I like to have some sort of decoration above the crib. I feel like that space if very underutilized but can really look amazing. I understand it can be a safety issue in an earthquake prone state like California, where we live. But if you secure your decorations well it won't be a risk to your little one and will really stand out because it's not that common. My original inspiration for this project came from pintrest, however these weren't the type of cars I was looking for and I didn't really want to pay $100 for them. So I decided I'd make exactly what I wanted!!! I had to play with everything a little, so I figured I'd make a tutorial for anyone else looking to do a similar thing in their kiddos room...happy crafting!
Step 1: Paint your canvases. You want to completely cover the canvas, top and sides. You may need to do two coats depending on the color and type of paint used. I used the basic acrylic paint found at michaels.com and I only needed to do a single coat.
|All my pretty pictures!|
Step 4: Cut the outline. This is pretty self explanatory, just make sure you cut all of the line, you don't want any ink left on your picture.
Step 5: Now you will need your wonderful MOD PODGE . You will cover the entire top of your canvas with a generous layer of mod podge. You want to move quickly because this stuff dries FAST. Once the mod podge is on, place your picture on top of the canvas and press down. I used a brayer to even press down the picture and get all the air bubbles out.
If the paper begins to come up a little (I had this on some of the ends where I didn't put enough mod podge) just add a generous layer of the mod podge and use the brayer to press down. You can also use your palm/thumbs to press the paper down. Just don't forget to wipe the sides of the canvas to make sure all of the extra mod podge is gone.
Step 6: Now you want to press your canvas. This will make sure that the picture fully adheres to the canvas while the pod modge is drying. This is really simple to do, all you need is a couple heavy books. What I did is when I was done putting the picture on the canvas I placed the it to the side with the book on top of it. I then did the entire process again with another picture, by the time I was ready to press my new picture the old one had dried and adhered to the canvas, SO EASY.
Step 7 (optional): If you would like your pictures to have a little bit of a shine to them you can put a layer (not too thick) of mod podge directly onto the picture and let dry. The mod podge dries clear but will leave a slight sheen on the picture. If you would like a stronger gloss there is a Mod Podge Gloss you can use. I chose not to do this, because I thought the matte finish of the paper looked more "boyish".
Step 8: Hang your new beautiful DIY canvas pictures!! Here are mine:
|Yes, I know the Camaro in the middle is not an old muscle car, but my hubby drives this year and of course it had to be in the center!|
Well, I hope this tutorial was helpful. Feel free to comment with any suggestions, questions, or improvements I could do. Also, any cute nursery ideas you've done...I love hearing other creative ideas! Keep checking in for more awesome nursery tutorials and then the eventual NURSERY REVEAL!
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