I’ve seen these boards around Pinterest and really liked the idea of making one for the hallway so Lauren can display her school and art work.
I picked up a piece of 1/4” thick particle board at Lowes and we cut it to 50” x 4”. I painted the edges and the top 2” of the board with several layers of green craft paint. Then I cut 2” strips of scrapbook paper and used Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the bottom half of the board.
I covered the edges where the paint and paper meet in the middle with some ribbon using hot glue and then glued on some clips I picked up at Staples.
Then I pulled out my Cricut and some vinyl I bought ages ago on Pick your Plum. I’ve never cut vinyl and was a little nervous to try it. I set the pressure on high and turned the blade setting to 6 (the highest). It came out great on the first try. For those of you who never tried it, I peeled up the vinyl and was left with just the words stuck to the paper backing. I used the little Cricut spatula to remove the little centers from the “a’s” and “e’s”, then I stuck a piece of clear Contact paper on top of all the words and lifted them up off the paper. Now I had a sheet of Contact paper with all the words stuck to the back of it. I cut each word out, positioned it where I wanted it, rubbed the vinyl letters down, and carefully lifted the Contact paper to leave the letters behind. Worked like a charm…no need for expensive transfer paper from the vinyl shops! I got a huge roll of clear Contact at Walmart from the shelf lining display for next to nothing.
Best part of all is that Lauren LOVES her new gallery!