Monday, February 27, 2012

{Make a Splash} Challenge: 3-D Kite Artwork

We're so excited to be featured today in the Make a Splash challenge at Crafting in the Rain. Steph is so amazing! I found her blog a few months ago with these houndstooth DUCK TAPE boots.

Yes, that is duck tape. I knew we would be bloggy friends after that :) Every month, Steph is hosting a challenge with different bloggers and we are assigned a "secret supply item" that we must work our DIY magic with. February's secret item is, wait for it....


Wow. I was a little worried at first... Bows? As in shiny Christmas bows? My little girl's hairbows? No, no, no. I had to think of something to make with bows that was 1. Out-of-the-box 2. Not cheesy 3. I would actually use in my home.

I am in the very beginning stages of re-decorating my daughter's room. Now that she is getting closer to turning 2, I want to take it from a "pink nursery" to a white-walled, white furniture, brightly-colored everything else, fun-loving little girl's room. I found this fabulous fabric at Ikea a few weeks ago with a lot of funky, bright colors. That was my jumping off point.

Then, one week before Valentine's Day, this happened:

If you remember my Valentine Mantel,  then you may realize that the entire thing had just come crashing down! Everything else was fine, except the mirror {obviously!}

The mirror was gone, but the frame was too fabulous not to use somewhere in my daughter's room. So, this led to that, that led to this.... and here's what I came up with:

A fun, 3-D piece of art "framed" on the wall. I love the whimsy of the kite and the girl factor of the adorable felt bows. Seriously, look at these things... how cute are they?

I can't take any of the credit for these :) I followed a tutorial and pattern from this amazing lady:

The first time I made these bows, I did them just like hers, with the cute little tails underneath. I made a few headbands for baby girl :)

But this time around, since they were to be "kite" bows, I left that piece off and just did the plain bow:

I made my kite from some green-and-white striped fabric, turquoise ribbon, a small dowel, and a piece of carboard. Oh, and of course, hot glue :) It was one of those projects where I wasn't sure if it was going to work until I got to the end, so I don't have any pictures of that process! I basically cut 4 pieces of fabric to create the diamond pattern on the kite, applied it to the cardboard with mod podge, trimmed out the edges with the ribbon, and added a painted dowel across the kite {partially for looks, partially to cover up a few gaps in my fabric!}

Then, I attached it to the wall with some foamcore stacked and glued on top of each other {so the kite would stick off of the wall} and a handy dandy 3M command strip! Now, for attaching the string and bows to the wall...

I thought using pins would be a super easy way to attach them (I could even hide the pinhead underneath the middle section of each bow)... but it didn't quite work out :) All my pins were bending and the bows weren't really staying where I wanted to. I already had my glue gun sitting there, hot and just begging to be picked up...

So, yeah. I hot glued the bows directly to my wall. Are you worried?? I think they will come off pretty easily when I decide to paint the wall... but I may be waiting on that for a while longer now!

I am really happy with how it all turned out!

Oh, and I made a little printable for the frame too:

Here is the jpg file (4x6), in case any of you want it :)
And one last look:

Check out what everyone else did with their "bows" at Crafting in the Rain. Happy Monday!

Linking to:
Skip To My Lou The DIY Show Off Todays Creative Blog Home Stories A2Z Tip Junkie handmade projects The DIY Dreamer toomuchtime


  1. HI,
    I am happy to be your newest lf follower. I found your cute blog from the linky followers blog hop. If you'd like to follow back, you can reach me at

  2. really creative display that is indeed very happy.

  3. Very cute and I love the colors you chose.

  4. The bows are adorable and the colors are divine! What a fun ensemble. Happy to have made a splash with you over at Steph's place <3

  5. i'm in total love with that aqua frame up there...yum! just signed up as your newest linky follower & would love to have y'all pop over for a visit at our cottage:

  6. Hi,
    I am a new GFC follower. I found you on a grow your blog hop. I would love for you to stop by my site and return the favor and follow me back as well. If you are interested also check out our current giveaways. We have something for everyone right now.
    Thanks a lot!

  7. Thanks again for playing in Make a Splash--your project really just makes me smile :)

  8. Oh my goodness, how flipping cute!!! I love it in the frame! This is so creative- I would have been in a total panic and going "Bows?? What can I do with bows??" Never would have thought of making a kite! My gosh, you are good!
    I need to reply to your sweet email!! Talk to you soon girly!! :)

  9. This is gorgeous!! Would love it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party!! ;)

  10. Super, super cute! I am participating in Make a Splash April! You did a great job!

    I'd love for you to link up and share:

  11. Super cute! Love all the colors you picked.

    Love for you to share this at my Wednesday's "Made by ME" linky party here:

  12. FABULOUS!!!!!! I love EVERYTHING about this!!!

    Please come and share this over at The DIY Dreamer!! PLEASE!

  13. So cheery! I love the bold colors! I found you on Tater Tots and Jello. I'd love to have you link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party at Toys In The Dryer.

  14. Love your kite! You are right, that frame was too fabulous to get rid of!

    We're just starting a link up party and love it if you'd share there (if you are interested):

  15. You are invited to share this with my blog hop:

  16. What an amazing turn out! Just darling!

  17. So sorry the mirror broke, but what a great save! Looks amazing! Thank you for sharing at Uncommonly Yours! Bonnie :)

  18. I think this is absolutely adorable, whimsical, and brilliant! I'm hoping I can create a boy version for my little guys. :)
    This week I had a post with some things that were giving me inspiration for the play area I'm trying to set up for my son, and included this project. :)


We'd love to hear from you! We read every comment and are so thankful for your support. We will reply to any project questions at the email address you've provided. {We are unable to send a response to "no reply" bloggers, so make sure you're not one!} We're so excited to be part of this amazing blogging community!