As a lover of vintage stuff and granny floral patterns, I always visit the home decor sections of my favorite stores, but...lately i find myself falling in love with wall art that i never buy because somewhere in the back of my mind I say... well I could pay for this $29.99 wall art.. or I can make my own. Unfortunately I never use to have the time to actually make stuff. I finally decided that It was time! Time to make some wall art :) I knew that whatever I made has to be affordable (it's gotta be worth my time) and fun to make. So I went to the Dollar Tree <3 and found a super cute floral pattern tissue paper that I knew I wanted to use. Next I went to Michaels, and right when I was about to pay $12.99 for a canvas, I decided I would innovate instead! So I went home and decided to look through my trash :) sometimes I don't mind trashy lol and found some pizza, cereal and cake mix boxes that I thought would work great. So I went ahead and started my masterpiece!
1 Package of your favorite tissue paper (floral or swirly works best) - $1.00
Cereal, cake mix or pizza box - FREE!
Plastic Bags - FREE!
White paint (the cheap acrylic kind) - < $3.00
Elmer's Glue - $1.00
Printer Paper & Ink - Pretty much FREE
So basically the whole thing was under $5.00 and tons of fun!
1. Open up Microsoft Powerpoint and type up your lines using 200 size font.(you can make certain words bigger to add emphasis) I used a beautiful Biblical line, something that gives me strength everyday. "Love never fails" Select a color for your type that goes with the color of your tissue paper and print it out on regular white paper.
2. Stuff your box with some plastic bags. (This will kinda weight it down so it's not super light on your wall) Don't over stuff it though, five bags well spread around should be enough. You can also use newspaper for this.
3. Using Glue, seal your box shut. (Make sure you get it straight!)
4. Paint your box with white paint. Do not use water. You might have to do two or more coats depending on your acrylic paint.
5. Let it Dry completely and in the meantime, cut out your lines and think about how you want to lay them out. Once your box is completely dry, use another paintbrush to paint the front of the box with glue. Then, gently place all the design elements (pieces that you want from your tissue paper) in place and set to dry.
6. Add finishing touches like a whole in the back of the box for easy hanging and white paint here and there to cover up unwanted stuff.
Enjoy your five dollar, handmade, vintage looking, typographic wall art!