Don’t you just love a good handmade gift? Anything given with love is meaningful. But to me, something handmade carries a little extra meaning to it.
We put together this easy state silhouette wall art for the Happiness Is Handmade blog hop hosted by our friend Bre from Average But Inspired. For the blog hop, 26 bloggers each came up with unique handmade gift ideas. You’ll find pictures and links to each tutorial at the end of this post, so if you’re looking for handmade gift inspiration be sure to check them out. Oh, and one more thing.. we’re giving away $180 in PayPal cash so you can purchase all the supplies for your handmade gifts!
But first I want to share how we put together the state silhouette wall art. Are items with your state or city hot in your area right now? Because it’s definitely popular around here.
I found some old pictures at the thrift shop and removed everything from one of the frames.
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The frame got a coat of Annie Sloan’s Old White chalk paint and a light coat of clear wax. I found these plank panels at Lowe’s, cut them to size and did a paint wash using Annie Sloan’s French Linen chalk paint. A paint wash is basically just painting with really watered down paint. It leaves more of a stained look rather than the full coverage you usually get with paint. It left the planks looking like they had a light grey wash over them.
I used clear silicone to adhere the panels into the frame. To do this, I just placed the planks in the frame (they’re interlocking planks) then ran a line of silicone around the edges and alone each seam. I used my finger to smooth the silicone then left it to dry completely. It’s a bit hard to see in the picture because it’s clear.
The state silhouette was really simple. I used an overhead projector to project the image onto the sign, then just traced the outline with a watercolor pencil, using this technique. But you don’t need an overhead projector to do such a simple graphic. You could print your state silhouette and just trace the outline. Or if you need something larger than what you can print on a single sheet of paper, try blowing up the image at blockposters.com (it’s free).
Once my image was traced out, I put a heart sticker in the area where we live, then I used realllly watered down paint to paint in the graphic. I basically just barely dipped my brush in paint, then into water, then brushed it on. I had to do a couple coats to get the coverage I wanted. I wrote home on the bottom too. Then I was finished, I removed the heart sticker.
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