Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Now this is a project for even the non-crafter. Easy, cheap & fast for wall art that works. I had this space in my dining room that needed something added to it for years.
Problem was I couldn't find something that:
1. Was the kind of colors/style I wanted
2. The right size (my space needed something several feet wide, but not too tall)
3. Reasonable price (wall art this big is $$ even for the cheapest stuff)
I'm not a painter & have ZERO drawing skills, so I didn't want to mess up a canvas attempting either one. I decided to go the "cheater" route instead. I used a cheap blank canvas, some scrapbook paper I had & poster putty to make my ideal wall art that is also completely reusable so you can pull it all off and make something else whenever the mood strikes. Total project cost about $10, which is way less than buying something I may end up hating, but would be stuck with keeping because of the price.
- Scrapbook paper in complimentary colors/prints
- Poster putty
- Blank canvas
- Scissors/Cricut (optional)
- Craft paint (optional)
I needed something pretty big, 24" x 36", so full sheets of paper were a perfect fit, but you could always cut them down to make any size desired. I laid out the papers until I liked the layout and then used little bits of the poster putty around the edges of each piece to attach them to the canvas.
Then I used my Cricut to cut out a giant fleur de lis and attached that on top with more putty. If you don't have a cutting machine, tracing a shape you like and cutting with scissors or buying a pre-cut shape are easy alternatives.
I didn't want the side edges of the canvas to be glaring white, so I used some leftover acrylic craft paint to paint them a soft green, but that's just personal preference.
Using Mod Podge or some other adhesive would make this more permanent, but I like having the option of being able to take all the paper off to reuse for something else and then swap in whatever other ones I feel like whenever I want.
This room isn't the easiest to photograph, so the pictures don't do it justice. It looks nicer in person. I'm pretty pleased with the results though and if I change my mind, no big deal. If only everything else was this easy...
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