I've met so many nice folks as I've started my homeschool journey. Some of them have been local, some of them I have met on homeschool forums, and even some through my blog. I'm inspired, and encouraged by so many of you. Kate from Still Room To Grow wrote me back in the spring when she was deciding on curriculum, and happened across my little blog here. This is her first year homeschooling, and she blew me away with her pictures of her darling new school room. I'm thinking if this is her first year's effort, she's going to have a lot to teach me! We are renting our home this year, and while we love it I haven't really hung things around like we'll be here a long time. Kate's post inspired me to get working on making our homeschool room a cheerful place.
Those who have followed my blog might have seen my HOD Bigger Hearts Godly Character Cards. I made them to go with our curriculum last year. When I went to go buy the canvas for this project, I realized I either didn't have enough Character Cards, or had too many for the canvases that were available at the store. Soooo, I made 16 new Drawn Into the Heart of Reading character cards. There are more than 16 Dithor Character traits, but some of them were already represented in the BHFHG cards, so I chose not to repeat those. That gave me just enough to cover a 24X36 canvas.
They were such a great addition to our study last year. We reviewed them all each week. As I started packing them away I thought I should really do something with them. Obviously they were a ridiculous investment in ink, and y'all know I love to use ink! Kate's post inspired me to make something for our walls.
I have to admit that I have never bought a bottle of Mod Podge. I'm a craft supply investor (hoarder), and even I haven't used this gooey goodness until this week.
A tip: Always, always use coupons when you buy junk like this at craft stores. Joann lets you use multiple competitor coupons in one transaction. This canvas was $20 before I used my 40% off coupon.
Supplies for this project:
- Godly Character Cards
- Dithor Character Cards
- Lamination Paper (to seal your cards from bleeding)
- 24X36 Canvas
- Mod Podge (I used Gloss)
- Cheepy Acrylic Paint
- Sponge Brush
I painted the canvas in pretty sky-peacockish blue color.
Here is my obligatory action shot with my veiny hand just for good measure.
I forgot to take a picture of the coat of Mod Podge I put directly on the canvas. Put a pretty decent layer on, so the cards will adhere well to the canvas. Press each card individually, so there are no bubbles. I read in several places to do 3 coats of Mod Podge over the top. I felt that 2 was enough, but I have only had this for several days. It seems like it is enough. It is assumed that you would have laminated your cards. You can't Mod Podge over unsealed printed paper without it bleeding.
I've read that Mod Podge can dry tacky. Mine seemed dry enough, and not super tacky to the touch after one day. You can buy sealer, but I didn't want to spend the extra money.
This is what it looked like after drying with 2 coats. Pretty awesome huh? What I love so much about these cards is that they are an easy way to save frustration in your classroom. If one of my boys is goofing around I have him read the self-control card. It stops the behavior, and keeps me from losing my cool. I've found that I am so convicted by these cards myself! I need to make sure I'm showing kindness, patience, and wisdom daily. What a great accountability! I try to admit my mistakes often to my kids, so they know I have to follow the same rules too.
Here's my I wish I had better natural light in my basement picture. Ah well. Can't have it all right? However, Yay! Something is finally hanging on the wall!
A dose of cheeful: check :) Thanks Kate for the inspiration!