Monday, August 9, 2010

It's a Trip!

Like many others, I love Pottery Barn. But, what gets me every time isn't the big stuff--a lot of companies carry similar items. It's the details that I love. I found some beautiful PB Kids artwork I love--it was the price I didn't love. The one I made, on the other hand, was very affordable! And, mine was customized to look like my children using colors and designs they got to pick. You've got to love that!

This is one decoration with two sides and lots of options.               

It's called a triptych and it reminds me of a game I played as a little girl. It looked so easy to make and I was mostly right. It took longer to make than I thought, but it wasn't difficult. I used plywood for the panels because my husband has a whole garage full of tools that he lives to use to make things for me. *hahahah* If you don't have access to that, this could easily be made from heavyweight posterboard or foam core board to give it some thickness. Be sure to pick something lightweight, though, since all three panels will hang from ribbons.

To make your own, you will need:

3 panels each 7x9 inches (1/4 inch plywood or other material)
sand paper
several sizes of paint brushes
pretty paper and cardstock
small hole punch (mine was 3/16)
PATTERN for girl (and now boy) dolls (customize the way you want it)
UPDATE: You need a Google account to access the patterns or go HERE to get them individually.
Mod Podge
skinny ribbon or cording

{1} Prepare your wood or other material. Be sure to sand your edges and both sides until they feel smooth. Dril 3/8 inch holes at the center top and center bottom of two panels and the center top of one panel.

{2} Holding your pattern up to a window or light source, trace the outline on the back side of the pattern using a pencil. Flip it over, place it on your wood, and trace your pattern again. Push pretty hard this time. Be careful to stay on the lines and your pencil markings from the back side of your pattern will transfer to the wood. Lightly fill in any lines that don't transfer.

Be sure that the pattern is traced all of the way to the top, bottom, or both top and bottom edges depending on which panel you are working on.

{3} Flip your panels over and do the same thing again with your second doll. Make a small mark somewhere on each panel so you keep the same panels in a set.

NOTE: When I made the pattern, I tried to make sure things lined up from one panel down to the next, but I didn't take into account what would happen when the panel is flipped (left to right) to mix up the dolls. In the end, the panels aren't close enough together for it to stand out, but there is a slight variation.

{4} Paint the backgrounds. I found it easiest to work on both sides simultanesouly so I had all of the painting done at one time. Just plan to work on it a little at a time so each side can dry as you go and you can flip them over to do the other side.

{5} Paint the parts you want painted. I made all of the clothes out of paper, but painted everything else. You can do this whatever way suits you best. I wanted my "girls" to look like rag dolls so that is the way I tried to paint them and kept everything very simple.

{6} Cut up your pattern pieces to make a template for your clothes. Be sure to flip the pattern face down if you trace it on the back of your paper. Again, the pieces aren't symmetrical from left to right so it will make a difference.

{7} Use Mod Podge to glue your paper pieces onto your panels. You should still have lines peeking through some of your paint to guide your way. Be sure to mark and punch the holes through your paper. (The holes aren't punched in this picture. Be warned--it looks like a belly button on each panel!)

{8} Add any details. I kept this very simple, but this is a good time to use a fine tipped Sharpie to add in lines, distressing ink or other details you might want.

{9} Mod Podge over both sides of the entire panel.

{10} Cut your ribbon into small pieces and thread through the holes. Tie each panel together with about a one inch gap and add a longer ribbon for the hanger.

And, you are done!
Now, you know I am all about girls over here, but I don't want to leave anyone out! This would also be great with a darling little boy on it.

Check back tomorrow (not early, though!) for a pattern download
with a boy or two!

I'm linking HERE this week.
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Two Shades of Pink,  said... August 9, 2010 at 5:38 PM  

I absolutely love this! So awesome and it totally looks like it was from PB. You consistently astound me with your mad creative skills!

Unknown,  said... August 11, 2010 at 1:29 PM  

Followed your link over from Life in the Pitts. What a cute idea! And great directions, super easy to follow. My little boy is only one, he'd just destroy them, but I'm gonna stash it away in my "someday" file. Thanks!

Becca,  said... August 11, 2010 at 4:59 PM  

Tammy this is incredible! I will be featuring this tutorial with a link back to your blog on Sept. 2! I love your stuff!


Anonymous,  said... August 12, 2010 at 4:08 PM  

This is great! I'm linking to you on my weekly linking party this week, but would love it if you'd drop by on Sunday for next week's party! all the best, and hope to see you soon.

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts,  said... August 14, 2010 at 9:57 PM  

This is sooooo cool, and I can see why it would take longer than expected. I can't begin to count how many times that has happened to me . . . quick project turns into a two week project. ;)

Ashlee Marie,  said... August 24, 2010 at 3:17 PM  

What a fun idea! I like it, I think I might make one for each child! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Chandra,  said... September 2, 2010 at 11:36 AM  

I love the details in PB as well. Its a great company, I love getting their magazines just for the inspiration. This was a great idea...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your header. PRECIOUS.

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Jennwith4,  said... September 4, 2010 at 4:55 PM  

I love this! What a great idea! I'll have to add this to my make for my kids list.

Nancy,  said... September 5, 2010 at 9:53 AM  

I just saw this in the PBK catalog and thought how adorable it was. Thanks for the tutorial. I am so bookmarking this and making these for my niece/nephew for Christmas. Thanks... I LOOOOVE your blog! :)

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