Cheap Wall Art For Da Kid’s Room

I’m not exactly sure how you’re expected to duplicate these *exact* wall hangings, since they are mostly made from my boy’s Valentines which we purchased over a month ago.  (And since it’s post-holiday, it’s not like you can just go score some of your own.)  Buuuuut….  just mebbe you can use the idea behind it to create something?  Something even better, more in keeping of the style of your own child’s room decor?!  I often get ideas from people’s projects that in the end, look nothing like the original version– but I would have never thought of them had it not been for that first different, other thing…  am I making any sense here?

Finished Planet, Before Hanging

Finished Planet, Before Hanging

Unconstructed Spacey Valentines

Unconstructed Spacey Valentines

I have been looking months and months now for space and robot-themed wall art for my kiddo’s room.  I need things that fit within the color scheme (blues, orange, yellow, lime, grey); my budget of little to nothing; and– this has been the hardest part– I’m trying for stuff that is interesting and  age-appropriate for a 7 year-old, but *not cartoony.*  I want a little bit of longevity on this stuff.  That’s been a bit of a challenge.  Fox got a fantastic vinyl space info poster as a Christmas gift that I cannot wait to hang, and I’ve framed a couple of “prints” from an old 50’s sci-fi book (they are freaking amazing, just perfect!), but there is plenty of uncovered wall space that just needs somethin’….

My Supplies

My Supplies

We picked up a $3 box of these Valentines in Target’s cheapo dollar spot around mid-January, and Fox used them to send cards to friends and family members outside of his classroom.  (He had a different set for his class.)  He got to assemble them himself– which involved peeling the sticky foam tabs and placing them on the spacey blanks– and he wrote each little heartfelt message out  in red pen, stuffing them in their envelopes.  It was a nice activity, and I hope the recipients enjoyed getting theirs.  Afterward, we were left with two or three of each of the designs left, which in our world is not really enough to keep and use again next year, but certainly not something I can just toss out (or even into recycling).  And whats more, I kept thinking about how completely graphic and cute they were.  Obviously Valentinesey, but still there was something about them….  Instead of putting them away, I put them aside, glancing at them every other day and pondering them.

A couple of days later, I’m in the Dollar Tree looking for floral moss-covered rocks (which are neither actually moss or rocks– discuss),  and I spotted these 5 x 7 chromey frames, which are sleek and totally apropos for his room.  I got two, so there’s the whole two dollars invested in this entire project.  WORTH IT.

Hanging On The Wall

Hanging On The Wall

I ended up pulling some scrapbook paper pieces from my scrappy bin in Fox’s room colors, and just seeing what I could make out of these fun leftovers.  They are quite youthful, and I love the color they’ve added to his wall, but erm…  No phallus jokes, please.  They’re (otherwise) kinda cute, right?  Did I implant the phallus thought into your mind, and now it’s all you see?  Yeah– sorry about that.

Annnyway, let’s just skip to the part where I tell what I did, mmmmkay? —

*  As the Valentines were smaller than the 5 X 7 inches of the frame, I chose two larger scraps of bright paper and cut a background.  The fakey family photo that comes inserted into all of those frames works great as a template for this.

*  There were two different card ‘backgrounds’ with scattered stars, so I of course chose one of each.  Normally I would have cut the blank flap piece off of the back, but these celestial bits were on black, shiiiiiny card, and any touch registered every bit of natural oils on your hands, so instead I tried to hold the back flap *only,* in order to keep the front art relatively clean.  I’m sure if you’re doing a version of this project that you’re likely using something else entirely, so you be the judge.  And then center that card on the background you cut using double sided tape or some such (I used Zots glue dots, a fave product of mine).

Tracing Out Pieces

Tracing Out Pieces

*  At this point, I was glad that I had several of each die-cut shape– the planet with rings (Saturn?), and the retro-shaped rocket.  As the holiday sentiments were printed on these, I needed to use the scrapbook paper to cover over some of the designs, while still maintaining the basic graphic integrity of the pieces.  In order to do this, I used a combo of trimming off pieces and tracing out the shapes with pencil, then re-layering my design on a whole, intact, die-cut using a schmear or two from a glue stick until I liked the way the final shape looked.

*  I then used the still-intact foamie tape on the back of the die-cut to adhere them to their layered backgrounds, and I popped them into their new frames.  That’s all.  Uuuummm… easy, no?

Hanging In The Reading Corner

Hanging In The Reading Corner

They are shown here in Fox’s reading corner of his room, with some worldly art he created himself, and I think they contribute a nice little pop of color.  He really likes them, he thinks it’s cool I’ve reused the cards he sent out.  I don’t love love love them, but for that price they will completely do until they are replaced with something better, and I prefer that there is at least *something* up and some sort of effort has been made, ’cause they are much better than blank walls.  And frankly, at the price of two bucks, I don’t have to adore them!


Feb 25, 2014 | Category: Home Journaling, Tutorial | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , ,

 


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