As promised, here's post two for today! This one is for a much more complex project, and while I know you won't be replicating it exactly I want to be specific about my process.
So for a little background, as team mom I had been using the same centerpiece for the past three years for when the team would travel to their roughly 7 competitions a year. As you can see in the picture, it was easy to assemble and transport. Basically, it was a sign I made on the computer, glittered and laminated. Then I used a table number holder to prop it up inside a blue bucket (from Dollar Tree) and surround it with fan poms, bows and glittered bells. As the years went on, I added to it with glittered "LHS" letters and some battery-operated lights (not pictured).
But this year, I was in the mood for something new and more professional looking. I searched the web for all kinds of different signs, banners, and sign stands but nothing was matching what I was picturing in my head, and many were very expensive. So, I took a trip to Home Depot and bought some 1/4" MDF sheets for around $3.75 each and got to work. Here's the breakdown of my process in pictures, and be sure to comment with any questions you might have if you are feeling brave enough to tackle a big project like this. This is definitely for the more advanced crafter simply because of the use of the Cricut to create the pattern, a jig saw, and a miter box. Of course, you may want to enlist the help of a woodworker in your family to make the cuts just to be safe.
|Step Two: Trace around your template with a pencil. I used some weights to hold it in place while tracing.|
|Step Three: Put on your safety glasses! To begin the cutting process, you must first drill pilot holes large enough in diameter to slide the jig saw blade into. Drill into each section that will be cut away.|
|Step Five: Continue cutting the sections out, making sure to leave the attachment points to the outer circle in place.|
|Be prepared for a dusty mess to clean up! A dust mask isn't bad idea in addition to the safety glasses!|
|Step Seven: After allowing the first color to dry, I painted the second color around the edge. You might|
be able to tell I wasn't too concerned with imperfections because it's not going to show once I
glitter the whole sign.
|Step Nine: Glittering the interior letters. Same process as above...just brush on ModPodge in sections,|
pour glitter, shake off excess and move to the next section.
|Completed Sign..Glitter Everywhere! Just a little side note, I couldn't find navy glitter so I just|
mixed royal blue and black glitter. It worked like a charm!
|Step 12: My brother's a carpenter, so I had him use his pinner gun to give extra security to the joints|
of the box even though the glue is really strong.