I rarely show pictures of our home decor. And for good reason. We are renting our home! It can be really difficult to decorate the way I want to in a rental property. There are many things I would LOVE to change. (Take, for example, the pinkish hue of the paint color on the walls in my entire home.) But more often than not, I just don't attempt much decorating at all. I know that's pathetic, but it's true.
However slowly but surely, I have been making progress on Little Man's Big Boy airplane bedroom. Elmer's gave me the opportunity to add some fun and easy decor and on the cheap! I participated in their "Looks For Less" challenge. Using their supplies, I re-created several items I had my eye on... but my projects cost me next to nothing! Easy on the eyes, easy on the pocket book.
Today I have TWO tutorials to share with you! I'll show you how I created the faux airplane canvases plus the faux wooden "FLY" letters using Elmer's products.
If you can believe it, I only spent $5.73 on both projects. Not bad, eh?
Elmer's sent me some fabulous supplies to use for these projects. They generously sent me:
1 - Black and 2 - White 20x30 Foam Boards
Several glue sticks (they are by far my favorite glue sticks!),
Several Painters sets
Plus $25 to spend on supplies (I considered this a challenge to spend far less!)
Are you ready for TWO cheap and easy tutorials? Let's get started!
I found these adorable airplane prints on etsy (O.Ink Design Studio) and immediately started drooling. Aren't they lovely? But I wanted more of a canvas look to my airplanes. I also wanted 3 airplanes in my set. So this is what I came up with:
All I paid for was the gray and white cardstock plus the scrapbook paper. (I probably could have made it even cheaper, but I'm a sucker for designer scrapbook paper!)
First, I carefully measured 3 11x11 squares on the white foam board. These would be my "canvases."
I used my X-ACTO knife to cut them out. I found that if I scored the board first, and then went back and cut it, I had much greater success. Also, I used my X-ACTO knife to cut out the canvases right next to my ruler's edge for a straight, clean cut.
I searched high and low for cute chevron paper as the canvas background. But I finally decided to just create my own! Here's how:
1. I started out with my plain gray and white cardstock.
2. I designed a Chevron stencil in Photoshop and then used my Sure Cuts a Lot software to cut it out on my Cricut.
3. I took my gray zigzags and carefully arranged them on the white paper. I just eyeballed the placement, but you could measure for exactness.
4. I used my Elmer's Tacky Glue to glue the chevron strips on to the white paper.
Not too shabby. Who says you can't make your own chevron paper?!
I designed 3 different airplane silhouettes in Photoshop and cut them out (again, using my Sure Cuts a Lot software) on the Cricut. I cut out 2 of each airplane design: One red and one blue.
I layered each blue airplane with pieces of red. I just eyeballed the brown sections of each airplane.
These colors are perfect for Little Man's room!
After gluing each airplane together with tacky glue, I glue them down to the chevron. Finally, I glued the chevron to the foam board "canvases."
I couldn't wait to put these up in Little Man's room!
I made the hanging part easy on myself too! I cut slits in the foam board, and created hooks using paper clips! I hung them on the wall with glass head pins. Easy peasy.
I love this! And Little Man is very excited about the addition of the airplanes!
So I also created the "FLY" letters using Elmer's foam board.
Here is a quick run-down:
I had been eying some beautiful (but expensive!) Pottery Barn wooden letters for a long time. But they cost $10 each, and I re-created my own for no cost at all!!
To create these letters...
1. I created stencils by cutting out some letters out of some old, ugly scrapbook paper.
2. I traced them onto the black foamboard.
3. I used my X-ACTO knife to cut out 2 of each letter. I wanted them to have double thickness.
4. I hot-glued the 2 layers together.
I ripped some pages out of an old book I bought at Saver's last year and cut them into strips. I distressed each paper strip by using distressing ink and then crumpling up each one. (I got a little messy in the process!) I used mod podge to glue each paper strip to the letters.
I overlapped paper strips until I had covered each letter and then trimmed them down to size!
I love the boxy, distressed look of these letters! They are now hanging over Little Man's closet. I hung them in the same way as the airplanes--using paper clip hooks and pins.
I am quite pleased with myself. All of this for only $5.73?! Thank you, Elmer's!
Next week, the generous people at Elmer's will give away TWO prize packs to Oopsey Daisy readers, so stay tuned for that!
Have a great weekend, friends!