In any event, we’re wrapping things up with a few tutorials and some crafter interviews this week. I know you’ve been waiting for today’s post – Hayley’s winning DIY number artwork tutorial.
Take it away Hayley…
DIY Number Artwork
First of all, thank you SO much to everyone who voted this past season… I competed with some seriously awesome ladies and I am excited that I made some new friends during the process!
I am here to explain how I created the wooden artwork for my son’s bedroom makeover. He wanted a “number themed” bedroom, but I also wanted to make sure it was sophisticated. At the last minute, I came up with an idea to display a variety of numbers above his bed!
I love that you can see it right when you walk in.
Here’s how you make it…
- lots of furring strips (can be found at any hardware store)
- sheet of plywood cut to the size you want
- liquid nails
- wood stain
- heavy duty screws
- various sizes of numbers (I purchased some of them at the hardware store and some of them at the craft store)
- spray paint for numbers
Start off by cutting the plywood to the finished size you want your artwork to be. This will be the back of the artwork.
Cut the furring strips into various lengths. I cut them into various lengths for interest – some were about 12 inches, some 6 inches, and a few were odd sizes like 4 inches, 8 inches, etc.
Once the furring strips are laid out, nail or staple gun the pieces to the plywood back. Make sure the nails/staples are long enough to secure them, but not too long or it will poke through the back.
Give the surface a good sanding to get rid of any majorly rough areas. Wipe clean with a rag.
Now, grab the stain and cover the entire piece, including the sides.
Once your entire piece is covered in stain, go back and wipe with a rag to remove some of the stain.
Now, lay out the numbers in whatever fashion you want and attach them with screws.
For some further visual interest, I placed a reflective “8″ onto a small canvas. You can do whatever you want!
Screw to the wall, making sure you either anchor it or drill right into the studs. This thing is heavy and we don’t need any accidents! We used deck screws and anchors.
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It has been such a pleasure to get to know Hayley. She’s so incredibly talented! I thought I’d share of the few projects I have found and enjoyed over on her site as I’ve gotten to know her this past season.