Do It Yourself Wall Art

by Amanda F Posted on January 04, 2011

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I love wall art, but I don’t really love the prices. Quite often I will see something in a store and try to imagine a way to make it at home. That’s what happened with these two pieces of French fruit wall art. The name brand art that inspired this project carried a hefty price tag of $119 each!

This fruit themed wall art from The Land of Nod is really cute, but they were a lot bigger than what I was looking for (they measure 26” x26” each) and their theme was primary colors.

While perfect for a child’s playroom, I wanted something a little more vintage looking to hang in my kitchen, so I set out to make this project my own.

If you like these, you might also like this Distressed Eat Sign I made for the kitchen as well. If it’s Mod Podge you like, you’ll want to try this Shabby Chic Decoupage Ladder project! You can also use this same technique to create photo wall art.

If you would like to make this French fruit wall art, you will need:

2 pieces of 12″ x 12″ x 3/4″ plywood, available at Michael’s
Crackle medium
Acrylic paint: dark brown and antique white
Various scrapbook papers in shades of red, yellow, green and brown
Scissors
Mod Podge matte finish
Brown cardstock
Burlap
Twine
Hot glue
2 thumbtacks
Scrap cardboard
Apple pattern
Pear pattern
Silhouette pattern (or use the font “harrison” in Word)

1. Print the fruit patterns. Use the patterns to cut pieces out of scrapbook paper.

2. Paint the plywood brown; be sure to paint the sides as well. Allow to dry. When the brown paint is dry, brush on a coat of crackle medium. Crackle is a thick, opaque cracking material designed to develop deep fissure-like cracks as it cures – this effect adds a vintage look to your project. You can find it at many craft stores. The crackle will need to dry for a good 30-40 minutes. You don’t want it to dry completely, but almost.

3. Load up your brush with antique white paint. You want a good amount of paint on your brush, but it shouldn’t be dripping. Brush on top of crackle medium using single strokes, try not to paint over areas you have already painted. You can quickly touch something up right away, but don’t wait too long.

4. If you have a cutting machine, use that and the “harrison” font to cut the words “pomme” and “poire” from brown cardstock. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can download and print the “harrison” font from the web, paste the print out to the card stock, and use a sharp craft knife to cut out the letters. You could also choose to paint the words directly on to the board.

5. Position the fruit pieces and the words on the board to make sure you have them where you want them. I found the center of the board with a rule and started there, placing the middle of the word in the center and positioning the rest of the word afterward.

6. Add the letter first using a little Mod Podge. After the letters are in place, start adding the fruit pieces with Mod Podge.

Once all the pieces are in place, add a good coat of Mod Podge over the entire project. Modge Podge is an all-in-one glue, sealer and finish used in decoupage projects. You can find Modge Podge in many crafts stores.

7. Let them dry completely.

8. To add hangers, cut a piece of burlap into a 12-14″ strip, fray the edges by pulling off a couple side strands. Position the fruit art on your work surface facing up, then position your hanger under it, just to figure out how you want it. When you have it the way you want it, tie a piece of twine at the top of the hanger into a bow and trim ends. Use your glue gun to tack the burlap to some pieces of cardboard, and tack the cardboard to the wooden board. Now you can lift the art and turn it over without losing the hanger’s position. Add more hot glue where needed and push thumbtacks into the burlap and cardboard for a little added strength.

For more fun projects from Amanda, follow along on her blog Crafts by Amanda.

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  1. Joey Says:

    Oh my gosh, you are so crafty. I have been thinking of getting a new piece of something for above my couch, not sure if I want a big print or maybe enlarge a photo I have taken?
    Love the vintage apple wall hangings, and i so love the EAT sign and the ladder is super adorable. I have been looking at ladders to display books and pictures but they don’t seem sturdy.I love the rustic look to yours. Can I hire you!! :)

  2. AnnAbbott Says:

    Super cute…. I can see making seasonal wall art with this idea with my kids….or even out of their art work too!

  3. Phillipsfab5 Says:

    Do you know roughly how much this cost to make ? I am looking for crafts to do with my MOPS group, and LOVE this !! !

  4. Tiffany M Says:

    Quite impressive! Those turned out beautiful. I may have to make some.

  5. Jean B Says:

    Hi Amanda…these turned out great!! A little imagination, craft items and a plan and now you have wonderful wall art!

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Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She loves to bake, cook and make crafts. She is the craft expert for FamilyCorner.com and Kaboose.com. You can see her crafty creations on Crafts by Amanda (http://craftsbyamanda.com/) and her delicious recipes on Amanda's Cookin' (http://amandascookin.com/)

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