Today, we have another great craft in our series, A Craft Made By You. I totally love Dr. Seuss and my friend Brooke from Blissful Roots (I adore her) is joining us to share Easy to Make Wall Art that I know you’re going to LOVE! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial with us, Brooke —
I’m Brooke Duncan, a former first grade teacher now staying at home with my four-year-old little boy, and keeping up with seven-year-old twin boys. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband for 12 years. I love cooking, holidays, music, organizing, running, nature, and anything creative — I spend my days doing what I can to make my home inviting, engaging, and fun.
Today I have a project to share using one of my very favorite Dr. Seuss quotes. As you know, I have three young boys. I’m not sure if this holds true for little girls, but my little boys’ minds wonder and wonder and wonder (often time I wonder if it’s more wandering than wondering:)). I sometimes get too caught up in being a busy mom to really stop and listen to their wonderings, but when I do I’m actually quite amazed with what they come up with! This Dr. Seuss quote is perfect for them. I’ve loved this quote for quite some time, and I never ever want my boys to stop wondering, so I decided I needed to get this quote put together to hang on their wall where they could see it every day.
|Country Living (Click to Print)|
Awhile back, I ran across an article in Country Living that was all about decorating with light bulbs (actually, filament bulbs is the correct term I believe). I instantly fell in love with them, and was thrilled to find they had a link on their website where you could print them off (click the image above to print yours). I thought the bulbs would the perfect image to use with this Dr. Seuss quote.
Now don’t panic when you you click on the link and the bulbs are chopped off at the top, that’s what mine looked like too. The bulbs will be too big for your page, but you can adjust that when you go to print.
This is what my screen looked like when I hit my print button. Obviously not going to work. So, I made some adjustments. (I would, however like to try printing the big sizes of bulbs out at a copy store one day. The big sizes would make a great statement pieces!)
Anyway, I switched the orientation from portrait (the paper stands vertical) to landscape (the paper stands horizontal), and then scaled the image down to 20%. That way, I had at least two full bulbs to choose from. I ended up using the third filament bulb in the row.
If you want to be able to see all four bulbs on the page, then switch your paper orientation back to portrait, and scale your image down to 14%.
I printed my lightbulb out on a cardboard-colored card stock, and then just cut it out with scissors.
Then I attached it to a 12 x12 piece of card stock in the same color. By the way, I stock up on this color of card stock at Michaels when they have their 4/$1 sale on their scrapbook paper. I love how neutral and versatile this color is. I use it all the time!
Next, I used another Michaels find. These little stamp sets (from studio g) were in their dollar baskets last time I was there. I love collecting fonts online, and now I’m a bit obsessed with collecting different fonts in stamps. Now, these are small, but for $1 they are a steal! This was the first time I’d used them, and I have to say they’re so much fun!
Here’s what the stamped letters look like close up. I was quite impressed with their quality. The stamps were easy to use, and the letters came out very crisp and clear. I stamped ‘think & wonder’ on one side of my lightbulb,
and ‘wonder & think on the other side’. I stamped the quote on the sides of the bulb because I was putting my finished product in a round frame. You could stamp the top or bottom if you’re using a rectangular frame, or stamp wherever you’d like!
The ‘wonder & think’ side of the bulb was easy to line up because the first letters of the words were right against the bulb. For the ‘think & wonder’ side, I started with the last letter of each word (the ‘k’ and ‘r’) so those words would be lined up against the bulb. Does that make senses? It just made it easier to judge the distance with my words and bulb because I started at the end of the word right next to the bulb and worked backwards.
I used my second set of stamps to stamp Dr. Seuss’ name at the bottom of the bulb.
Here’s what my page looked like once I had all the stamping done. Now, the thing with stamping (and not using clear stamps) is that you probably won’t get everything exactly straight, but that’s the look I was going for on this project. If you like a more straight, polished look, you could type the quote on your computer and print it out, then add the bulb after.
I had an old round frame a friend had given me when she was unloading a bunch of items from her antique store that I used to put the finished product in. I simply put the frame over the card stock with the quote centered, then traced around the frame and cut the card stock so it fit the round frame. I wanted something different than a regular 8 x10 frame, and I couldn’t be happier with the look of the round frame, and the whole project! Not a bad piece of wall art for free (I already had everything I used)! If you don’t have the items I used, you could use whatever you have on hand, but really 2 pieces of card stock, 2 $1 sets of stamps, printing at home, and a frame (use one you have, or check the thrift store) wouldn’t cost more than $5. I love a great project for hardly anything! And even if you don’t use the Dr. Seuss quote, I’m sure you can find something to do with the filament bulbs. They’re so, so cool!
Come visit me at Blissful Roots anytime! Enjoy your day!