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Yay!! I finally did the DIY wall art for my nursery and I’m lovin the way it turned out.  I was going for a mod take on baby wall art using some of the fabrics that I’ll be incorporating in the baby bedding and pillows.  Heres what it turned out looking like:This is a really easy and adorable art project that takes basically no artistic talent to pull together.   Heres the breakdown:

Cost: About $18-$30 depending on what you have on hand.

Supplies:

  • Sharp Scizzors that can cut somewhat intricate detail
  • Silhouette Images or images with a strong graphic line to them.  I knew that I was looking for “woodland creatures” and so looked up “woodland creature clipart” in google images to find my jackalope, owl, and squirrel.
  • Canvases either square or rectangular (or oval or round or whatever you’d like!).  I got my 3 12″x12″x1″ canvases at BigLots for $5 a piece.
  • Fun Coordinating Fabrics.  I used 5 different coordinating fabrics mixing prints with solids to make my art a little whimsical.  I find most of my fabrics in the “remnant” bins for up to 80% off at fabric and craft stores.
  • Adhesive Backed Felt. I got mine at Walmart in white for $0.99 per sheet.  It took 3 sheets to make 3 silhouettes.
  • Multipurpose Spray Adhesive. I love this stuff and use it a lot.  I get the Super 77 spray adhesive at Walmart for $6 a can or so.
  • ModPodge.
  • Craft Paint (if you’d like to paint the edges of your canvas).

It took me about an hour or so to do all 3 pictures and about another 5 hours to let them dry enough to hang.  I can ‘t wait to get the nursery painted so I can see how they look against my light aqua walls!  Alright, you got your stuff together?  Lets get started.

  1. Find some images you’d like to use for your silhouettes.  To do this, simply peruse google images around the category your looking for.  For example “woodland animals clipart” was what I typed in to find my 3 images, and they were basically already in silhouette form for me so that was great.  If your images aren’t in silhouette form its ok as long as they have a strong line to them that gives the detail you’d like when you make them into silhouette art.
  2. Print your images off on your home printer in as large a size as needed for your canvas.  For my 12″x12″ canvases I basically sized my images to a 3/4 sheet of computer paper to get the size I wanted.  This is important because you’re essentially making a stencil to use for your main image in your artwork.
  3. Cut your images out making sure to acknowledge that your image needs to primarily be one piece to work as a stencil.
  4. Next, grab your adhesive backed felt and turn it over to the waxy paper backed side.  Using a sharpie (or pen), trace your image onto the back of your felt.  I like using adhesive backed felt because it makes it easy to trace and cut, getting crisp edges and all the details.
  5. Now cut out your images going slowly and using sharp scizzors.  DO NOT remove the adhesive backing wax paper before you start cutting.  We’ll take that off later.
  6. Next its time to get creative and pick out your fabrics.  This is a lot like scrapbooking in that you want to create a fun backdrop to your main image which is your felt silhouette.  You can either do all 3 canvases the same or all different or (like in my case) the middle canvas different while still using coordinating fabrics.  I chose a main square of fabric for the backdrop, followed by a strip of coordinating fabric down the center vertically, and then layered my white felt silhouette onto another “outline” fabric.  This is up to you.  Have fun creating your “fabric scrapbook page” however you’d like!  Just don’t get TOO busy with it if you want your main image to stand out.
  7. Once you have your pieces cut out and have an idea for how you’d like to layer them onto your canvas, (my pieces are totally unkempt looking with crooked lines and frayed edges but you can get more precise if you’d like a more PERFECT look and feel.  I wanted to keep mine fun and “handmade” looking so I didn’t worry about cutting everything the exact same), now you can begin gluing them onto your canvas in your desired order.
  8. To do this, work with the bottom pieces first, spraying moderately the backside of your fabric piece and positioning it onto your canvas.  Smooth the bubbles and edges down, and repeat the process with your next pieces.  (Hold off on your main image, we’ll get to that in a sec.)
  9. Once you have that part done, get your silhouette(s) and remove the waxy backing.  You can either stick your image directly onto your layered fabric canvas or you can do what I did you give it an “outline” by layering it onto another coordinating fabric.
  10. If you decide to layer it like I said in the previous step, simply stick it onto your outline fabric and then cut around the image at your desired outline width.  I gave mine about 1/4 inch.
  11. Next, spray that back of your now outlined silhouette and stick it into place on your canvas.
  12. If you’d like, you can be done at this point or you can do what I did and finish the whole thing with a generous coat of ModPodge.  I like to “seal” my fabric art with ModPodge to make sure that all the pieces aren’t going anywhere and give it a little bit of a gloss.  Using a foam brush, apply the ModPodge over the entire canvas  covering each layer of fabric.
  13. If you’d like you can also use craft paint in a coordinating color to paint the sides of your canvas to make it stand out against your wall.  I used brown.

