T-shirt corkboard

I had this office drab cork board by my desk in the library that fortunately has a good frame on it, actual wood instead of that cardboard-y stuff that I broke off for this cork board makeover.

I also had an old gray t-shirt of husband’s in my stash that had gotten some holes in it.  A match made in heaven, I thought.

So here’s what you’ll need for this project (and yes, most of it’s not pictured in my supply picture… it’s late, I have a five month old, sue me):

  • a cork board
  • an old t-shirt or two depending on the size of the t-shirt and the size of the cork board of course
  • glue gun
  • glue sticks (mine took about 1 1/2 of the long ones)
  • jute twine
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • hammer
  • nail
  • cup hooks (4)
  • Scissors

If desired, sew the pieces of the t-shirt together before gluing to cover the board. I didn’t because I didn’t think of it till after I’d started gluing one side of the shirt.  But it’s not that big a deal.

I used these little angled wood things to push the t-shirt fabric into the glue and under the edge of the frame.  I confess that though they come with some of the art canvasses I buy, I don’t know what they’re for, but they came in handy for this because I could get the angle nice and tight in the corner.  You could also use a popsicle stick or the edge of a ruler.

Glue around all sides and trim fabric leaving just a little hanging off to roll up (knit fabric like this rolls by itself if you leave a raw edge).

And paint! To get this shabby chic look, use layers. I had leftover Ivory Black and Dioxane Purple mixed and wet from painting the final edge of my last painting, so I watered it down and glazed the whole frame with it.

Then I took a piece of sponge and dabbed white acrylic craft paint over the whole thing and wiped it partly off with another sponge as I went. The idea of course being to see the other layer of paint through the white so it looks like it’s been painted and repainted over the last 50 years or something 😛

I also randomly smeared paint on the canvas as I went, then used an angled brush to decorate with the last of the white paint.

I like paint on my fingers :-)

I then took a nail and drove it part way in and removed it four times to create small holes in the frame for the cup hooks. Remember to only hammer in part way so you don’t nail into your wood floors on the other side like I did (just kidding, honey!)

Then screw in the cup hooks. I use a pair of pliers to get them all the way in, and bonus, it takes a little of the finish off of them, so they look a little shabby now too 😉

Upcycled Candle Holders/Coffee Sack Project #4

What to do with a rainy day, especially when little man is still hanging out, apparently quite comfy in the belly…

A while ago I’d stuffed some taper stubs into some empty wine bottles and decorated my empty side table with them.  I liked the look, but this week decided it could be a bit more… coordinated, or something. Plus this gave me an excuse to play with coffee sack scraps and jute twine (if you’ve just popped in, jute twine is my duck tape, I do all sorts of things with it like make laundry room utensils look cool hanging from command hooks and hang canvases with it and so forth).

Not to much “how to” here… ingredients were burlap scraps, muslin scraps, empty wine bottles, jute twine and ribbon. Oh, and the candles of course.  I hot-glued the twine and burlap into place, burning myself only once. Note: when hot-gluing fabric and twine, don’t use your fingers to press it into the glue, the glue comes right through and burns you 😛 Learn from my mistakes, dear reader, do what I say, not what I do!

I whittled the end of the candles with a sharp knife to make them fit securely in the tops of the wine bottles.

And the decoration around the burlap is just muslin scraps that I shredded the edges of with my fingers before layering with ribbon and tying in place.

Perfect project to fight the strange dark that came over us about 5 pm with the storm!

In other news Mama Raby, a faithful reader, totally made my day today when UPS delivered me these cute wet bags off my Amazon registry.  Thanks, Mama Raby! You rock 😉