Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Initial Nametags

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  I am so excited that my park backpack post is being featured today over at Mudpie Mamas.  Head on over to check it out, plus get tons of other ideas for fun things to do with your toddlers!

I love to organize (duh!), however I do not consider myself a very crafty person.  It is only recently that I have been working on making my organizational projects not only functional but also visually appealing.  I get so much inspiration reading blogs and seeing how other people pretty-up their spaces.  I needed some nametags for part of our garage project so I channeled my inner Beastie Boy and decided to craft my own.  (Get it?)

To start things off, I headed to my own personal mecca, Ben Franklin Crafts, where I found everything I needed: Mod Podge, paint, sponge brushes, small wooden circles and scrapbook paper.  I used their die-cut machine to cut the paper into letters representing each member of my family.   

Back at home, I pulled out my trusty Dewalt drill and made a small hole at the top of each circle so that I could thread ribbon through the tag to hang it up. 

The drill caused the back of the circle to splinter.  I even tried taping the front and back of the circle with masking tape and it still splintered.  This wasn't a big deal to me since I knew only the front of the tags would be seen so I just kept going. 

After all the holes were drilled, I painted each circle with two coats of red paint and then left them to dry. 

Once the paint was dry, I used Mod Podge to adhere the letters to the tags.  This was my first time using Mod Podge and I wasn't entirely sure what to expect.   It goes on white but quickly dries to clear. 

This project took me less than 15 minutes of hands-on time.  15 minutes! 

I am so excited with the finished product!  Want to know how I am using these nametags in the garage?  You'll just have to wait to find out!

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