YAY for SWAPS!! I’m uber excited for this one, because I LOVE all the fun craftiness found over at Craftily Ever After. Jessica has so many great ideas and has a TON of FREE PRINTABLES (and we all know how much I love printables!!) We are swapping today so be sure to check out her blog to see my tutorial for a Christmas Paper Centerpiece. Now, I’ll turn the time over to Jessica…
Hi all of Lil Luna’s friends! I’m Jessica from Craftily Ever After and I’m so glad to be blog-swapping with Kristyn today! Her style is fantastic! I first found her blog through a link to the temple blocks she made, and now that’s the cousin-gift my baby will be giving this year for Christmas! Kristyn’s awesome ideas have continued to inspire me so I am thrilled to be taking over her blog for the day. If you’re anything like me, you have Pottery-Barn taste on a garage-sale budget. So when I saw this fabulous bit of word art a few weeks back, I immediately knew I would have to recreate it. Here is Pottery Barn’s version, for $80:
Here is my version of the NOEL Word Art, almost twice as big, and for $60 less!
First I gathered my letters. These ones are from Joann’s. I got the huge paper mache ones they sell because I knew I was putting it in our living room with the vaulted ceiling. They’re about two feet tall each.
I got each letter for $4.99 with coupons, except for the N which had a little damage.
So they gave me that one for 75% off. $2.50! Score! The damage doesn’t show a bit. To stick the letters together, I knew I had to use my trusty E-6000 glue, which takes 24 hours to cure, and has to have something applying pressure to it to hold it in place for that time. Since I have the patience of a flea that was not going to work. Instead, I first applied the E-6000,
and then squeezed hot glue in between the E-6000 globs. The hot glue dried immediately and held it together while the other stuff dried. This way I could keep right on working!
Next is my favorite part- the spray paint. Pottery Barn’s wall art has a hand-pounded bronze finish. To mimic that, I used Rust-oleum’s Hammered Finish Bronze.
It gives it a cool metal-y looking sheen and texture. And the texture hides imperfections, like in the top of my ‘N’.
All done! As soon as the paint dried I plopped it up on the shelf and the glue cured as it was displayed. Multi-tasking decoration!
Thanks so much for having me, Kristyn! 🙂
And thanks for swapping, Jessica. Be sure to check out Craftily Ever After for some amazing inspiration!
My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!