I eased into the weekend though by doing a bit of crafting. I've had a package of cork placemats from Ikea stored away and a quiet Friday night was just the time to break out the craft paints and create a painted cork placemat. There's many ways to transfer an image but I still had contact paper leftover from this project so I decided to make my own stencil too.
- Cut your contact paper the same size as the largest paper your printer can print on. (My printer can take 11"x17" paper)
- Remove the contact paper backing and adhere the contact paper to your printer paper. This will make the contact paper rigid and allow it to feed through your printer.
- Using design software, create an image and print it onto the contact paper. The printer ink won't really "penetrate" the contact paper so be aware it can be smudged.
- Use an exacto knife to cut out your design.
- Remove the contact paper from the printer paper and adhere it to the cork placemat.
- Fill in the stencil with craft paint.
- Remove the stencil once the paint is dry. Apply a coat of spray varnish if desired.
Since I'm planning to use these placemats outside for all our barbecues, I decided to go with a farm animal theme. Yes, I have a thing for pigs. Hopefully, they'll get a lot of use this summer!
How was your weekend? Did you get any outdoor projects done?