Saturday, June 15, 2013

I fought the law pt 2

okay, so your union jack is done.  what now?  well you do what I did and sit on your ass for almost 3 years.  ha!!!

so this spring, I wanted to change/finish/try something new in ty's half done room.  so I tackled the wall opposite to the flag wall.  oh, and I cleaned his room.  CLEANED.  grrr.

you can see that Ty has added his little touches:  hockey pictures, medals, movie posters!  I added the keep out {wall vinyl I bought a couple of years ago} and his name.  he wanted his bed moved, so it's in the corner now.  we'll see how long that lasts!  you can also see that the black canvas has lost its cds and it's blank.  I'll show you in a bit what I did with that!

the skull is also wall vinyl - stampin' up! I think.  I have a red flaming guitar on another wall in his room...but I don't think it shows up in any pictures.  I wish that SU! still sold wall vinyl!

this is the opposite wall.  the canvas is from winners.  one of my friends saw it, called me, bought it!  the abbey road sign was a find in jasper one year.  Ty's bed used to be against this wall.  when I moved it, it looked really bare.  so I set up his "music centre" against the wall and got to work!

so I had been seeing a bunch of cork-type things on pinterest.  Ty collects corks {he went through a cork-gun making phase and so my mom still supplies him with corks!} and I had promised to make a cork board for him.  then I got a bright idea!  why not make a guitar shaped cork board? 

step #1:  find a shape.  so my kids have these old paper jamz guitars from a couple of years ago.  they're fairly small-ish and really light weight.  and the PERFECT shape!

step #2:  trace your shape.  I chose to do my cork wall right on the wall.  if you aren't comfortable with this, you will need to do it on a piece of cardboard or plywood...and then you'll need to cut out your shape.  I traced my shape right on my wall {with a pencil!}.

step #3:  pull out your corks and your glue gun.  I'm not too sure if there's a proper way to do this.  so I started with my outline.  I hot glued the bottom of each cork and stuck it to the outline.  then I filled in the bridge of the guitar, since it was 3 corks thick - pretty simple.  then I started filling in the rest.  and then I ran out of corks.

step #4:  drink some wine.  or call your mother who you know will be drinking a glass.  in other words, this project needed more corks than I had collected!  I chose to use the wine-stained corks whenever I could.  I like the red-ish, purple-ish colour!  I also chose my corks with intent.  I used a champaign cork for one of the tuning pegs.

also, using some spray adhesive, I attached some postcards that a friend had sent me, to the wall.  my goal now is to collect some more postcards from GB to add to the wall.  and I want a wall hanging guitar stand for Ty's real guitar.

voila!  the finished guitar!  I love it.  but more importantly, my kid LOVES it!  there are some spaces in there.  if you were wanting PERFECT, you may want to lay out the whole thing prior to gluing it.  I wasn't aiming for perfect, just for my kid to be happy.  results achieved!

then, since Nate got some chalkboard in his room, I added a small bit of chalk board to Ty's room as well.  and to tie it all together, I used vinyl letters from the dollar store to write the words of our favourite rolling stones song.  let's sing together:  "you can't always get what you want..."

finally, this is what I decided to do with that black canvas:  we're going to collect concert tickets and glue them on.  when it's full, I throw some modge-podge overtop to seal it.  black keys.  mumford and sons.  the coldplay ticket just needs to be added.  okay, so they're MY tickets.  one day he'll collect his own!!

if I've been unclear in either of these tutorials, please leave a comment and I'll answer you!!  

happy decorating!!

No comments: