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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

{DIY} Large Framed Art (for cheap!)

Friends, I hope you're ready, because we're totally horsing around today! And now that I've gotten the cheesy pun out of my system (or have I?!), I can get down to telling you how we made this HUGE art, with a coolio frame, for 25 carrots bucks. Try to bridle your excitement.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art

When we created Babygirl's Room, she was still very young without a lot of opinions of her own, and was mostly just excited to have her nursery turned into a big girl room. She was really into Fancy Nancy books at the time, so we kept her room mostly theme-free, but added touches of Paris here and there. Now she's an opinionated 2nd grader, with very specific interests and ideas of how she wants her room to look and feel.

And as she informed me awhile ago, "Mommy! I'm not into Paris, I'm into horses!" Well, I'm not into recreating a room every time she has a whim, so I just nodded and gave her a horse book.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art

But now a full year has passed, and her equestrian obsession is still in a full gallop. There is no harnessing her love of horses. (I could go all day, people.) And while I think kid's rooms deserve to be decorated with the same level of style and taste as the rest of the house, I still want it to reflect who she is, and more importantly, be a space she loves. But let's be real, she's likely to trot away from horses someday, so we don't want to invest a lot of hay. (Too much?)

Her bed is a focal point in the room, so I knew that was a great place to saddle up. (Okay, I'll stop, I'm even annoying myself.) But horse art isn't exactly easy to come by...and the ones we loved (like these and these), were crazy expensive. So of course we made our own! After countless Google image searches, she found exactly the horse she wanted, and we uploaded the image to Staples Copy Center and had a 2-foot x 3-foot poster printed. (Tip: thanks to a coupon, ours was $15.)

First part of the project is to create a sturdy backing for the poster.


1) Since the poster is so large, use Duck tape to connect two pieces of foam board (kind of like the Cornice in Babygirl's Room).

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art

2) Glue the poster to the foam board with spray adhesive.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art

3) Trim the poster using a ruler and sharp exact-o knife.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art

Now you've got a solid little poster that you can mount to your wall with Command strips. But we wanted to give it a little flash and more substance, so the next phase is to build the frame. Don't fret, no power tools needed. If you can manage a screwdriver, then you're golden.

4) We used inexpensive 1-inch square dowels (found in the trim aisle at Home Depot), and cut the side pieces to 24-inches, and the top and bottom pieces to 34-inches.

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5) Paint the trim, and the edge of the foam board...I used Martha Stewart Gold because it has a nice reflective finish.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art

6) Assemble the frame pieces, with poster on top, and screw a flat bracket into each corner to hold them all together. Make sure your screws aren't longer than your frame.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art

You could assemble the frame on top, but I wanted the print to be the focus, with the brass corner pieces acting as little accents.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art

Here's how it looks from the back. And because we used foam board and dowels, it's light as a feather, so it hangs easily with just a nail or two.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art

We couldn't be any happier with how it looks! And I know some of you are worried about copyrights, but it's for our personal use, and not for sale. We even fiddled with it a little in PicMonkey before printing. Besides, if Jenny says it's okay, it must be.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art

Just the simple act of removing the Paris prints, and hanging the horse art, has given her room a new feel. We're still smitten with the original color scheme, so all we have to do is switch up the accessories to accompany her new tastes and interests.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art

Adding the frame wasn't necessary, but is a great finishing touch.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art

I thought about Rub 'n' Buffing the brass corners, but decided they looked more authentic this way.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art


Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art

A horse head from the Target Dollar Spot took the place of the Eiffel Tower on her nightstand, and she keeps her larger horse toys on top of the Highboy.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art

The Gallery Wall was very Parisian, so it came down, too. We haven't decided what we'll put on this large wall yet.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art

And lest you think we aren't human, here's a shot of the other side of her room. Real life happens behind the blog pictures. But I'm not going to lie, looking at it makes me twitch.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Large Framed Art


But my little Seabiscuit is a happy jockey girl to have her special space reflect her passion.

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I'm so excited about how this project turned out! You could print and frame virtually any custom size art you wanted, with very little expense. Have you ever printed large images at a copy center? The engineering prints look cool, but they aren't recommended for photo images.

