Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Lessons in Mod Podge

So I have had this idea in my head for a while to organize the kids books. It involved the nice cardboard magazine holders from Ikea, pictures of the books we own, and mod podge. I planned to mod podge the pictures to the holders so the kids could easily sort their books or find a particular type of book.

Well, we learned, perhaps at the end, that you really need to apply a thin coat of the mod podge to the item and then stick the paper down smoothly. Let that dry then add a finish coat or two to cover the paper so little fingers don't rip it off. As you can see, I don't think these will last long, but at least I will know how to do it in the future.

See the wrinkles in the paper? I think it will tear sooner rather than later, but we will see.

Then there was this other mod podge project that I wanted to do with blocks and nativity stickers. It took awhile to accumulate all the pieces, since apparently plain old wooden blocks are only sold in 80 count for $50 from Melissa and Doug in the stores so I had to site-to-store order a small set from Walmart (only $12!!!). And then you would think I was asking a lot to have just plain and simple nativity scene stickers in stock during Advent. Gee, I thought I would be able to get them during, not have to search for them before. Eventually found some at Target, but got the last 2 packs.

Anyway, these turned out much better and I will be giving a set to my almost 18mo godson for a late Epiphany!!! And they really were super easy.

Additionally, they are virtually indistructable (sp?).
See how James is throwing them? My table on the other hand might have a few scars from this particular practice.


I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

Those are perfect. Great work! Thanks so much for sharing them with me! Looks like the kids like them, too!


Sara said...

They actually started fighting over them right after that picture, so I had to put them up for the afternoon. But they will definitely be around next year.

I am excited to gift them. Every baby needs these at Christmas.

Master P said...

I found you via I Am Momma and I LOVE your blocks! I want to make some but I have been pretty intimidated - seeing the picture of your first attempt was very helpful easing my fears. OF course now I have to see if I can find awesome stickers like those... although maybe I could cut some out of a book like you did with the magazine clippings? I'll let you know if it works!

Sara said...

They were super easy. I finally found some stickers at Target (during the season) but I am sure you could find them online somewhere. I have been thinking about doing other images that I just print off the internet and cut out. And the other ones turned out fine, I just can't use them where I intended to since apparently I didn't measure the height of my shelf!

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