Hi, Peeps! Although some of my friends are still dealing with snow – and I do send them all of my sympathies – we here in South are enjoying mostly 60+ temps! I mentioned the other day that we were even able to get a bit of camping in last weekend to finish off Spring Break. I My kids are counting down the days to summer vacation – the last count was 40 school days left! But until then, it’s business as usual and planning for upcoming birthdays.
An easy-peasy tutorial on how to make Eiffel Tower Pictures Wall Art!
Bonjour, bonjour! We recently re-decorated my about-to-be 9-year old (yikes!) daughter bedroom in a Paris theme. We recently created a behind door storage area and now we’re moving onto wall art!
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.
How to Make Eiffel Tower Pictures Wall Art
For this project I used:
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- one 1x8x6 piece of pine cut into 5-8×10″ sections
- Modge Podge or other decoupage media
- Black Spray Paint – Satin Finish
- 1 picture of the Eiffel Tower, modified to fit the length of your finished project
- low grit sandpaper (150-220)
- 5 Saw-tooth picture hangers
What I did:
Preparing the wood
1. After I got all prettied up, I cut the board into five sections, each 10″ long. If you do not have a power saw, Lowes, Home Depot, or your local hardware store can probably do the cuts for you.
2. Lightly sand the edges with a low grit sandpaper. Mostly, I left the sides rough to add to the rustic-ness. I know, that isn’t a word, but 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
4. Modify your image. I found my free copy 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.
5. Carefully tear all four edges of each image, by grasping the side of the corner and pulling towards yourself. This gave me a rough edge to work with.
6. If the image overhangs the board, once applied, carefully tear any excess from the edge, or, feel free to just wrap the excess around the side to the back. Use your best judgment. 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!
7. 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.
8. Let dry. Apply a second coat.
9. Apply your sawtooth picture hangers according to directions on package.
10. Hang your finished project!
This was an easy, inexpensive project that ties right in with our Paris theme – and our budget!
You may remember, when planning for B’s new room, we were going for a zebra print, funky tween feel, with elements of music or singing, because that’s B’s favorite thing. The colors were to be teal blue, kelly green or lighter and violet. I wanted zebra print to be obvious in the room, but not overpowering and I wanted some flexibility for the next few years as her tastes change. When it came to bedding, I needed the same things – flexibility, funkiness, with a touch of zebra.
We decided on a DIY Knock Off. So glad we did, because she LOVES it. Honestly, part of it we came upon by accident (there is a story in there), but nonetheless, it’s exactly what we were going for.
This is a lengthy, lengthy project – it was two days in total – It’s also not necessarily a simple project, but it’s more time consuming than difficult. My cost came in at $49 in total, so it was worth the time and effort I put in to it. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether or not it’s worth your time. Directions below are for a twin sized duvet.
You will need:
- 1 twin sized flat sheet – white
- 1 queen sized flat sheet – white
- 4-5 packages of single fold bias tape in coordinating color – I used white and it does not show through
- Rit Dye in your choice of colors (2). They have a really useful color formula guide here that can help you mix up to 500 colors
- Water, etc. as determined by the dye package
- A tub or other vessel large enough to submerge a queen size sheet
- A down or down alternative comforter insert
- A measuring tape
- A sewing machine
Dying your fabric:
1. Prepare to dye your fabric. Choose one color to use first, and following the directions on your dye packaging, prepare your dye bath. I dyed only the queen sized sheet, as that is the visible side of the duvet, but you could do both sheets if you feel the need. I laid the queen sized sheet out on the floor and measured the total length of fabric, and divided it by three – one section for each color, and one for the middle white section. I used a piece of ribbon to tie off the first section. This delineates where you will “dip” your fabric to in the dye bath. I then folded my fabric, accordion style, to ensure it would fit evenly in the dye bath. Keep in mind, the top of the queen sheet with the large hem will be the bottom of your duvet – dye accordingly.