My favorite place to shop is at my parent’s house. They have lots of cool stuff there and the price is always right—free! Well, its more like a currency-less exchange program: I borrow a table so I don’t have to put my sewing machine away and in return I agree that the Boy will help my dad move a cabinet at work. Its great for my budget.
Anyway so a while back we stopped by my parents’ house for one reason or another and my mom asked me if I wanted this frame:
Apparently one of her brothers had given her this artwork a while back. By a while back I mean she’s had them longer than I’ve been alive and they have never been hung up in the house. Needless to say she didn’t need them anymore. Being a good kid, I of course offered to take it off her hands. Not that I needed it, but I am broke so I don’t turn down free stuff. I figured I would find something to do with it at some point or if not, I would give it to charity like she was going to if I didn’t take it.
So it sat in my closet for a while until one day I got bored and decided that I needed something to hang above my desk. I didn’t really have a plan, so I dragged out a bunch of random supplies and started fiddling. I have this roll of metal that I got to do my wall of frames and I still have a lot left. The frame had a piece of cardboard behind the artwork (which got recycled) so I decided on a memo/magnet board. I got out some scrapbook paper to cover the cardboard for the memo side and cut the metal for the top magnet side.
Hey look, there it is. So I cut my metal and stuck it back in the frame only to realize I had a small problem.
Can you see it there? The metal wouldn’t lie flat. Ugh. Don’t you hate it when things like that happen. Luckily for you and I they invited a nifty little thing called glue, so I just stuck some along this edge and put a few of my text books to good use holding the metal down until it dried.
Success! It hangs above my desk so I have something fun to look at while I am studying. I just use pushpins to stick things to the bottom and magnets on the top. It won’t last forever, but given the amount of money I spend on it ($0), it doesn’t need to.