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By Mary Genser

November 14, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Hand-made boards provide easy, inexpensive, and customizable ways to brighten up the holiday season for those on your gift-giving list. Whether you need gifts to give—or you’re simply a little bored—get some little boards and have fun!


Any smooth-surfaced board will suffice for a work surface. For this column, I used wood slices with bark from Michael’s and JoAnn’s craft stores, as well as plain boards from Wal-Mart. Cutting boards can also be used.

You may use fabric cut-outs, or choose any image to decorate your boards, such as a favorite photograph or your own original art. Just make a copy, shrinking or enlarging to fit your boards. Next, apply image with permanent glue sticks, available at Copy-It or office supply stores. If desired, you can outline or decorate the items with glitter glue to add sparkle to your creations.

Your finished items may be hung on a wall, or displayed on a miniature easel, available at any art supply or craft stores.

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