Anthro-Inspired Wall Art

I’m so excited to share my latest project with you.  I’m not sure if I’m happier with the final result or the fact that it cost me less than $5 to make.

A few months ago I fell in love this this Circle Blooms Framed Art as soon as I saw it on Anthropologie’s website but I was not in love with the price tag.

But I just knew I had to make something similar to it.

Fast forward a few weeks and I came across this fabulous piece of art from Two Girls Being Craft that uses paint chips and I figured out how to complete my knock off art.

I decided I could make the Circle Blooms using paint chips.

I immediately went to Home Depot and picked out the colors I wanted to use.  I did not pick the exact same colors in the inspiration piece and you can really do any color combination you want.

Materials needed to make your own:

  • canvas – I used an old picture that someone gave me
  • paint chips
  • scissors
  • modge podge
  • paint brush
  • something circle to use as a template – I used a penny, nickel, quarter and dime as my templates so the circles would be different sizes.
  • ruler to determine the center

I started out by painting this picture and frame white:

Before

After you gather all your materials it really is easy but a little time consuming.  The longest part was cutting out the circles (I’m sure you guessed that).  Good thing my husband and I needed to catch up on a few episodes of True Blood.

To cut the circles I placed the coin on a few paint chips and just cut around it.

As I cut I determined how I wanted to combine colors and I just kept playing around with it until I was happy with how it looked.

After I had it all laid out, I just started using the modge podge to adhere the circles to the canvas.  After a few minutes I had to go back with the end of my paint brush to push down the edges so they didn’t curl up.  For some reason the blue circles curled up the most.  I’m not sure why.

Once I had all the pieces down I let it dry over night.  The next day I covered the entire canvas with modge podge.

Of course I forgot to take pictures of the process because I was just so excited to complete the project.

After

It might have taken longer than painting circles but I love the way it turned out!  It was definitely worth the time and effort.  Now I need to decide where to hang it.

Thanks Anthropologie and Two Girls Being Crafty for the inspiration!  You all rock!

Have you used paint chips to make any art work?  I’d love to hear all about it and see pictures.

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Book Ledges – Knock Off

When I first saw these book ledges in The Land of Nod catalog I knew I wanted them for Connor’s playroom. I love the fact that you can see the front of the books instead of just the spines.

The Land of Nod’s Book Ledges – $20 Each
The Book Ledges I Built for under $30

I was a little disappointed when I realized that they were out of stock so I knew I had to make them myself.  And I’m so glad I did considering I was able to make three shelves for less than $30.

The first step was to measure the space.  I decided I wanted mine to be 38 inches long.  The best part of making them myself was the fact that I could customize the length.

I went to Home Depot and had my wood cut.  This is what I got to make my three shelves:

  • 6 – 1 x 3 @ 38 inches long
  • 3 – 1 x 2 @ 38 inches long

Each shelf requires two 1 x 3′s and one 1 x 2 .  I got the cheapest wood since I was planning on painting the shelves.

Now we don’t own any fancy tools or gadgets.  I found a few tutorials online but they all required special drill bits and other items I didn’t have.  To keep this easy and cheap, I knew I had to figure out a way to build the shelves with only my drill or screwdriver.

I found these brackets in one of the aisles at Home Depot and decided to use them to attach my pieces of wood together.

I bought three packs of the corner brackets and three packs of the flat brackets – one pack for each shelf.  They come 4 in a pack.

I laid one of the 1 x 3′s flat on the ground and took the other 1 x 3 and lined it up to the back edge to make an L shape.  I fastened them together using three corner brackets:  left, middle, and right.  The L brackets are on the back of the shelves so you won’t see them.

Then I put the 1 x 2 in the front.  I attached the front piece of wood using the flat brackets.  These are screwed in the bottom of the shelf so you won’t see these either.  I screwed the flat brackets in two places.

For extra support and since I had extra, I added a flat bracket to the side of each shelf.  You can’t even see these after I painted the shelves.

I just hung the shelves using my drill and painted them white.

I’m actually very pleased with the end result.  They look very nice with all the books on them.  The best part has been watching Connor just go up and start reading his books.

I also love that the books look like art work on the wall.

So with a few pieces of wood, a drill and some brackets you can build your own book ledges also!!  And instead of paying $20 for each shelf, you can do it for less than $30.

That means it is time to order some fun, new books for Connor.

I hope this inspires you to build your own book ledges.  Have a great week!!

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