...Celebrations, General ramblings

Birthday number 2

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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