Thursday, April 01, 2010

Attempts at Craftiness with Decoupage

Over the last several weeks, my crafty side has decided to peek out. On a small, decoupaging level at least.

Suhn's adoption has been the inspiration for this new venture. The two projects I've completed center around her and her names, both her English one and her Chinese one.

It all started when I discovered that her Chinese name came from a Chinese saying. Translated into English the saying goes, "A fall of seasonal snow gives a promise of a fruitful year." Our agency was able to send me the Chinese version and I turned it into my own little art project. I want to introduce elements of China into our home. I figured this was a good place to start.

The main cost came in the form of the picture frame. Most of the paper came from old Real Simple magazines, with a few sheets of scrapbook paper thrown in. Add in a bottle of decoupage glue for $6 and this is what I came up with:

My next project involved Suhn's English name. All of our kids have their names on the walls of their bedrooms. The boys have wooden letters painted in yellow. Mya, the firstborn, has small canvas letters from Pottery Barn.

I wanted to do something fun without spending a lot of money so I decided to put my trusty bottle of decoupage glue to work. I purchased four 8 X 10 canvas squares from Hobby Lobby along with sheets of scrapbook paper. I blew up and printed off Suhn's name in a font I liked in MS word and went to work.

I am excited about the final project (look too close or you will see numerous mistakes from an amateur crafter).

I'm even more excited about the price. I spent less than $12.

How about you? If you've experienced the fun of decoupage what have you created? I still have some left and would love more ideas!


Marie Stork said...

I love them! I wish I was this talanted. I would not even know where to start!

megs @ whadusay said...

Marie - If I can do it, you can! It is so easy and takes very little talent. :)

Amber said...

So cute megan - love the colors. I'm impressed. : )

Janie S. said...

I think you're nesting! I have been so inspired by your walk, Megan! Thank You!

Brooke said...

So cute!

My favorite thing to decoupage is picture frames. Get really ugly ones clearanced at TJ Maxx or wherever for a few dollars- maybe even less- and do them up!

megs @ whadusay said...


Ooh Brooke, GREAT idea!!

Jami said...

I love those letters!!

Let'sMakeADifference said...

What a beautiful project! I LOVE the colors!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

I love the letters on the board!! Everyone is doing just the single letters on the wall . . . I think with the letters on a base make it look sooo much cuter! You did a great job!