Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wall Art - Two Tutorials in One!

As the title alludes, this post has two parts. The first part is all about how to make the art, while the second part shows you how to hang it. I assure you, the second part will come in handy to just about everyone. Unless you are just naturally gifted at hanging pictures right the first time. I know I'm not!

I've been having a really great time getting the nursery together, but something the room lacked was art for the walls. I don't want to overdo it because I know once Charlotte is here, we will hang pictures of her and things that reflect her personality as she gets older. But I didn't want to wait for all of that. The room seemed too sterile, so after much deliberation as to what the project should be, I settled on Disney princess silhouettes. The goal of this room is not to overdo the Disney theme, which is why I've been trying to keep it subtle. So many people are shocked that the room isn't themed Minnie Mouse!

Silhouettes - $5
Scrapbook paper - $0 (already had)
9 Frames - $45 ($5 a piece)
Glue or tape - ($2)

To start, I needed to find all the princesses in silhouette form. I thought this would be a simple Google search, but boy was I wrong! I wanted my silhouettes to be the same size, look and feel so since Google had failed me, it was off to my trusty companion, Etsy. I found the perfect listing that gave me 11 different princesses to choose from for only $5! Since it was an instant download all I needed to do was make them the color I wanted and print them out on cardstock. For the background I used the same scrapbook paper from the bookcase I made.

Cutting out the silhouettes was much more time consuming than I imagined. Just put on some good TV and get to cutting! Trust me, It's worth it in the end. Once they are all cut out, it was time to place them with their corresponding papers and glue them down. My paper was 12x12 and my frames were 8x10 so I trimmed down each piece of paper before gluing the princesses down in the center. Once they were all attached, I put them in their frames and they were ready to hang!

This is the part that usually gets everyone worked up: hanging pictures. I too am one of those people. I tend to put about 8 different holes in the wall to hang one thing before it is even. For this project, since I had 9 frames to hang in a very particular pattern, I really wanted to get it right the first time. Pinterest led me to this little trick.


I took my scrapbook paper, since basic computer paper wasn't big enough, and cut it down to the exact size of my frames.

Then I found where the nail would go and poked a hole in the paper with my pen.

All that was left was to tape these little templates to the wall and get them just right!

Since the whole was already marked, I took 9 nails and hammered one in each of my templates while they were still on the wall. Then I took the paper off and hung my pictures! How simple is that?!

I love how these turned out and I feel like the nursery is finally looking like a livable room! It feels good to finally have something on the walls! I hope you found this tutorial helpful if not for anything but to hang your pictures.


  1. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!! The nursery is really coming together. You go Mama Missy with your creative self :)

  2. What a fantastic idea!! I love the silhouettes. Beautiful and simple. We are having a nursery work day Oct. 12. Can't wait to get it painted and get to work!

  3. I love these! The nursery looks so sweet!