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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

How to Make Giant Flash Card Wall Art


I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July full of family, friends, cookouts and fireworks! 

I am so excited to share this project with you all today!  It's been on my "To Do" list for months and I couldn't be happier to have it finished and turn out better than I imagined. 

My kids art table is used daily and I wanted to create a space that was just for them.  I've always loved the look of these handmade family math signs, but at $121 a piece buying them was out of the question.  The good thing is I knew I could easily make my own wood flash cards for a fraction of the price. 

A DIY tutorial for creating handmade flash card wall art for a fraction of the price! - www.littlehouseoffour.com

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- Precut Birch Plywood 1/8 x 12 x 24 
- 14 feet of 1/2 x 3/4 Pine
- Minwax Espresso Stain
- Sliding Compound Miter Saw (I have this one)
- Permanent Marker
- Black Craft Paint
- Paint Brush, Ruler, Sand Paper

I kept this project simple and opted to use precut birch plywood that I picked up from a local craft store for about $5.00 a piece. 

Pre cut birch plywood for handmade flash card wall art
I painted the front of each board with one coat of white chalk paint making sure not to paint all the way to the edge.
Painting pre cut plywood with chalk paint

Painting birch plywood for DIY handmade flash card wall art
While the paint was drying I measured and cut my trim pieces.  This is my first project using my new saw and I have to say, I love it!  It's the only saw I've owned with a laser and let me tell you it makes a world of difference.  If you don't own a fancy saw you can always use a simple hand saw.
Cutting wood trim with Ryobi mitre saw from giant flash card wall art
After I had my eight trim pieces cut I stained each one using Minwax Espresso stain.  I also stained the sides of both plywood pieces to ensure the trim pieces blended in nicely.
Staining wood trim pieces for flash card wall art
Next it was time to print and lay out my numbers.  After I had my numbers cut and where I wanted them I traced each one with a pen and ruler, making sure to press firmly to make an impression in the wood.  It can be a little hard to see the imprinted numbers in the wood, so I like to outline my numbers in permanent marker before filing them in with paint.
Tracing numbers for DIY giant flash card wall art

Traced numbers for DIY handmade wall art

A DIY tutorial for creating handmade flash card wall art for a fraction of the price! - www.littlehouseoffour.com
 After everything was dry I attached the outer frame pieces using wood glue.
Gluing stained trim pieces for handmade flash cart wall art
I didn't take pictures of the next step, but I did distress the numbers a bit with sand paper, wax and aging dust then added 2 sawtooth hooks for easy hanging.
A DIY tutorial for creating handmade flash card wall art for a fraction of the price! - www.littlehouseoffour.com
I love, love, LOVE how the flash cards turned out and couldn't be happier with the kids art/homework space. 
A DIY tutorial for creating handmade flash card wall art for a fraction of the price! - www.littlehouseoffour.com

A DIY tutorial for creating handmade flash card wall art for a fraction of the price! - www.littlehouseoffour.com

A DIY tutorial for creating handmade flash card wall art for a fraction of the price! - www.littlehouseoffour.com

How to make DIY giant flash card wall art

How to make giant flash card wall art

A DIY tutorial for creating handmade flash card wall art for a fraction of the price! - www.littlehouseoffour.com

knock off giant wood flash card wall art

A DIY tutorial for creating handmade flash card wall art for a fraction of the price! - www.littlehouseoffour.com
The best part about this entire project is that I only had to buy the birch plywood and 1/2 x 3/4 trim making each sign less than $10.00 a piece!
A DIY tutorial for creating handmade flash card wall art for a fraction of the price! - www.littlehouseoffour.com

It's always a good feeling when you can create a project for a fraction of the original price.  I'll even go as far as saying these giant wood flash cards are now my favorite DIY wall art project.


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16 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! They're absolutely perfect! And look so good hanging on your new plank wall! Can't wait to make up a few of these!!!

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    1. Thanks Kristi, I'm so glad you love them! They are so easy to make and would look great in any kid space.

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  2. This is such a cute idea!! You did a great job and made it look pretty easy to make. I may just have to try it myself.

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    1. Thanks Amy! You would probably be surprised how easy they are to make. It's like adult coloring.

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  3. This is really a fresh idea. And this wall art has totally redefined the space.

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  4. They look fabulous, especially on that plank wall, Katie! Would love to make some too! Have a great rest of the week!
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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  5. Love this DIY! Great job and so inexpensive! (Love your ship lap wall!!)
    xx
    Neelam
    http://patternsandprosecco.com/summer-decor-finds/

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  6. These are so adorable, Katie! They look great on the shiplap in that lovely little creative space!

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  7. I love easy projects like this that are so much cheaper than buying it from the store! These are adorable!

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  8. Love these!! The distressing on them is perfect :)

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  9. How cute and I love that you made the frames!! Stain color is great too.Stopping by to let you know you are being featured on Friday’s P3 Party post! Have a great week! Thanks for pinning!
    Best,
    Kim

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  10. These are fantastic! The teacher in me is gushing over them right now. LOL! We’d be honored to have you share this at our weekly link party. http://www.thelifeofjenniferdawn.com/2016/07/diy-painted-projects-for-home-and.html Hope to see you there!

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  11. I'm still swooning over these. I just wanted to visit again to let you know that I'm featuring them at this week's link party. http://www.thelifeofjenniferdawn.com/2016/07/diy-creative-wall-decor-and-little-bird.html

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  12. great idea and ive got five kids trying to keep everything organized is hard i turned our closet by frot door into a mud rom area with a bench hooks for backacks and a corkbaord for all school notices and menu as our fridge gets so covered and hubby hates it this is a great idea i can do in the kids playroom

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  13. great idea and ive got five kids trying to keep everything organized is hard i turned our closet by frot door into a mud rom area with a bench hooks for backacks and a corkbaord for all school notices and menu as our fridge gets so covered and hubby hates it this is a great idea i can do in the kids playroom

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