So in the past few days, we’ve spent a lot of time cleaning house. And by cleaning house, I mean Jon’s been categorizing all of my old posts from the move. After looking it over I came to one major conclusion.
I’ve gone beyond frugality. I’m a downright cheapskate.
Fortunately, that pays off. Especially when it comes to home decor.
You remember this picture. From my dresser redo. Well the wall above it is boring. Dreadfully so. We kept saying “Oh, we’ll do (insert random idea here) with that wall.”
We, of course, never did. I moved on to other projects. Until it hit me. We have maaaaaaybe 5 pictures of us hung up around the house. So obviously we needed more. Luckily, a fabulous photographer friend (say that 10 times fast) recently snapped some amazing family photos that are beyond frame worthy.
Not so luckily, frames cost about $10 million dollars. At least, the ones I like do.
However, after some browsing online, I figured out a way to display pics sans frames.
Yep. I’m joining the faux canvas club. And you can too! All you need is a few photo prints, insulation foam, craft paint and Mod Podge.
Let’s get started!
First things first. You’ve gotta cut your foam down. I bought a sheet of it from the home improvement store that’s overwhelmed with orange. And then tried to cut it down with a box cutter.
Uh, yeah. Save yourself the agony of shredding foam and use something else. We used the wonderful oscillating multi tool Jon has and it cut right through. I’ve even heard of people using circular saws and table saws. I don’t know how that works though… so use them at your own risk! 😉
Next, you’re going to want to paint the edges. Or don’t. I, for one, didn’t really like the hideous/weird color of the foam. So I painted the edges grey. You can use whatever color you want. Go nuts!
Someone should use neon yellow and tell me how it looks. I so want something random to be neon right now.
I decided to cut in a bit just in case the cuts weren’t perfect. That way none of that pink peeked through.
Slap some Mod Podge on there. You don’t need as much as I have there. I laid it on pretty thick to take this picture. Once you have a coat of Mod Podge on, lay your picture on as straight as possible. Should be pretty easy.
Aaaaand done! All you have to do is let them dry and hang ’em up. You can put another coat of Mod Podge on the top to seal them but I didn’t do that. Mostly because I’m impatient.
We ended up hanging these with poster strips! They’re that light. This is immensely pleasing for me because I hate hate hate putting holes the wall.
So there you have it! And what does it break down to price wise?
4 8×10 Pictures – $12
4 5×7 Pictures- $2
Foam Insulation- $7
Craft Paint- $.50
Mod Podge- $4
Total- $25.50 for 8 pictures!
And that’s assuming you have to buy everything. Most of you have paint and mod podge sitting around anyway.
Not too bad!
And with that, I bid you a Happy Friday!