Easy Wood Photo Plaque for Gallery Wall

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As you know from seeing my DIY Canvas Art and Paper Mache Wall Art posts, I love to create my own decorative wall art. The gallery wall leading up my staircase has been so much fun to create. Today, I’m going to show you how to easily – and very cheaply – create your own wooden photo block.

You can use an actual block of wood that sits on a mantle or bookcase shelf, or you can create a piece that hangs on the wall like I did.

Mine is fairly small (5.5” diagonal) and created from a square wood piece from Hobby Lobby that was $.79. They have a variety of sizes and shapes to choose from.

First, I drilled a hole in the back so I could hang it on my wall when it was done (I didn’t want to risk damaging the front afterward when I drilled the nail hole).

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Then, I painted the sides of the wooden square to match the color of my walls.

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Next, I selected a picture of my dog Dakota from a recent trip to my parent’s house. I decided I wanted to hang my block at a diagonal, so I cropped the picture at an angle and printed it out with a guide line for cutting. I printed it on a matte presentation paper (kind of a high end card stock for printing photos) instead of actual photo paper.

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Once the picture was printed and cut. I used a foam brush to cover the surface of the wood plaque and the back side of the picture with mod podge. I positioned the dog photo on the wood and then covered the front side of the picture with mod podge. Once dry, I applied a 2nd coat of mod podge to the picture and also to the sides of the wood so the sheen would be uniform.

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Then, I hung it on my wall next to my painted canvases of dog and frog silhouettes. I’ve since painted and glazed the “Love” wall art and it looks sooo much better! I’ll post that one soon.

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SUPPLIES:

  • Wooden block or wall plaque
  • Drill
  • Paint
  • Picture
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Burlap, twine & picture frame craft

Picture Frame Makeover Craft Idea

 

 

DIY Canvas Art – How to Paint a Silhouette Portrait

How to Paint a Silhouette onto a Canvas – No painting experience necessary!

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I originally saw instructions for this project on The Space Between’s blog (via Pinterest). I loved how easy this looked because I’m not at all artistic and I’d never done a painting before. I’d been looking for some artwork for the empty wall space going up my staircase and I knew this would be perfect.

Here’s how I created a silhouette portrait of my dog:

Step 1: Take a side-view picture of your dog (or whatever/whoever you’d like to paint). Here is the picture of my dog Dakota that I used:

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Step 2: Buy a blank canvas. I chose a 10″ x 10″ canvas from Jo-Ann Fabric because it was the correct size for where I planned to hang the painting.

Step 3: Paint your canvas with the background color. I had leftover paint from when I painted the walls in our home so I used that. It was Behr Interior Paint & Primer in Eggshell finish. I also used the same type of roller I used to paint the walls – a regular 9″ paint roller with 3/8″ nap. I did one coat, let it dry and then painted a second coat.

While that’s drying, get your picture ready…

Step 4: Crop your picture to size. If you have Photoshop, crop your picture to the size of your canvas at a resolution of 300. I cropped my picture as 10″ by 10″ with a 300 pixels per inch resolution. (For more information on how to crop a picture, click Crop a Picture Using Paint or Crop a Picture Using Microsoft Word.)

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Step 5: Print your picture. Since my picture was wider than a standard piece of printer paper, I printed 2 different images that could be taped together (I also cut out the parts of the picture I didn’t need to save printer ink). Notice the first image has Dakota’s face, but not all of her body. The 2nd image has the remainder of her body, but cuts off her face.

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Step 6: Using scissors, cut out the silhouettes and tape together.

Step 7: Position your picture on your canvas and lightly trace it with a pencil.

Step 8: Use a paint brush to paint the area inside your pencil line. Be sure your paint covers your pencil line so it doesn’t show. I did 1 coat, let it dry, then did a 2nd. It looked great! After that, I painted a 2nd piece – a silhouette of a frog – in the opposite color scheme.

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