21 March 2011

Cardboard Monograms

What can I say?...cardboard is free.  After we painted the boys' room, I wanted to do something fun to decorate and personalize the space.  So, I made simple mongrams for each boy.  All I used was a cereal box, some craft foam I had on hand to give it some dimension, and spray paint left from a previous project.

After sketching out my design on the cereal box, I cut out the letter shapes with my exacto knife.

Then I traced the letter onto the foam, and cut it out, smaller than the tracing.

Tacky glue is my friend.  I glued the foam and cardboard together.

Then added some weight until the glue dried.  I  may or may not have sat on that pile of books.

I laid out the letters and sprayed 3 coats of paint.  The letter placement was completely coincidental.  After the letters dried and aired out for a day, they were hung with poster tack.

And just to show off how nicely the boys' room has come together:

Photo of the Bountiful LDS Temple where Mr. Pickup and I wed 11.5 years ago.  Puppy picture a $1 find at goodwill.  Robots and reading pillow by me.  Quilts by my mama.

John Deere calendar from Grandma Pickup, robot and reading pillow by me, quilt by my mama.
Santa made those bookshelves 3 years ago, and I love having books accessible for our kids.

One more parting shot.  The stripe really looks great, and hides the remnants of the wall paper border perfectly.  The teddy lamp was a gift to my firstborn for his nursery...and I just can't part with it.

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Melissa said...

They look great and you will never have to worry about price regret or whether or not to donate them or throw them in the trash - decision made.

Impera Magna said...

The letters are cool and are PERFECT for the boys room! Love the quilts too!

Annette W. said...

So you spraypainted the foam? No need to prime? Cool!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

May or may not have sat on the books? That made me laugh out loud!! Did you jiggle about too? I would have!!

These look great, Chris. By the way, I love the patchwork quilt on the bed.


chris said...

@Annette W.Sorry that wasn't clear...the cardboard was spraypainted, not the foam. I used the foam so the cardboard wouldn't be flat against the wall.

Tiffany said...

i luv a monogram. luv, and that shade of green is perfect.

Unknown said...

the monograms are so great and in fact the whole room looks brilliant. I love the fact that it looks like someone actually could live in it! it's not overdone.it's beautiful and real!

Unknown said...

Simple decorations are great for a boys' room. They turned out great, and the whole room looks so nice. I had a giggle about the letter placement!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

This is such a neat project, Chris. The monograms look great in the boys' room. And I love seeing the robots on the beds:)

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Your boys are so neat and tidy!!! This has come together so well, I love all the handmade touches and the colour chosen for the monograms - so professional - I would never have guessed cardboard.

PS those robots are precious.

Unknown said...

that is a great idea! I plan to do one for my daughters room. I was planning on buying a wooden one and wrapping it with yarn. This would be much more affordable!

I am having a giveaway on my blog. $35 + free shipping to get a custom trendy backpack for your kid from Paige Holliday Designs. She has great designs for boys! All you have to do is leave a comment. ends 3/23.


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi sweets,

Just to say that I should have the 101 post with you by next Tuesday. Is that okay?


Anonymous said...

What a neat idea. Love the boys room. The beds look so cozy and enveloping.

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Very resourceful idea. I am linking on Dollar Store Crafts on 3/28. The url will be: http://dollarstorecrafts.com/?p=11394

Tiffany said...

i made one this weekend! i covered mine in fabric though, thanks for the inspiration.

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