DIY Dr. Suess Wall Art – February Chain Challenge
Hello all! I’m so excited to join a group of crazy talented bloggers for the Home Depot Monthly Blogger Challenge. We will all take an object and put our own spin on it. If this sounds familiar, it is similar to the monthly Create and Share challenge I take part in! Sadly, this will be the last month they do it, but they invited me as a guest host and I’m thrilled to be here! For this last month we were to do a chain project. I was busy working on my kids Book Nook, so I was thinking in bright crazy Dr. Suess-y brain. I saw this yellow plastic chain and grabbed it, thinking it would be perfect for some Dr. Suess wall art!
Last year, when I participated in a wall art monthly challenge, I saw this project from Katy over at A Shade of Teal, I loved it and I’ve been thinking of it ever since. So, I did a fun, twist on it.
First, I designed my own graphic on PicMonkey and had it printed out on banner paper at Staples.
I like their banner paper, it’s thick and cheap. However, since I was hanging it against brick in a child’s area, I thought I would add a little extra toughness. I had some leftover melamine lined board from my table, so I cut a piece out the size of the banner.
Then I ModgePodged (is ModgePodge a verb?) the banner onto the board. I added a nice layer over the top as well. Once it was all done, I sanded down the sides a bit. Next, taking my cue from Katy, I used boards to “frame” the pick. See her post for her full tutorial, which is a bit different from mine, since my art ended up a bit thicker.
I found some scrap wood, cut it to the size I wanted and drilled holes just a smidge smaller than the chain. Since this coolio chain is plastic, I could squeeze it into the holes and make it “hold”. If you use metal chain for something like this, you’ll have to make the holes a bit bigger than the chain. Then I spray painted it in this Rustoleum color (also leftover from another project) before attaching to the board, making sure the holes and sides were all covered.
Now time to put it all together! I first glued the boards in the place they were supposed to be. Then I flipped it over and screwed it together to make sure it was nice and secure.
Next, I just started squeezing the chain through . Since the hole was a little small, it held in place perfectly once I got it through.
Then I hung it on a couple of hooks and viola! DIY Dr. Suess Wall Art!
Since the only rule this month was that we had to use chain, the challenge heeded some awesome results. You can check out what all my friends did by clicking on their pics below. Stop by and give them some love!
You can see the rest of the details on our old, unused closet that I turned into a Dr.Suess themed book nook for the kiddos HERE!
Thanks for stopping by, and let me know – do you have any Dr. Suess wall art in your kid space? I wanna see!
SO cute, April! I love a good reading nook and this is such a unique piece! I know they’ll love it! Miss you!
This is so adorable and super creative! The plastic yellow chain was perfect! I can’t wait to see the Nook!!
This is a super cute project! My little one loves Dr Seuss books!! Thank you for joining us for the last challenge 🙂
Thank you Lindi, it was fun!
Anything that includes Dr. Suess is a win in my book! Very cute!
This is so cute and playful! That chain is awesome! 😉
Great job April! Love the Dr. Suess theme and the yellow chains. Really fun and creative. Hope you are having a great week and take care, Tara
Thanks so much Tara!
What a clever idea, April! Such a fun and playful piece! Nice job.:)
I love this! The colors you used and the addition of the chain are great!
Thanks Emily! Can’t wait to share the whole project!
What a fun project! Our family is a huge Dr. Seuss fan as well! So creative.
This is too fun, April! We love Dr. Suess in our family and this would be perfect for our reading corner! Love it!
That is so fun! What kid wouldn’t love it! Thanks for sharing at You’re Gonna Love It! Pinning!
Love it! The yellow chain really pulls all the whimsy together. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday@
love love love!! pinned and shared! thanks for sharing it at Totally Terrific Tuesday!