I’ve said it a hundred times and I’ll say it again! I’m cheap! Let me add to that; I may have an acute hoarding problem as well. Wait. Is “acute hoarding” and oxymoron? Anyway, I recently painted my guest room and I wanted to add some DIY wall art so I decided to recycled some shoe boxes and make shoe box lid wall art instead of buying paint canvases from the craft store. They turned out great, I must say!
Here is what you’ll need:
- Shoe box lids (Papa sized, Mama sized, and Baby sized)
- Craft Paint
- Paint brushes
- Spouncers (sponge stencil brush)
I started off by choosing my color pallet and laying out my shoe box lids in the arrangement I wanted to hang them. Next I painted each box lid a different color. I used two coats for each. Using stencils and spouncers, I added my design by carefully saturating the tip of the brush, removing some excess, and stamping the paint down onto the stencil in an up and down motion. This helps prevent bleeding. Allow each box to dry in between stencils.
I ended up hanging each lid with a thumbtack. You can add rubber putty at the tip of your thumbtack to prevent slipping. For one of my paintings I added a clock (I’ll show you that tutorial later).
Here are some more after photos.
Tip: I have used many different brands of craft paint in my day and I have to say that the easiest and best to work with is Martha Stewart’s craft paint. It goes on like butter! For these I used the satin finish… oh and I used her stencils too!
Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials!