Help Yourself

This is a special craft for all of those summer house guests you will be hosting. This also works for all for those year round house guests, especially the ones you married and gave birth to.
 I started with a 11" x 14" canvas, a wooden disk 2 1/4" in diameter and this backwards download.

Ordinarily I use a laser or toner copy machine print for this type of image transfer. This time I used a print from my ink jet computer which bled a bit and discolored. It looks vintage and that works for this application.

If not already done, prime the canvas with white paint. Drill 4 holes in the center of the disk and prime as well.
 Cut out the message close to the outline and center it on the canvas, with 2" margins on three sides.  Lightly draw around it with pencil. Paint the center a light color and the outside in a contrasting color.
Paint the face of the print with a generous coating of matte ModPodge. Place it facedown and using an old credit card as a squeegee, adhere it to the light colored center of the canvas. Make sure that you get all of the air bubbles out. Allow to dry thoroughly. 
 Meanwhile paint the button a bright color. Find a bottle cap (or in my case, a shot glass) that is smaller than the disk. Dip the rim in a darker color then gently place it on the disk to simulate the groove around a real button (called a knurl - my vocabulary lesson for the week).
When the print is completely dry, wet the paper and gently but firmly rub off all of the paper.  Let it dry. You may find that you need to repeat the wetting and rubbing process until you remove all (or most) of the paper. Top with more ModPodge. This should make any excess paper fuzzies transparent.

Use a Sharpie and a ruler to outline the message.

Place the button where you wish. Poke corresponding holes in the canvas. Sew on the button with string or yarn.

Let's hope that everyone gets the idea.


LambAround said...

Super cute :)

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [30 May 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Heather said...

Love this, I need to make one! Thanks for linking up at memakingdo!

Suzanne said...

Such a perfect sentiment and craft.

Rachel @ Pleased as Punch said...

THAT is hilarious. Thanks for the laugh. :)

Emilee said...

So cute! and creative! I love it!

shopannies said...

love it I so need this with my teens come over to and see what I shared

Jan Ely said...

Dang, you are one clever cookie! I love reading your blog--keep 'em coming!

Kadie said...

Cute,Cute,CUTE! I need to post one of these in every room in the house!

I am a new follower.

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Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said...

This is a great craft. Too many people expect others to "help" them instead of figuring out how to solve their own problems. Okay, no more preaching...I still think this is awesome!

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Love it! :)

aStarToSteerHerBy said...

hilarious! I laughed out loud. Reminds me of a sign my mom had that said "take a number," except they were all letters. LOVE it.

Erin said...

LOVE it!!! LOL

KAT said...

Funny one here love it so much guests will get a kick out of that

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Rosario said...

what a great idea! said...

love it! And didn't know that you could use modpodge as a transfer medium! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

Janet said...

Love this! Great job. :)

Brit @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

That is just perfect! I love it, thanks for the inspiration :)

Sandy said...

Nice and I love that saying, I need one of those in my home.

AllieMakes! said...

HAHA! I love that quote! I need to do one of these too!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Deanna Jane (cullenkidsmum) said...

Very cute!!! Followed from Domestically Speaking party

Holly said...

I NEED one of these. Living on the Monterey Pensinsula, we get tons of guest in the summer (even with the foggy weather) !

Paulus said...

I'll do this thing by myself...

Karen @ Goodbyecityhellosuburb said...

Ha! I needed a good laugh- this better work for my dirty dishes, laundry, house problem! I would love it if you shared this @ Workshop Wednesday!

Ashley said...

ah haha thats awesome! i love it:) i really think i need to make something similar!
you rock:)

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