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Crafting with Dudes: Valentine Edition

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Listeners of "Whole Living" know that from time to time, we do a segment called Crafting with Dudes --because if a dude can do it, you can too. Joining us again was the lovely Maura Madden, author of  "Crafternoon," to provide both crafting inspiration, expertise, and color commentary as we set our dudes crafting for Valentine's Day.

Rather than just cards, we took it a step further this time: Decoupage. So out came the Mod Podge, the brushes, and the creativity. Decoupage is really fancy French word that means "to glue stuff down." OK, not literally, but that's essentially what you do. Today we decoupaged boxes--it's the wrapping AND the gift. Though a good dude would put something inside.

The two gentlemen who joined us were Scott Frampton, online editor at SiriusXM, and Chris Hauselt, engineer for Living Today. Scott decided to decoupage a box using some 50's-era ads that he found in some vintage mags we had floating around (which you can often find at flea markets, yard sales,  the old antique or old book shop here and there). He believed his wife would get a kick out of it.

Chris had hoped to decoupage a human-sized box with which to perhaps catch a lovely lady for Valentine's Day, but alas, we did not have one big enough. So he crafted a tiny box in which he can keep the little shattered pieces of his heart. (Just kidding, Chris.)  Check out our pictures and be wowed by the talent of dudes.

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Sirius XM online editor Scott Frampton, left, and Living Today engineer Chris Hauselt set about finding inspiration for their decoupage. Maura Madden, right, is our crafting mistress.

1 Sirius XM online editor Scott Frampton, left, and Living Today engineer Chris Hauselt set about finding inspiration for their decoupage. Maura Madden, right, is our crafting mistress.

It couldn't be easier: Select image, smear some Mod Podge on the back, flatten against surface, and glaze it over with more Mod Podge.

2 It couldn't be easier: Select image, smear some Mod Podge on the back, flatten against surface, and glaze it over with more Mod Podge.

Trim your image...carefully now. Those aren't kid-safe scissors.

3 Trim your image...carefully now. Those aren't kid-safe scissors.

Fifties-era ads make fantastic decoupage items! Seek out some vintage mags at an old bookstore, antique shop, or yard sale.

4 Fifties-era ads make fantastic decoupage items! Seek out some vintage mags at an old bookstore, antique shop, or yard sale.

Or, take your inspiration from a mash-up of ye olde circus days and...Studio 54.

5 Or, take your inspiration from a mash-up of ye olde circus days and...Studio 54.

6 "Do you think a chick would fit in here?" No, Chris, sadly we don't think you can snag a babe by setting a trap with a box that size.

This nifty little pet food ad reads,

7 This nifty little pet food ad reads, "Smell its clean wholesome meaty aroma." Mmm.

Scott really fell for this one:

8 Scott really fell for this one: "Have you a septic system?" Charming. His wife will love this keepsake!

Now, let the Mod Podge air dry until clear.

9 Now, let the Mod Podge air dry until clear.

Sweet Maura Madden, of crafternoon.com, handmade these lovely little Valentines from recycled cardstock she had lying around and felt hearts, which she hand-stitched.

10 Sweet Maura Madden, of crafternoon.com, handmade these lovely little Valentines from recycled cardstock she had lying around and felt hearts, which she hand-stitched.

This is a really fun craft you can do with kids, by the way, and not just crafty dudes. You don't have be perfect--in fact, the fun of it is in just collecting lots of cool pictures and images and piecing them together to create a cool and unique object.

Some other things you can decoupage:

-a posterboard or piece of wood and then frame it (try this with old pictures or postcards, magazines, whatever)

-a tray

-a shoe box to keep letters in

-jewelry boxes

-old or vintage tables or furniture can be cool, too

-Even a whole wall! (Maura's idea)

Thanks Maura for this fun crafting session!

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