; World of Dennifer: DIY Birdie Wall Art

Friday, September 18, 2009

DIY Birdie Wall Art

I DIY'ed these cute birdie canvas prints to go on my MB wall & to add to the birdie theme I have been obsessing talking about.

I wanted the birdie touches to be pretty subtle, so I was going for wall art that was something cute, but adult; something that stands out, but not too over the top. So, I decided to try my hand at something like this. Overall I am pretty happy with how everything turned out & they look awesome in my room - pics of the updates to my MB coming soon, like tomorrow (or maybe Sunday :o)!

Here is a quick tutorial on how I made these cute prints - you can change out the birds to PMB (prettymuchbasically) anything you wanna change it to. They were super easy to make, it was just a bit annoying cutting out the birdies b/c their legs are sooo skinny & I had to be super careful not to chop them off!

  • I bought the desired size canvases, black (or whatever color you choose) acrylic paint & the patterned scrapbook paper I wanted to use from Michaels. You will also need Modge Podge (I used the "lustre" kind), a paint brush & a sponge brush, all of which I already had.
  • Then I painted the canvases with the acrylic paint (2 coats) & let them dry. It probably only needs to dry a few hours, but I let it dry overnight just to be safe (&& b/c I was in no real rush). While they were drying I cut out the birdie prints - if you google image "bird silhouette" then the template I used will come up. I had my little sister blow up the birdies I wanted in photoshop & printed them out on spare heavy cardstock I had. I used the cut out as a stencil & traced the design onto the scrapbook paper with pencil, then cut that out (&& erased any left over pencil marks on the paper).
  • Once the paint on the canvases dried I applied Modge Podge very lightly to the back of the scrap book paper birdie cut outs & placed them where I wanted them on the painted canvases. Then I applied several layers of the Modge Podge over the birdie cut out & covering the entire front of the canvas.
  • Let dry & Wha-lah - pretty DIY wall art for my MB wall!
Hope you like them...I will *hopefully* be posting about my final MB updates sometime this weekend, so check back soon to see how these little lovelies look on my walls. I also finished my DIY fall foliage wreath & it looks awesome, so I will post that soon too - I should have it up in time for the DIY Show Off's Monday Fall Festival post! Thanks for stopping by!


Emily said...

Wow! Those turned out SO cute! I am lovin' birdies right now too! Thanks for stopping by!

Its So Very Cheri said...

I love your bird plaques. they look great in the room too.