At the end of the holiday season, you most likely have an abundance of greeting cards from family and friends. This fun and unique recycled card wall art project incorporates these sentiments and turns them into a fun wall art piece to be enjoyed year after year.
For this project, you will need:
– Assorted holiday greeting cards
– 12 inch by 12 inch piece of 1/2 inch thick wood crafting board
– Medium or fine grit sandpaper
– Tack cloth or other type of soft cloth
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Cherry Red
– Craft knife
– Self healing mat
– Mod Podge or other type of decoupage medium
– Sponge brush
– Pour on latex glaze
– Paint stick
– Newspaper and/or a large drop cloth
Layer several pieces of newspaper and/or a large drop cloth on the work area where you will be crafting. Lightly sand the piece of 12 inch by 12 inch piece of 1/2 inch thick wood crafting board with medium or fine grit sandpaper. Gently wipe off any dust from the board with a tack cloth or other type of soft cloth.
Prime the crafting board with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White. Dry for an hour before painting the wood with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Cherry Red. Set for about thirty minutes before adding a second coat of red paint. Dry overnight before continuing.
Lay out the holiday greeting cards on the self healing mat. Select images, sayings, greetings, etc. to use as part of your design. Carefully cut out the designs using a craft knife.
Use a ruler and a pencil to create a 1/2 inch border around the outside of the red painted piece of craft wood. Leaving the outside edge as a border, begin to attach the pieces of greeting card to the board using a sponge brush and Mod Podge or other style of decoupage medium. Smooth out the paper designs with your fingers to prevent any wrinkling. Dry overnight.
Place the crafting board on a piece of cardboard. Very carefully pour on latex glaze over the top of the greeting card design. Extend the glaze to the edge of the wood using a paint stick. Make sure the glaze is 1/4 inch thick or more. Cure for a couple days before hanging as desired.
TIP: This is a great yearly project to showcase the greeting cards you have received in previous seasons.