DIY Art and a few pieces of our home.

Posted on | October 10, 2012 | 26 Comments

It’s not that I’m trying to be sneaky or do some big reveal of our house – it’s just that this is all we have unpacked. If you’d like to see pictures of stacks of boxes I want nothing to do with, I’d be happy to provide. But for now here are a few pictures of things outside of boxes.

Yesterday Harper and I made some art on canvases. I found a big one at Michaels, and they were 40% off so I grabbed one (canvases are expensive!) and 2 small ones for H. She used 3 different colors (Martha Stewart Hydrangea Purple, Pollen and Metallic Gold) and circle sponge brushes to create her polka dot art.

While she did that, I set out with 3 packs of 2″ vinyl letters and my canvas. I measured each line out with pencil and laid out my song lyrics. After those were all stuck on and pressed down (hard),  I did 2 coats of Martha Stewart Arrowhead, let it dry for about half an hour and then removed the letters carefully. I originally saw this on Pinterest via ABM. I recommend dabbing the paint on around the letters with a sponge brush instead of a regular brush to avoid bleeding the paint. Then tada! A huge piece of art for less than $20. Michaels regularly has 40% off coupons, so keep your eye out for those.

I’ll share more as we get settled. Harper’s room has been so fun – she is so happy here and tells us regularly how much she loves her new house. It’s been a crazy month or so for her, so to hear often how happy she is is the best feeling.

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Comments

  • laurenalb

    cute!

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  • ourhollydays

    Love that art!!! So easily customizable to your own lyrics, also. Win.

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  • Fiona

    Sooooo crafty. I am happy I saw the house when I did because when I see it again, my brain will explode from transformation.

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  • http://www.acutedesigns.org/ Gina

    I love harper’s polka dots! and the pumpkins. I should have bought some of those at trader joe’s this morning….

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  • bettina_rae22

    Where did you get that yellow silouette done?

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    Mandy Reply:

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/alovelylark
    Here ya go – highly recommend!

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  • http://twitter.com/DiscoveryStreet Ruthy T.

    antler’s holding pumkins?? adorbs!!

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  • Briseidy Tijerina

    love Harper’s polka dot! so nice to do that with your kids…your home is lovely

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  • Christina C

    Any tips on getting the letters to stick to the canvas? I tried to get all creative for fathers day last year and threw in the towel after trying to get the letters to stick for over and over again. I swear I am not special ;)

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  • http://twitter.com/babyrabies Jill Krause

    SWOON all over your house! (Or at least the parts unpacked.) Man, I’m ready to come live in your park.

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  • Lookie Boo

    I come live here right nowz?!!

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  • Morgan (The818)

    So jealous. ARGHGHARGHARGHGHRAGH. And also YAY!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kristin.frank.754 Kristin Frank

    Yay on a new home and Congrats! Yuck to moving and all it entails in general! LOVE the quote, one of my fav songs!

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  • meg

    Just wondering where Harper’s bedding is from… sooo cute!!

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    Mandy Reply:

    Ikea!

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  • http://aimymichelle.blogspot.com/ aimymichelle

    all of it looks great!

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  • http://kelseyelizabetha.blogspot.ca/ Kelsey Elizabeth

    I spy emily giffin, best girly books EVER!

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  • http://www.misselaineouslife.com Elaine A.

    Her art and yours, are both fabulous. I know it takes a while to get settled but it looks like you are off to a great start! :)

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  • Kacie

    It’s looking so great! I love it. Can’t wait to see when you’re all settled in!

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  • lilmuselily

    alcohol out of the box is most important ;) looking good!

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  • angela king

    that canvas is amazingly cute! :)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/erinjuliainez.stead Erin Julia Inez Stead

    Is the buck trey now a drink trey?

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  • jamie

    the words are crooked! pinterest fail.

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  • Perpetual Bliss

    Such a beautiful place! Love the diy art and I was reminded of that song after such a long time, sighhh, hehe! I just came across your blog and instantly fell for it. Your daughter is so adorable, congratulations to the proud parents on her 4th bday. Babies grow up too fast, mine is going to be almost 2 and I still feel like she was born yesterday! bittersweet! Will definitely be putting your blog on my google reader :) Love, Nataliya

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  • Kiara Buechler

    Hehehe, I Googled “Vinyl Letters on Canvas” and this was the fifth on the list. Thanks for the tips!

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