Monday, January 18, 2010
Recycled Wall Art
Maggie and her husband Jeff have a large, blank wall in their house that has been taunting them since they moved in. With both of them having strong creative opinions, it has been hard to agree on what to hang there. That is until they saw this post from Tali at Growing Up Creative. They made it this weekend, put their own spin on it, and are thrilled with the results! Here is how you can do it too:
Start with some cardboard tubes from rolls of paper towels, toilet paper, and wrapping paper. We should mention that it took way more tubes than we thought it would (about 5 paper towel rolls, 6 toilet paper rolls, and 2 wrapping paper rolls), so it's always a good idea to have more on hand than you think you will need.
Next, flatten them out, measure, mark and cut them into equal sections.
Once your pieces are cut out, play around with them! Move them around, step back, then move them around some more until you are happy with the shape and pattern. Glue your pieces together and put paperclips on to hold them in place while the glue dries.
Next, send your husband outside in the ice and snow to spray paint your creation!
Once your paint dries, you are ready to hang your masterpiece on the wall! Once Maggie and Jeff hung theirs up, they decided that they didn't like it as much as they thought they would. So they took parts of it down and rearranged the pieces. They also spray painted an old mirror the same paprika color that they used on the cardboard. And now they love it (although they plan on adding on to it as soon as they have more cardboard tubes)!
The great part of this project is that there is no wrong way to do it, and there is no real way to mess it up. So give it a try and have fun with it!