I am so excited to share how we made our DIY wooden modge podge frames! I absolutely love walking into this room each morning and seeing these big ole’ honkin’ frames up on the playroom wall. These are not small by any means which makes them such a statement piece in the room!
I love when a space has sentimental/personal touches to it- It makes a room more special and intriguing. With that said, the playroom was seriously lacking this aspect and I thought something like children’s storybook quotes or children’s movie quotes would add something “extra”.
These signs are currently my new favorite and now have topped my DIY kitchen shelf tutorial I shared with you all last week, LOL!
I can’t wait for this room to be complete so I can share the before/after… but for now I will give you the inside scoop on how to make these cute signs for your area. If you do decide to DIY these yourself I am going to split this post up into 3 different parts to make it a bit easier to follow along.
- Creating your print
- Building your frame
- Creating your “picture”
Creating your print:
In order to create the print for your “picture” you will need to get this printed as an engineer print at a Staples or Office Max type store. You can check their website for the different sizes they offer- Staples offered 3 different sizes and I went with the 24×36. The size you choose will be something to consider when creating your print online so that it doesn’t come out blurry. I have provided step by step instructions below:
- Go to www.picmonkey.com
- Click “design” at the top of the page
- Click “re-size” and un-check the “keep proportions” box
- Type desired size of print (I did 1200×1500 for my 24×36 print- you can adjust as you’d like)
- Click “apply”
- Choose your canvas color (I chose white)
- Click the “text”
- Click “add text” and use as many text boxes/fonts you’d like to create your image
- Save the file to your computer
- Go to the Staples website and order your engineer print
Thankfully the prints only cost about $3, so if you mess up for some reason it isn’t too expensive to create another one! Once you pick up your print you can leave it plain white or “antique” it. I chose to antique my prints to give them more of an aged look. If you choose to antique your print all you have to do is brew some black tea and literally paint it on the paper and let it dry overnight.
Building your frame:
I went ahead and had Home Depot cut the wood to the sizes I needed but if you have a table saw you can do this yourself at home. Here is a list of the materials you will need for the frame:
- 24inx36in Particle Board
- 1×10 Common Board ripped into 1x2in strips
- Miniwax Stain (I used special walnut)
- Foam brush
You will cut your strips into (2) 36in pieces and (2) 25 1/2 in pieces. Once your particle board and strips are cut to size you will line your 1×2 in strips up against particle board and make sure it is even.
Of course my sweet hubby is helping me, isn’t he so handsome?
Go ahead and use your nail gun and carefully nail each side on one at a time. Do not be alarmed if some of the nails come out of the front of the particle board, you can just take it out and nail it again.
Once your frame is nailed together use your sander and smooth all sides of the frame.
Once your frame is all sanded down wipe the extra dust off with a damp rag. Now get your foam brush, cloth, and stain and stain your frame (you do not need to stain the particle board); let it dry for 12-24hrs.
This is what your frame will look like after.
Creating your “picture”:
This part was the hardest for me since I have never used modge podge before…. It was quite the experience.
My prints came out a little “wrinkled” when I “modged” them onto the frame—– I do not know if this is normal or not but I personally did not mind the added texture. I thought it made the picture itself look a little more aged which is what I was wanting anyways. The items you will need for this part are:
- Matte Modge Podge
- Foam brush
I wasn’t able to get any pictures of this portion due to my sticky hands LOL, but your basically going to apply the modge podge to the top of the frame and work your way down pressing firmly on the paper to get it to stick to the plarticle board. DO NOT be shy with your modge podge application…. lather it on!!!!!
This will help avoid air bubbles. (If you did antique your picture with the black tea it will have shrunk a little overnight. As you press the paper smooth with the Modge Podge it will expand to its normal size). I started towards the top (middle) of my frame and pressed down and outward toward the sides, if that makes sense (I hope?!).
The Winnie the Pooh quote always makes me tear up. I’m sensitive, I know.
I’m so pleased with how these turned out!