I bet when you think of custom artwork you think oil or watercolor paintings, maybe a sketch drawing, or a sculpture. When I think of custom artwork I think of something that first of all represents me and my personality, and secondly is something fun and a bit different than what I might find in a retail store. It doesn’t have to be a complicated piece of artwork, but it does have to make me happy when I look at it. This DIY Feather Art is just that…easy to make, fun, and it definitely makes me happy when I see it.
I love the dimensional look of this DIY Feather Art, it totally makes the design a bit more interesting. This dimensional look can be made with any design, it’s really easy.
I started by cutting two pieces 8 x 16″ of my purple foam board. This is a new color from Elmer’s, it’s so bright and fun.
Using my Cricut Explore Air I cut a quick stencil of a feather on some cardstock. You can choose any shape for your artwork, try to pick something simple with not a lot of curved lines since you’re cutting the foam board with a Xacto knife.
I used a light colored pencil to trace my feather shape onto the purple foam board. I made sure it was centered first.
On the second piece of purple foam board use acrylic paints to trace your design and paint in any details you want to add. I used sea breeze from DecoArt to get a bright turquoise color, and I added some white detailing to make it stand out a bit more.
Once it’s dry you will need to use a few small pieces of the balsa wood to help create the dimension of your art. I glued two small squares together and glued a set in each corner of the foam board, and one set on the middle of each long side of my artwork.
Now it’s time to create a quick and easy frame. I chose to use the balsa wood because it was lightweight, but you could also use Bass wood in the same thickness to create a sturdier frame if you want.
I used my Xacto knife to cut the balsa wood. You will need two 16″ pieces for the sides, and two 8.75″ pieces for the top and bottom of the frame.
You can either use the CraftBond® glue to secure the frame around the edges of the foam boards, if you do you will need to hold everything in place with masking tape or washi tape as it dries. If using hot glue work fast and be careful since you’re working with foam.
If you want to hang your artwork you can attach a small pop-tab to the back for a hanger with some hot glue. The artwork is super lightweight so it works perfectly.
Disclosure | This post is sponsored by Elmer’s. All ideas and opinions are 100% my own.