Sawyer’s Gallery Wall

This is the current view on Sawyer’s gallery wall. I have one more giant chipboard S, but it needs to be painted, and I think I may put it on another wall.
Everything on this wall is handmade, thrifted, or purchased on major sale.

The Imagine canvas came from the thrift store in brand new condition, but it was originally from Hobby Lobby. I think I paid $4.99 for it.

The moose and elephant were likewise from the thrift store, but originally from Target. I think they were $2.99 each.

The letters spelling his name were half off at Michael’s and I added the scrapbook paper.

The wood slice S, the burlap S, the blue foam S, and the little orange S with the arrow were all clearanced at Hobby Lobby. All were between $1 and $2.

The owl painting I think came from Hobby Lobby on clearance, but I’ve had it for several years so I can’t be sure.

The scratch art at the top was a VBS project this year with materials from Michael’s. I laminated the scratch board before adhering it to the frame to preserve the picture.

The pinwheel I made with my We R Memory Keepers Pinwheel Punch Board. I just pinned it straight to the wall with a ball push pin. The paper was from the same stack I used to cover his name.

The woodburned pieces are all made by me. They were all wood blanks purchased at either Walmart or Hobby Lobby &1.47-$2.99 for 6-8 pieces. The very center round piece with father and son hunters was the part of a wooden spool that originally held the twine and clothes pins in Lily’s room. The image was a stamp that I stamped in brown ink and then went over with my wood burning tool.

The truck on the Sawyer’s Salvage Yard was also a stamped image that I burned over, although I did add the FORD to the tailgate.

The Sawyer the Brave piece is clay art made by me.

The Oh Darling Let’s Be Adventurers is my version of one done by Addicted to DIY.

The white rectangle is impossible to photograph, but looks awesome in person and is a Heidi Swapp cardstock piece that says Be True and was foiled in silver using my Minc. It was part of a set I got on clearance at Joann.

The bear oval and fox oval were drawn by Nick from artwork available at Hobby Lobby. I burned over his drawings and painted the accents.

All of the other wood pieces were original pieces free handed by me. I’m so not an artist, but Sawyer loves that I made them for him.

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Lily’s Gallery Wall

In the old house Taylor and Lily shared a bedroom for sleeping. Lily and Sawyer shared a bedroom for clothes and toy storage. So none of them really had a space that belonged completely to them. I knew that in the new house I wanted to do some personalized decor for each of them, especially since for the year we were on the market the house had to be very neutral and generic. Taylor has decorated and redecorated her room a dozen times, and I’m happy to let her do that. At 15 she’s old enough to know her own style. But in Lily and Sawyer’s room I’ve done gallery walls. Sawyer’s is pretty much done, and I’ll show you his in another post, but this post is about Lily’s. 
It’s still very much a work in progress. I need to spread it out a little more and raise her art display twine some. The roll of twine with mini clothes pins came from Target via Bargain Hunt, but it would obviously be very easy to DIY. She is very artistic and constantly drawing, painting, and crafting, and I wanted her to have a place to display her creations. She also has some of her school awards up there. 
The Be Kind banner was made by me. Semi-tutorial here.
Taylor did the pineapple painting, and the flamingo and party dress artwork are my very tentative forays into the world of watercolor. The dress is my very poorly executed version of a gorgeous free printable offered by Lisa at Mabey She Made It. If you have mad watercolor skillz like me, well, you should probably go get hers. But I wanted a pink dress, plus our printer is still buried somewhere in a box, and Lily is ridiculously affectionate toward things that I make just for her, so for now anyway she gets my version. 
The little orange L with arrows was a clearance find at Hobby Lobby that I painted. The floral pieces are all clay flowers Lily and I made using oven bake Sculpy and (mostly) Martha Stewart molds. I just hot glued them onto wood plaques and hung them with adhesive Velcro dots. The woodburned pieces are all made by me. The Lily the Lovely piece is clay art made by me
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Clay Typography Wall Art

It’s honestly kind of rare for me to have a project turn out exactly how I envisioned it, but this one did just that. A few days ago the kids wanted to play with clay, so I got out my molds and Sculpey. I have a bunch of the Martha Stewart Clay Molds as well as a bunch of the Mod Molds. The great thing about all of these is that you can bake the clay right in them. I don’t know if it’s actually recommended, but I’ve done it many times and don’t have any sort of damage to my molds. That said, the Sculpey I usually use bakes at 275° F, so I would be cautious baking the molds at any higher temperatures.

I’ve been making a lot of little wood burned pieces for Sawyer’s and Lily’s rooms, which I love, but I wanted something with a little more color. So I used various colors of Sculpey and my Mod Molds alphabet mold to make letters spelling out Sawyer the Brave and Lily the Lovely.

These were easy peasy, although they took a little over an hour to make because the mold has one of each letter and Lily had 4 L’s on her piece and there were 5 E’s between the two. Most of that time was bake time though. Actual working time was probably 10 minutes.

Materials needed(non affiliate links):

Sculpey oven bake clay in various colors (I think mine was Sculpey III)
Mod Molds Alphabet Mold
Unfinished 3.5 inch wood circle (Mine came in a 6 pack at Walmart for $1.47)
Hot glue gun

Knead your clay until soft, then fill mold letters needed for your message.

Bake according to package directions. Allow to cool enough to remove from molds.

When you have all your letters baked, lay out your message as you want it to be on the finished piece.

Pick up one letter at a time and glue in place with hot glue.

Clean up any glue strings and you’re done!

These pieces are so fun! I had to make Lily and Sawyer both bring them back so I could get pictures of them, because they took off with them as soon as they saw them! And they are easy enough that they would make a great kid craft just so long as you help with the hot gluing.

You can add a picture hanger to the back if you want, but the wood is thin, so I’ve found that sticky back velcro dots are a better option. Most of the items on Sawyer’s gallery wall are hung with these, including his big letters, and I’ve had no problem with anything falling off. Yes, I know the clay piece isn’t up there yet. Baby steps, people.

If you make a Sculpey art piece like this I’d love to see it!

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