Recycled Craft: Jewelry hanger/bulletin board! (Guest Post)
We have a lot of corrugated plastic signs lying around the store right now. Luckily, we have been able to use them in a number of ways already—from table protectors for painting our chalkboard magnets last week, to material for displays for outreach events. Thanks to the creative people of the internet, we’re able to bring you our spin on another great idea: Corrugated plastic bulletin boards!
- Corrugated plastic sign (If you’re not in Austin (and therefore unable to attend our corrugated plastic sign craft workshop May 2*), Aunt Peaches points out that you can usually find these just after an election)
- Paper for mosaic–I used a damaged picture book, for example
- Mod Podge
- Hooks (optional–we received them by donation a while ago and have been waiting for the right project!)
First, consider how you want your final product to look. Do you want it to hold photos? Jewelry? Things you find in old books? The corrugated plastic makes a great base for a bulletin board. It easily holds pictures with straight pins, or with thick rubber bands or elastic ribbon pulled around the board you could wedge reminders and appointment dates. Use whatever kinds of materials you have available to make it your own!
Here, I tore pictures from a damaged kids’ book with illustrations by Ezra Jack Keats. After laying out some of the pages I liked to make sure they covered the piece of plastic, I glued them down with liquid glue. I was a little messy, and my pages got wrinkled because of it. Use a brush to evenly apply your glue and while it is still wet, smooth out the pages with your library card. (Just be sure to clean it afterward!)
After the glue dried, I added a layer of Mod Podge to seal up the mosaic.
*Like I said, we have a lot of plastic signs to upcycle, so we’re inviting you to come make a bulletin board with us as part of our First Thursday Craft Workshop in May.
First Thursday Craft Workshop
May 2: upcycled bulletin boards
6:00-8:00pm at the store