Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Craft - Magnetic Make-up Board

Craft day again. I would love to be able to do craft day more than once a month because there are so many brilliant things I want to make but life gets busy and before I know it a whole month has rolled around.

This month we decided as a group that we would all use photo frames as the basis for our craft. We all had different and equally fantastic projects to make.

I chose to make a magnetic make up board that I had seen on Laura Thoughts a few months ago. I instantly loved the idea because I am a little bit of a make up hoarder and everything was crammed into a little make up bag on my bathroom bench. This board would allow me to easily see and access my favourite eye shadows, foundations, concealer etc.

For this project you will need:
1 large timber frame (24x30cm or A4) - Reject shop
1 piece of sheet metal - available at Bunnings
*Note; you may require an angle grinder to cut sheet metal down to size. Luckily for me that's what big brothers are for.
1 piece of scrap booking paper
White paint
Tube of your paint in your favourite colour
Magnets - available at Spotlight in packs of 4 for $2.00
Glue gun
Selection of your make up
First you need to sand the frame back to remove the varnished finish and allow the paint to grab properly. Don't worry this doesn't take a lot of elbow grease, the varnish comes off pretty easily. And you don't need to sand it right back.

Next paint on a couple of coats of white paint. Making sure the paint is dry between coats. This isn't really necessary but it will just mean that you won't have to paint on as many coloured layers because the wood wont be showing through. I did the white because I sanded the end result a bit for a more shabby chic look.

Now to paint on the colour. Two coats should be enough, although for darker colour you may need less and lighter colours you may need more.

While the paint is drying use the glue gun to stick the magnets onto the back of your compacts. Press the magnets firmly onto the back for a few seconds to ensure they are well stuck.

Now use a sponge brush to lightly smear a thin layer of PVA glue over the sheet metal. Place the scrap booking paper onto top and press down. Using the sponge brush again, cover the top of the paper with another thin layer of PVA. Don't worry to much if you get some little air bubbles. They will dry out.

Now is a good time to relax with a cup of tea and a biscuit while you wait for the paint and glue to dry.

Once everything is dried, its time to put it all together. Place the sheet metal into the frame and slot the wooden back of the frame on. Now just hang and put your make up on the front. Beautiful

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