We are settling quite nicely into our new little home. I am trying my hardest to downsize everything we (I) own. Honestly, generic viagra remedy it’s mostly my stuff, my husband isn’t a collector like I am. We’ve always lived in small spaces, and collecting A LOT of things doesn’t work for smaller homes. So I am choosing carefully and taking my time to make sure what I keep, I really want to keep. And then the rest will either be donated or sold.
Since I am trying to downsize, I thought I would make a piece of wall art that would be a daily reminder of building a home, verses filling a house. Less is more. Or rather…less house, more home!
Pretty wrapping paper or decorative paper (mine is Rifle Paper Co)
Gold thick card stock – found at most craft/art stores
White Frame (mine’s from Ikea – Ribba)
A phrase you like, printed onto paper in a reverse image (every word will be backwards)
To apply your letters to your gold card stock you will simply do a graphite transfer. To do this you will cover the backside of your letters with pencil, and then you will trace the frontside of your letters onto the card stock you are wanting to cut out. Make sure that when you are using words you print the letters reversed because you are tracing onto the non-coloured side of the gold card stock (the back of your letter). See photos above and below for clarification – or check out this post I did a while ago with the same method.
Once you’ve coloured the back of your letters with pencil, tape them gently to the back of your card stock and trace! As you can see, there is a faint line of each letter which works perfectly as your guide when cutting out the letters from the card stock.
Once everything is traced, cut it all out with your exacto knife.
To set up your words to be evenly spaced, simply spread out the words on your decorative paper with the look you want. Then measure from the sides and the top for each word so that they each have equal distance between them, and that they are in the center of the paper.
(with a small brush, paint on the mod podge)
I glued ‘less’ on first, making sure to measure from the sides and the top before glueing down with mod podge. Then I glued on ‘home’ (the bottom word) the same way. ‘Less’ has the same distance from the top of the page as ‘home’ does from the bottom of the page – make sense? Once those words were glued on, I simply glued the middle words on doing the same thing; making sure they were evenly spaced from the side as well as above and below. *BTW…those wrenches were just used as paper weights. My husband had them out for a project he was doing at the same time!
Once the mod podge is set, you are finished the hard part! Since my decorative paper was slightly smaller than the frame, I ended up taping the paper to the matting that came with the frame, so that it would be centered. You may not have to do that if you have decorative paper that you can cut to size or that fits perfectly in your frame. Once you tape it to the matting (if you need to) pop it in your frame and you are all done!
I’d forgotten about all these decorative gems. I am so happy to be able to enjoy them again!
A perfect piece for our small home.
I couldn’t be happier with the way this turned out. I am so glad this is the first piece of wall art we have up in our new home. It’s bright and clean, and like I said earlier – a great reminder of what we want and need. A beautiful home, not a big house.
What phrase would you use as a gentle reminder in your home?