My Dad has always collected stamps. He's got an entire room at the house devoted to stamps, and goes to stamp shows and the whole thing. I don't see the appeal, but it makes for some easy gifts. I had bought (many years ago) some stamp fabric, not knowing what I'd do with it. I somehow got the idea to do a memo board, and was all set to start from scratch when I saw this one at Michael's for only $4.99!
Here's what you need:
- Memo Board
- 3/8 Ribbon
- Fabric to cover
- Glue Gun
- Fabric Glue
- Staple Gun
- Pliers if necessary
- Tape (optional)
I first decided to see what was under the black felt in the back. I was in luck, because everything was glued on and easy to peel off! I had to unscrew the hooks as well. I pulled off the buttons and put them aside for later. I also pulled off the ribbon. I left the blue fabric as is, and just worked on top of it.
|Me & "Burnsie" the Glue Gun|
The buttons came next, and they are the hardest. I was able to disassemble them into three pieces - fabric covering, metal button top, and plastic bottom. Cut out a small circle of your co-ordinating fabric and cover the button. This is where I used a bit of fabric glue and just worked it until it was smooth. They do sell button cover kits, and that might have made it easier:
After I had my buttons covered, I glued those on with the hot glue gun as well. I screwed the hardware back on the back and glued down the felt. Voila! This project only cost me $5.49!
**Update - I gave this to my Dad today when we saw him, and he told me the stamps on the fabric are real stamps, and not just a design! Very neat!