And there you have it!  Wonderful custom artwork thats easy to make and provides a POP to your decor!  What do you think?! Enjoy making your own fabric wall art and stay tuned for my next tutorial “How to Paint a Mod Wall Mural“!

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Sorry to those of you who checked this thing yesterday for the art project I’d promised.  I had a crazy night in the hospital Sunday night fearful that I was going into pre-term labor and spent the day at my in-laws yesterday sort of relaxing.  Not to worry though my friends.  Alls well and the baby and I are both just fine.  I just had a fever and some cramping but after an IV and a billion tests everything looks normal and I was sent home with strict orders for more R&R (rest and relaxation).  I’m really not a hypochondriac and I hate feeling like I’m always on the edge but thats how it goes when you have “high-risk” pregnancies I guess.  Anyway, so thats my excuse, but I promise to show you the art project today.

First though I want to show you my decorating plans for my DIY baby boy nursery.  The art project will be going into this room so I thought I’d let you take a peak at the BIG PICTURE before I showed you the art project itself.

My own personal decorating senses tend to lean more towards an “eclectic modern” look, even when it comes to kids rooms and baby nurseries.  I like to mix old and new pieces and prints and use bold accents.  (The baby’s getting excited, it keeps kicking me as I write).  🙂  So when I was trying to come up with my nursery plans I steered clear of the duckies and teddy bears and went a completely different way.  Not that theres anything wrong with duckies and teddy bears,  I’ve seen some pretty dang adorable nurseries that are very baby-ish and still chic, its just my prerogative.

Ok.  To be completely honest, I was SUPER disappointed when I saw little boy parts on the ultrasound screen.  I had been kind of collecting things for a little girls nursery and was SO thinking that “if I build it, she will come.”  But nope.  Of course I was silly for thinking I had any say in the matter.  In order to get myself more excited about having a boy, I instantly started putting together my nursery decor plans.  I came up with a plan that I’m very excited about and now am not feeling so disappointed about having another boy.  I drew a VERY rough sketch of 3 walls in the room to give myself some guidance and show you a “preview”.

I found this great vinyl wall decal mural on Etsy that inspired the “woodsy” theme of the room. I LOVED it and decided to “splurge” on it since I really had nearly everything else I needed for the room already from my first son.  I love that it is oober-graphic and a little whimsical and my hubby loves that its kind of “manly”.  To tone down the adult-ness of it, I chose a color scheme in aqua, white, brown, and orange painting the accent wall where the mural will be a darker aqua and the other 3 walls light aqua and using the orange as an accent.  The trees will be white against the dark aqua wall and I order the deer and the bird in orange.  I would like to find white blackout shade to put on the windows and plan to copy the graphic birch tree design from the wall mural onto the shade (as an outline only) in aqua sharpie.  I already have white curtains that I got from ikea a while back to soften up the windows and add more privacy and all the furniture is from my son’s old nursery so that was easy.  I am debating on whether or not to paint the white jenny-lind crib and changing table orange to make it pop more but I think I will wait to see if I want that much orange in there after everything else is in and done.  I’m currently in the process of figuring out how to make a rag rug which I’m sure I will post a tutorial on soon.  And then of course the artwork which will go to the left of the window will be done today and I’ll show it to you after this post.  I got a pair of antlers from a thrift store for $4 a while back and I spray painted them white and will put them in the room over the changing table.  I also plan on using a tree branch as the curtain rod and for a homemade woodsy baby mobile above the crib.  I had some fun fabric and bought a few extra fun prints in orange and aqua and brown to make the baby quilt, artwork, and accent pillows which I’m excited to post tutorials about as well.  Keep in mind, I don’t sew that great so my sewing tutorials will be super simple consisting of basics and lots of straight lines.   I’m hoping that the woodsy theme will keep it graphic and not so baby-ish but while the colors and fabrics add some charm and whimsy.  I’m so excited to put it together (don’t worry, my sis is coming into town to help, I’ll pretty much just sit int the chair and direct her), and I’ll be sure to show you everything as I go.  Heres a glance at all my supplies.And heres a look at the BEFORE pics of the room:And this is another angle:Pretty ugly right now but you just wait!! FUN FUN!! I’ll post the art tutorial later!

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