November 3, 2010

DIY Art Tutorial

As promised last week in my guest room tour, here is the tutorial for the artwork I made for over the bed.
As I mentioned in that post, I had a hard time deciding what I should put over the bed. Then one day I remembered the Ballard Designs inspired idea that I'd seen on the Thrifty Decor Chick blog awhile back, and decided it'd be perfect. I did mine just a little differently than she did, but it turned out great. I will note the differences so you can choose the way that would work best for you.

12 x 12 boards (how ever many you want for your project)
spray paint
scrapbook paper
Mod Podge
foam brush
picture hangers
1. Go to Lowe's and purchase a large sheet of MDF board, or something similar. (I got something that was a little lighter weight than MDF board, but I'm not sure what it was called.) Ask them to cut it into 12 x 12 pieces. You should be able to get a sheet that would get 10 cuts for about $10.
2. Sand the edges of the boards if needed...basically just to remove any stray splinters.
3. Spray paint the sides and edges of the boards.
If you have a little helper, keep him at a safe distance from the spray paint. (Sorry; you know I have a hard time doing a post without showing his cuteness.)
4. Apply Mod Podge to the front of the board, as well as to the back of the scrapbook paper. Place the paper on the piece of wood carefully, being sure to smooth out any wrinkles. (For this step, she used spray adhesive instead of Mod Podge to affix the paper to the board. I chose to use Mod Podge just so I could have a way to seal it since these will got a lot of sunlight. I think either would work fine.)
5. Allow it to dry, then apply a coat of Mod Podge over the top of the paper to seal it.
6. Attach picture hangers to the back of each board in order to hang them on the wall. (She nailed hers directly to the wall by hammering through the front, so that is another option.)
And you're finished!
This entire project cost me right at $14 (I had the Mod Podge already), & I think it's a great way to get artwork that matches your space exactly.


  1. I really like this and think I may try it!

  2. I LOVE THIS IDEA!!! i cannot wait to try it :) now...where do i need it?!? haha!

  3. Awesome idea and tutorial! Thanks so much for posting, I can't wait to try it! :)

  4. I can't wait to try this! I have been searching for the perfect thing above our bed! GREAT! Thanks for sharing. Manny is hilarious over there in his little Bumbo. too cute!

  5. Did you use the printed card stock from My Mind's Eye or is that the regular paper they have at Hobby Lobby? I think I have all those same prints-ha :)

  6. Love this!! Think I'll have to try it :)

  7. I love it!!! All I need to buy would be the board - I already have all the other excited - can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing! And of course Manny is just precious as always! :) And that view - wow!

  8. What an amazing project Sarah! You did an amazing job!


  9. Very cool idea! I must might have to do it myself. I absolutely love the pic of your little cutie sitting far away from the spray paint. It made me laugh. So cute.

  10. I LOVE this! I wish I were crafty! You did a fabulous job!

  11. I love this!! I'm not a crafty person, but I think even I could accomplish something like this!!

  12. What a great idea! I may have to come up with something like this for over our bed. So cute, and so cheap!

    By the way, I'm cracking up at Manny in his little bumbo seat. His hair looks like a mohawk, and I love it!

  13. Cute idea, but I think my favorite picture was of your son, sitting in his bumbo 20 feet away- sooo cute! It made me laugh! He's probably thinking- why am I over here mom?


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