Posts Tagged ‘wall art’


DIY Color Cloud Art in Under an Hour

Remember the old rubbing alcohol and permanent marker trick from when you were a kid? The one where you could create (semi) psychedelic patterns that kind of looked like rainbow clouds that Lisa Frank would have totally been into?

Well, today, I have to admit, there's a part of me that still thinks that Lisa Frank knows where's it at. Like, 100%. Because I made this DIY color cloud art (for lack of a better term?) and put together a quick tutorial, in case you want to make your own.

This art DIY is insanely easy, foolproof even. And (bonus) you can scale the project to any size you'd like. So, if you're looking for a budget-friendly option for a large scale piece of artwork, this could be it.

How to make color cloud art in under an hour with rubbing alcohol and markers


- picture frame with glass (any size)
- permanent markers (mine are from Amazon)
- rubbing alcohol
- paint brush
- spray sealant (optional)


1. Start by dissembling the picture frame and carefully removing the glass. Set the frame aside for now.

2. Next, select the color scheme you want to work with and start coloring large sections with permanent markers. There's no rhyme or reason to this one, so feel free to make the color blocked areas as large or as small as you want. And any shape as well.

DIY Color Cloud Art in Under an Hour with Rubbing Alcohol and Markers

3. Once the entire piece of glass has been covered, dip your brush into the rubbing alcohol and gently use it to start pushing the color around the glass. You can also drip alcohol right onto the glass for a more bubbled / cloud-like design. I did a combo of both.

4. Continue this process until the entire piece of glass is complete. You can continue going back over any problem areas, so this really is foolproof. Next, add a light coat of spray sealant to the glass, while it's laying down flat, and allow the sealant to dry completely before continuing onto the next step. This part is optional because you can actually just turn the painted side inward when you add the glass back to the frame to protect the paint from being removed. But it doesn't hurt to add the sealant, so why not.

DIY Color Cloud Art in Under an Hour with Rubbing Alcohol and Markers

5. Pop the glass into the frame, add a solid sheet of paper behind it, and secure the frame backing. I used white paper as my background, but you can use any color...It really just depends on how you want your finished piece to look. Then it's ready to hang.

Watercolor vibe

Quick Note: The rubbing alcohol will change color the more you dip your brush in (like above). So it's probably easiest to pour a small amount into a bowl and then replenish as needed when the alcohol begins to fill with color.

DIY // Abstract Color Cloud Art in Under an Hour

Styling Brittni Mehlhoff

DIY // Abstract Color Cloud Art in Under an Hour

Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski

P.S. If you're looking for a small scale version of a project like this one, try my DIY geometric bookmarks using this same technique with takeout containers.

What were some of your favorite childhood craft techniques from back in the day? I'm always in the market for a new / old technique to try.


Giant Floral Typography Wall Art DIY

It wouldn't be Valentines day without a flower DIY. So here I am with the last V-Day project of the year...a (fresh flower) monogram wall hanging that is perfect for the upcoming holiday. OR a wedding, birthday party, housewarming...Okay, it works for pretty much anything. Especially if you like flowers as much as I do.

You may remember the giant floral ampersand I created a while back that was in this same vein. But to switch things up, I'm using a different method and a garland as the base (which will help cut down on the number of flowers you need to complete the project).

Giant Floral Typography Wall Art DIY

Here's how to make your own floral typography wall art...


-fresh flowers + garland (see specific flower types below)
-foam core or cardboard
-box-cutter or sharp blade
-paper awl (or similar)
-floral tape
-floral wire

For this project, I used Poppies, Pink Veronicas, Pink Ranunculus, White Sweet Peas, and Bay leaf & Seeded Eucalyptus Garland.

My friends at Flower Muse sent over all of the flowers and the garland. So, if you're looking for fresh flowers and greenery, be sure to check them out. Their flowers are top notch.

Care Instructions:
For all flowers except the Poppies... Cut at least 1"³ off each stem and place in 3-4"³ of room temperature water. Let everything hydrate for at least 3-4 hours before you start working with them, but preferably 24 hours so the blooms have more time to open, if they're not already.

For the Poppies... These can be a little tricky sometimes. So to help them bloom, you may want to try cutting them under water and keeping the stems submerged in water for 10-15 minutes before searing the ends with a quick dip in boiling water for 10-15 seconds. That's what I ended up doing and it worked great. As the blooms start to open, you may need to give some of them a little help by gently pulling back the sepals (the brown fuzzy "shell").

For the garland... Keep it in a dry, cool place until you're ready to use it. No need to spray with water or anything like that.


How To:

1. Start by drawing and cutting out large letters from foam core or cardboard. I just freehanded the letters with a pencil and then cut them with a sharp blade.

2. Next, poke a set of holes in the letter cut out, all the way around, every 6-10 inches. Use the paper awl to poke the holes or another sharp object.

3. Cut a piece of wire that is roughly 8-10 inches long, and poke through the first set of holes (from the back of the letter), so that each end is showing through to the front.

4. Then, lay the garland on top of the foam core letter and secure the first section with the wire that you poked through in step 3. All you need to do is wrap the wire around the garland and twist several times until secure. Then, hide the excess wire underneath the leaves or clip off.

5. Once you've completed that process all the way around, covering the entire letter with garland, it's time to add flowers. Make sure the flowers have had at least 24 hours to properly hydrate before this step. Then, trim the stems if necessary and intertwine them amongst the garland. If you're having trouble, add floral wire to each stem, for more stiffness to wedge into the garland. If you have a super bushy garland, you can tuck small water tubes  into the garland to keep the flowers as fresh as possible.

6. Fill the garland with flowers until you've reached the desired effect. Enjoy!

A is for Art: DIY Giant Floral Typography Wall Art

DIY Giant Floral Typography Wall Art

DIY Giant Floral Typography Wall Art

You can do initials like J + B (for V-day or a wedding), a single letter, to stand as a statement art piece, or even a short phrase or message if you're feeling especially ambitious.

P.S. If you wanted to go a more cost effective (and long lasting) route, you could skip the flowers all together and just do garland letters, which are kind of fun too...

DIY // how to create a giant garland letter for parties and events

DIY Giant Monogrammed Floral Wall Art

DIY Giant Floral Typography Wall Art

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

After this project, I am even more obsessed with poppies. They may be a little finicky, but they sure are pretty. Don't you think?

Think you might give this flower project a try? 


For more flower DIYs like this one, visit the DIY Flower Ideas page.



I feel like I've already done a bunch of holiday decor projects this year, but I had a wall that needed a little something and was in the mood for one more project. Unfortunately, my wallet was not. So I gathered up some supplies that I already had in the house and created this removable wall art custom decals DIY. *If you don't have these items on-hand already, this project will still only set you back about $15.


The full tutorial is right here on Curbly.

But before you click over,  I thought it was worth mentioning that I've been dying to use that copper contact paper for almost a year now. Yep, I've had it that long - was just waiting for the perfect project"¦ Thought you would appreciate my craziness"¦ Do you ever do that? Hold on to something for eternity until the 'perfect' project makes it's way into your head?

Photography, concept, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

P.S. Be sure to check out the most recent 24 Merry Days giveaways"¦Melanie from You Are My Fave is giving away a $250 gift certificate to Land of Nod and Audrey from This Little Street (who is the smarty who dreamed up 24 Merry Days in the first place) is giving away a pair of Swedish Hasbeens!