19 February 2010

What to do with your paint chip collection: El Cheap-O Art!

I'm getting tired of having no art on our walls. We moved into our house right after Thanksgiving, but a lot of our stuff is still in storage behind my parent's barn, being held hostage by SNOW and MUD. I just can't get myself to do any real decorating when I don't have my whole stash of decor items (& furniture!) to work with.

But forget that. Last night I decided to do a little art project. Seriously, it took me maybe 10 MINUTES to assemble it. Prep took a little longer, but that doesn't matter. :)

Remember this barn wood frame I picked up at the local thrift for a mere $1?


I used that + an old piece of cardboard + a scrap of burlap + an old family photo of some gals I wish I could have known + a bunch of butterflies I punched out of paint chips from the home improvement store.

Punching out & folding the butterflies took the longest of anything, but I enjoyed it. I bought two different sizes of butterfly punches from Michael's & used paint chips that were all similar but not exactly the same.

I laid out the burlap & the cardboard on the floor, then cut the burlap out with about 2 or 3 inches extra on each side. I folded it over & duct taped it to the back, making sure that the fabric was pulled tight but not too tight. A little more duct tape fastened the burlap covered cardboard to the back of the frame. Lovin' the duct tape. Kinda like fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants crafting. Know what I mean?

Don't these ladies look like they've had a fun day? I have no idea who they are, but I think I'm related to some of them.

Laying out all the butterflies and the photo on the burlap before I attached them was really helpful. I moved them around a lot & removed a lot of the butterflies before I was happy with how it all looked.

I bought my first glue gun ever! And it was from the Dollar Tree. Extra nice. I discovered that I need to work on my glue-gunning technique. The butterflies were covered in shiny webs of glue when I was done.

I must admit that I didn't come up with this idea myself. I've had this photo in my idea folder for a long time.

I have no idea where it came from, but I like it. I have more burlap left, so I might look for a smaller shadowbox frame (with glass so the butterflies don't collect dust!) and make one for my office.

What do you think? Have you made anything cheap/free & crafty lately?

So is it still creativity if you steal use someone else's idea??

While you're in blog land, check out my friend Mary's new home staging blog! Mary sold our last house for us and helped us get our current house. She was one of the few people who saw potential in this little place. I love her style. She's a realtor but also a home stager.

Have a great weekend!


koopermom said...

That's awesome! Great idea.

Mary Lemon said...

Love your latest post! You inspire me. Did you notice my "curtains" in the pic on my blog? I got that idea from you -- using sheets and curtain clips. It's such an inexpensive way to add curtains without spending tons of cash! Thanks for mentioning my new blog too!

Amanda Jo said...

What a GREAT idea! I'm going to do this for my little boy's room!!!

Holly said...

Erin, this is so cool!

Shelley said...

So cute. I might have to "use" this idea.

Erin @ Home with the Boys said...

I love this art! So fun!

Great ideas on here!

Kristin said...

Super cute idea! I have just the punch to give this a try myself :-) You don't mind a copy-er do you? Enjoyed your site!

Renee said...

That is so cute! Who would have thought to do something so creative with the paint chips.
Great job!

TaDa! Creations said...

Oh, that's adorable and gives me some fun ideas. I've got TONS of paint chips. I'm visiting you from Remodelaholics Anon.

beth kruse custom creations said...

too funny! my "inspiration" was very similar. a shadowbox i saw at homegoods. but also funny that we both went with burlap and blue!

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

I have a whole stack of old barnboard frames that I no longer use. This is perfect for them. Thank you for the great idea.

S. said...

Ohhhh, I love this idea! I was searching for a way to use burlap and add artwork to my walls in an inexpensive way; how fabulous.