Thursday, February 10, 2011

Contact Paper Valentine Crafts

now let me introduce one of my best bloggy friends, lauranie!  she's gotta be the most supportive and loveliest person i've met since i started this blog.  it makes my day when i get a comment from her!  a big thank you to her for making time to guest post!

Hi there! My name is Lauranie and I am sooo excited to be posting on Tammie's creative space! She is AWESOME, so when she asked if I would do this guest post, immediately I said YES!! Ok well, not immediately. You see, even though I have my own blog, I have yet to post a tutorial! They scare me silly!! But, for Tammie I am willing to give it a try. :) Before we get started, let me tell you a little about myself. I am a SAHM to three fabulous children. I am so fortunate to be able to be home with them while they are young, so I try to be a good Momma by sewing and creating things for them, baking cookies and other yummies, and love on them as often as possible. We live in Lafayette, Louisiana where my husband works in the oilfield as a Hydraulic Engineer, which is what he LOVES to do...but unfortunately it has us about 2 hours from my folks and siblings. I try to make up for it by making all kinds of things for them and send my babies to them as often as I can! We also have two BIG boys, which until recently both lived with us. Thankfully, one moved out this past week....YIPPEE!! One down, one to go! Not to be UNmotherly, but 23?? Time to GO!! HA!

Ok, so next up is FIVE Things I LOVE!!

1. My family, of course

2. Making people happy with the things I make, which leads to...

3. Sewing


5. Disney World...we are going soon, so it is on my mind! :)

So now for my first tutorial...Fun with Contact Paper!

I really wanted to make some place mats to decorate our table for Valentine's day, but with three little ones, I was worried that they would be used once before something was spilled on it and made UNuseable! You see, I have fabric place mats...I definitely prefer vinyl ones! I've had some Contact Paper around my house for a while and decided it would be perfect!

First you want to gather your supplies:

As you can see, I raided my recycle bin! Cereal boxes work great! They are the right size for place mats, and they give your place mat just the right "weight" needed. Also, any container can be made into cute little vases, pencil holders, or buckets that can be used to carry Valentines to school or given as Teacher's gifts. Contact paper has "low tack", which means it can be pulled off easily for re-positioning and won't do too much damage to your work. So you can use scrapbook papers, ribbon, trims, paint, let your creativity guide you!

So now you want to prepare your boxes. Open them fully. Usually there is a lip on the inside of the box, open it there.

After getting it open, cut off all of the small edges. You can save them for other uses. We are going to use ours to make Valentines for my daughters' classes.

Once all of the edges are off, it should look like this.

You will want the outside of the box to be the bottom of the place mat, sometimes it will show through the Contact Paper. Unfortunately, the cereal boxes I chose had printing on the inside, but thankfully didn't show through.

Next, you will want to measure your box and decide how much Contact paper to use. I just pulled the roll, placed my box on it, then folded it over. But as you can see, the backing on the Contact paper roll has a grid on it. This makes it easy to cut a straight line! :)

Then just remove the backing and stick it on your mat.

After, you will need to smooth out the air bubbles. I used a handy little dough cutter, but you could use your fingers or anything with a smooth straight edge.

You will need to cut off any excess Contact paper. I used my Pinking Shears for a little decorative edge, but scissors or Exacto knife works too.

Once you get your Contact Paper base on your mat, the fun begins! Now is when you can cut shapes, designs, or letters from other Contact papers or scrapbook paper. I got my Contact Paper from Walmart. There were only a few patterns to choose from but you can order online if you want more of a selection. Just Google Contact Paper and you will find TONS of options! There is even Chalk Board Contact Paper....oh, what we could do with THAT!! :) And did I mention I am a big cheater? Yep, I am lucky enough to have one of these...

Thanks Mom and Dad!! I am a terrible AWFUL cutter, so this helps alot! You can always print out stencils or patterns and trace them onto the back of the Contact Paper, just make sure you do it "backward" if you are doing letters.

Once you have it decorated the way you want, you will want to protect it. Using clear Contact Paper, or some other type of laminate will keep it safe.

I used the same technique as putting on the base layer of Contact Paper. Pulling out paper, placing mat on it and folding it over, then smoothing out the bubbles. You could only do the top of your place mat, but my kids are REALLY messy, so I didn't want to take any chances. I covered the front and back! :)

Cut off the excess, and enjoy your new place mats!

As you can see, I used EVERYTHING!! Paint, paper, ribbon, and a Sharpie! It all works! I used a regular glue stick to bond the paper and ribbons to the base Contact Paper. The paint hand prints only took about half an hour to dry, but I left it all overnight to be safe. I had to re-position the clear Contact Paper on one, and the Sharpie left marks, but I was able to wipe it off ok. One thing I noticed about the white Contact Paper is that because of its matte finish, you can wipe it, but some things will leave a stain. That is why I suggest covering it with the clear Contact Paper.

Once you've finished your place mats, you will find all kinds of things to make using it!!

This is a quick banner I did. I sewed the ribbon along the top for hanging. I've also used the cereal box/ Contact paper method to make Autograph books for the children when we go to Disney World!! See...ALL kinds of uses!

Thank you so much for bearing with me during my first tutorial! I hope I have given you some good ideas!! And THANK YOU Tammie for being BRAVE enough to let me "take over" your creative space! I had fun! :)

1 comment:

Allie said...

You are SUCH a creative whiz, girl! These are darling!


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