Summer time is a great time for more “involved” crafts for kids. Sunny days and long stretches of free time open up the possibility to get messy outdoors without homework and other obligations looming over head.
Here’s a cool, adult-supervised craft that a group of tweens enjoyed recently at a birthday party held at REology, a studio for hands-on creating located in Downtown Lancaster. This craft is personalized wall art, featuring an inspirational quote that your child can select. You can make the art more functional by adding screw hooks along the bottom, which provides a perfect place to hang keys, lanyards or ribbons from competitions.
You’ll need a few items that you probably won’t have on hand. The wood piece can be anything from a leftover piece of lumber to an old cabinet face, both of which can be found at Lancaster Habitat ReStore, along with the paints. You’ll find transfer paper at craft stores, like Michael’s or A.C. Moore.
[Note: The pictures below are of three children’s projects, with different quotes and colors.]
Wood piece, length to match your quote size
Printout of a quote, printed to desired size that fits the wood
Paint, two colors of your choice
Paint brushes, medium and fine
Sanding paper, fine (optional)
Carbon transfer paper
Picture/photo frame mounts
Screw hooks (optional)
You want to select a wood piece in the dimension that will fit your quote and the space where you intend to hang your finished wall art. Look for a fairly even surface, because you’ll be writing/painting on the wood.
You’ll need to match this wood with the size of your quote printout. You can explore what’s available online to print (check out Pinterest) or make your own printable quote through any software program (Publisher, Photoshop, etc.). The latter allows you more freedom of font, size and what you want to say. Font that is fatter tends to be better to work with, as it’s easier to trace.
Stage your wood on top of some scrap wood pieces. Take your medium sized brush and paint color of choice (you can use leftover house paint or acrylic craft paint) and cover the entire front and sides of the wood piece. Let it dry completely. You can use a blow dryer to speed up the process.
Once dry, use your sanding paper over the painted surface to make a distressed look, if that’s your desired effect. Otherwise, skip this step. Thoroughly wipe surface clean of any sanding dust.
Tape your carbon transfer paper onto the wood’s surface and lay your quote printout on top of the transfer paper. Tape the quote to the transfer paper to prevent shifting. You want to space your quote correctly so it is centered as you’d like to see it on the wood.
Using your sharpened pencil, trace the letters of your quote. Your tracing will go onto the wood piece by way of the transfer paper in the middle.
Carefully remove both the papers from the wood and you should see the outline of your quote on the wood. Using your finer paint brush and second paint color (again, house paint or acrylic craft paints), paint over the trace marks on the wood. You can fill in the letters as well, if you’d like. Let dry completely.
Add a picture/photo frame mount to the back of the wood piece so you can hang your artwork on the wall. Flip over your piece and screw in your hooks evenly along the bottom of the wood, if this is your desired effect. A little tap with a hammer and nail in the spot you want the hook can make it easier to screw it in.
Using a brush or rag, apply a coat of hemp oil evenly over the front and side surfaces of the wood. Allow this to sit for 12 hours before wiping down completely with clean rag.
You’re done and ready to hang your inspirational quote!