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Old 07-11-2005, 09:35 AM
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Desk Blotter

I would like to make a desk blotter for my daughter's desk. It's just a small student desk, and I really don't need anything bigger than say 14X18. But she has noticed that doing homework at her desk sometimes has left marks in the finish. A blotter would prevent further damage and cover the existing marks.
Since I can't find anything cute for a 9 year old girl in the store, I thought we could make one. Any suggestions on how we could do this? (The more frugal, the better!)
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Old 07-15-2005, 12:51 PM
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One thing that would be nice is to have a piece of glass cut to the size you want & she could choose a picture of her liking under it. Also At there is directions for a desk blotter. If you don't have an embroidery machine just decorate it with stick ons, write something or decorate how you please. There are more directions on the internet I'm sure. They aren't hard to make.
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Old 07-15-2005, 03:58 PM
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An old mirror, glass from an old picture frame, just make sure that the edges are safe. Have a piece of perspex cut to size. With the mirror anything she places on it will create a picture. With the glass or perspex you can slip photos, poems, letters, anything she is interested in underneath.

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Old 07-17-2005, 09:03 AM
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Hi Barb!

I was lurking and saw your post.. I'd just like to suggest if you do use something transparant, that you get a piece of plexiglass instead.

If you sew, or know someone who does, I'd suggest using a 1/4 inch piece of MDF or plywood,( even an old lexan cutting board) and make a "slipcover" for it that would fit your DD's room decor. My SIL did this for my younger DD and she changes it between her zebra stripes and her gold lamee fabric when the mood strikes her. It has a velcro closure, so there is no problem changing it out. It also makes it easy to clean or replace the slipcover.

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Old 07-19-2005, 07:57 AM
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You can also make one by using any smooth cloth (not napped) for front and back, (an old pillow case works) and padding it with old newspapers. Not as lovely as the glass alternative, perhaps, but ironed smooth it works just fine, washes and the papers are replaceable.

Hope this helps,

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Old 07-21-2005, 09:45 AM
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Jamie, THAT sounds like something I can manage! Thanks!
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