Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Important Date Wall Art Decor

For my first tutorial breaking down the steps of my master bedroom makeover, I decided to show you how to make the Important Date Wall Art.
DIY Wall Decor
For my piece I used our anniversary date and my kids' birthdays.  I have seen similar things with meeting, engagement, and marriage dates or any dates that are important in your life.

I bought the burlap canvas (24"x12") at Hobby Lobby.
Burlap canvas at Hobby Lobby
I was going use my Silhouette to cut letters and paint over them ((paint the canvas the color I want the letters, put the letters down, paint the overall color and pull the letters up))- but I decided I liked the jagged white edges on the burlap, so instead I used my Silhouette to make a stencil.  The great thing with the Silhouette is you can use any font you have on your computer.

I cut the letters out of vinyl as I usually would, but instead of peeling up the background and discarding, I carefully pulled off the background and placed that down on the canvas to use as a stencil.
DIY Date Wall Decor
I made our anniversary date a little larger font.  

I then cut out each of the kids birth dates.  Their birth dates did not line up perfectly as my son was born on the 8th, and my daughter the 28th.  If you want your dates to line up perfectly than put a 0 before any single digits, 08.
DIY Date Wall Decor
I laid down all of the vinyl stencils before I began painting to ensure that everything fit.  I made sure the vinyl was pushed down everywhere but did not rub it into place as you usually would as I knew I would be pulling it up.


KG4A9775I used folkArt Aqua #481 for the top date, Americana Tuscan Red for the heart, and folkArt Greenscape #2500 for the birthdays.  Obviously, feel free to use any colors that coordinate with your decor.


Then paint.  It doesn't matter if you go over the edges a little as you will be pulling the stencil up.
Using a silhouette to make stencils
After painting, I waited about 3 or 4 minutes then carefully peeled up the stencils and was left with a piece I love.
DIY home wall decor
If you do not have a Silhouette or similar machine you can use real letter stencils found at most craft stores. 
wall decor for reading nook
To see the rest of my bedroom makeover- check out the original post here.

What project/tips from my bedroom makeover would you like to see next?

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29 comments:

  1. Wow, so easy to do and it looks amazing!
    Did you freehand the tree silhouettes?

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    1. This project really was so easy. The part that took me the longest was picking what font I wanted, I think the whole thing took me about an hour was all. I did free hand the tree silhouettes, though I could have done it just like the word art if I had thought of it or didn’t want to free hand it.

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  2. I really love how this turned out! I've pinned it to try one day.

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    1. Awe thanks! It really was a very simple project

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  3. Love it! Aqua and red is one of my favorite color combinations. I've been thinking about date art ever since you posted it and I've come up with my own twist that I'll be sharing soon!

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    1. Oh so excited to see what your twist is!

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  4. Very fun! Makes me want to do something crafty…been a long time! How will I choose what to do!? You should tell about your bookshelf with the wrapping paper next. :)

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    1. Sounds good- will show that next

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  5. It really turned out great! I love everything about your bedroom makeover!

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  6. Love this and I love the happy color in your house. Just say no to brown and heavy decor everywhere!

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    1. Yep exactly! Fun to have some color

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  7. I love this!! I've wanted to make something like this for a long time. My husband is out of town this weekend, maybe I'll have time to whip it up!

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    1. This really is such a quick project, only took me a little more than a hour

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  8. I can't see any of the photos! Well, I can see the very last one, but the rest are just outlined boxes.....

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    1. Maybe they were just loading slowly before?? Not sure, they all seem to be there now. Hopefully they work. Maybe try opening in a different browser? Though that shouldn't affect anything. I know some people have issues sometimes if they check from work computers that have lots of filters, hope you can see them.

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  9. What a great project! I've seen a couple of these cool burlap projects...makes me want to do one too!

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    1. Thank you! I love the colors too, make me happy every time I see them

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  11. I saw something similar to this, but your version is much cuter!!!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I originally wanted to do this on boards, more of an antique look- but then I saw this canvas and my plans all changed.

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  12. So easy!! And it looks great!

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    1. Thank you and yes it really was so easy!

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  13. See you'll have to make me one of these because I don't have a silhouette machine :)

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    1. If you are are any good at painting, you could totally just paint this one free hand. I just have terrible handwriting, let alone painting numbers

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  14. I really, really love this project. Great job.

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  15. What a beautiful project! Love the gallery too.

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