How To: Creating A 3-D Collage Backsplash

This one-of-a-kind idea lets you display your favorite collection, from silverware to shells, in a 3-D collage.
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The kitchen becomes a work of art with this 3-D collage.

The kitchen becomes a work of art with this 3-D collage.

Materials and Tools:

large sheets of paper or cardboard to use as a template
silverware or other small household objects
resin and catalyst (available at art supply stores)
1/4" lauan plywood to fit the footprint of your backsplash (available at lumber companies)
colored laminate to fit the footprint of your backsplash
1" x 2"s to create the form
nails
drinking straws to hold the space for your mounting hardware (how many will depend on the size of your backsplash)
1 can of cooking spray
finish screws and grommets
construction adhesive
pencil with eraser
measuring tape
jigsaw

Steps:

1. Measure the dimensions of your backsplash. Using a large sheet of paper or cardboard, transfer the measurements to the paper, then use scissors to cut a template. Set the template in place and tweak it until it fits the backsplash area perfectly.

2. Lay the template over the luan plywood and transfer the measurements. Use the jigsaw to cut out a footprint of your backsplash from the lauan. Use safety precautions when cutting the plywood.

3. To add a dash of color, layer a piece of laminate over the plywood (we used bright red). Using the same template, transfer the footprint of the backsplash onto the laminate then cut the laminate with the saw, exercising safety precautions. Lay the laminate over the plywood.

4. Nail together the 1" x 2"s create a frame around your backsplash's footprint so your resin will have a place to pool.

5. Since this is a heavy project, we recommend securing the backsplash into the wall studs. Find them with a stud finder (available at hardware stores), then mark the measurements on the laminate.

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Straws fill the holes where the backsplash will secure to the wall.

Straws fill the holes where the backsplash will secure to the wall.

6. Drill holes where you will put your mounting hardware, then insert clear drinking straws upright in the holes. As you pour the resin, it will dry around the straws, giving you a channel through which you can easily insert your hardware.

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Cooking spray is applied around the frame to ensure easy removal.

Cooking spray is applied around the frame to ensure easy removal.

7. Spray the form with cooking spray to make it easier to remove the backsplash.

8. Wearing safety gear and working in a well-ventilated area, measure out the resin and add the hardening catalyst. Mix thoroughly according to the manufacturer's directions.

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The resin is carefully poured about one-third up the mold.

The resin is carefully poured about one-third up the mold.

9. Fill the mold about one-third full, then wait about 25 minutes to let it harden to a jelly-like consistency.

10. Place the silverware or other objects in the resin.

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Press silverware firmly into the jelly-like resin.

Press silverware firmly into the jelly-like resin.

11. Pour a second layer of resin, repeating the same process as for the first. Don't overfill the mold. In all, our mold took three layers of resin to complete.

12. Let the mold cure for 24 hours. The mold should make a clicking sound when tapped and should not be tacky to the touch. Remove the form.

13. Apply construction adhesive to the back of your resin backsplash according to the manufacturer's instructions. Put the backsplash in place.

14. Install the finish screws and grommets in the holes created by straws.

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