Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Another Wall Art Idea - And it's cheaper too!

Ok, so I had a lot of responses to my post about creating your own wall art (the post is titled: "It's Super Easy". So I decided I would show you another twist on it. Instead of using canvases, use wood as your canvas. The plaques I have pictured (which hang right by my front door in my entryway) were made on mdf that I cut out and routered myself, but you can buy them pre-made at the craft store. They are about 1/2 an inch thick. They come in different shapes too...round, square, oval, I've even seen novelty shapes like a key, etc. These are less expensive than the canvases. You would follow the same instructions as before on the "It's Super Easy" post. The twist is that I embellished the paper this time with words, clip-art, and pictures that I altered in photoshop. I will show you the examples of what the paper originally looked like and then what the final product was.
The paper started off 12 x 12. I cut it down to 8.5 x 11 so that I could run it through my printer. Then I cut it to size to fit the wooden plaque. You will have to add your own picture hanger to the back. Or you could even display your plaque on an easel.

The Fleur de Lis I just printed on paper that had a crackled effect look to it. The fleur de lis was a black and white clip art. I typed the words up top and added the embellishment to the bottom. Then I used acrylic paints to distress the look of the paper and to fill in the fleur de lis. This one hangs in my guest bathroom.

Don't be intimated by the fact that I used photoshop. You could use Word. Just insert the clip art and type the words. It's still super easy! Give it a try!
By the way...If you tried the wall art please send me pics so I can post them for others to see! My sister-in-law Michele tried it. To send me pics, just leave me a comment with your email and I'll email you back.


  1. You scare me with all your creativity!!! Those are so awesome, and I would have assumed that you paid big bucks for them. Not sure that I could do it myself because I honestly lack the crafty and creative gene. I heard that there used to be a ladies craft night at church, what happened to that?

  2. I am glad that you just made them for me. The more you explained the more confused I became. But that's just me in all my glory. Confused, and not crafty!

  3. Hi,
    I've had a chance to look through your blog some more, you are very talented, and thank you for linking to my blog, I will surely add you to my list as my readers will enjoy your blog very much. Your kiddies are so cute.
    I look forward to seeing you new home process move along, I would love to build a house from design to completion, we have built two homes from builder pland in subdivisions,and personalized them after that fact, but to be able to pick every details ounds like loads of fun.
    Look forward to seeing more.

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  5. I printed directly onto the original paper.

  6. I am new to your blog and am loving all I've seen. You have lots of great ideas, amd I love getting new ideas for projects on the cheap!
    It sounds like you are going to really enjoy building your new home. My husband and I have built five homes and renovated two, so if you ever need any advice... I have a few good ideas I always incorporate into my new builds to make life easier...especially for us decorators!!


  7. oh ,duh. I'm gonna delete my post because I feel stupid! :)

  8. okay you crafty diva, you're kicking me in the butt to CREATE!! love the ruler thingy too!


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