Easy DIY Canvas Mustache Art Craft

I love, love, love mustaches. Actually, I hate mustaches on people, but I love mustache silhouettes. I love them on mugs, I love them on the cool duck tape my husband found at Walmart, and I love it on this awesome t-shirt I got him for his birthday:

Golden Colorado

I may also have a tendency to bust out fake colored, stick-on mustaches every chance I get:

Stick on mustaches

So, when I got some blank canvases to create a collage wall going up my staircase, I knew one of them would turn out to be a mustache print. My original intention was to simply paint the mustache silhouette in the same manner in which I painted my frog and dog art – see my DIY Canvas Art post to see what I’m talking about. But after adding burlap to my Clothespin Picture Frame, I knew a burlap mustache would be way cooler than a painted one.

Easy DIY Burlap Canvas Art Craft

Here are the steps to creating your own awesome burlap mustache canvas art. Obviously, if you’re not quite as obsessed with mustaches as we are, you can tweak this craft to fit your personal tastes.

Step 1: Buy canvas, burlap, and paint.

I got this 8″x24″ canvas on sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics and found this roll of burlap at Hobby Lobby. The paint I used was leftover paint from my entry walls, so it’s just Behr Ultra wall paint from Home Depot in Cherry Cobbler (eggshell finish).

Blank Canvas & Burlap Roll

Step 2: Cut burlap to size.

Cover your canvas with burlap and cut it to the size you need. Since my roll of burlap was about the same height as my canvas, I simply rolled it out and cut it.

Roll out and cut burlap

Step 3: Draw mustache shape on burlap.

Next, fold your burlap in half and draw out half of the mustache. I practiced on paper, then copied my shape with a sharpie onto my burlap. Since I didn’t want the sharpie line to show later, I drew my line as lightly as possible – rather than pressing down hard on the burlap, I barely allowed the marker to touch the fabric.

Fold burlap in half

Draw mustache shape on burlap

Step 4: Cut out burlap mustache.

Use scissors to cut out mustache following your sharpie line and making sure burlap stays neatly folded in half while you’re cutting. This will ensure both sides are the same when you unfold.

Cut out mustache shape.

Step 5: Paint your canvas.

You may want to leave your canvas white – if so, skip to step 6. Otherwise, paint your canvas on the front and sides. I used a 3″ roller to quickly cover my canvas. Since red is a difficult color to work with, it took 3 coats before I reached the results I wanted, which was to match the walls in my entry.

Paint canvas

Step 6: Attach burlap to canvas.

Once canvas is dry, position the burlap on the canvas and use a hot glue gun to adhere the burlap to the canvas. Be very careful when positioning as the glue dries fast and the burlap will rip if you try to pull it back up (I know b/c I tried!). Start with one end and dab a few dots of glue onto the canvas, then lightly press down with your hands (careful not to burn your fingers – that glue’s hot!). Then, continue lifting the loose burlap up, adding glue underneath, and pressing the burlap down until the entire piece is attached.

Hot glue burlap to canvas

That’s it! Now your new custom burlap art piece is ready to hang.

Supplies:

canvas

burlap (enough to cover canvas or create shape in size you need)

sharpie

scissors

hot glue gun

If painting your canvas, you’ll also need:

paint

paintbrush or roller

cardboard, newspaper or tin foil to create a painting surface

paper towels

disposable gloves (if you don’t want paint on your hands!)

 

 

 

Easy Paper Mache Wall Art for Under $5

Easy DIY paper mache wall art craft ideaIf you’ve ever searched high and low for a specific piece of artwork to fill a blank void on your wall then you know how difficult it can sometimes be to find what you’re looking for.

For the longest time I searched for some large palm tree pieces to hang above the bed in my palm tree themed bedroom. I found many pieces that were the exact size but didn’t exactly match my color scheme. So frustrating! I finally just bought one of those wall decals that says “Always kiss me goodnight” and gave up the search.

Then, I decided to create a collage of pictures and artwork going up my staircase and a new search began. The color scheme was very specific – tan, brown and red. This was not easy. I finally decided I’d never find what I was looking for but I could create it on my own.

One of the pieces in my collection of DIY artwork is this paper mache heart covered with scrapbook paper. The best part is, it only cost $3.99 (because I already had the Mod Podge).

Simple Steps for Creating Your Own Paper Mache Wall Art

Scroll to bottom for complete list of supplies.

