Create your own nursery wall art

May 11, 2009 at 9:03 am 2 comments

I found this lovely project on Evie’s things of Beauty.
Pass by the blog which has some beautiful  ideas and inspiration and DIY projects

Evie made these wall hangings for a friend.
Her nursery was being done in a cute elephant theme and her primary colors are brown and blue. You could really use this idea to match any design or decor.

Elephant pics

Here is how to make these for yourself.

What you need:

  • Three 5 x 5 Paper Mache art boards ($2.99 at craft supply stores)
  • Ribbon for hanging
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paints and paint brushes
  • Card stock for printing your design
  • Permanent spray adhesive
Handmade nursery wall art

Handmade nursery wall art


  1. Remove rope strands from the boards and discard.
  2. Choose a style of ribbon and cut 3 strands the exact same size.
  3. Apply your base coat to cover the brown paper mache. Paint everything, including the back side.
  4. Start painting! It helped me to sketch out my design on the computer before diving into painting. I used acrylic paints and paint brushes. All three boards were given a different pattern in the background.
  5. I drew the elephant in Adobe Illustrator and chose two colors for the elephants. Then I printed them out on card stock and cut them out, leaving a little white border to help them stand out against the painted backgrounds.
  6. I tested out the placement before adhering the paper elephants to the boards. Using permanent spray adhesive, I adhered the elephants to the boards. Tie on the ribbon to hang and your done!

Thanks to Evie’s for this easy nursery wall art idea


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Maria  |  July 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Can some one please tell me where I can buy Mache boards from? I tried Michaels and they have no clue what that is. Please help….

  • 2. marie  |  December 30, 2011 at 4:37 am

    i love your wall art. Awesome! I makeall of my wall art out of fabric and batting. Thank you for the tutorial. I will give it a shot for my youngest grandchild’s room.


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