Craft FailMay 18, 2010 at 6:07 am | Posted in crafts | Leave a comment
Tags: contact paper, craft fail, sign vinyl, spray paint
Most of the time, when I set out to make something, I end up with a product that I can use, quite often similar to what I set out to make. Some things even turn out better than I would have thought – the purse I made last week with the sign vinyl for instance. But I do make a few things that turn out so badly that I can’t figure out what to do with them. Projects that need to be *gasp* thrown away. :-)
Contact paper makes a wonderful mask on many types of materials. I designed a cute little tote, just large enough to hold an 8.5″x11″ notebook, with a leafy pattern on the front. I cut out my panels using the sign vinyl that I got out of the dumpster. I drew a leafy pattern and cut it out of contact paper. I carefully applied the contact paper mask and took my vinyl outside to spray paint a lovely shade of periwinkle. I let it dry for 45 minutes, and brought it inside to peel the mask off and sew my adorable tote bag together.
- Problem 1: Contact paper sticks to sign vinyl. Really well. Too well. The sticky residue was almost all left behind.
- Problem 2: Sticky residue is hard to remove. Even with peanut butter and goo gone. In fact, the paint scrubbed off easier than the sticky residue.
- Problem 3: The paint started to peel off of one of the panels. Not all three, just one. I can’t figure out why.
- Problem 4: Things started to stick to the sticky residue, making the panels dirty.
But there was a happy discovery: contact paper is easy to spray paint. At $1 yard, contact paper is much cheaper than commercial of craft vinyl. Add part of a $1.50 can of spray paint to achieve the color that you need, and it is still considerably cheaper, and much cuter. The periwinkle leaves that I pulled off of the vinyl have held up nicely, aside from the fact that they have little sticky residue left. I am working on another way to decorate my tote (with a new piece of vinyl) and considering the possibilities of spray painted contact paper. So I guess it wasn’t a total failure after all. :-)