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Here lately I find myself wanting to be surrounded by awesome inspiration. I want to read inspiring stories, share inspiring tips, and have inspirational quotes plastered all over everything. Unfortunately, I was not gifted with the ability to draw or write beautifully. So I had to come up with a creative work-around, and I discovered how to make a DIY wall art that anyone can do!
I found the perfect inspiration one day while I was shopping at Brookshire’s. If you haven’t heard of Brookshire’s before, it’s a chain grocery store, but it still has that small-town feel to it that I miss at other stores. And with their Thank You Card you can earn points and save money on your groceries and gas. I love shopping there because I can usually find the more obscure things that I need for my recipes that I can’t find anywhere else in town.
Anyway, back to the inspiration (how many times can I use a variation of that word in one post?). I got in line to check out and I saw these Coca-Cola™ bottles with song lyrics on the labels. I immediately had about five songs stuck in my head (“I don’t want this night to end…”) and grabbed as many bottles as I could. I’m pretty sure I emptied that cooler, but I knew these quotes were exactly what I needed for the project I wanted to try.
I’ve seen this on Pinterest before, but I had to try it myself. Since I don’t have that gorgeous calligraphy handwriting, I used some scrapbooking stickers! And since I can’t draw, I used some stencils for decoration. Everyone should be able to make something pretty! If I can do it, so can you!
The supplies you will need are:
- Coca-Cola with Share a Coke and a Song packaging
- A wooden plaque
- Paint brushes and spouncers (little painting sponges on a stick)
- Scrapbooking stickers
- Decorative stencils
- Pencil and a ruler (optional – to draw guidelines)
- Crafting Knife (to help peel off the stickers)
- A drop cloth or a paintable surface to put under your project (I used a trash bag)
Paint the wooden plaque using the color you want for your letters. In this case, I wanted pretty gold letters, so that color went on first. Enjoy some Coca-Cola while your paint dries!
Since I wanted the lyrics to be centered, I used a ruler and a pencil to lightly draw some guidelines up and down the middle of the plaque. Then I added the scrapbooking stickers to spell out my song quote. Make sure you press down firmly on the stickers so that no paint gets underneath them. (Whoops, see below!)
Paint over the gold and the letters with the main background color. Depending on the differences in the paint colors, you may or may not need two coats to cover up the base color.
Once the paint is dry, carefully peel off the letters. I used the crafting knife to get under the stickers and pry them up. They came off very easily.
If you’re like me and didn’t press down firmly enough on the letters, some of the paint may have gotten underneath them, and that’s okay. It was super easy to grab a fine tipped paintbrush and fill them in.
Stencil on your decorations. I used both the spouncers and the paint brushes for this. Then wait (once again) for the paint to dry.
Voila! You’re done! Just attach it to the wall, and stand back to admire your beautiful handiwork. See, I knew you could do it! Now you’ll be inspired every time you see it.
I wanted mine near my desk, but my desk is up against a very wide window. There’s not really any great wall-space for it yet, so it’s currently sitting next to my monitor. Every time I look at it I feel inspired, and I know that I can do whatever it is that I’m trying. And I also think of Emma Stone lip-sync battling Jimmy Fallon, and that makes me laugh every time.
So run out to Brookshire’s and grab your own Share a Coke and a Song! You can also Shazam the lyric on the bottles to hear the song and create your own music video. (If you don’t have the Shazam app yet, you can download it for your iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Android devices.) I’d love to see what you create, both the wall art and the music video!