We love mid century atomic type designs. And we love comic books. And we love cereal, which is somehow absolutely related to this post (you’ll see why). Anyway, we turned this boring side table into a cool blend of mid century and comic books, with the help of some Reese’s Puffs.
You guys know Big G cereals, right? General Mills? They make Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Reese’s Puffs, Lucky Charms… basically everything that is happiness in a box. Well, these guys are putting FREE Justice League comic books in their [specially marked] cereal boxes. Cereal box prizes! Remember those?? Here is the info. Anyway, [Disclosure] Big G was kind enough to sponsor this post, including hooking us up with boxes of cereal. <3
As we were staring at the empty cereal boxes (empty since we immediately ate the cereal. For dinner. Don’t pretend you haven’t done it) and flipping through the free comic books that came inside (you can read the second issues online, here), we knew we wanted to make SOMETHING unique. And of course something relative to DIY geek decor. Enter our dented Target-clearance-section side table. And our desire to have more mid century atomic designs on things.
We ripped a cereal box open, to use as a stencil. *Note the cutouts on the back of the box. Use ’em, love ’em, post pics on social media tagged #SuperHeroing.
Our atomic-inspired shape was just drawn with a ruler, then cut out.
After taping the stencil down and cutting the comic books apart, we started figuring out a layout that we liked. We have tons of comic book pages and clippings leftover, for future projects.
We decoupaged the comics directly onto the table, using matte Mod Podge. Make sure you push air bubbles out.
Yep, we Mod Podged right over the cereal box stencil shape, since we wanted a VERY clean line which requires it being cut away. We let this all dry for half an hour.
To get that clean line, we used an x-acto knife to cut the cardboard stencil away. Being careful to angle the knife so we didn’t cut the table. Much.
Once everything was cut, we slowwwwwly and carefully pulled the cereal box stencil up. There was a bit of Mod Podge on the table, but it scraped away easily, via fingernails.
We put the finishing/sealing layer of Mod Podge on top, and were pretty much done! We also sprayed ours with a quick layer of clear sealant spray, since our table sits next to a window and we don’t want fading. That’s optional.
Here’s the mid-century-comic-book-table in use:
We’re really happy with how this one came out! Subtle geek decor, by way of cereal. What do you think?
A huge thank you to Big G cereals for A) being delicious, and for B) sponsoring this post.