One of my favorite ways to customize our home and make it feel as much like “us” as possible is to make our own art for the walls. I made this DIY vinyl art last year and it’s one of my favorite (and post popular!) projects to date, so it was only natural that when we started to think about how to fill up the walls in our guest room, I decided to get creative and make something on my own.
And, if I do say so myself, it turned out pretty darn awesome.
When we were brainstorming ideas for the wall art, we knew we wanted something book-related. And, we also knew that if it was going to be related to a specific book, it had to be Alice in Wonderland. It’s my favorite book of all time and is probably the most quotable book in the history of ever.
We found a large frame in the As-Is section of Ikea and figured it would be perfect for the project, so we snatched it up.
I decided to sacrifice one of my copies of Alice for this project (I have at least five!) – we were going to buy a new copy, but I figured four copies of the book is just as good as five so I tearfully let one go.
Just kidding, I didn’t cry.
But I wanted to.
Once I had chosen my book, I took a razor blade and carefully cut out pages that I thought looked interesting – I tried to go for a good balance of pages with illustrations, chapter intros, and full-text pages. Then I just used some spray adhesive to create a collage of book pages on the back of the frame.
Once that was done, we were about 90% finished with the project (seriously, this one’s a no-brainer). I asked my awesome and oh-so-helpful sister to help me out cutting out the quote we chose with her Cricut. I have one, but I’m still a little scared of it and it takes me about three hours to cut anything outside of the basics in the cartridge, so I figured it was much more efficient to be a baby and ask for her help.
Luckily, she’s nothing if not amazing, so she put something together for me and cut it out on plain black scrapbook paper.
And then all I had to do was pull out my trusty glue stick and toss it on!
I told you it was easy.
I got extra lazy with this project and rather than taking the time to measure everything out and make sure it was perfectly spaced, I kind of just eyeballed it. I used an open folder to make sure my line was at least semi-straight, and I slapped the letters on.
I figure if anyone notices that it’s not perfect, I can remind them that it’s a quote from the book that practically invented whimsy, so maybe I did it on purpose!
But it looks pretty dang straight to me.
I’m so obsessed with how this turned out, and I’m head over heels in love with the quote. I love that we were able to pull something from a book that’s so dear to me, and I love how nicely it fits into the reading room.
Basically, it’s perfect. And now, I’m inspired to keep making my own art for the house – all it takes is a little bit of creativity and patience, and I end up with something that’s completely personalized and makes me smile like a dork.
That’s my kind of art.