Emilie Bier Do it Your Self

Easy-DIY-wall-decor-for father's Day

This DIY wall decor idea is perfect for the dad who loves baseball! To adapt this idea for your own father, with each ticket of your choice.
Hi, it’s David from Cheltenham Road.
; ve been nerve-wracking my brain to come up with a father’s Day gift. Of course, I myself, I’ve left it to the last minute (it’s how I roll), but I think I’ve got a fun, unique, simple, and very cheap wall-decor-idea, the dads will love it.
My father has to fill enough books, a library, doesn’t wear ties, and probably isn’t need more beer to cover (although some of the fathers, and their sons, don’make t, coasters could, so please check out my Etsy shop, if you’re so inclined).
What I have done, is that the wall decor could be fun, and he loves baseball and baseball history. And since I love everything vintage, and the graphics, this could work, is great!
came of This project together, crazy quick, so it’s is great if (like me), you’re a little stuck when choosing a father’s day gift idea. Here’s what I used:
DIY wall decor


A blasted-Supplied print of an old baseball ticket (more on this in a sec.)
Medium density fiberboard, lumber cut size: 36″ x 10.5″
Matt Mod hotchpotch
go Hard layer of Mod hotchpotch
White Latex paint
sandpaper or sander
foam brush(s)
paint roller
Large plastic tub
D-hook-hanger

I’m to explain what I've done, and then at the end I would like to discuss alternative ideas and techniques.
graphics:
I found a photo of an old ticket in a book about the history of baseball. I made a high resolution (300dpi) scan the image and resized it on my computer to 36″ x 10.5.”
I saved the modified graphic as a PDF (to ensure that it prints in the correct size), transfer it to a thumb drive, and took to cling to him.
At Staples I asked for a “Engineering Print.” technical prints are affordable, over-size print-outs that are ideal for graphics. My three foot long print cost: $6, and they did it while I waited.
installation:
I decided to use Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) for my supporters, because it is inexpensive and has a super-smooth surface that makes it easy to work with, if decoupaging – no splinters or bumps.
I the Board of management gave a light coat of white paint and, when dry, a light sanding to smooth out bumps or drops and only a little bit of distress on the edges.

After brushing the Mat Mod smorgasbord on the wood . . .

. . . I let the paper soak in water for a few seconds.
Soaking allows the paper, the fibers of the paper, to relax a little, which makes it easier to smooth out on wood with less wrinkles. Since this project was so big that I used a plastic container that I have, but I’ve done similar things with the kitchen sink or bathtub.
handling the paper carefully – it’s a little fragile at this point – I put them on the board and used the paint roller to gently smooth out any air bubbles and squeeze out excess Mod smorgasbord.

Once it was dry, I sanded away the edges slightly worn look, and the whole sealed with two layers, Hard layer of Mod smorgasbord just for the durability.
was To add the hanging parts, I finished!
lasted for The entire project (excluding the dry time for the paint and Mod smorgasbord) for about an hour.
And best of all!?!!!!
no one will know you only spent a few dollars on this wall decor . . . it looks like . . . A Big Ticket Item!!!!!!! (sorry, couldn’t resist . . . should have, but couldn’t)
notes and thoughts about my Baseball wall decor:
I have a vintage used ticket, but you could use anything: a ticket from a favorite game or a concert, maybe? You could also make a collage of tickets, or the children’s art, black and white images – the sky is the limit.
I used Photoshop to enlarge my ticket scanned, but you can bring your article to a print shop and let it scan with a high resolution and then blow it up and print it out for you.
If you want to do a collage for your wall decor, but the goods’t keen to do it on a computer, you simply take a sheet of legal-size (or larger) paper, the Layout of your collage in a pattern that appeals, then scan it (to hold everything in place, damage to the original only a temporary glue dots at most craft stores in the scrap booking section).
with MDF panels, but all pretty smooth wood will work well. And if you don’t have access to a saw, most lumber yards will happily cut the Board to your dimensions.
I hope this helps, last-minute-gift-maker like me. If you have any questions about my DIY-wall-decor, fire away – I'll monitor the comments.
Thank you!
David

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