Read more about the projects in this room:

Full Reveal | Yellow Highboy | Radish Bed | No-Sew Pillows | Corner Art Center | Monogrammed Window Pelmet | Faux Crown Molding | Painting the Ceiling | Pom Pom Light Fixture


Haagen-Dazs has chosen me as DIY brand influencer for their "Moments for Me" campaign, which encourages us to create spaces that allow us to recharge and have special moments. Share the moments you cherish in your everyday life using hashtag #HDMoment, and Haagen Dazs might share it over on their tumblr page. I'm so excited to be part of something so positive!

This is not a sponsored post.

26 comments:

  1. Fantastic Cassie! thanks for sharing!

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  2. Love this! We are both horsin' around these days! I just posted on my DIY Horse Pallet yesterday! I love the way yours turned out!
    Heather
    http://thesouthernstateofmind.blogspot.com/2013/10/diy-horse-pallet-art-tutorial.html

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  3. Brilliant! Such a great and inexpensive way to add beautiful art! Way to go mama!

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  4. I love this. And how sweet to switch it up to the horses. The brackets make it extra cute.

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  5. Looks great!! Do you have a link to the curtains in her room? I love those!!!

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  6. Great way to switch out the whims of growing girls, love it! And I had to LOL at the "other" pics..thank you for posting them...we all have the "other" side of the room problems and its refreshing to see a blogger post that!
    hugz,
    Suzanne

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  7. You make it look (and sound) so easy! Like even someone as DIY challenged as me could do it too!

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  8. Ok, this looks amazing! Cassie does it again.

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  9. Looks amazing. Love the little gold detail. I learned early on with my girls to keep most things neutral...because they too changed their passions quite often. Changing out the accessories is easier than redoing an entire room!

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  10. As a girl who loves horses I appreciate this DIY. I also had that same horse book as a kid (and...I may still have it, ahem). Really love the gold detail too!

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  11. holy cuteness!!! OBSESSED with her room. love the mix and match pattern on the bed so much. fun, funky, style. LOVE IT!!!

    xx
    elise
    www.cheersyall-thehoustons.blogspot.com

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  12. Ooh I love a fun piece of DIY art, and this one is beautiful! How great that your daughter is already giving input on her decor-- she must take after mama! ;) Great job, and I can't wait to see how you transform the other areas of the room!

    ~Abby =)

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  13. this looks great (and obviously i like the price tag!) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  14. Love! Such a small change made a HUGE difference. And I'm going to have to use your parenting tactic down the road....smart woman! :)

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  15. this is adorable !!! love how creative you always are!

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  16. Love love love this and I'm not just horsin' around!

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  17. I love this! Such a fun print. My wheels are turning as to what I want to print in a large format! Would make a great gift for my niece or nephew. Your daughter is darling Cassie. Love the photo of her sitting on her bed reading.

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  18. What a great idea! I'll keep it in mind for when my daughter decides it's time to re-decorate her room.

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  19. I still can't get over all the horse puns.Hah! Made my morning. Art's cute too:).

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  20. So cute! The brackets make it feel complete. Great call on that.

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  21. What a great idea. It looks much more substantial and expensive. That girl is lucky to have a great room like that :)

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  22. this looks so great! What an awesome idea!

    Laura
    House Envy

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  23. I love it!!!! Aw Sloan, "I'm not into Paris, I'm into horses!" Better than "I'm into Beiber/Jonas!" #shudder #arethoseguysinrehabyet

    I'm totally envisioning a gallery wall involving horse shoes/faux horse head....or is that weird? Can't wait to see what you gals dream up!

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  24. Question about the Staples posters -- how large/hi res does the image need to be to do these posters?

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  25. I don't know how, but I missed this post. It's sooooo good! Still love her room, and that horse print is fabulous! Love the little touches in the corners! Well done mama!

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  26. I wouldn't count on the horse obsession passing. Mine hasen't yet and I'm 30 and most of those pony clubbers I grew up with are still riding too. It's a wonderful passion (and it kept me away from boys as a teenager ;) Your home is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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