Sunday, July 18, 2010

Decorating on a Shoe String Budget Part II

Remember the canvases I did for my son's room? Here's the Tutorial if you missed it, but I had one canvas left over. So I had my creative juices going, changing my mind several times in what direction I wanted, then taking the plunge and made this little ditty!
Here's what you need:

*Canvas, whatever size you want
*Paint for the canvas (I spray painted mine with a soft pink called "Ballet Slipper")
*Picture of birds (I found mine from my favorite vintage picture website Graphics Fairy and here is the picture I used)
*Fabric or Paper
*Glue Gun
*Modge Podge
*Little Silk Flower (Optional)

Step 1: Paint Canvas. Then cut out your birds using your picture as your stencil. I used Fabric for mine, but you can use paper as well. Then Modge Podge the back of your paper/fabric and stick to your painted canvas.

Step 2: Glue your branch onto your canvas, making it look like your birds are perched on the branch. Now, I thought that the canvas looked a little bland, so I glued little flowers and leaves from a stem of flowers I had from our wedding 7 years ago. Kind of makes me happy to use those flowers for things for my daughter.

And Ta da! A simple, sweet picture. I love it and catch myself stopping just to look at it.


  1. This is so pretty, a wonderful picture.

  2. So clean and pretty! I love what you've done.

  3. This is darling!! You are so clever! Thanks so much for linking this up to Brag Monday.

  4. This is so sweet. I love the clean design with shapes. It is simple but very effective as a visual work of art. Fantastic job.

  5. Beautiful! I love your use of nature, my favorite thing is to bring the indoors inside. I also like how you used materials with meaning (the little flowers from your wedding). Perfect!

  6. Too cute! I love anything with birds. This would be a perfect addition to a nursery. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  7. so so cute! i love how it turned out so much i have put it on my to-do list for my hallway (which desperately needs some life!!!)

  8. visiting from Just a Girl. . .thanks for inspiring me to create a piece too :)


  9. Cute! I love this. Gets my creative juices flowing - you could take this idea and make so many variations. Thanks for sharing!

  10. So cute - I just became a follower - follow me :)

  11. How cute! What a great way to use up a few extra fabric scraps laying around.

    You should link this tutorial at my *new* Scrap Happy Saturday Link Party (where we figure out what to do with all our extra scraps) - and then share the button to get more people to join in the fun, too!


  12. Wow! That is beautiful. Great idea. I have canvases I am working on right now too. This helps get my creativity flowing.

  13. Very pretty- and a great idea. Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to make one!

  14. What a darling idea. Psst, we have the same header!

  15. Had to show my followers this one!

  16. lovely project! thanks a lot =)



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