When I saw the post from Heidi at The Frugal Girls I immediately fell in love with what Michell at Girl in Air did with an inexpensive engineering print.
After uploading my photo to Staples, I proceeded to order my engineering print. It took some time to get it right since my photo was landscape and the engineering blueprint seemingly only prints in portrait. But no worries, after saving the photo as portrait and reloading........ Eureka!! The print was ready that same day and came out beautifully.
After purchasing the following supplies from Walmart
* Elmer's Spray adhesive
* Mod Podge Matte Clear Acrylic Seale
* Black Craft Paint
* Sponge Brush
I rushed over to Home Depot to get the 4 x 8 insulation board.
I was all geared up and excited to start my project, until I realized that the large insulation board would not fit inside on my car. Being the impatient person that I am and not wanting to wait for help from someone with a truck or vehicle larger than mine, I came up with a brilliant plan to strap the board to the top of my car and secure with twine.
Eureka again!! Or so I thought. LOL! As it turns out, it is very difficult to transport lightweight foam board on the top of your car without the board breaking. When I left the Home Depot parking lot the air got trapped under the board and bent it backwards. No matter how hard we tried, my daughter and I were unable to prevent it from breaking and had to return to the parking lot. We decided to cut the remaining piece in half using the twine so that they would fit in the car and made our way home hoping and praying that all was not lost.
Fortunately, all was not lost and the larger piece fit my print perfectly.
With the foam board on the floor of the garage, I laid the print on top of it making sure that it was exactly where I wanted it. I rolled up one end, applied the spray adhesive from the middle, smoothing as I went along toward the end of the board. Then continued again from the middle towards the other end.
After smoothing the edges with a sanding block I proceeded to paint them with black craft paint before spraying the finished product with the Mod Podge Clear Sealer. The edges were still a bit rough and didn't come out quite as I had expected. Others who had done this project before mentioned the disappointment of having the print peel away from the foam board over time. As I did not want this to happen and because I also wasn't pleased with the edges, I decided to frame the print with ribbon.
I found this black happy birthday ribbon on clearance from Michael's (the back was plain)
and wrapped the edges with the ribbon, securing them with binder clips.
I just needed to secure it to the the foam board. My first thought was to glue it but I opted to sew it instead. The ribbon around the board came out perfectly!
With the remainder of the ribbon I measured and attached two pieces to the top of the board, tied a bow and hung it on a picture hanger on the wall.
To complete the look, I applied the vinyl wall quote " Always Kiss Me Goodnight" underneath my beautiful canvas.
My husband was both surprised and impressed. His first question, "Can I kiss you good morning too?"
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The Frugal Girls
My Repurposed Life