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75¢ Shelf Sitter Tutorial

75¢ Shelf Sitter Tutorial

75¢ Shelf Sitter Tutorial

by: Dezartisan

This is a super easy DIY project to make for under 75¢ and is great for craft shows and Christmas gifts! Most of the supplies I have already in my stock but the 8′ pine board cost $5.98 at Lowes and the napkins was $1 for a pack of 18, and I can get 2 blocks out of one napkin.

SUPPLIES:

  • Matte Modge Pudge
  • Foam brush
  • Stickles or glitter glue
  • White paint
  • Stain of choice
  • Cocktail Napkin of your choice (this one came from Dollar Tree in 2018)
  • 2″ X 6″ x 8′ Pine Board
  • Fine grit sandpaper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut down your pine board into 16 blocks approximately 5 7/8″ by 5 7/8″. (Double check your measurements)
  2. Sand the blocks and stain using color of choice. I used a waterbase stain called “Chocolate”
  3. Once dry, paint 1 side of the block with white paint. Doesn’t matter, acrylic, latex, chalk. Just make sure it is white. This is to ensure that the color of your napkin print “pops”. Be sure to let dry well.
  4. Unfold your napkin so that you get it down to the very thinest of layers. It should resemble tissue paper.
  5. Trim your napkin so that it overhangs your block on all side by at least 1/2″.
  6. Take a very very very thin layer of modge podge and paint your block on the white side. Very thin. Do not be heavy handed. Do not apply to any other part of the block.
  7. Quickly place and center your napkin on the block. Smoothing out the wrinkles. Be gentle. It can tear easy. As you can see, I have a few wrinkles, but I like that look.
  8. Let dry.
  9. Take your fine grit sandpaper and sand off the excess napkin. I like to give the corners an extra little sanding for appearance.
  10. Apply a second very very very thin layer of modge podge to the top of the image. Let dry for 24 hours.
  11. Embellish with stickles, bows, bells or whatever your heart desires.

The board and napkins cost me a total of $6.98 divided by 16 is 43¢ each, then I figure in extra for the paint, stain, sandpaper, etc and each block would cost less than 75¢ to make.

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Galvanized Steel Tutorial

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Have you ever stepped into Hobby Lobby or Michaels and seen there galvanized steel signs? They are all the trend, but they are SO very easy to create yourself with tools that I'm sure you already own! So let's get started!

Tools & Supplies Needed

Galv Steel Roll

Galvanized Steel (not aluminum) – I found a roll of it at Home Depot.

I like the 20” wide, but it does come in various widths. Be sure to get gauge 28 or higher as it is thinner and easier to cut to size. I have an industrial guillotine cutter that makes it easy. If you don’t have access to a cutter, you might want to purchase pieces that are cut to the size you need.

Frame – your choice of size. I like these from Hobby Lobby that are very inexpensive.

The 11 x 14 is $5.99 and Hobby Lobby put them on 1⁄2 price often.

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Heavy gloves, Flat Head Screwdriver and another piece of cardboard or chipboard the size of the interior of the frame.

The metal is extremely sharp. Definitely wear some heavy gloves when handling the metal.

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STEP #1

With a flat head screwdriver, bend the tabs up to release the backing.

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STEP #2

Remove the Cardboard backing and set it aside. You will need it after you insert the metal. Carefully remove the glass. You will not use it for this project, but I always keep mine for upcoming projects.

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STEP #3

Decide which way you are going to insert the metal into your frame. Mine still has a curve to it so I put the “bowed” side to the back of the frame. BE SURE TO WEAR YOUR GLOVES!

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STEP #4

Gently push the metal into the frame, easing in the curve (if you have one). Layer the piece of cardboard that came with the frame and then the piece you cut. With the flat head screwdriver, bend the tabs back down to hold all of the pieces in.

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STEP #5

*OPTIONAL*
I apply a very small amount of soft wax to the WOOD portion of the frame to give it a nice look. If you use a more expensive frame, this may not be needed. I use Annie Sloan Soft Wax – Clear - because it is what I have in my stash.

That's it! It's super easy and creates a fabulous look! You can paint the signs or just add vinyl!

Download PDF Tutorial