Saturday, September 11, 2010

Burlap Birdcage Art

Still trying to get everything put together for Rian's room.  There's just something about having a baby girl that makes me want to decorate and paint everything in sight.  After working on some new wall art for her room for the past few days I finally got them done this afternoon.  I think they're pretty neat and I'm a tad proud of myself for trying new things and succeeding.  At least in my book that is. 

This is what I started my project off with:
This was an older picture frame my mom had given me.  It was gold when she gave it to me, and I spray painted it using a hammered oil-rubbed bronze color, Rust-Oleum brand I believe.  I had also added that wrapping paper to cover the print that was inside of it.  But for my project I needed to take the wrapping paper off the print and utilize the cardboard.
I then covered the cardboard print with burlap found at Joann's Fabric Superstore for about $2.00 a yard. I used a hot glue gun on the back to secure it to my cardboard print.  I love, L-O-V-E, hot glue guns.Once covered it was time to work on making my stencil.


I found these images using Google, cleaned them up, then printed them out.  They were way to small for what I needed them for, so I took them and one other image to Fed Ex Kinkos and got them blown up using their machine.  For all 3 it cost a little over $3.00.  Not too expensive.

I flipped the image over and traced the whole image on the back of it using a pencil.  I then laid it right side up on contact paper and rubbed all over the image in order to transfer my pencil markings onto the front of the contact paper.  Once I did that I then went over the faint lines on the contact paper in pencil again.  When I was done I used a craft knife/exacto knife/razor blade thingy to cut out my stencil.  I peeled away the back of the contact paper and stuck it on my burlap.
I made sure to smooth it down pretty good and got out any air bubbles that were there.  I then took my new little bottle of craft paint I had purchased from Joann's for .59 cents and painted on my stencil.
Since I am completely low on patience I only let the paint dry for a minute or two before peeling away the contact paper.
Here is the other one once painted
I thought they both came out pretty good seeing as how I only used some inexpensive craft paint and made my own stencil (which by the way was so hard when you have to cut out so many lines and small curves, I thought I'd never get them cut out and put on the burlap.) I had never tried painting burlap, and had only made one other contact paper stencil before these so don't be judging me too harshly. 

I then got to work on my picture frames, cause there was no way I was going to leave them that dark bronze gray color after I worked so hard on the new art going inside of them.

I first used Rust-Oleum's Professional Fast drying Gray Primer to cover the frames.

I liked the color of primer on the frames so much I actually debated leaving them that color.  (This primer has given me a new found love for the color gray. I love it.)  In the end I decided not too though because I wanted the frames to go with another project I'm planing for her room.
I painted the frames silver.  I used again my favorite of spray paint, Rust-Oleum, in a silver metal finish.

I let the frames dry over night, and in the morning I added some watered down turquoise craft paint all around the frame to give the silver a little bit of a muted look, and I just liked the look of the two colors together.  I put the glass back in the frames, added a cute Mod Podged bird to the burlap art, and then put them both in their frames to see how they looked.
 All I need to do now is wait till Rian wakes up from her nap to put them up in her room.

And I'm linking this post up to the Shanty2Chic blog, so if you're interested head on over their to find some more great ideas for your own home.




5 comments:

Sheri@childmade.com said...

You did great! Thanks for sharing ... I've posted a link.

Jennifer said...

Thanks Sheri, loved your site ChildMade, I'll definitely use it to get more inspiration.

Katie said...

These are so cute! I looove stenciling, I feel like I'm less likely to screw the whole thing up.

Steph said...

I think you did an awesome job on the stencil! Looks beautiful!

Mod Podge Amy said...

Super duper cute! I love the stenciling too - and the colors you chose.