Airplane Room Decor {Elmer’s Looks For Less}

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!),

X-ACTO Knife,

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!

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  1. Alison, those airplanes are so stinkin’ cute!!! Love ’em!! What a clever idea for the letters too, love your pricetag! 😉 Happy Friday! {michelle}

  2. Love this!! Thanks for sharing 😉

  3. Thanks for this! I have wanted to do an airplane room in my sons room for a while but couldn’t bring myself to buy anything to do it. These ideas are great!

  4. Adorable!! And I’m completely smitten with your FLY letters technique. I love it!!

  5. Cute! I love these! Perfect for a boys room.

  6. Wow! Love those. great job Alison!

  7. Very creative and cute Alison! They gave you painters sets too! Lucky gal.

  8. Great job!! Super cute and love that you recreated the pieces for a lot less!!

  9. Kimberly Dickinson says

    Cute ideas! I had never heard of the Sure Cuts a Lot software before. I looked up more info on it and it says that version 3 isn’t compatible with Cricuts. Which version do you have? Would you be willing to do a tutorial of how you use it sometime? I have been wantig a Silhouette for a while because I don’t like buying cartridges all the time, but if I can just get some software to make it comparable, then it would sure save alot of money! Thanks so much for your ideas!

  10. You are truly a frugalista genius!! I love these! Wish my boys were little again. You go, girl! xoxo

  11. WOW! I am in total awe of those! I especially LOVE the airplane ‘canvases’. Simply amazing!!!!

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