No, I am not crazy, and yes, you can use 12 x 12″ paper for fall porch decor! With a little help from Mod Podge, you can seal your paper project to withstand the elements to enable you to decorate your outdoor area as cute as your inside areas.
For this project, I purchased my ladder and monthly wood kit from Crafty Wood Cutouts HERE which is a local woodcraft store. I actually consider this cheating, because I have been a wood cutter for many years, but I just don’t have the time to get out to my shop very often any more, so I have resigned to buying pre-cut wood. Its easier.
I had to give the edges of each piece a light sanding with fine sandpaper, then I stained the sides and back of each piece. I used a stain/sealer purchased from the hardware store which has been laying around my house for who knows how long, but the color worked for me.
I collected several sheets of 12 x 12″ fall paper that I wanted to use, and traced each wood piece on the desired sheet of paper. Make sure to put the front of your wood piece on the back of the sheet of paper so it will trace exactly as you want it to fit when you adhere them together.
Once all the shapes were cut out, I inked around all the edges with Distress Ink, let dry, then I adhered each shape of paper with the coordinating wood piece with a coat of Mod Podge. I let them dry before I applied the vinyl lettering (included in the kit) and covered the top with Mod Podge, let dry and applied a second coat.
When completely dry, I used wood glue to attach wood pieces together and hot glue to apply ribbon, flowers, etc. Attach hooks to the appropriate pieces and tied pieces that did not require hooks with ribbon or raffia to the ladder. This way I can change the ladder’s decor each month to fit the season! FUN!
fine grit sandpaper
SEA028 Authentique Autumn Collection 12 x 12
14716887 Bo Bunny Autumn Song 12 x 12 Collection (available on our website Oct. 4, 2013)
TIM19534 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Walnut Stain
Orange acrylic paint
White cardstock (for eyes)
So remember, If you have some fun outdoor projects that you would rather cover with paper than paint, you can totally do it!
Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!