Hi, I'm Holly! Welcome to cutie pie cottage

Hi, I'm Holly!  Welcome to cutie pie cottage

Monday, January 25, 2016

Cinder Block Project

Hello out there!  Remember me?  Even if you're new, I hope you like my project!  I wanted to make shelves for my vintage booth out of these vintage style/flower cinder blocks so I gave them the paper napkin treatment!  (Napkins were found at Joann fabric and crafts)

#1 Brush off loose concrete.  #2 Apply coat of Gesso and let dry.  #3 Apply coat of Modge Podge and quickly put napkin on top (Napkin should be peeled down to one layer.)  #4 Gently smooth napkin.  #5 After a few seconds, poke hole in each hollow section.

Tips:  I kept dipping my fingers in water when lightly pressing and smoothing the napkin.  Too wet and it will tear- not wet enough and your fingers will stick and tear the napkin.  It won't matter a whole lot if your block and napkin back ground are both white.  I used my fingers and then a tooth brush on all the edges to really get the napkin clinging everywhere- eventually causing all the excess napkin to break away from the holes and edges.  Since these will be indoors, I don't plan on sealing them.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments and I will answer there!  

6 comments:

Primitive Stars said...

Afternoon, oh I. Love the blocks, such a great idea.Blessings Francine.

Sugar Pink Boutique said...

It's simply beautiful!! Thank you so much for posting a tutorial and showing us how to make one of our own! I'll definitely have to give this a try! Big hugs, Jennifer

Marilyn Podoll said...

What a fabulous idea!! They look great.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

What a cool idea!!!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Hi Holly, love this! Going to look great in your booth. :)

janice15 said...

O my what a great idea I love it they look so pretty glad your back with love Janice, thanks for sharing