One of my rummage sale ‘finds’ this past month was a package of laser cut 1/8 inch balsa circles. The decorating ideas that came to mind are endless. They would be great just painted in bright colors and used on kid’s room walls, or placed on top of small candle holders to make mini cake stands, endless possibilities!
I decided to do a 3D wall grouping. since I already had many of the items I needed, I went with a Victorian theme.
Here is what you will need”
7 circles –
coordinating scrapbook paper, acrylic paint and trim
spray adhesive and of course, hot glue.
decorations, paint brush and a good sharp craft knife and scissors.
cut the circles like this: (or make HOUSEMATE his favorite dinner and then ask him to cut them for you!)
4 whole, two cut in half, one cut in quarters
next paint the edges of each piece with an acrylic paint that matches your theme.
Once that was dry, I started placing the wooden pieces sprayed with adhesive on the coordinating scrapbook papers.
If you’ve never worked with spray adhesive before, there are a few things you should know:
Cover your work space VERY WELL – use multiple layers of newspaper as this spray gets all over and is difficult to remove.
after each spray, I remove a layer of newspaper – the stuff is VERY STICKY and could quite easily turn into a Lucy and Ethel comedy routine (for those of you old enough to remember Lucy and Ethel.)
When you place your wood pieces on the paper, you must be sure they are flat and in the exact position you want – there are NO second chances with spray adhesive.
Lay your decorative paper on a flat surface and again, be sure you know exactly where you are going to place the wooden piece. Spray the wood piece lightly with the adhesive, then lay carefully on the paper – make sure there are no lines or bubbles.
You only need to cover one side of the whole pieces, but for the cut pieces, you need to cover both sides.
Once the adhesive dries, cut around the pieces with a good sharp craft knife. If you get a snag, don’t worry, we can trim with scissors after your pieces are cut out
Fuzzy Feline in Training – This is the last remaining kitten for Fuzzy Feline #4’s last litter. He looks just like his daddy, Fuzzy Feline 3, He doesn’t have a name, so I’ll just call him FF3 1/2.
Do Not allow anything fuzzy in your work area while you are spraying the adhesive!
Next, I decided where I was going to place the cut outs on the whole circles
Laying a half piece on a whole piece I made a light pencil mark just under it. Then laying the quarter piece on the lower half of the whole piece I marked it’s edge in the lower half
next I ran a line of hot glue over both lines
Then I placed both pieces in the glue and pressed them firmly together for a few seconds until the glue was hard.
I had some pearl strings and trim left over from some wedding flowers I did a few years ago, so I trimmed the lower vertical edge with the pearls and the horizontal edge with the trim.
I had some chalk board sick on pieces from scrapbooking and just enough trim to go around them. I decided to add the saying “Come, grow old with me, the best is yet to be”
so I used the same acrylic paint and a small brush to hand letter this saying on to four of the pieces. Then I attached the left over trim with hot glue and placed them on the finished pieces.
Then hung them on the wall and decorated with VERY LIGHT picture frames and dried roses. How Romantic!
I hope you will try a project like this – there is no end to the themes or ways to decorate. I can see a set of these for a little girl’s room, decorated in ballerina theme or paint them like base balls or basket balls for a little boys room.