Hey everyone! I wanted to give my wall a new look so I thought about hanging up all my wall art that I’ve collected. I really like how it looks, but I felt like I was missing some other elements and a dynamic touch. I had some empty picture frames and shadow boxes from previous D.I.Y.s and thought about making my own art. I created what I felt was missing from my wall and I also took inspiration of artwork that I liked but didn’t want to pay hundreds for. Want to make one? It’s so easy! Let’s get started….
First, you are going to need some frames or shadowboxes. The frame is from Ikea that I purchased here: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60232813/ You can get shadowboxed from Michaels and with the 40-50% off coupon(you can pull it up on your smartphone while in the store, just google Michaels Coupon on your phone)
Next, find some colorful fabric that goes with your decor. You don’t need much, just enough to cover the frame backing.
First, take the backing paper and use it as a template. Trace the shape onto the fabric with a pencil. I took the paper already inside and traced it onto my fabric with pencil.
Next, I cut out my shape. Take a sharp set of scissors and cut out the fabric and apply it to your backing. To prevent the fabric from sliding as you mount it, use a little bit of glue around the edges – I am gluing it onto the backing of the frame. You can also use a spray adhesive for a seamless surface. And with that, let the backing dry. After it dries, reassemble the frame.
For the design You can do it either one of two ways. You can buy sticker decals or make your own.
I have a step by step detailed tutorial on how you can make your own decals in this video
Trace or draw out your design onto sticky vinyl paper. Then, cut it using an exacto knife.
Try starting with really simple designs before you make the intricate ones. The Eiffel tower took forever to cut out but it was well worth it. Weed out the excess vinyl before you apply the contact paper mask. Weeding is removing the unneeded vinyl material before applying the mask.
You can also use a punch to cut out the decal paper. Here is where I got the vector image of the Eiffel Tower.
To achieve a clean and flat application of your decal, use the method I show in my DIY decal. I used a hinge technique to apply the vinyl. First, I laid a strip of tape down the middle. Starting on one side, peel off the wax backing and fold towards the centerline. Holding the mask tight, and apply the decal with a squeegee or a credit card. Once applied, peel off the rest of the wax backing and apply.
If you can’t find vinyl paper, or want a different look, try using a paint and stencil. You can make or buy your own template through many online and in-store sources or even design your own.
Once you choose a stencil you like, clean both your glass and stencil of dust. Next, spray on your adhesive for your template to the back of the stencil and let that settle for at least 60 seconds to let the adhesive become tacky. Don’t apply the stencil immediately after spraying. Stick it to your glass surface and seal the edges with your finger.
Almost there. Now, take out your brush and gently dab on the paint. Try to resist brushing it as it can cause the paint to bleed through. Finally, after painting your coat, peel off the template before the paint dries.
This should be fun as you can mix other template designs or colors on top of each other.
Making these frames is such a great way to express and display your creativity. I love the
eclectic and colorful art of my wall and I hope you will enjoy making yours.