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. Vikki on September 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Hi. Where do you buy your wood grain contact paper from? [email protected]

    • Shanty2Chic on September 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      Wal-Mart or Target:))

      Sent from my iPad

  2. Amanda on December 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Great job! I featured this today on my blog – Today's Top 20! Feel free to stop by and grab a button!


  3. The DIY Show Off on January 15, 2010 at 12:34 am

    So cute! Just one more reason I want a cricut! I've used the same technique (on a smaller scale) just using stickers but I'd go crazy with a cricut! Thanks for sharing your project in the DIY Show & Tell! I love seeing your creative ideas (as you know!).


  4. Aimee Cotton Bogush on January 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Ooooo, niiiiiice! Like it!

  5. Pamie G. on January 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Incredible!! My son gave me the Cricut for Christmas and I now know what My first project will be! Do you mind my posting your instructions on my blog?

  6. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More on January 13, 2010 at 4:28 am

    I love this. I think I can use this technique to personalize baby artwork – do ya think?
    I can use the Cricut to do letters, place them on canvas, then paint the art over it. Just like you did, only with baby stuff.
    Can you tell I'm thinking 'out loud' here? Thanks for the tips!

  7. Delightful Dwelling on January 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    How cute. I have the Storybook cartridge too, it's one of my favorites.

  8. Bonnie on January 12, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Really cool, thanks for linking up!

  9. Kim @ Starshine Chic on January 12, 2010 at 1:21 am

    I love it!!! I may have to give this a try. My sis is letting me borrow her Cricut & I just picked up some clear contact paper at the thrift store for a buck. What do I have to lose?

  10. Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage on January 11, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Pretty and cheap — my two fave words! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Nellie's Cozy place on January 11, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Really loved your plaque, it came out very well, and looks great on that easel on your fireplace. I just bought an easel similiar to it today, and love it. Am trying out different things on it!
    that is so nice you have a cricut,
    they looks pretty neat but I have never actually seen how they are used. What a great idea you have
    there…….. the possiblilities are endless. Good Job!!
    Blessings, Nellie

  12. Cat on January 11, 2010 at 3:42 am

    That turned out so cute!!! I'm so jealous you have a cricut.

  13. Michelle on January 11, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Ooooooooh the possibilities! I can have some fun with this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Vivian on January 11, 2010 at 2:38 am

    That is so me. Thanks for sharing. I don't know anything about the Cricut but I guess I need to research it.

  15. Paula Grace Designs on January 11, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Wow, that is a really cool project! Very personalizable too. Love it. Thanks!

  16. Stella on January 11, 2010 at 1:15 am

    What a great idea. Can see so many ways to use this for gifts and holidays. Thanks for sharing.

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

    Nice project!

    Love the words and inspired idea!

    love, kelee

  18. 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!

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

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

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

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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

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

    So clever! Adorable too!

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

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

    looks great! Now if I just owned a circuit

  27. 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!!

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

    Another great project…looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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

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

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

    Wow! Great idea!

  31. 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™‚

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

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

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

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

    Love this! How fun!

  39. 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!

  40. 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!

  41. 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.

  42. 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!

  43. 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.

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

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

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

    Cute project.

  46. 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?

  47. [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.

  48. 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 πŸ™‚

  49. 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

  50. 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!

  51. [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!

  52. [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!

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

    way cool! I really like it. I don't have a cricut! πŸ™ It sure would be nice.

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

    Whats mdf board? That is way cute.

  55. 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! πŸ™‚

  56. 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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