Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Baby Shower Crafting -- Paris Themed Edition

A couple of weeks ago our moms group threw a Paris themed baby shower to celebrate our dear friend Lindsey who will be welcoming a baby girl into her family in a few weeks. I was in charge of a few decorations and with a bit of Pinterest inspiration, crafted a little pink and black wall hanging that I'd like to share. 

Excuse the picture quality, but I was a definite fan of how this project came out, and if baby #2 is a girl, she just might have a nursery built around something of the sort. 

--Square canvas to fit your fleur-de-lis
--Wooden fleur de lis (found at Hobby Lobby)
--Wooden letters 
--Acrylic paint (background and letters) 
--Spray paint (optional--I used black spray paint for the letters)
-- 1 page scrapbook paper (thicker cardstock is better)
--Mod Podge

I should give these more like a recap since I don't have pictures of every step AND I changed my colors along the way. 

Trace fleur de lis on scrapbook paper (and use the back to avoid pencil lines). Keep pencil tip as close to the edge of the wood as possible. You want a perfect fit. Carefully cut out fleur de lis next, remembering you want the paper to keep a close fit on the wood. 

Paint background of canvas. Don't forget about the sides!

Paint letters, making sure to cover front, insides, and outsides. This is where my picture doesn't match final product. I was originally going to the letters pink but decided the canvas needed to be pink and the letter black. I spray painted over the pink (with much frustration and a black hand for the day, mind you). 

Paint sides of wooden fleur de lis with color of choice as well. 

 To cover the fleur de lis, paint a layer of Mod Podge over the wood. Also cover the back of the scrapbook cutout with a layer of Mod Podge. Very carefully, start at the top and line up the scrapbook paper with the wood. Press out air bubbles as you lay the rest of the paper down. If necessary, you have a minute or so to lift up the paper and shift around if it won't lie correctly. When the scrapbook paper is in place and fully smooth, be sure to rub hands several times over the top to seal.

When completely dry, paint a layer of Mod Podge over the top and allow to dry completely.

When everything is dry, place layers on top of each other and hot glue down. You can use the back of the canvas for hanging or hot glue a ribbon on the back to provide a "hook."

Happy Crafting! (And we can't wait to meet that little girl Lindsey!) 


Trish said...

very cute!

Lindsey said...

YAY! I LOVE this, and it, along with the letters of her name that you made, are in her room now. THANK YOU for making them! I'm still amazed at how you were able to do the cutting/laying of the paper onto the wood so perfectly. Especially with the letters!

Kar @allmylove.mommy said...

Gorgeous!! You are one crafty Mama!

Lindsay said...

WOW! Love!!! You are so talented, I can promise mine would never look like that. Lucky friend.

Our Little Fam said...

So cute!!!

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Andie said...

This is so cute! I could totally make something similar to this for my house but with other colors, etc. you did great!

Christine Wright said...

I love the decoration! So earlier this week, I was trying to reply to your post when my baby decided to delete the email :). You should write a post about the tutu shower so I can pin it! I love the idea!