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Contact Paper Art

Hello guys!!  I made a fun piece of art I wanted to share today.  It’s simple, sooo cheap, and fun to do.
Here is how I made it…
You will need a 16×16 MDF board from Home Depot.  Lowe’s only sells this in the huge 4×8 sheets so I went to Home Depot and bought the 2×4 piece and used my saw to cut it in half.  If you don’t have a saw, just ask one of the nice men at Home Depot to cut it for you:)  An $8 2×4 piece of MDF will make 3 16″x16″ pieces… so cheap!

Now you will need some Contact Paper.  I bought my huge roll at Target.  You need the peel and stick kind.
Now, I used my Cricut personal cutter to make my letters.  This really is such a great and fun investment for all you gals! (Valentine’s Day is just around the corner 😉
I used Storybook font for this project.  Just cut a piece of the Contact Paper and place it on your cutting mat.
Type in your letters and relax while it does all the work for you… My kind of tool:)  This is my first word I cut.
After I cut all my letters I wiped the MDF down with a damp paper towel to get rid of most of the dust.  I then peeled my letters from their backing and attached them to the board.  I measured off center and then used the piece of Contact Paper I had cut from to help me line my letters up correctly.  When I was finished it looked like this.
Now I gave the whole thing a coat of my favorite blue paint.  You want to use latex or acrylic, not spray paint for this part because the spray paint will run under the paper.  Here is mine drying.
Now the fun part.  I just used a pair of tweezers to pull up each letter after the paint dried.
Now I was left with my board and the unfinished letters that looked like this.
Then, I distressed the edges and corners with my sander and added a bit of dark wood stain just to the edges and corners to darken them up a bit.
And finally… Ralph Lauren Smoke Glaze over the entire piece.  Just paint it on and wipe it off.
I decided it would look super cute on a great plate holder I found at Hobby Lobby for like $5.  It would also be great hanging from the wall or just propped up against something.  What do you think?
Tomorrow is the BIG Day!! We are so excited to see what you guys… I mean girls bring to the party:)  We will put the post up at 9:00pm central time.  Remember… we want to see anything you have created, crafted, or thrown together without the help of your hubby.  You must link back to the party with our button.  You can get it on our side bar.  Thanks so much!!!
We will be linking up here…

~Whitney

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57 Comments

  1. design_aholic on January 7, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Ok, another one added to my list. Can I be your sister?! 🙂

  2. Steph @ somewhatsimple on January 7, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Love this! How fun!

  3. sweetjeanette on January 7, 2010 at 2:27 am

    oh I love that!!!! I've toyed with the idea of owning a Cricut… now I guess I'd better research some more!

    sweetjeanette.blogspot.com

  4. Mandi @ Finding Home on January 7, 2010 at 2:09 am

    High five girls! Love it! I have a Cricut Expression and have used it and contact paper for a few projects around my house. I'm really loving the cute factor of this. Definatly want to give it a try!

  5. Jeanette on January 7, 2010 at 1:41 am

    cute cute cute! I love visiting your blog and seeing what creation is in store for me next. Thank you.

  6. kelliegene on January 7, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Love this! I have a Silhouette cutter and have never tried contact paper on it but will certainly give it a try now. Neat idea!

  7. Jaclyn on January 6, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Ooooo…I love it! (and not just because it's my blog's name! haha!)
    I wish I had a cricut. It's on my birthday wish list.

  8. miss Yelpington on January 6, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    so simple thanks, i want a cricut so badly now.:) xxx

  9. duchess on January 6, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Cute project.

  10. Treasia Stepp on January 6, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    It is really cute and looks so easy to make. I noticed on one of the pictures that there was some type of scroll design between the words. Did you forget to pull them up?

  11. [email protected] on January 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Ooh what a great idea! Contact Paper is the best! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking.

  12. Wendy on January 6, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Whitney…that is so great! I love how it looks! I must put a cricut on my wish list! Do you have any tips when buying or is it one standard model?
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Wendy

  13. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) on January 6, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    It looks just fabulous. I love it. It especially looks wonderful on the plate stand. Great job. Hugs, Marty

  14. Powers Fam on January 6, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    I just put a brand new roll of contact paper in my free cycle pile! Now I need to go dig it out. Never thought about using it with my Cricut which I did get as a V-Day gift a few years back. Thanks for the tips and ideas!

  15. [email protected] on January 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    how did I live before the Cricut?? It's my favorite tool!
    I'm sooooo jealous that you have the Storybook cartridge. I want one so badly!

  16. [email protected] on January 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    how did I live before the Cricut?? It's my favorite tool!
    I'm sooooo jealous that you have the Storybook cartridge. I want one so badly!

  17. [email protected] on January 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    way cool! I really like it. I don't have a cricut! 🙁 It sure would be nice.
    gail

  18. firewife on January 6, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Whats mdf board? That is way cute.

  19. Morgan and Lindsay on January 6, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    On one of the steps before you painted, it looked like there were decals between each word. Did you decide against them because I don't see them on the finished product.

    Over all great idea and very cute! 🙂

  20. bec4 on January 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Very cute–check out what I did with cricut numbers and spray paint. I am finding more and more home decor uses for my cricut.

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