frame was $5, both from a local thrift store. I was SO excited I found these 2 that were almost exactly the SAME SIZE! It was perfect for what I wanted!
First, I got to work by sanding and and then staining the frame. My mother in law has lots of dark wood in her house, plus lots of red, so I wanted to fit her decor with this project. I used leftover dark walnut stain from my kitchen table project:
I put on a coat of polyurethane (also leftovers) afterwards to protect the finish. Then, I got started on the bulletin board. First, I pieced together pieces of cork roll on the top of the canvas:
Then, I got to work on filling the inside of the canvas. I used some leftover cork squares (cut to size) to fill it, followed by some more cork roll, and then just put 2 layers of a cardboard box in to fill up the rest of the space, with Gorilla Glue between layers.

I didn’t take pictures of the next part, but I ironed some fabric from Jo*Ann’s, and stapled it (with my staple gun from my bench re-model) onto the back of the canvas frame. Then, I hot-glued some ribbon along the borders.
Moving back to the framed piece, I also ironed some coordinating fabric from Jo*Anns, and hot-glued ribbon, and mod-podged some scrapbook letters at the top of the inset.
Let it dry, and here it is now:
I really am excited to give it to her – the one she has now is functional, but not pretty. It was also recently written on by someone with permanent marker…so I think this will be well-recieved! 🙂
Cost Breakdown:Canvas & Frame: $9.00Stain & Poly: Free (leftovers)Fabric: $4.99/yd., but I only got 1/2 of each, and then got 15% off: $4.24Ribbon: $2.99 + 15% off: $2.54Total Cost: $15.78If you liked this project (and the price!), then PLEASE stop by my blog, Christina’s Adventures. I love up-cycling other people’s “junk”, and getting resourceful with how to make them beautiful on a very tight budget. I would LOVE it if you would stop by and visit me!Thanks, Allison, for letting me stop by today! 🙂

Thanks so much Christina! Those are so great!
Please go visit Christina’s blog and give her some love! You’ll find great stuff there!

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  • Christina
    December 29, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks so much for the kind words! You're very sweet 🙂

  • Ming
    December 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Christina,
    Congrats on your inaugural Guest Post. Your project was quite imaginative when it comes to recycling. Who would have thought.

    Allison, I will have to puruse your blog page if your other guest posters have such creative ideas.

    Happy New Year with your Happy New Use!

  • Suzy @ Joy Is At Home
    December 29, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    This looks great! I bet she loved it!! Awesome job 🙂