I love to decorate, scrapbook, and do crafts. Recently I had a baby and decided that his room needed some picture or artwork up on the wall. The theme for his room is a forest theme but I didn’t want girly owls or baby like artwork. I wanted something elegant, pretty and manly. I found a picture I liked in a store and the cost was $250!! There is no way I was going to spend that on a piece of artwork for a baby’s room. So I studied the picture a little bit and came up with a plan to be able to make the picture at home. Obviously I couldn’t make the exact same picture, I’m not an artist. But I came up with a way to make the same feeling and type of picture just cheaper and more affordable for me. After I made one for my son’s room and it turned out so cute, I made one for my daughter’s room as well! People come over and think I am nuts for putting such expensive artwork in my kids’ bedrooms.
Here is what you will need, all these items I already had around my house so it cost me nothing!
— Scrapbook pages (I used 12×12 because I wanted a big picture)
— Glue Dots (usually used for scrapbooking)
— A Picture or shape for the center (I used a picture of an Owl)
— Canvas (this is optional – I didn’t use one but it would make it look more professional and give a little 3-d aspect to your wall)
If you don’t use canvas you can use a piece of cardboard or just put your picture on the wall as I did.
I made my picture be 3 scrapbook pages across and 2 pages down (36 inch by 24 inch) because I thought this looked best with the size of wall I had.
I choose my pieces of scrapbook paper to coordinate with the theme of my room. I used a paper that had tree trunks, fall leaves, pine needles, summer leaves, and a piece that was brown scrolls and one with orange/rust sponge effect.
For the center of the picture I choose an Owl from an old calendar I had, although a cute construction paper made raccoon was my second choice and thus, I will be making another one for the cute raccoon I made, or I might just change the owl out for the raccoon at some point. You can use a picture of something, you can cut something out of construction paper such as a red star, you can use a cricut machine to make something, or you can anything else you want. However, I recommend using just a single object instead of multiple objects.
Lay your scrapbook paper out and play with the arrangement until you have the pages in an order you like.
Place the item for the middle, in my case the owl, in the center of your scrapbook pages to make sure it still looks right with your scrapbook pages and the order of the pages you have.
If you like the way it looks, find a place on the wall where your picture will be hanging. Use a string or a laser level to make sure your picture will be level and straight. Then put a glue dot in each of the four corners of each scrapbook page and carefully place it directly on your wall. Once all the pages are up, place your object in the center. And you are done.
If you bought a canvas or wanted to use a piece of cardboard to hang your paper on, you will do the previous step except put the pages on the canvas or cardboard instead of directly to the wall. Then you can hang your canvas/cardboard on the wall when done.
For my daughter’s room I used fabric squares instead of scrapbook paper, having different materials (cotton, fleece, flannel) gave it more of a textured feel. I did use wood window trim that I stained and put around the edge of my daughter’s picture to make it look more like a piece of artwork since with the material it didn’t look as “art-y” as my sons room. With the trim around it, it looked like a picture on the wall.
As you can see this is an easy and inexpensive project that you can do for any room in your house and looks great! You don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars for great looking artwork!