I’ve had this set of plain wooden crates sitting around for a while now. I didn’t want to “waste” them on any old design so I kinda had to wait around for inspiration to strike. I finally found some designs I was in love with and that was it. I spent a couple of truly enjoyable days painting them. When it comes to drawing or painting I’m as far from gifted as you can get. Seriously, it is bad. This is where stencils come in and save the day. I end up with something that I love that makes me look like I have an artistic bone in my body. In reality, all I did is ungracefully paint over the stencil. It is magical really! Anyway, it was relaxing and fun. Just the kind of project I needed!
I started by painting the side blue with acrylic paint. One coat was good since I was going for a loved/not-so-perfect kind of look. Then I let it dry completely.
To create my stencils I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut out the designs with adhesive vinyl. The globe design I wanted was too large to cut at once so I did it in two pieces. You can see that parts of the image overlap. I like to do this so it is easier to align when placing the stencil.
The stencil was then transferred to the crate with transfer paper. I smoothed down the adhesive vinyl making sure no paint could get under the edges.
Then comes more paint. See what I mean about painting like a madwoman? I’m going for character here ;) Peel the stencil off while the paint is just a little tacky then let it finish drying.
Now it is time to place the stencil for the phrase. Again, peel it off while the paint is still a bit tacky and then let it finish drying.
Repeat for the banner.
Ta da! I’m in love! The only problem is that every time I see it my constant itch to get out of town becomes increasingly stronger. Isn’t this phrase terrific though?
I decorated the second crate using the same process. Of course I’m madly in love with this one as well. It just puts a smile on my face.
If you adore the shapes as much as I do you can find them here in the Silhouette Online Store…
These are actually going on top of my fridge to be used for storage. If my toddler ever stops his trouble making ways I’ll have to make some kid themed crates for his toys. They hold a ton and look great!