DIY REVERSIBLE PHOTO BOARD & SWIVEL FRAME Story and photos by Emily Olson
ake the decoupage projects from your childhood to a sophisticated level with your favorite photographs and MDF (medium-density fiber) boards. The project is simple, inexpensive and creates a unique way to display photos in your home or office or to give as meaningful gifts. Get two looks in one by mounting photos on both sides of the MDF. This option is great for areas where the photo can be seen from both sides, like on a sofa table or an office desk. Or if they arenâ€™t seen on both sides, it is a fun option to turn them around for a new look. The swivel frame adds dimension and novelty, but the MDF boards look great on their own too.
MDF Photo Board 1. Cut MDF to size. This project used 8x10, 6x6, and 5x7 photos. 2. Sand all sides of the MDF with fine grit sandpaper and wipe clean. 3. Paint the sides and edges of the board top. Once dry, lightly sand the fibers that have surfaced from the paint. Paint/sand until you are satisfied with the smoothness.
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4. Using a small foam brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge across the face of the board, working from the center out. Ensure complete coverage, paying close attention to the corners and edges. 5. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the back of the photo with the same technique. 6. Align your photo on the board, creating a sandwich with the Mod Podge in between. Apply pressure working from the center out to eliminate air pockets. 7. Wipe away any excess adhesive along the edges and place the board photo side down on wax paper. Place a heavy object on top of the board to prevent air pockets while drying. Let stand 30 minutes. 8. Applying Mod Podge to the top of the photo will create the finish that keeps this project from looking like a photo glued to a board. Mod Podge will also serve as a sealant and protector for the photo. Apply a generous layer, then take a smooth sponge or daubing brush to daub the Mod Podge, removing all brush strokes and giving it canvas-like texture. 9. Let dry for several hours before handling and applying a photo to the other side.
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