Paper mache art supplies

Step 1: Buy paper mache shape.

I was searching for something I could cover with scrapbook paper and came across this cheap paper mache heart-shaped box at Hobby Lobby. This box was only $2.99 and I decided to create my artwork from the lid of the box.

Paper Mache Heart Box Hobby Lobby

Step 2: Find scrapbook paper to cover your shape.

After finding this box, I wandered over to Hobby Lobby’s scrapbook paper section and found the perfect gold and beige animal print  paper. It was on sale for $1.

Animal Print Scrapbook Paper

Step 3: Cut scrapbook paper.

Flip your paper over and trace your paper mache cutout with a pencil. Then, cut just inside your line. Place your cutout paper onto the front of your heart and check that none of the paper overlaps the edges of the paper mache. If it needs trimming in any areas, trim it down.

Cut scapbook paper into shape

Step 4: Use Mod Podge to adhere scrapbook paper to paper mache.

Use your sponge brush to cover the paper mache and the back side of the scrapbook paper with Mod Podge. I used the matte finish but you can use gloss if you prefer a shinier look. Work quickly – once the paper mache and scrapbook paper are covered with a nice, even coat of Mod Podge, place the paper heart onto the paper mache, smooth it down with your hands, then cover the decorative side of your scrapbook paper with a nice, even coat of Mod Podge. I also cover the uncovered sides of the heart with Mod Podge so the overall finish matched.

Mod Podge scrapbook paper to paper mache

Step 5: Let it dry, then hang.

One it dried, I simply hung it up with a nail.

DIY Scrapbook Paper Mache Wall Art Craft

Supplies for DIY Mod Podge Wall Art:

Paper mache heart (or other shape)

Scrapbook paper

Pencil

Scissors

Mod Podge (I used Matte finish)

Sponge brush

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy my Silhouette Canvas Art Tutorial.

How to Glaze a Picture Frame (Simple Instructions with Pictures)

How to Glaze a Picture FrameGlazing a picture frame is a great way to add depth and dimension after you paint it a solid color. It’s especially nice on a frame that’s highly textured.

After spray-painting the frame I used for my post on a DIY Twine & Clothespin Picture Frame, I decided some glaze would help bring out the decorative scrolly detailing that I loved so much. It has been awhile since I glazed a frame, so I fumbled my way through it a bit. Read the steps below to learn how – and how not – to glaze a decorative picture frame 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the picture frame before (silver) and after (gold) I spray painted it. It’s a little (OK a lot) difficult to see the difference in the photo but it’s definitely a different tone:

picture-frame-before-after-spray-paint

The gold version looked nice, but I knew it would look even nicer with some deep brown glaze. As you can see, the dark glaze brings out the details:

cu-glazed-frame

Use these steps as a guideline for glazing your picture frame. Scroll to bottom for complete list of supplies needed.

Step 1: Choose a glaze.

Be sure the glaze is significantly darker or lighter than your frame. For my gold-tone spray-painted frame (which I painted with Krylon Brushed Metallic Caramel Latte spray paint in the Satin finish), I chose Rust-oleum Transformations Decorative Glaze in Java Brown.

rustoleum-java-brown-glaze

Step 2: Set up your work surface.

Lay out tin foil or something else that will protect the surface you’re working over. I did this project on my kitchen table, so I rolled out tin foil to protect it.

Set up work surface

Step 3: Apply glaze.

Use a paintbrush to work glaze into your frame. Be sure to swirl the brush in all directions so that the glaze settles into all the nooks and crannies of your textured frame. Keep in mind a little glaze goes a long way, so don’t dip too deep into the can of glaze with your paint brush or it will be running over the edges like it did on mine! Oops! Good thing we wipe the glaze up in the next step!

glaze-frame

Step 4: Wipe off glaze.

Wear gloves! I didn’t have any but definitely recommend them for this step!

Once your frame is covered with the glaze, go back over the entire surface with a washcloth to wipe off excess glaze. Leave only as much as you like. Keep in mind you can always add more with a second  coat, but once it dries you’ll be stuck with it.

The glaze doesn’t dry all that fast – I came back a couple hours after wiping off the glaze and decided to wipe up some of the spots I wasn’t happy with – it was still plenty wet enough to make my adjustments.

wipe-glaze

Step 5: Repeat glazing/wiping/drying until you reach desired results.

