Monday, February 20, 2012

Large Alphabet Wall Art

After re-arranging my little man's nursery I had a very large blank wall so I created some large scale alphabet wall art!

This huge 36 x36 inch canvas that I painted for our first house while I love the colors, does not really fit into the colors of any room in our new house. And since this is a huge canvas I wanted to re-use it! I repainted the whole thing the same dark chocolate color for my new project.

I designed my "design"out in InDesign first before creating the letters in the Silhouette Studio software. I ended up using Arial Bold font size 530pt (so the letters were HUGE)

I then went used way too much vinyl to make this! Luckily I scored 2 rolls of pink vinyl when my favorite local craft store was going out of business for $2.30 a roll, because I used one whole roll and at least half of the second. I tried using contact paper but that's a whole other issue :)

I will admit it was not easy to transfer the vinyl to my canvas because I was working with such large pieces. I found it did help to cut the row in half and work with smaller pieces. Also going back to my being a craft hoarder I saved all of the inside pieces of my vinyl alphabet for a later to be determined project!! The key to laying the vinyl is to GO SLOW and BE PATIENT!!!

To prevent bleeding I then painted with my original bottom color and let it dry!


Then I gave the letters a coat of my Behr Color matched Restoration Hardware Baby Silver Sage Paint.


Since I was pulling up such huge pieces of vinyl I let it dry longer than I normally would. I didn't want to pull up the vinyl with wet paint still on it and have it accidentally land on the print and ruin it!! I also did have to do some touching up on the letters.

Here is the finished product and it nicely shows the size of this canvas!!

I am happy with how it turned out! Little man likes to point to the different letters and it fills the space perfectly!

29 comments:

  1. I love it! I am planning to make a similar project for my girls' toy room soon. Very cool! Great job. new follower here, doing some blog hopping. :-)

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  2. It looks amazing! I love the colors and the size! Thanks for the vinyl tips!

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  3. I love this and I'm especially interested in the tip of painting the background color to prevent bleeding.... thanks!
    Susan
    Homeroad

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  4. this is great! ps I'm your newest linky follower, I hope you'll stop by and do the same

    marissa
    http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

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  5. AWESOME!!!!!!!! I would love one in my daughter's room!

    I would LOVE it if you shared this on my blog:
    http://thediydreamer.blogspot.com/2012/02/from-dream-to-reality-linky-party-4.html

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  6. Came by and followed you on Linky from Create with Joy's blog hop. I would love a follow back when you get the chance. Thanks so much and have a great day!

    Mary@http://www.mmbearcupoftea.com

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  7. This is so fantastic. I love how big it is:) Thanks so much for linking up and sharing on Blissful and Domestic.

    Www.blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com

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  8. I love this repurpose. It is perfect for a nursery.
    Ruth

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  9. Awesome job - I haven't tried the contact paper method for fear it wouldn't work . . . I see I have been right! Can't wait to see what the "letters" get used for!

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    1. I thought I got it to work for one simple project and now I can't think of which one.... so maybe I didn't get it to work. It would be a nice cost saver if it did work!!

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  11. Sorry about having to delete my comment, I complimented you and then asked you to link up to our party but you already did! So thank you for linking up!

    I think you did a lovely job, especially on the spacing of the letters. I would have had a terrible time doing that!

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    1. Thank you!!!! It did take a bit of time lining it. It's not 100% lined up in one spot, but that's the joy of DIY, right? Plus you can't REALLY tell so its all good :) Thanks for the nice comment!!

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  12. That is so beautiful! I love reusing canvas! You did a great job! I'm now your newest follower!

    Jill
    Iknowtheplansihave4you.blogspot.com

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  13. Hey! Very clever and nicely done. May borrow your idea ;0) Stopping by via the linky party.

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    1. I would love for you to borrow the idea!! I would love to see your version as well!! GOOD luck and don't rush it!! That's what I have learned with vinyl!!

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  14. This turned out so great! Way to reuse what you have!

    Thanks for sharing on Show Off Saturday!

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  15. This is a great idea! I love the alphabet decor:)It may just help him learning his ABC's if he sees it all of the time!

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    1. Thanks!!! I know he is very interested in it! So I will have to use this to start teaching him the ABCs! Good idea!! :)

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  16. Featuring you tomorrow during Sticker Time. Thank you for sharing! By the way I think I am your newest Linky Follower ;)

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    1. Thanks again for the feature!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog (it truly is one of my favorites!!!) so I am pretty excited and honored that you are linky following me!! Seriously you made my day!!!

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  17. I love this project!! If I have another baby, I'm doing an alphabet themed nursery!!

    Thank you so much for linking up last week!!

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  18. ahh super cute idea!! Love it for my lil girls room!

    Thanks for the inspiration..and for linking up at Create & Inspire!

    Angie

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    1. Thanks for the feature and the comment! I love how it looks in the nursery!!

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  19. Interesting wall art for the nursery.

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  21. I liked the blog for its clarity and focus on the various aspects of the canvas art

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