Friday, March 21, 2014

Easy DIY Wall Art for a Kid's Room {tutorial}

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This post is sponsored by Joann Fabric and Crafts Stores as part of their National Craft Month Campaign.
I've just gotten the little kids room repainted and the walls have been bare for a couple weeks now.  I wanted something colorful for the walls that wasn't too themey and was easy to make.  So, Bear and I head out to our local Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Store to pick up some materials to make some easy DIY wall art for the kids's room.  Jo-Ann makes spring crafting easy right now during National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and a spring crafting website
After wandering around the store, we got several ideas, but Bear decided he like this one the best.  The plan was to make paper mache wall letters that spelled out the word "play".  To cover the letters, we found some fun geometric and floral fabric squares in colors that match the curtains I've yet to sew.
The first step was to paint each letter a color that matched the fabric that was going on it.  Luckily, I had paint that was all very close in color.  Bear was able to help with this step.  (You'll notice that we even painted the fronts of the letters, which is the part the fabric covered.  I did this to ensure that the dark of the paper mache material didn't show through the thin cotton fabric.)
After the paint was dry, I made a paper template of each letter and traced the outline of it onto the backside of the fabric.  Once I got the fabric cut, I laid it on top of the letter to ensure that it fit without any hangover.  Then, I put mod podge on the letter to stick down the fabric.  (Be sure to smooth out any wrinkles quickly.)
Once the mod podge dried, I hot-glued metal picture hanger brackets onto the back of each letter and they were ready to hang on the wall.  There is still a lot of work to be done on the little kids' room, but this colorful and cute easy DIY wall art is a good start for now.  I'll share more with you as I get it done. 

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