{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 (4×6), 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!

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  1. says

    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!! :)

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