Monday, January 2, 2012

DIY :: Poster Art

This little project came from me not wanting to throw out my old posters but also not wanting to hang them anywhere in our new home. I finally decided to just get rid of them...but then I thought of something cute I could do with them! See, this is why I never want to throw anything out! I can always think of something to do with it eventually. I decided to cute little squares out from my old posters and make them into a new piece of art that reminds me of my teenage years. Here is what I did...

I collected up my posters, a picture frame, a piece of 8.5 x 11" card stock, scissors, a pencil, a ruler, a glue stick and a flat surface to work on.

I cut my card stock so that it fit on my picture frame backing.

Next came the tedious (but kind of fun) job of cutting little squares out of my posters. Measure your piece of card stock to figure out what size of squares will work for you. I ended up cutting squares that were 1" x 1".  I used a ruler to mark where I needed to cut my posters. I decided on a rainbow colour scheme and cut my squares accordingly. You can work with whatever colours you like.

Next I did a rough layout to figure out how I wanted to position my squares.

Then I started transferring my rough layout onto my card stock. I glued it down piece by piece, first by going all the way up one side and then across the rows.

Ya! All done! I found a glue stick worked well but I'm sure anything sticky would do the trick.

Finally I put my new poster art into the frame and displayed it in our living room! I am so happy with the way it turned out.

I think it would also look really cute if you did something like this over top of the pieces. If you have a lot of posters from the same band you could even use a favourite lyric from that band! I would probably make the white more see through to show all my hard cutting work though ;)

♥elycia

41 comments:

  1. such a lovely DIY! thanks for sharing, Elycia!

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  2. That's a very clever idea and the result is really nice!

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  3. I love this idea! For any girl that has an over-abundance of band posters that apparently aren't acceptable anymore- this is perfection. I simply refuse to throw away my Brand New poster from high school. Solution- turn it into artwork!

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  4. hey you creative.patient.colourful you - great work! Reminds me of the paint chip idea (which you may still do with all your paint chips?!)... I love the colour transitions!
    Happy New year sweet face!
    Mel ;o)
    needle and nest

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  5. this is so so cool! you are really talented and creative :)

    xoxo
    morgan<3

    littlealpaca.blogspot.com

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  6. This is gorgeous! Such a great idea :) ♥

    Sarah ^.^

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  7. oh man! what a great idea!!! looks awesome. :-)

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  8. I love how it turned out!!! That is such an incredibly awesome idea!!! I'll have to try this :)

    xo.

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  9. That's such a good idea... I'm not to that point yet with my posters but that might be fun for old art calendars! I'm definitely pinning this. ;)

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  10. What a cool idea! I am currently debating what to do with all our old poster. My boyfriend wants to hang them, but I think it looks too "college"...I don't think he would be pleased if I cut them up though!! But I suppose it doesn't hurt to ask...

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  11. I love this! It came out so well!
    Good job!

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  12. I love the way this turned out! Definitely have a huge tube of old posters that could be candidates for this project. I bet black & white with a touch of color would look cool too.

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  13. This is a fantastic idea! I like trying to figure out what all the squares once belonged to. Is that a poster for Neon Ballroom I see?

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  14. this reminds me of the paint swatch poster elsie has on her blog right now! i love this one because i have a TON of old posters in storage that i will never hang up but i'm too sappy emotional to just throw away (<-- hoarder?). now i don't have to go buy swatches i can just make a mess with the stuff i already have! and this one has texture! those lemons (?) are just too fun! such a great idea, elycia!

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  15. Might I ask, what posters did you use?

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  16. Eek! Neon Ballroom! Silverchair was one of my very favorites when I was a kid!

    I think this is a great idea. I always hang onto posters... but if I put them all up we would definitely have poster wallpaper.

    Time to get cutting, I guess!

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  17. This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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    xx

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  18. AHHHH Silverchair!!!!! <3! This is a really neat idea, I think I have a few old posters hanging around in my closet!

    Bre
    By The Throat

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  19. That is such a cool idea! It looks really cool.

    http://agirlnamedemma.blogspot.com


    xo Emma

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  20. This is a great idea! I had no idea you could do something like this,it's so neat. Unfortunately,I don't have my teenage posters anymore - I let them go in the trash a few months back.

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  21. I'm seriously in awe of your ingenuity! This is such an amazing idea. When I have enough posters that I no longer want, I'm definitely going to do this!

    http://ewe-knitphomaniac.blogspot.com/

    Megan

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  22. Holy man that's INCREDIBLE! I think I'll have to try something like this!

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  23. I may just do something like this with all my old (terribly geeky) comic book & sci-fi related posters from my pre-teen/teen years! GREAT idea! Love how yours turned out. :)

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  24. DJ Kittie, I used a bunch of Silverchair ones (I still love them but like I said I'm just not into hanging posters), a Napoleon Dynamite one. I think that's it actually! I had already gotten rid of a bunch of my other posters from bands i didn't like a few years ago.

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  25. wow this is so simple and looks so beautiful!! I'll try it sometime. just need to buy a frame first, haha. thanks for sharing :)

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  26. Great project - it looks awesome : )

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  27. i love this! it makes me wish i had some old posters that i could cut up ;)

    -erin

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  28. What a fun idea! I should seriously consider doing this with my posters!

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  29. such an awesome idea! the finished piece is so neat!

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  30. This is so cool! We have tons of old postcards and posters from clubnights while we were at uni that are just wasted, definitely going to put these to good use and do this DIY!

    R&L xx

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  31. Taking on some of your advice about commenting on peoples blogs/posts that you enjoy. I love your blog, it makes me excited that I shall get mine up and going. This DIY is just lovely, thank you for being so sweet and sharing xo

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  32. wow, this is awesome! well done miss

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  33. I did something like this in college for an installation art class! so fun. but mine was super duper large scale. About 6 feet high and 15 feet wide... it took foreeeeeever and was outdoors on one of the art departments courtyard walls.
    i love how you did it on a perfect little scale to add to a room! very pretty :) ps, I love your blog more and more everyday.

    xo Moorea

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  34. that is sooo creative!!! love it! alice,

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  35. This is so awesome & creative! I'm really itching to make one too! Maybe, experiment with the colors a little too. Sounds so fun :)

    horsesofares.blogspot.com

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