This was an incredibly easy, 10 minute project. The best part is that I was able to reuse paint samples I had picked up from Benjamin Moore when deciding which colour to paint the Turquoise antique dresser, so this art perfectly matches the nursery.
I previously punched out elephants from paint samples, as you can see in my previous post, Colourful Elephants using Paint Samples and Martha Stewart Punch, which is what inspired me to do this project.
Cut out the backdrop
Use the paper insert from the frame as a guide, as you can see in the picture below.
|Cutting out the backdrop to fit the frame|
Cut out your shapes
I used 4 different paint samples (Benjamin Moore 2043, 2044, 2045 and 2046) which each had 4 shades of a single colour. I punched an elephant from each shade on each sample to end up with 16 elephants.
|Elephants, ready to go!|
Line up the shapes on a grid
The easiest way to ensure that they line up is to use a grid. I used a cutting mat for this, but even simply lined paper will go a long way to helping you space these out evenly.
|Line up elephants using a grid to space out evenly|
Use the foam dots to glue on the shapes, one row at a time
|Placing the foam dot on the back of the elephant|
|Sticking elephants to backdrop one at a time|
Finished product, prior to framing
|Ombre elephant nursery art, ready for framing|
And here's a sneak peak of the next frame I'll be making...
|Yellow ombre elephant nursery art|
If you decide to do this project, email me a picture! I'd love to see what you come up with!
Cardstock or paper for backing
Paint samples matching your nursery, one for per row
Double-sided adhesive foam dots, I purchased a package of 100 for $1.50 at Michaels
Craft punch in an interesting shape - Martha Stewart makes punches with butterflies, ladybugs, hearts!
Shadow frame, I used an old Ikea Ribba 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" but any shadow frame will do