Did you have a good weekend? It was the long weekend here and we took full advantage of the warm weather. We spent time with princesses and pirates, ate meals outside, and went for a long family bike ride. Chloe is a super speedy two-wheeler and I had one of those moments you dream about as a parent... weaving around the crowds at the park, riding our bikes up and down hills. I still think of her as my baby so when she can physically do things just like me, it feels pretty cool.
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.