Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cowboy Boot Wall Decor

Mission: Find a craft that involves my 4 year old, that uses paper bags, and can somehow be tied into the 4 year old's future room.

That was my general layout when asking for help from other crafty people. The result was a bunch of unattractive, cheap looking crafty items that... while they might be fun to do or have around for a little bit.... didn't have the staying power that I was looking for. Instead of over thinking, I went for simplistic, fun, the first thing that popped into my mind- wall decor.

We have a tentative plan to do a 'Western' themed room, but I feel that the idea of doing a stenciled cut-out of an item can be universally tied to ANY themed room, as long as you have a good idea of what you are looking for. Choose a theme, pick an item from it, and make a cut-out to fit an 8x10 or 8.5x11 in. frame.

It was important to me to use materials we had on hand, for us that was construction paper, and a lot a lot of paper bags. We did the background with our color choice of construction paper, but I think doing a watercolor wash over a cut piece of paper bag could look great as well. We used the paper bag material to do for the cut-out. Simply take the pattern/stencil, trace, cut out, and hand to child!

We used watercolor paints for the boot decorations. The important thing for me, was child involvement, so my 4 year old got to do that part all by himself. It adds a great personal touch to the piece. When the boot painting was dry, we did an outline around the boot with black sharpie. My son got to pick a stencil design for the star cut-out at the top of the boot, and we picked contrasting colors of paper to highlight the same design on the construction background.

Simple crafting glue was used to attach the boot to the construction paper. Make sure to play around with the layout ahead of time! Once you glue it, you can never go back (Que dramatic music here). After the glue dried, I picked out some stenciled lettering that fit the feel of the theme and penciled in his name. The piece was finished when the last letter was inked in. Can't wait to frame it and hang it!

There are a lot of different variations I would like to try out. I think using different types of papers would be fun, as would different mediums (paints) to decorate with. I know that this is a craft we will definitely be doing again!

Have you ever done any wall decorations for your childrens room? What was it and how did it turn out?

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