Monday, October 10, 2011

Gear wall art

A few weeks ago, I got an e-mail from the super sweet people at Elmer's. They offered to send me a pack of goodies to help inspire some creativity. They started off by sending me a link for 101 creative uses . I spent some time browsing through their ideas and was immediately inspired.

This gear wall art for my son's room is what I came up with using all Elmer's products.

I was initially inspired by this gear that I found recently at a garage sale for $3. I love the cool shape of gears and how industrial they are, but this gear weighs about 15 pounds so there was no way I was going to be able to hang it on the wall.


I started out by searching images on-line and found a few images I liked. I copied and pasted them into Word and printed them off. Then I cut them out.


I used two sheets of foam board for the gears.


I started by tracing around the gears with pencil


Then I used the X-ACTO gripster knife to cut around the outline.


I knew I wanted to mount the gears on the foam board so I kept putting them on the board to see how many I wanted to use.


Some of the edges were rough after I cut them out, so I took a nail file and filed the edges down to make them smooth.


Once all of the edges were filed, I used the Elmer's Craft bond tacky glue to adhere the gears to the foam board.


I even went through my stash and found some chipboard numbers and letters to use as well.


After everything was glued down, I took a few different kinds of paint and painted the foam board and gears. After everything was painted, I took some Krylon Chrome spray paint that I bought for 25 cents at a garage sale and painted over the whole board.


Since the foam board was so light, I thought I would try out these Command strips to hang the art on the wall.


And this is the end result!


I love how the paint colors underneath shine through the chrome spray paint over top.

Guess what the best part is? Elmer's is offering TWO of my readers a chance to win a complete prize pack including all of the items I used to make my gear art. Come back tomorrow to find out how.

9 comments:

Tracie said...
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Tracie said...

Wow rachel....i really love this! Tfs!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [10 Oct 09:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Kimberly said...

Wow that looks so neat! Great job!! You would never know it wasn't metal.

Ginny said...

My boys' bedroom is centered around my son's comforter which is construction vehicles on side and gears on the other. This project would be perfect for their room!

Carmen said...

This is adorable! I can see this in a Pottery Barn Kids Catalog...great job...you definately got my wheels turning...Would love it if you would link this up to our Rockin' link party going on now at RoCa and Company. Here is the link: http://rocaandcompany.blogspot.com/2011/10/you-rock-5.html. Come and show off what you got. Hope to see you there...

Remember...YOU ROCK!!

Carmen @ RoCa and Company
www.rocaandcompany.blogspot.com

One nutty wife said...

great work I love it

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

That is such a fantastic art piece for a boys room. Love it! Visiting from Keeping it Simple.
~Kimberlee

used2bblonde said...

LOVED it Rachel as my grandsons bedroom here at the grandparents house have the gears hand painted around the window but need something on the walls now. GREAT idea. Thanks!