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Safari Wall Art

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Materials:

  • Sheets of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, 1”x12”x36”
  • STYROCUTTER® Plus
  • Fabrics (one pattern/style for each animal)
  • Ribbon, 1” wide (to coordinate with fabrics)
  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Spray paints: dark brown, light brown, dark green, light green, clear
Instructions:
  1. Print out the patterns and enlarge them to your desired size. The number of STYROFOAM Brand Foam sheets needed depends on the size that you enlarge your patterns. The sheets can be glued together side by side to create the size needed to fit your patterns. Pin the patterns onto the Styrofoam® sheets. Follow the instructions on the StyroCutter® Plus packaging to cut the patterns from the STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
  2. Decide which direction you would like each animal to face on the wall. Pin the pattern to the backside of the fabric. Cut the pattern from the fabric ½” larger than the pattern, this will leave you plenty of fabric to fold over the edge of the cutout.
  3. Lay the fabric centered onto the cutout. Glue the fabric to the outside edge of the cutout. Working on opposite sides, top then bottom, one side then the other, to keep the fabric centered over the cutout. Pull the fabric tight over the edges to reduce wrinkles. To help the fabric lay flat when working around sharp curves or corners; cut small slits in the overhanging fabric and overlap fabric as you go.
  4. Use a piece of string to outline the cutouts; you can then measure the string to find out how much ribbon you will need to cover the edge of the cutouts. Glue one end of the ribbon to an inconspicuous area of the cutout. Glue the ribbon to completely cover the edge of the cutout.
  5. To create the trees, cut out the patterns from the sheets of STYROFOAM Brand Foam as instructed above in #1. Spray paint the trunk of the trees dark brown, be sure to hold the can 12” to 14”away from the tree cutout. Do not try to achieve a solid coat on the first coat; it may take three coats to get the dark brown color you desire, let dry in between coats. Holding the can too close to the cutout and trying to apply too heavy of a coat will only melt the STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Once dark brown is dry, lightly apply the light brown in just a few areas to give some dimension; tops of branches, sides of the trunk. For the tree tops or leaves, first paint with the dark green, let dry and then add dimension with the light green, spraying in random spots. Once the trees have dried completely you can spray them with a clear coat to help protect against nicks and scratches in the paint. The trees could also be covered with fabrics of choice.

Safari Outline
Tree Outline #1
Tree Outline #2
Giraffe Outline
Elephant Outline
Lion Outline
Cat Outline
Monkey Outline

2 Comments

  1. Cherie
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    How are these hung on the walls? I see tons of applications for this idea using different shapes, patterns, etc.! PLEASE share how to hang these! Thanks!!

  2. Pamm Huether
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Welcome to Make It Fun, Cherie. People hang these in a variety of ways depending to what they are adhering the wall art; i.e. walls or cork boards. For walls, adhesive similar to Command® works very well, picture hooks/nails work well as the foam is very light weight. Hope this helps and share your creations at http://www.facebook.com/MakeItFun.FloraCraft

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