Thursday, May 23, 2013

Scrapbook Paper Canvas Wall Art


I'm over here working on more projects for baby girl! I hope you don't mind all the pink I've been posting lately. And remember that projects like this can easily be translated into boy themes. I mentioned earlier this week that I recently purchased the Daisy Garden Nursery Bedding from Pottery Barn Kids. I have been searching for some nice wall art to match. But everything I found online wasn't quite right and it was too expensive. So I set out to make my own. 

I purchased 11x14 canvas frames from Michaels craft store along with a variety of scrapbook papers in different colors.


Then I started cutting. I had an idea of what I wanted (daisy flowers, bird house, bee, etc). So I used google images to find templates and images that I could trace or use as inspiration. I also used my 2 inch round punch, a hole punch, and paper cutter to create perfect circles and straight lines. I completely took over the dinning room table for 2 days working on this!


You will want to lay out your picture before you start mod podging to make sure it is exactly how you want it.  Then you mod podge everything down starting with the bottom piece. 

I learned a couple lessons about mod podge the hard way... 

First, you don't want to put too much mod podge on. Just enough for the paper to stick. The paper fibers quickly absorb the mod podge glue and if  you put too much on you will over saturate the paper and it will become wrinkly and full of air bubbles. 

Secondly, you need to let each layer dry for at least 15-20 minutes before mod podging on top of it. If you don't wait and start mod podging layers of glue and paper on top of each other, you will get the same bubbling and wrinkling effect of the over saturated paper.

See what happened when I didn't wait for the glue to dry... I had to trash this one and start over :(


I put one last thin coat of mode podge over the top. You may see a little bit of bubbling of the paper at this point, but be patient, all of the bubbles went away when the mod podge completely dried.


I love that I now have handmade art that is just to my liking for a lot less than what I would have paid in the stores. I will show you a picture of them hanging in her room when I get everything set up! 


Here is a close-up of one of my favorite parts.


27 comments:

  1. id love to make for my nephew i dont know if bro sister in law would,but it sure is a great idea. colors ideas busy work!

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  2. This series is so adorable (and amazing that you cut this out by HAND!) - I love them!

    (I also love that you featured your "Craft Fail"! More of us need to do that!)

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  3. Your wall art is adorable! I found 12x12 canvases on sale at Walmart for $5 each today. I'm thinking I might have to buy a couple more and do something like this for my boys. :)

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  4. Those are so cute! I think Mod Podge might be the greatest thing ever.

    I found you on One Artsy Mama and I'm your newest follower! I hope you'll visit my blog and return the favor.

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  5. La habitación de tu niña va a quedar preciosa. Los cuadros son para una auténtica princesa!
    Un beso!

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  6. Very cute! I want to try it for my son and baby nieces. Thanks!

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