Bonjour, bonjour! I’m here today with an easy-peasy knock-off from PB Teen! We recently re-decorated my about-to-be 9-year old (yikes!) daughter K’s room in a Paris theme. At her age, it’s likely her tastes will change within the next few years, so I was looking for something flexible. I was searching high and low for pieces and wall art that would reflect the theme but wouldn’t break the bank. Of course, because my tastes are little more champagne than my soda pop bank book, I fell in love with this simple wall art over at PB Teen. Although I wouldn’t be able to pull off the stretched canvas part, I figured I could make something similar for a fraction of the cost.
For this project I used:
- 1 1x8x6 piece of softboard cut into 5-8×10″ sections
- Modge Podge or other decoupage medium
- Krylon Black Spray Paint – Satin Finish
- 1 picture of the Eiffel Tower, modified to fit the length of your finished project
- low grit sandpaper
- 5 Saw tooth picture hangers
What I did:
Preparing the wood
1. I decided my finished project would be 40″ long, so I had Shay cut the board into five sections, each 10″ long. If you do not have a power saw, Lowes or your hardware store can probably do the cuts for you.
2. I lightly sanded the edges with a low grit sandpaper, but mostly left the edges rough to add to the rustic-ness.. I know, that isn’t a word, but I know you know what I mean!
3. Each piece received a few coats of the black spray paint, but again, I was not too careful with full coverage. Let dry fully.
Modifying the image
1. I found my free image here. I decided my finished project would be 40″ long, so modified my image to 8×40″ in mspaint. I then cut the image into five 8×10″ sections, and printed them out individually on 8×11″ paper.
2. I carefully tore all four edges of each image, by grasping the edge of the corner and pulling towards myself. This gave me a rough edge to work with.
Applying the image:
1. If you find your image has some overhang on the edge, carefully tear to fit. I found it depended on the image, but in most cases, I tore the image to fit, in others, I just wrapped the overhang around the side and applied the modge podge. Use your best judgement. Be sure to line ALL boards and images up at once to check for alignment – I started this on board #2, and unfortunately, if you look carefully, you can see my finished project is slightly out of alignment. Learn from my mistakes!
2. Following instructions on your decoupage medium, apply each image directly to the painted board. And smooth out. This was the first time I was not too concerned with air bubbles – If you’ve never used a decoupage medium or Modge Podge before, here is a group of terrific tutorials on how to use it.
3. Let dry. Apply a second coat.
4. Apply your saw tooth picture hangers according to directions on package.
5. Hang your finished project!
This was a really fun and easy project, and what’s more, I can easily see applying this to other images.