Thursday, April 11, 2013

~thrifty thursday project~

2 reasons that I really love this weeks project.
1~it was FREE
2~it includes one of our favorite things~our puppy
I mean, who wouldn't love this little guy? :)

 I decided I would make a sign by painting a silhouette of him.

 Here is what you will need.

The first step proved to be the hardest part.
Take a photo of your dog standing from the side.
Sounds easy, but we went through lots of treats to get this shot!
Scrap wood.
I got this out of a free pile~oh yeah!
Gotta love free piles!

This is the part I didn't get a photo of~hate it when that happens.
I get on a roll and my brain forgets the camera, sorry.
I took all the natural wood, meaning the wood with no paint, and nailed it to a large piece of wood cut to 2'x2'.

Ok, next step is to print out your dogs photo and take it to a copy center and enlarge it to fit your wood piece. You can do this in several sections and tape together like I did.
I didn't know what size would look good, so I made two copies and chose the one that looked best once I got it home.
I went with the bigger of the two.
 Then you'll want to cut out your paper template around the dogs body, and tape it to the wood sign where you'd like it to be.
{I am horrible at tutorials, aren't I?}
 Trace around the outline with a pencil and recycle your dog paper.
 Because I know you needed this visual...... :)
 Choose the color you would like your dog silhouette to be and using a liner brush, 
outline the pencil line.
I started out painting it cream, but went back later and painted it over in white.

 Then fill it in.
Doesn't have to be perfect because you are going to distress it later.
 Aren't you glad I took 400 pictures of the obvious steps, but managed to leave out the important ones?
Once the paint is dry, you can lightly sand over it to age it a bit.
I ended up thinking it needed some sort of a frame, so I used more free scrap wood with chippy white paint cut on 45 degree angles and nailed that on with my air nailer.

 Here it is all finished. 
It's huge, I think around 30" square.
 Some of the best things in life are free.
 So, what do you think?

My thriftiest project yet!


Meg said...

hey this is really cute. tutorial was fine for anyone diy minded.

the polished pebble: said...

What a cute idea Melaine! Our dogs are so similar....Millie doesn't stand still very much though, so I might have to photograph her laying down. This would be fun on a chalkboard too! thanks for the great idea

Cheers, Kelley

Lizzie said...

Love it. Nice idea.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Harley has grown up to be so beefy and beautiful! I'm am bookmarking this for a father's day idea. We are a "Lab" loving family too!

LeeLu Creations said...

How is this free? Don't you have to pay at the copy center to have them print something?

Super cute though!

Kristen said...

That's a great idea! I am loving this Thursday series you have been doing :) said...

I think it turned out really cute. I would like to do something like this with one of my chickens.

Myplace4tea said...

This is super cute! And what an adorable dog!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Very cute!! :) Hugs, Holly

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Very Cute indeed!!!
We have the chocolate version of your puppy. He sees the camera and it's all about him. Getting Master Vic to pose, well, never a problem... just might not be the pose you want. Hahahaha..
Thanks for the inspiration.
Hugs, gee

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

So cute!!

Scott Guthrie said...

I like that you didn't put his silhouette smack dab in the middle of the frame. It is like he is walking along the bottom with the night sky.

AntiqueChase said...

I simply adore this! Mine golden just turned 11 and he's getting old, I can tell. I want to do this as a keepsake!!!! Maybe add his name.

I just love your project and the fact that you find that wood for free makes me very jealous!

Anonymous said...

Love it,a must try with our dogs..great ideas for Christmas crafts and gifts too, as I am thinking I could also do this with my nephew and he can give it to his parents for Christmas..thank you!!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

I love dogs are hams for the camera! Not sure if I could make a frame. I know you're good a that. Maybe just nail it to a larger piece of wood?


Sandy said...

Melanie, what a neat idea....
our fur baby just passed this week, so it's a heartwarming craft to remember her in a unique artistic way. Thank you for sharing. Your fur baby is adorable!

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Angela Ryder said...

This is a great idea! Love your puppy! We have one very similar.....such fabulous dogs! Have a great weekend!~~Angela

Melissa from the Blue House said...

Fun idea!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Very cute...could work for lots of ideas, kids silhouettes?
Thanks for sharing!

david said...

I know this is an older post, but the first photo of your precious dog makes me smile. We lost our beloved black lab Mollie in February and are awaiting the birth of a new litter of yellow labs! Our girl is not yet home with us, but we are excited anyway. Your photo wamrs my heart. Thank you for such a great blog and a peek into your world.
Sincerely, Nicole Hamilton
(DAILY reader from San Francisco) :)

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