The other day I was cleaning out some of my stash (no, not from the basement) and came across this. Now you may be wondering what "this" is. It's hard to explain but let me try.
When my girls were in elementary school they would have their school pictures taken. The school was very creative and one year decided that the photos should be plastered on this sailboat shaped piece of wood. Are ya following me so far? Years later my girls cringed at the sight of these photos. And so we peeled them off and were left with "this" wood piece.
Now you know me I love a good challenge and so I wanted to repurpose or reuse it And repurpose it I did, into an easy children's wall art. Today I'm going to show you how I did it. Nothing goes to waste in my house!
Just to give you a bit of context. The wood sail piece was placed on top of this sailboat base. See the two pieces of wood in the center? That was where the sail part was wedged in. There was also a tiny piece of wood at the bottom of the sail but I cut it off to make the sail more like a sail. You may have seen this boat on my seaside art project.
The How - To
The first step was to brush the wood piece with some paint. Two coats of white chalk paint, and haphazardly at that.
After the paint had dried I found an image from a Winnie the Pooh book I had that hasn't been opened in years. I don't know about you but sweet Winnie had won my heart years ago. Why I remember watching Winnie movies with the kids when they were younger. Some of my best memories.
Now back to the project. I cut out the image in an oval shape making sure it would fit on my piece of wood. And I glued it on with Mod Podge.
Since I was going to be giving this as a gift to a handsome very young fellow, I made sure to add his name in Greek. A simple sharpie did the trick. You can be as simple or as fancy as you want here. You can even use acrylic paint.
The whole thing was then brushed over with Mod Podge sealing it in.
I wanted this to be a wall hanging so I just added some twine to the edges of the "sail". If you have a simple piece of scrap wood, you can open holes in it.
A pretty knot on top to hang it and I was done.
And we have personalized wall art for a very special young fellow! I do hope he likes Winnie!
Of course he will!
Everyone likes Winnie! Even Rabbit likes Winnie!
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Here you can see my haphazard brush strokes. I was going for the wind swept look. "wink" You know, as if I was relaxing on the sailboat! (Just so you know, I have never been on a sailboat in my life!)
I chose to make it simple so it would not clash with the rest of the colors in the little fellow's room.
Not bad for a 15 minute project. This of course was made as a gift. It was very easy to make and it can be personalized depending on the image you add to the wood.
So if you find yourself in a tight jam for a gift idea, you can always make an easy children's wall art! It is Winnie approved! And most importantly, my girls are even happier that they don't have to look at their elementary school pictures anymore.
I must admit this is the strangest thing I've ever repurposed. Have you ever found wood in strange shapes like this?
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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