Once your original coat of glaze dries, you may wish to apply another coat to even out certain areas or create a more dramatic look. Continue glazing and wiping off until you’re happy with the outcome of your frame.

As you can see, my glaze is very subtle – I only did 1 coat before I was happy with the results. Adding more coats and wiping away less glaze will leave you with more dramatic results.

cu-glazed-frame

Step 6: Let glaze dry completely before handling frame.

Give the glaze plenty of time to dry completely before you touch it. See my DIY Twine & Clothespin Frame post to see what else I did with this picture frame.

Decorative Twin & Clothespin Picture Frame Craft

Supplies:

Disposable gloves

Glaze (I used Rust-oleum Decorative Glaze in Java Brown)

Paint brush

Wash cloth (one you don’t plan to get clean again)

Tin foil (or another surface to glaze over)

Paper towels (especially if you don’t have gloves!)

DIY Twine & Clothespin Picture Frame Makeover

This is a fun way to makeover an old picture frame, especially if the glass is broken. Here is my original frame:

Picture Frame Makeover

I love the detailing on the frame but my current home decor is mostly tan/bronze/brown tones so I didn’t have a place for this old silver frame. Because it has sentimental value, I hated to get rid of it but accidentally broke the glass when I was stowing it away.

If you have an old frame you’d like to repurpose or freshen up, follow these simple steps to create a modern twine and clothespin picture frame.

You will need:

Picture Frame (my frame has an opening of about 13.5″ by 10.5″)

Scissors

Twine

Mini clothespins

Pictures

Cardstock (for mounting pictures if you choose)

Stapler

Tape (double sided works best)

If painting/glazing, you will also need:

Gloves

Washcloth

Paintbrush

Paint or spray paint

Glaze

Step 1: Remove glass and picture matte.

If your frame has glass or a matte, carefully remove those items, keeping in mind how sharp the glass can be (I nearly sliced off my thumb!).

Step 2: Paint frame.

Note: If you’re not painting your frame, skip to step 4.

If you want your frame to be a fresh new color, head to the store and pick up some paint. Or, if you’re like me, you may already have the paint you need. I used Krylon Brushed Metallic Satin Caramel Latte spray paint.

Painted Frame - Krylon Caramel Latte Spray Paint

Step 3: Glaze your frame for added detailing.

If your frame is textured, it’s a great idea to take the time to glaze it. I wanted the scrolly detailing on my frame to stand out after I spray painted it gold, so I added a decorative glaze in Java Brown.

For instructions on working with glaze, click How to Glaze a Picture Frame.

glazed-frame

Step 4: Select & print pictures.

Look at your frame and determine how many pictures you want to hang and then determine how big each can be and what orientation you want them to hang in. My frame has a 10.5″ x 13.5″ opening and I decided to hang 1 vertical 4×6 and 1 horizontal 4×6 picture.

Step 5: Mount pictures onto cardstock.

I wanted continuity between my images so I selected pictures with similar colors and then mounted them on some pretty deep red cardstock. Since the cardstock is thick, this will keep my pictures flat and prevent them from warping over time.

Determine how much of the cardstock you want to see around each picture and cut to size. Use double-stick tape to mount each picture to the cardstock.

2-4x6-pictures

Step 6: Cut and position twine.

Roll out some of the twine across the back of your frame and cut to size. Be sure to leave plenty of excess on each end. Attach the clothespins and pictures to the twine and lay it out to determine exactly where you want to staple the twine.

cut-twine-position-on-frame

Step 7: Attach twine to your frame.

Once you know where you want your twine to be, staple it to the one edge on the back side of your frame. I did 2 staples close together. Then, set your frame upright and hold up the opposite end of the twine to see if you like the positioning and determine how much slack you want the twine to have. Then, staple to opposite side with 2 staples.

attach-twine-check-positioning

Step 8: Attach burlap

Lay the fame face down and cover the back with burlap. One piece is ideal, but I had a roll of burlap from Hobby Lobby that was only about half the height of my frame so it took 2 pieces. Cut out notches for the hooks and then staple all around the back of the frame making sure to keep the burlap pulled taught.

Staple burlap to back of frame

Step 9: Hang and enjoy!

This was part of my collage wall I’ve been creating various pieces for. This is definitely one of my favorites!

DIY twine frame craft

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