Hey guys! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been traveling in the past couple of weeks and had he opportunity to visit the good old east coast again. I’m currently working on a special project for HGTV and was in NYC for a DIY segment on the Today show! It was a crazy cool experience. I never filmed anything live before and to be on a big show as the Today show was pretty surreal. I still feel like it was just my imagination. The over all experience was a blessing. Everyone was kind to me and made my feel comfortable.
I am now back with a new DIY for you all!!! I don’t know about you guys, but my computer desktop is just filled with photos that I’ve been saving of inspirational quotes. Who loves collecting those? Instead of viewing them on my monitor, I came up with a way to transfer them onto an actual desk top so I can admire them anytime. This DIY is great for those of you who love to gather photos and make collages. You can use images from your Tumblr or Pinterest collections. Remember, using pictures on the web are for personal purposes only and should not be used for commercial purposes!
- Table, or furniture with a flat surface
- Pour-on high gloss finish
- Mod Podge (any white wood glue, such as Elmer’s Glue works)
- Exact-o knife
- Containers and popsicle sticks for mixing
1. Print out your photos and cut them out. I had my collage made on photoshop and then printed it out from the local office supplies store, such as Office Max.
2. Starting with a clean surface, apply an even coat of Mod Podge on the table surface
3. Mix together a 1:1 ratio of water and Mod Podge in a container.
4. Dip your photos into the container so that both sides of the pictures are glazed with the concoction. (I used a separate tray to mix Mod Podge with a little bit of water to make it liquid, and then I dipped my photos into the mixture and placed it onto the table)
5. Place the photos on the table in any arrangement that you like, overlaying them to make a collage. *Note: Make sure that all the pictures are flat on the surface and that there are no air bubbles or gaps between the pictures.
6. Let the glue dry for 4 hours.
7. Once the glue has set, use an exact-o knife or scissors to cut around the edges of the table to snip off any bits of picture sticking out.
8. Following the instructions on the box, pour equal parts of the bottles to make the resin and stir thoroughly.
9. Pour the mixture onto the tabletop and spread it around evenly. You can shift the table back and forth, and then use a card edge to evenly spread out the resin on the surface. *Note: It is recommended to work in a well ventilated area or outdoors. Also the resin tends to drip so make sure you put scrap paper underneath the table.
10. Use a torch to heat up the tabletop, holding it three inches above the surface and uniformly going over the top. The heat will eliminate any air bubbles in the resin gloss.
11. Let the resin set for up to 7 hours. It’s recommended to let your table to dry in a dust-free area, as the particles will settle on the resin.
12. Once the gloss has dried, use a blade and sanding stone to remove any excess resin that dripped on the sides of the table.
I absolutely loved how this turned out! It was my first time making it, and it turned out amazing! I can’t wait for you guys to try it. Take pictures of your creation and post it with a hashtag #DIYWITHANN. Be creative and have fun with this project! Good luck!!