...Celebrations, General ramblings

Birthday number 2

April 27, 2013

So the second birthday in our triumvirate (is that the right word to use?) of birthdays was my lovely mum’s.

She has been dropping some reasonably heavy hints that she wanted a pinboard/memo board for her new kitchen, so this is what we decided to make.

And this is how you do it…

What you need:

  • old picture frame-we found a picture in a nice big frame on a trip to Glastonbury Reclamation Yard (if you live anywhere near, go for a mooch-there is some awesome stuff!)
  • paint to paint it with
  • piece of sheet metal
  • metal primer (optional)
  • something to cover the sheet metal with-fabric, old map, comics, magazines, stamps, anything you fancy….
  • glue to stick things with-I heart mod podge-it is awesome, but watered down PVA is the next best thing
  • craft magnets, and things to stick them to
  • glue gun or super glue

What you do:

  • Disassemble your picture, and put the glass somewhere it won’t get broken…

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  • Paint the frame (or you can cover it with fabric/stamps/magazine bits etc)
    I painted the frame with about 3 or 4 coats of purple (which is the ‘accent’ colour of the new kitchen…) acrylic paint I found lurking in my craft stash.

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  • Get your lovely Hubby toΒ Very carefully cut a piece of sheet metal to fit the frame (use the backing piece of the frame as guide)
  • Prime the metal with some spray primer if yours is a bit rusty like ours

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  • Use your mod podge (or equivalent) to stick your chosen fabric/magazines/comics etc to the primed metal-taking care to smooth out any air bubbles or creases. At the back, just fold it over like you are wrapping a present, and glue it down

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  • Allow the frame and the covered metal bit to dry, and then reassemble


  • Make some magnets by gluing a random assortment of items onto craft magnets, and job done!

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(I will admit that a lot of the items we used in this project were stuff we had lying around after being bought new a while ago-pre MMDAMY-for previous projects, but still a pretty frugal present, and 100% homemade!)

  • Then you need to find something to wrap it in…Back upstairs to the fabric stash…

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Couple this with a batch of homemade Millionaire’s Shortbread, and a candle, and I think that makes a pretty good pressie!

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  • Reply mehubbyandthekids April 28, 2013 at 7:28 am

    That is fab. I might make one for my mum’s birthday in August. She would love that. In fact I love it too. You are full of lovely ideas x

    • Reply Jen April 28, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Thankyou so much! Let me know if you make one πŸ™‚

  • Reply Louisa April 27, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Oooh, was that Wells Reclamation? (on the road between Wells and Glastonbury)
    They have loads of lovely things there – unfortunately too many nice things and enough money in my wallet!

    It looks like a really thoughtful present – the pinboard looks fabulous and the millionaire’s shortbread looks delicious! πŸ™‚ x

    • Reply Jen April 28, 2013 at 9:22 am

      No, not Wells, although I love Wells too. But as you say, quite pricey. This one is smaller than Wells but a really ecelctic mix of stuff at reasonable prices. Here is the link to their website http://www.glastonburyreclamation.co.uk

      • Reply Louisa April 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm

        Just had a look at their website, I didn’t realise that’s just off the Glastonbury bypass – I must’ve driven passed it hundreds of times and not realised it’s there! Definately need to have a look in next time I’m down that way!
        Many thanks for the recommendation πŸ™‚ x

        • Reply Jen April 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm

          No problem!

  • Reply suth2 April 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I’ll bet your mum loved her present.

    • Reply Hazel April 28, 2013 at 5:34 am

      Just what I was going to say! Exactly what she wanted. Fab πŸ™‚

      • Reply Jen April 28, 2013 at 9:22 am

        Thankyou Hazel πŸ™‚

    • Reply Jen April 28, 2013 at 9:20 am

      She did. Just off to check today that my Dad has managed to screw it to the wall properly…!

  • Reply Anona Mead April 27, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    positively inspired and so much more as you put yourselves into it. No love could be greater.

    • Reply Jen April 28, 2013 at 9:20 am


  • Reply Rachael April 27, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I really must have a go at making a notice board. Maybe this will inspire me to get round to it. Nice one!

    • Reply Jen April 28, 2013 at 9:19 am

      Yay! Have a go πŸ™‚

  • Reply a field somewhere April 27, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Mmmmmmm… Millionaire shortbread….mmmmmmmmmm!

    • Reply Jen April 28, 2013 at 9:19 am

      It is very VERY good! Recipe to come….

  • Reply Hilary April 27, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    That looked a much too nice picture and frame to have been at a reclamation yard! I’m sure that all these presents are much better for being what the person wants and for them seeing the love that you have put into making them.

    • Reply Jen April 28, 2013 at 9:19 am

      Thanks Hilary! It was a nice picture, but not really our kind of thing. We bought it for the frame really!

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