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 πŸ˜‰
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…


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  1. Kelee on January 11, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Nice project!

    Love the words and inspired idea!

    love, kelee

  2. kuestermom on January 10, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    i love the sign! but i have a totally non-related question. what is the name of the granite you have? we are looking for granite and love the color. thanks!

  3. Redneck Junkers on January 9, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    We luv it! Thanks for sharing the "How2"
    the Redneck Junkers

  4. H-Mama on January 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    super cute idea! i heart my cricket. πŸ˜‰

  5. Liz on January 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    I set out to get some redecorating tips and I have discovered just such a wealth of info and GREAT ideas here online! (Kind of how I feel about book blogs, too, as reading is and will always be my first love.) I'm having such fun. Between this and magazines and my new favorite decorating book, "At Home with Laurie Ann," by Laurie Ann McMillin Ray I'm in seventh heaven. She has all kinds of practical advice, and shows you how a few small changes can transform your space from mediocre to wow. Boy, take her advice, and look at some of the things like here, and I'm just itching to get going. I can do this without spending a fortune.

  6. Barbara Jean on January 8, 2010 at 5:11 am

    This is terrific!!

    Were you able to save the letters to use on something else??

    I just ordered a cricut expressions!
    Cannot wait till it gets here.

    blessings and thanks for all your great posts.

    barbara jean

  7. Taija on January 8, 2010 at 1:23 am

    So clever! Adorable too!

  8. Reese on January 8, 2010 at 1:20 am

    This looks awesome πŸ™‚ Now I'm going to go tell my hubby I want a Cricut.

  9. Kati @ Obscured Flair- on January 8, 2010 at 12:58 am

    that turned out great! the spacing between the letters and words are PERFECT!! Thank you for sharing!

  10. jackie on January 7, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    looks great! Now if I just owned a circuit

  11. sahmqueen on January 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Oh, I want a cricut so badly. Love the project. I love your blog, and visit all the time. I have just started blogging again with a creative edge this time. Hope to see you sometime. My sister over at ABODE turned me onto to you gals. Like you guys, we love to craft with each other and share thrifty deals. FUN FUN!!

  12. Michelle on January 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Another great project…looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Dusty Bay on January 7, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    That's so cute, Whitney. Lucky you though having a circuit machine!

  14. Shana on January 7, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Wow! Great idea!

  15. Tracy Suzanne on January 7, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Hi Whitney. This is something I would have never thought of. I'm really wanting a cricut. When oh when will I ever win one. (It's my only hope) LOL.

    Hugs…Tracy πŸ™‚

  16. Tara on January 7, 2010 at 6:08 am

    This is super cute. What a great idea to use the contact paper. LOVE IT! Gonna have to try it.

  17. steffany on January 7, 2010 at 5:40 am

    I was just wondering the other day what I could do with contact paper, I have a Silhouette not a Cricut; but I use it all the time for vinyl, I was hoping to find a new way to use it. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Bobbie on January 7, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Wow! Such a great idea…a new twist on something that is getting kinda old=Something New and fun again!

  19. Infarrantly Creative on January 7, 2010 at 4:01 am

    You are making me want a Cricut that is for sure. Very cute project…the possibilities really are endless.

  20. Mountain mom on January 7, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Love your project. I have used this when etching on glass because it is less expensive.

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