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Safari Wall Art

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Beginner
Project Courtesy of: FloraCraft
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Description

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

  • Sheets of Styrofoam brand foam, 1"x12"x36"
  • Styro Wonder Cutter Plus
  • Fabric: one pattern or style for each animal
  • Ribbon, 1" wide, to coordinate with fabrics
  • Glue gun & glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Spray paints: dark brown, light brown, dark green, light green, clear

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Print patterns and enlarge them as desired. The number of Styrofoam brand foam sheets required depends on the size of the patterns. Glue sheets together side-by-side if needed. Pin the patterns to Styrofoam brand foam sheets. Follow instructions on Styro Wonder Cutter Plus packaging to cut patterns from the Styrofoam brand foam.
  2. Choose which direction each animal will face on the wall. Pin the pattern to the backside of the fabric. Cut fabric 1/2" larger than the pattern, allowing fabric to fold over the edge of the cutout.
  3. Center fabric on the cutout. Glue fabric to the outside edge. Work from opposite sides: top then bottom; one side then the other, to keep the fabric centered and pull tight to reduce wrinkles. Cut small slits in the overhanging fabric and overlap it so that it lays flat around curves and corners.
  4. Use a piece of string to outline the cutout. Measure the string to find out how much ribbon is needed to cover the edge of the cutouts. Glue one end of the ribbon to an inconspicuous area of the cutout, then completely cover the edge.
  5. To create the trees, cut out patterns from sheets of Styrofoam brand foam as instructed above in #1. Spray paint the trunks dark brown. Hold the can 12" to 14" away from the tree cutout. Note: Holding the can too close to the cutout or applying too heavy a coat will melt the Styrofoam brand foam. So do not try to achieve a solid coat on the first coat; it may take three coats to get the dark brown color, let paint dry between coats.
  6. Once the dark brown is dry, lightly apply light brown in a few areas for dimension; like the tops of branches and sides of the trunk.
  7. For the tree tops or leaves, paint with the dark green, let dry. Add dimension with light green, spraying in random spots. Once the trees have dried completely, spray with a clear coat to help protect against nicks and scratches in the paint. The trees can also be covered with fabrics, rather than painted, if desired.
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