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How to Make Eiffel Tower Picture Wall Tiles

An easy-peasy tutorial on how to make Eiffel Tower Pictures Wall Art!

Eiffel Tower Pictures
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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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.

Eiffel Tower Pictures - Tear edges

Eiffel Tower Pictures - Torn edges
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!

Eiffle Tower Pictures-mounted on board
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.

Eiffel Tower Pictures-linedup
8. Let dry. Apply a second coat.

9. Apply your sawtooth picture hangers according to directions on package.

10. Hang your finished project!

Eiffel Tower Pictures - Full 2
This was an easy, inexpensive project that ties right in with our Paris theme – and our budget!

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Pottery Barn Teen Knock Off – Butterfly wall art


This was a super cute addition to B’s gallery wall, and was so easy to make!

Pottery Barn Teen’s edition is adorable, and I thought it was such a good idea, but it was way overpriced, and a whole lot bigger than I was looking for, as I had limited wall space to work with.

I made my version using two 5×7″ frames. Using a graphic image of a blue morpho butterfly, I enlarged the image in MS Paint to that of 10 x 7. I then cropped out half of the image, copied the cropped image, pasted the copy into a new ms paint document and then flipped the image horizontally. I added a 1″ border around the butterfly image, and printed out on quality paper, framed them, hung them, and we were done!

Mirror from Bookpages

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

Mirror from Bookpages
The past few years have seen a pretty big shake up in room ownership in our home. Last year, my oldest baby flew the coop for college and got his own apartment. Recently, my oldest baby girl flew away as well. My tween girls, who’ve been sharing a room for the past few years, barely waited for the bodies to cool, and couldn’t get the furniture out fast enough before they were claiming their own rooms. It was a sad time for the mama (at least until the decorating bug kicked in!), what with all of the shake ups, but it was such an exciting time for the girls. The last time we’d decorated their shared room, they were 4 and 5 – at 8 and 9, it was time for something a little more funky and grown-up. While K opted for a “Paris, fashion” themed room, B requested a “music, zebra” themed room – with a sunburst mirror – she was very emphatic – “I REALLY want a sunburst mirror.. Oh, I REALLY want a shoe chair – in Zebra Print.” We ix nae-ed (sp?) the chair but decided the mirror could be a really fun accessory for her new room.

I needn’t say my project was on a budget… but I said it anyway. I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for this mirror, given that it would be acting as an accent for the room, which meant that making it was probably my best option.

Even after much searching on Pinterest, I wasn’t able to find an example that would fit my needs.  I decided to combine two different mirrors that I did find –  this lovely bamboo mirror, which was exactly the shape I was going for, and this recycled paper one, which had the other elements I was looking for – cheap and readily available materials. We were off! Basically, I followed the tutorial found here, with a few tweaks.

For this project I used:

  • An old (fat) In Style magazine
  • A base of some kind – I used the cover of a scrapbook paper book 12×12
  • A small round mirror (mine was 12″)
  • A wooden embroidery hoop, matching the size of the mirror
  • Round wood beads
  • A hot glue gun
  • Spray paint in your choice of finish

Step 1: Carefully tear out the pages from your book or magazine, and roll them in to cones. I did this by wrapping my page around a long handled wooden spoon as you’ll see below. I then used a spot of hot glue on the finishing corner to hold the page in a cone shape.

Step 2: Glue your mirror to the base. Then, glue your embroidery hoop to your mirror – I did NOT do this and wish I had, so, go ahead and add the hoop in now. This gives you something to “butt” up against and makes placement easy-peasy.

Step 3: Begin gluing your paper cones on to your base, ensuring you place the tip of the cone as close to the embroidery hoop as possible. Continue adding cones until you have covered the entire base.

Step 4: Add the beads. I found the beads just finished everything off nicely, and really changed the look of the mirror. I used about 1/2″ round, inexpensive wooden craft beads, attached by hot glue, and placed them on the edge of the embroidery hoop. I found the beads in the kid’s craft area at Walmart in a tub that looked something like this:

Step 5: Attach a picture hanger on to the back of the mirror for hanging. I used a sawtooth hanger and hot glue aplenty to secure the hanger on the back of the base. It ain’t pretty, but it works!

Step 6: Spray Paint both the front and back of the mirror with your choice of finish, ensuring to get the ends of the cones, as well as any visible spaces. I used Krylon Metallic spray in gold. I had to do about 3 or 4 coats to cover.
Step 7: To get the uneven appearance of the sun “bursts”, I measured and cut around the outside of each paper cone. I used 11″, 10.5″, 9.5″ and 8.5″ and followed a pattern of 11″, 10.5″, alternating 9.5″ and 8.5″ in length. I marked the measurement and cut on an angle to create the point.
Step 8: Enjoy your mirror!

Mirror from Bookpages