Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Christmas in July with Newlyweds on a Budget

Welcome to Christmas in July [now in August}! A fun Series to get us all inspired for my favorite holiday!
It is never too early to start planning for Christmas!  
Today we have Kari from Newlyweds on a Budget

Hello Fireflies and Jellybean readers! I am SO excited to have the opportunity to hang out with you today. When FF&JB sent out the call for guest bloggers to participate in their Christmas in July series I jumped at the chance. I'm a huge fan of Fireflies and Jellybeans and am a daily stalker reader.

A little bit about myself-my name's Kari and I share my love for crafting over at my little space of the blog-o-sphere  Newlyweds on a Budget. I share fun crafts you can do on a $15 a month craft budget. Because my budget is so small I have to be creative about the things I use and the ways I use everyday items.

That's how I came up with this gift for my husband. He's a nerdy guy and I wanted to make a gift that would incorporate that as well as something a little bit more sentimental. We got married a little over 2 months ago and so I had a lot of pictures to work with-and my boss was more than willing to part with these old floppy disks.

So here is my floppy disk picture tutorial-

-Floppy Disks
-Modge Podge
-Foam Brush
-Glue Gun and glue sticks

Start off with your floppy disks-I used colored ones because I got them for free but you could do a black and white theme and use only black floppy disks. After I started this I noticed a lot of floppy disks at my local goodwill in their media section. So if you don't have any lying around at home be sure to check out any goodwill stores you have around you.

Next take your glue gun and running glue along the sides glue the floppy disks together until they form a cube. Four floppy disks for the sides and two for the top and bottom of the cube.

Because I knew that I'd be using modge podge to adhere my pictures to my floppy disks and that I would get lots of shine from the modge podge I decided to use just regular printer paper to print my pictures on instead of picture paper. I actually used some scrap paper that had stuff printed on the back and it worked out perfectly-and didn't cost me a dime.

Print your pictures (I printed 3.5 x 5 and trimmed them to fit) and figure out how you'd like to position them on your floppy disk.

Once you figure out how you'd like your pictures displayed simply use your modge podge (one of my favorite crafting essentials) on the floppy disk and place your picture. Then once again using your modge podge seal the picture on the floppy disk and give it that extra shine.
Repeat that process on the remaining 5 sides letting each side dry completely-you don't want the picture to move around as you're working.

Six sides later and you have a completed project-

I absolutely love how it turned out and each picture I chose is one the both the hubbs and I love.

I loved making this project and I can't wait until the hubbs gets to open it on Christmas morning. I know he'll love it and it will be a great for him to take to work and have the techy along with a sentimental aspect to it because my amazing husband has a soft side that I love!

I hope you enjoy this Christmas in July series and get some great idea for your family gifts, including the man of the house. And I would love it if you could stop by Newlyweds on a Budget and check out my budget friendly crafts!

1 comment :

Unknown said...

omg, I LOVE this! I'm partial to easy crafts that involve photographs. Very cool. I think I have a box of old floppys in the basement too.

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