Thursday, May 27, 2010 it's thursday...

Hey there all you fabulous crafters!

Have you ever seen something and thought..."there is NO WAY I am paying that price for THAT!" It happens almost every time I look at the Pottery Barn catalog! So when I saw these adorable Hawaiian themed plaques I thought, "Hmmmm...maybe my mother in law could paint these for me!" I actually even called her, but she wasn't home...the more I looked at them I thought, "I bet I might be able to do it!" So I gave it a try! My favorites were the turtle one and the reef shark so that was my plan.

(image from Potter Barn kids)

I started with 2 12x12 boards that I had cut at Home Depot and then I had my friend use his router to knock off the edges a little so that they didn't look quite so "boardy".

Then I picked up some craft paint from the store....these are the colors I got...I tried to match the picture as closely as possible!

I painted each board the color of the background!

When my boards were dry I used a pencil to freehand the pictures on. It really wasn't too hard. The shapes are pretty basic. Then I used a small paint brush to start painting. The picture above is of the boards done, but not distressed and weathered.

Next step was to sand the boards A LOT! I did have to be careful not to sand off the eyes or too much of the words. So if you give this a go be careful! Then I rubbed them with a little Burnt Umber craft paint that I watered down. I applied it and then let it sit for a few seconds and wiped it off. Then I applied a coat or two of clear finish.

They aren't exactly like the ones in the origional picture, but I think I got close enough. I hope my nephews love them!

If you have something in the back of your mind that you have been wanting to copy...I say GO FOR IT!

-By Heather


  1. Cute Heather! They look pretty dang close to the originals! Impressive!

  2. Wow! Great job! These look AWESOME!

  3. I think you did an awesome job! So very cute.

  4. Great job!! Those are darling...

  5. A woman after my own heart copying things that are too expensive! You did a fabulous job and I honestly think yours look just as good, if not better than the originals. You could seriously sell them!

  6. these are great!!! you did an awesome job!!! so cute!!!

  7. Holy cow, you've got some talent. I'm pretty sure if I tried to copy them, they would look NOTHING like yours do! :) Great job!

  8. those are soooooo adorable! love what you did and they are much better than your inspiration since you did it yourself and for much less money!

  9. You did a great job. Love them

  10. Wow those look amazing!!!

  11. These are too stinking cute! Love the colors you used!!


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  12. Ok, so the entire time I was thinking how cute they would be in the boys hawaiian themed room. How excited am I to think that I actually don't have to try to recreate one of your adorable crafts!! I can't wait to get them!! They will look adorable in they boys room! So cute Heather!!!

  13. I love it! And I totally agree....Love this idea and now it is a one of a kind work of art! I hope you signed your work of art and dated it so one day they can say they own an 'ORIGINAL'....
    Big smile.

  14. Awesome! Mine would look nothing like that! Thats something I would soo buy!


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