It was my turn last month to teach the badge at our Keepers of the Faith group. We chose the Home Decorating Badge. I find this a bit funny since my home is far from my idea of a well-decorated home. I mean I have well-decorated walls—decorated with crayon drawings, fingerprints and scratches. Not exactly what you see on HGTV. 🙂 But I knew I was qualified to speak to the girls about caring for their space and giving some general design principles.
The first thing I had to decide was what our project would be. I needed it to be budget-friendly, easy, flexible, useful, and something girls ages 6-12 could do . That was quite a tall order for a project! The Keepers Book recommended wall art. Well the easiest wall art I could think of was to alter something! I used to love altering things: altered composition books, altered letters, altered clothespins, altered clipboards, —you name it and I’ve probably altered it. I finally decided on foam core board. It was on sale, easy to customize, and budget-friendly.
Use in Mod Podge in light coats. Start on one side of the foam core board and then place one edge of the paper down, Lightly add more coats across the foam core board until all the paper is down. Don’t worry if your paper hangs off the edge—you can trim that up. If there are bubbles, you can carefully rub it out—but most likely the bubbles will disappear some after drying.
You can stamp some pieces, add extra embellishments, Mod Podge a photo on top, etc. For this class we kept it simple and the girls were told they could add more once they were home. I actually wanted the girls to see that sometimes something pretty simple when put in a collection can have a big effect.
The ironic thing is after all this planning, I ended up being sick and was not able to teach the class. Another mom volunteered to do this project with our group. She told me the girls loved doing the project and had lots of fun coming up with their own designs. Since I had to type up my notes for my sub., I thought that maybe someone else might find it useful too. My samples did however, end up looking very nice on our homeschool room wall. 🙂
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