Seems like a strange name for a craft blog, right? Well, I have always felt a little bit shy, or afraid to share my creativenss. When making something fabulous and someone compliments me, I usually play it off like it is no big deal. I have been a 'closet crafter' for too long! No more apologies! No more excuses! I love to craft and I am not ashamed!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Alphabet Wall Art

This was my inspiration.  It is from the Better Homes and Gardens website, as I mentioned earlier.  With my little E's 4th birthday coming up, I knew it would be a great item for her room.  I took my own spin on this, using pink and orange toned papers and using a spash of blues and greens to give it a little punch!
You know what the best part is?  The whole project cost me less than $2!!!  The foam board is the only thing I had to buy.  That was only because I broke the frame I was going to use in the process!

Wanna know how I did it?
Here's how:

CUT LOTS of SQUARES of PAPER

First, you get to cut lots and lots of squares of paper!

If you have a paper trimmer, it makes this a lot easier!
I cut 2inx2in squares as well as 2.2inx2.2in squares to layer for more color.
I used 4 or 5 different colors for each layer.  I didn't really have a rhyme or reason for which color went where.  All of the papers had pink and orange and matched (more or less!)
Have fun and don't worry if everything is 'matchy matchy'! 






MAKE LETTER & PICTURE CARDS

I used my Cricut to cut out the letters and pictures that the corresponding letter went with.  You could also print pics off of the computer, or even draw them!  So many possibilities!



ASSEMBLE CARDS

Glue letters and pictures onto the squares that have been assembled.

This step was probably the most tedious and time consuming!  I tried to not use the same color too much, and to vary cards from animals to clothing to people.  It definitely took a bit of time.




Accessorize the Letters

Add a little something extra to each of the letters. 
I used glitter, markers & jewels.  Be creative!



My Sharpies are my BFF on projects like this!  I have all sorts of colors and tip sizes!  So fun!

MOD PODGE the LETTERS
I used the "Mod Podge - Satin" because that's what I had in my closet!  You could choose whatever finish you prefer!
Apply a thin coat to the letter card and the picture card - front side only.  Apply to all cards.  Let Dry for a few hours!
I just wanted to seal the cards up individually before applying them to the board.  Also, in case any of the paper or markers on the cards smeared, I could fix it without worrying about the rest!

COVER FOAM BOARD with SCRAPS
I used a piece of  Elmer's Foam Board that was from the school supply section at Wal-mart.  This was the only item I purchased for this whole project.  It cost $2ish and I cut it in half!  I liked that is light weight, but durable.  You could use a canvas, wood, or cardboard and frame it.  Lots of ways to just use what you have on hand!
I didn't want the board to be black, so I used the left over scraps from the cards to cover the board!  I used Mod Podge to glue it down.

Leave about a half inch of paper hanging over the edges to fold over.
No rhyme or reason to the pattern.  Figured most of it wouldn't be seen any way!
Fold the paper over, and fold the corners in and glue them up.
I applied a coat of Mod Podge over the entire board and Ta-da!  A covered foam board!
Now I could lay out how I wanted the pattern of letters to be.

MOD PODGE the LETTERS ONTO the BOARD

Apparently I didn't take pics of this step, but it is pretty much the same as mentioned above for other steps of Mod Podging!
After gluing all pieces in place, I put one final coat of Mod Podge over the whole thing to seal it all together!


I finished it Saturday night, just in time for it to dry over night and give to my birthday girl on Sunday!
She loves it!!!
I love the way it turned out and can't wait to hang it in her bedroom! 


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8 comments:

  1. Thanks for your sweet comment! This turned out SO wonderfully - I might need to make one for my son soon!

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  2. I love this! Your canvas turned out adorable. I am adding this to my list.
    Thanks for linking up to my challenge.
    -Crystal

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  3. Olá, Ashley.
    Adorei o seu quadro.
    E o passo a passo ficou muito bem explicado.
    Vou anotar para fazer assim que tiver oportunidade.
    Beijos.

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  4. Amazing job! Thanks for the tutorial too. Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays!

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  5. Wow! What a work of love. It's adorable.

    Jen
    Creative and Curious Kids!
    http://raisingcreativeandcuriouskids.blogspot.com

    Found you on Delicious Ambiguity. :)

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  6. This awesome project got the most views at this week's Mad Skills party, so you are my Friday Feature this week! Grab a brag button for your blog if you would like one.

    Thanks for linking up!

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  7. Thanks for linking up to Tot Tuesdays! What an awesome project that must have taken a lot of time and patience! I hope you’ll join me again next week for another fantastic party! Have a great week!

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  8. Thanks for linking up to my Everything Nice Baby Girl Link Party!

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