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Aug
06
2012

Make a Cute Personalized Gift…UNDER $1!!

 

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Next weekend I was invited to go to an open house for a couple that just got married. I don’t personally know the couple but I go to church with their parents. I wanted to make them something cute, but not spend a lot. Here’s what I came up with and you won’t believe how easy and inexpensive it is!

All you need is a plain bathroom tile. I got mine at Home Depot and I think it was 17 cents…yes under a quarter. You also need some stencils. I picked mine up at Michael’s a few weeks ago when they were on clearance for less than $3. I’ve also seen them at Walmart. But if you don’t want to buy any you can trace a letter onto some thin cardboard (like a cereal box) and cut it out with an sharp knife. I’ve already used these stencils for a few projects, so to me they were a fabulous investment. And of course if you were blessed with great handwriting you may not even need a stencil! You also need some acrylic paint, I only used about 1 tablespoon. A q-tip or sponge brush. And some clear spray, modge podge may work as well but I haven’t tested it. Most of these items I already had, so this project only cost me 17 cents!

(I forgot to show the clear spray but it is in a picture below)

Make sure your tile is clean. Place the stencil centered on the tile. Lightly dab the q-tip in paint and then dab off any excess paint. Then dab up and down on the stencil. If you use too much paint it will bleed under the stencil. I also found that if you use a brush the bristles would go until the stencil. Be sure to keep the stencil tight against the tile. When you are finished lift the stencil straight off.

If you want to add more letters or designs, let the paint dry and then repeat.

I painted around the tile and then wiped the edges to give it an antiqued look. When you are done let it dry completely. Then take it outside and spray it with a clear spray. I used two light coats. That spray paint cost me a few bucks, but again I’ve used to on so many projects, another good craft investment!

After it was completely dry I glued a ribbon on the bag so it could be hung on the wall.

Easy. Cute. Inexpensive.

There are many possibilities to this project. You could make one for each letter in a name and then hang them up in a nursery. Make one for each letter in your last name to display in your home. Let me know what you come up with!

 

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