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DIY: Black and Gold Memory Board
It’s hard for me to believe but in about seven days, my daughter will be starting her senior year of college. She may be out of the nest attending school in Florida but she’s not out of Mom’s pocketbook here in Virginia. I help her with a good portion of living expenses but since she’s a broke college student, she’s always in need of something.
When my daughter told me that her current printer was leaking ink, I knew that we needed to replace it sooner than later. Since I haven’t won the lottery (yet!), I knew that my daughter needed a printer that was both affordable and easy on ink consumption. She also needed a printer that could print quality photos, make copies, and have mobile printing capabilities. Thankfully, we were able to find what we needed at Walmart. Say hello to the HP Deskjet 3636.
With three colors to choose from (Vibrant Red, Dragonfly Blue, Sporty Purple), my daughter had little difficulty selecting her favorite color–blue. I had little difficulty fitting this printer purchase into my budget.
Before my daughter goes back to Florida next week, I wanted to make her a little something to help her remember all of the summer fun we’ve had. I decided to make her a gold and black memory board where she could hang pictures from the summer, but also any pictures she takes while at college.
What You’ll Need
- 4 pieces of 12″ x 5 1/4″ craft utility wood
- 2 pieces of 12″ x 1 1/2″ craft utility wood
- black paint
- paint brush or sponge
- gold clips
- 1 12″ piece of adhesive-backed black felt
- E6000 glue
- staple gun and staples (optional)
Paint all 6 pieces of the wood black. Cover the front and back. Let dry.
Arrange the four large wood pieces how you want them. This will be your memory board base. I wanted mine to appear staggered but you could line yours up evenly.
Use your E6000 and glue the two small wood pieces to the back of your memory board. This will keep the four larger pieces in place.
Using twine, make a hanger and glue or staple onto the back.
Cut a piece of adhesive backed felt to cover the “ugly part” of the hanger. Secure it with firm pressure. Note: the felt also helps prevent the wood from scratching the wall when you hang it up.
Cut two pieces of twine long enough to extend the front of the memory board–with an extra inch overhang.
Thread the tassels and clips through the twine. Arrange them how you want and then glue the twine to the back of the memory board. Make sure your twine is tight enough to bear the weight of pictures.
Let the piece dry overnight and then start the fun part—>hanging up your pictures.
The gold clips were perfect as they allowed me to arrange the pictures how I wanted.
All of the photos hanging on the memory board? They were printed on the HP Deskjet 3636 (using HP photo paper).
My daughter loved how it turned out. She plans on hanging it in her room at college.
Who would’ve thought that an affordable printer could print such gorgeous photos?!
What photos would you hang on your memory board?