Hello! My name is Herchel and my friend Karen invited me over to share a simple and beautiful home decor craft with you today. I blog over at Scruggbug Corner, where I offer kid’s crafts and activities for busy moms.
My kids are getting older now, 5 and 6, so we no longer have to live in a gigantic kid centered
playroom house. After spending the money to replace the milk -and-other-fluids-associated-with-young- kids-stained carpets and painting over the evidence of their artistic brilliance on the walls, I really didn’t want to spend money on bric brac and home decor accents. I prefer to spend my money on specialists and medicines; my youngest has Juvenile Arthritis, like the Millers. Read their story here.
However, having an inviting and pretty home does wonders for your mood. This is especially true of my little girly girl, Piper. Pretty things make her little heart sing – and when she is singing, she isn’t screeching. A little bit of cheer, can have a huge impact on how she handles her chronic pain.
Though it hasn’t been high on my priority list over the last few years, I am slowly decorating my entire house.
I saw a cute 8×10 burlap canvas wall art piece at a home store the other day and thought…hmm, that looks pretty easy to make. And it is, if you take your time (5 minutes instead of two minutes) to do it right. It takes a little longer if you totally speed through it and have to do it a second time – not that I am speaking from experience or anything. My first attempt took me two minutes (excluding blog photo time), my second took five.
I wanted the art–but not enough to hand over thirty bucks!
I was able to make my version for about half the cost. The biggest expense was the stencil I used. I paid $6 for it with a coupon (it was originally $11) simply because Martha Stewart’s name was on the packaging. I found more reasonably priced stencils at other stores, after I already used this one. Now I know it could have been made for five bucks. The canvas was only $2.50 with a coupon at hobby lobby.
Here are the materials I used:
- 8×10 burlap canvas
- white acrylic paint
- painters tape or stencil adhesive
How I made the fancy burlap canvas wall art:
First I placed my stencil on the canvas and then taped it down.
Then I used squirted some white paint on a paper plate and dipped the spouncer in it. Make sure that the spouncer is dry and DO NOT water down the paint. I used light layers at first and then built them up to my desired thickness. The burlap absorbs a bit of the paint which is why you don’t want to thin it. I painted the branch and leaves first.
Gently take the stencil off.
If the bird is on the same stencil as the branch, then make sure your stencil is either cleaned of paint or that the paint left on the stencil is completely dry.
Reposition the bird stencil so it is where you want it. (The first time I tried this, I skipped this step. I just plopped the bird near the branch and it turned out to be too far to the left and hovering a couple inches above it.)
Coat the spouncer in white paint and then spounce over the bird stencil.
Gently remove the stencil.
It took a little over a couple of minutes to dry.
How easy was that?
I can understand paying for convenience but if a project takes minutes to make, do it yourself!Tweet
As my home fills with things I have made, I have more pride in it. The piece looks great on my shelf with the succulent planters I made. Check out the tutorial here.
Like birds? Check out Pierre Robin. (Okay–it’s not about birds but you should read it anyway.)
Want to see more burlap wall art? Head over to Gym.Craft.Laundry to see a Christmas version.
Like the Bird? Then you’ll LOVE the butterfly! Click here to learn how to make it!