Since I already covered some things I like on my birthday this week, I thought I’d bring you a project instead of my usual Friday Favorites. Hope you don’t mind. I was wandering around Craft Warehouse a couple of days ago. They lured me in with the “Truckload Fabric Sale” sign out front. They have things hanging around the store that their employees have made and there’s almost always an instruction sheet nearby. I spotted two different projects I liked and decided to combine them into one.
The first was a shadowbox frame someone had decorated and written a to-do list on the front of the glass. I loved the fact that it was dimensional and the paper in the back of the frame could be changed out if I got tired of looking at it. I was all set to gather the supplies, until I walked past the glass blocks.
This store has been carrying the glass blocks with a slit in the top for a long time now and they usually have little Christmas lights inside and vinyl words on the outside. This time, they had one with river rocks in the bottom and a silk plant sticking out through the slot. I’m a sucker for river rocks.
Here’s what I came up with. You’ll need a glass block with a hole in the top, some scrapbook paper, some flat rocks, a small magnet, some branches and a wipe-off chalk marker. I also splurged on the frame to hold the block, but it’s optional.
Trace the block on the paper and cut it out. I didn’t want the paper to be permanently attached to the glass, so I used small pieces of removable double stick tape around the edge of the paper to hold it in place.
The print on the paper and the lip around the block makes it invisible. Just make sure you attach the tape to the printed side of the paper. As always, learned that one the hard way. Stick the paper to the back of the block.
Pull out the stopper in the top of the block and add the rocks. Carefully. I found it helps if you hold your breath.
Cut the sticks to your desired length and poke them through the opening and into the rocks. I used some I’ve had in my craft room for years. According to the package, it’s Crazy Ting Basil. No, I have no idea what that is either.
You might notice in the first photo I showed a roll of magnetic tape. I glued it to the side of the chalk pen with hot glue, but it wasn’t strong enough to hold it to the metal block frame. My advice is check your magnet before gluing. I ended up using one of those tiny super-strong kind.
I eventually read the instructions on the pen, and it says it will last longer if stored horizontally. So instead of sticking it to the side of the frame, I moved it to the bottom in the back.
I almost stopped here because I liked it, but I started out intending for this to be a to-do list, so I had to power through.
And I’m not sorry.
I’ve never used a chalk marker before, but apparently it wipes right off with a damp cloth. I could see all kinds of uses for this. A quote instead of a list. As a display at a wedding or party. Filled with marbles or moss instead of rocks. Fabric instead of paper. I even considered curling some wire to use in place of the sticks. The possibilities are endless.
Now if you’ll excuse me…I have a to-do list to complete.