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Craft It!

04/02/2014 09:40AM ● Published by Jennifer Highet

Story and photo by Jennifer Highet

Make Your Own Creative Work Space

Are you envious of  the beautifully outfitted crafting spaces shown on television and in magazines? Don’t be!  Setting up a crafting area doesn’t have to be expensive, nor must it take up an entire room. With just a little thoughtful effort and some imagination, you can have a fun, inspirational place to work. 

Craft Table

For my crafting “nook,” I used the old kitchen door from my grandparents’ home and  pre-pasted vinyl wallpaper, with shelves and cubes serving as a base. Scrapbooking organizational cubes from a local craft shop worked perfectly. Here is how to create your space:

1. Measure the area and determine how long and wide you need the table to be.

2. Cut the door down to size, saving excess if you would like to use it for a shelf. 

3. Sand any rough edges and remove old nails if the door has been used.

4. If you use a whole door for your table, position the doorknob hole to the back to allow you to run cords.

5. Make sure the  door is clean and dry, then measure out the wallpaper.

6. Carefully apply the paper, matching up designs and overlapping seams. Use additional glue if necessary.

7. Assemble cubbies or shelves if needed, then place table on top. 

8. You can use brackets or mini cubbies to hold the second shelf.

9. Scotch tape works perfectly to protect seams and keep corners smooth.

10. Try using a press-and-seal type of cellophane wrap to protect your table from messy craft projects.

Custom Bulletin Board

For my custom bulletin board I used soundboard from the hardware store, burlap, embellishments (ribbons, flowers, buttons), nails, straight pins, a staple gun and glue.  To create your own custom bulletin board:

1. Decide what dimensions you would like the board to be. Some hardware stores will make the first cut for free and charge a nominal fee for any cut after that.

2. Stretch fabric over a hard surface and position the soundboard in the center.

3. Start attaching the fabric with your staple gun. This works best if stretched taut. Apply a few staples to each side of the board, until firmly secured. Gently stretch, miter and secure the corners.

4 Attach other decorations with glue, using a straight pin to secure while drying. (My board has staples at the cross points of the ribbons to secure them tightly.)

5 Hang in the desired location with nails that have a small head, sinking them into the board. Use one at each corner and the top and bottom centers.

Tin Can Supply Holders

Once I had my table and board assembled, I needed a place to store paint brushes, scrapbooking tools, razor knives, scissors, pens – everything I might wish to take hold of quickly without searching in a drawer.  Assorted tin cans and fun spray paint offered inexpensive alternative to organizers I saw online and in stores.  If you would like to make these, here is how.

1. Soak labels off the cans and remove the glue residue. Run through the dishwasher or wash by hand to remove any leftover food.

2. Spray each can lightly with quick-dry spray paint, building up to your desired coverage.

3. Label your cans with a paint pen, chalk labels or just leave them blank.

Cute Customized Letters

I’ve been looking for a use for cardboard letters ever since they first appeared at my local fabric store.  The wall next to my custom board needed “something,” and suddenly inspiration struck.  I used six letters, Mod Podge, a pencil, scissors, razor knife, paint brush, coordinating pieces of scrapbook paper, and paint to compliment the paper and my space.

1. Paint the edges of the letters with your desired color.

2. Once dry, trace an outline of your letters onto the back of the scrapbook paper, making sure your letter is reversed as well.

3. Cut out the letters, using the razor knife for small cuts.

4. Apply light layer of Mod Podge to the front of the letters and gently press down on your scrapbook paper cutouts to secure.

5. Allow to completely dry before sealing the top of your letters with Mod Podge. If not dry, the paper will raise up and ripple.

6. Attach to wall with sticky back picture hangers.

One of the best things about these projects is they allow you to be creative and customize the items to suit your needs. If you tire of your choices, it is simple to repaint your tin cans, change up the wallpaper on your tabletop and add different embellishments to your bulletin board. I also love knowing when I craft that I’m sitting at a table made from a door that my grandparents used every day.  

What memories will you make in your crafting nook?  What are you waiting for? Get crafting!

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