Hello friends! Does today’s title sound a little country? Picture Hanger. Do you use that phrase in regular sentences? Picture Hanger… Well, you know what I mean, don’t you? (That sounds country, too.) Anyhoo, today I am going to recreate a white Dollar Tree cutting board into a Faux Wood Cutting Board. But wait, there’s more….I am also going to take that Faux Wood Cutting Board and add a metal clip to it so it becomes a bonafide Picture Hanger.
I made two different versions for you and so there’s going to be a lot of photos showing the steps I took. Above is the finished product of the stand alone picture hanger with a photo. The second version hangs on the wall and I used it to display a recipe. Of course, once you get the basics you can make this anyway you want.
May I take the time to show off my son and his beautiful wife? The photo I am using was made of Dylan and Kaytlen on the day he proposed. Dylan invited our families for a surprise proposal at a winery in the Georgia mountains. The photo was taken by La te Da Photography. (Amanda did an amazing job with the photos!)
OK, let’s get down to business!
I went to my local Dollar Tree and bought a white cutting board, a clear one-piece 5×7 photo frame and a 4-pack of magnet clips.
Other supplies I used:
- Rustoleum White Spray Paint Primer
- Gold or Copper Spray Paint
- E6000 glue (clear)
- Brown craft paint (I used a chocolate color but accented with a darker brown)
- Dixie Belle Gator Hide (I used this for the top coat but you may could use a clear satin spray paint (2-3 coats) or an interior Varathane spray instead)
- Wired Ribbon
- Floral wire (needed if you are making the bow)
- Thin ribbon (needed if you are making the bow)
- Seed cups (needed if you are making the pot with flowers)
- Greenery and/or small silk flowers (needed if you are making the pot with flowers)
Here’s a photo of the Rustoleum white spray paint primer I used to spray the board before painting. This board is plastic and does not do well without prepping it first. I did not do this, but you could even lightly sand the cutting board to help the paint adhere better.
Once you’ve let the primer dry (using the directions on the can) you can paint the board with brown craft paint. I used a medium-sized paint brush and painted from top to bottom. Brush strokes show easily so I tried to get enough paint on my brush to be able to go all the way across the board in one swoop.
(I apologize for the weird coloring…I was working on these at night and the lighting in the room was off.) For this board, I did take a little of the darker brown paint and painted the board in a few spots with that darker paint.
On the board below, I painted only one coat of the lighter brown.
I got the boards together for a group photo with the Dixie Belle Gator Hide. The Gator Hide is my go-to for everything. It gives a light sheen and protects the paint. (Disclosure….we’re painting on a very slick plastic product. I found that even when I put the Gator Hide or a Satin Clear Spray Paint on the finished product, you still must be cautious not to scratch or hit the board or it may leave a mark.)
Once the boards are painted and sealed, we can get on to the pretty stuff!
I took the metal clips and painted two of them. For one, I used Rustoleum Metallic paint in Copper. For the other, I used a Rustoleum Gold.
To make the board stand, glue the clear 5×7 frame to the back using E6000 glue.
Here’s a photo of the back of the stand once the glue was dry.
Let’s begin with the photo holder with the plaid bow…
I used a buffalo plaid wired ribbon and cut one at about 8 inches and the other at 13.5 inches. In this photo you will also see a thin piece of black ribbon that I used for the center of the bow and also a piece of florist’s wire.
To make the bow, fold the 8 inch strip in half. This will be the tails for the bow.
Next, simply roll the longer piece of ribbon into the size you want to fit the board.
Gather the bow in the center and then add the tails to the back. Combine them with the florist’s wire and twist tightly. To cover the wire, place the smaller ribbon over it and tie in a knot on the back.
Glue the bow to the board using the E6000 glue and then glue the metal clip below it. The clip actually has a magnet on the back so it’s a good surface to put the glue on. I weighted the bow down for an hour or two while the glue dried. Once the glue is dry, fluff the bow and arrange the tails so they have a little movement in them…like a flag flowing in the breeze.
Round 2/Basket Version:
I did not attach a picture frame to the back of this one. I chose to tie a small lace ribbon at the top so it could hang on the wall.
I found these darling little seed starter pots. They’re very pliable so I was able to cut them in half easily with scissors.
Use the E6000 glue to attach the pot to the cutting board.
I cut a piece of wired ribbon about 10 inches long and gathered it in the middle. The metal clip painted with the copper spray paint was used for this project. I placed a small dot of the E6000 glue on the board and pressed the center of the ribbon toward the board then added E6000 to the back of the metal clip and held it in place for what seemed like forever. Let me stress this….hold it until you are certain that the glue is dry/drying and it has adhered to the board. I got ahead of myself and sat up the board too soon then things started dropping off….let the glue dry. Also, make sure the pot is pressed firmly to the board while the glue is drying.
(Hum the Jeopardy! theme here….wait for it….wait for it….letting the glue dry….)
Using a few pieces of small flowers and greenery, I gathered them and made an arrangement in my hands the way I wanted the flowers to look in the pot. I would strongly recommend taking some wire or ribbon and wrapping it around the bottom of the floral arrangement before you place it inside the pot.
Of course, after I was finished I thought it may have been cute to paint the pot. I may try that on another board.
I also want to take a moment to talk about the recipe on the cutting board. This was a recipe of my grandmother’s (MeMaw) in her handwriting. I copied it out of a cookbook my cousin Tammy had made for our family and then clipped it on this board.
This craft has so many different possibilities! I had so much fun with this because I could use what I had in my stash and be creative.
If you make one of these, please share it in the comments section or on my FACEBOOK page. I would love to see what you come up with!
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