I got to thinking that my nephew needed a place to hang his art work and there are so many wonderful ideas out there, however I came up with this idea out of my own crafty little brain. Mostly because I needed an excuse to play with my new overhead projector that I purchased off of craigslist, also because I wanted something to take up plenty of space on those red walls.
I began by finding a silhouette of an octopus on line and tracing is onto a transparency.
I turned a half sheet of bead board paneling to the wrong side and traced the silhouette using my handy dandy overhead projector.
Next I drilled several holes at different places on the board to accommodate the sharp angles. A skill saw can't make those sharp turns and drilling the pilot holes at the onset kept me from stopping during the cutting.
I cut out the octopus with a skill saw and sanded the edges with a detail sander.
I painted the octopus with a blue sample I picked up at the Lowes’s that I watered down to achieve a more transparent wash than a solid paint job. I dry brushed over the blue paint with a bit of off white.
Lastly I used small screws to attach silver bulldog clips. I had to use a split washer to keep the screws from coming out the back, plus it keeps the clips from spinning.
I had to search the store room for the smallest screwdriver I could find, so it would fit through the clip itself. Luckily I had one on hand. I secured one clip for each of the legs and I was done.
Major cuteness I think and I can’t wait to show you guys how it looks on the wall.
Come back for the last pirate room project and the big reveal. I promise it is almost finished, and if I’m lying y’all can make me walk the plank.
UPDATE: Here is the finished product up in the finished room, what fun this was.