Let’s Jump with the Creative Squad – Jennifer Gallagher


Today we have a post from Jennifer Gallagher from my Creative Squad! She is sharing with us a super cool wall hanging project that I love because it upcycles some materials you probably have around the home, and she transforms them into something gorgeous! Jennifer is using my Flower Maze, Toledo, and Batik stencils, and this month’s theme: Let’s Jump! – The Creative Squad is joining the fun of Creative JumpStart 2019 this month. They’re creating objects for the home, inspired by the CJS19 theme My Home is My Castle.

It’s a new year and that means another chance to join in and play along with Nat’s Creative JumpStart. The theme this year is all about home. We were challenged to create a home decor piece and that got me thinking that you don’t need a lot of money to decorate your home. All you need for unique decor is imagination and a little inspiration.

I began by cutting circles out of the cardboard: one large, one medium, two small, and one extra-small. I then applied a thin coat of acrylic paint onto each circle.

Next, I applied layers of stenciled designs in contrasting colors using Nat’s Flower Maze, Toledo, and Batik stencils. The final layer was painted in black for heavy contrast. I edged around each circle in black as well.

I placed a piece of mounting tape in the center of one of the small circles and attached it to the center of the medium circle. Then I attached the medium circle to the large circle with mounting tape as well.

Next, I punched a hole in the top and bottom of the large circle (this is to attach a hook to the top and hang the small pieces from the bottom). You can use a hole punch or a safety pin for this step. Using wire snips, I cut small pieces of wire, about two inches long each. Using a safety pin I made several small holes around the edges of the large circle to attach my wire.

Finally, I attached a piece of wire for a hook and to hang the final small circle and extra small circle from the bottom. You could use string if you prefer.

This piece really speaks to my funky, tribal aesthetic. If this style doesn’t suit your tastes, use it as inspiration only. You could definitely change up the stencil choices to make one perfect for your home. Be sure to check out Creative JumpStart and get loads more inspiration.

Thank you Jennifer – we are always big fans of using materials in new ways – even stuff that you might first think of as trash :) You can find all my Stencils in my Online Shop. In addition to cereal boxes or other thin cardboard here are some of the supplies that Jennifer used:

Feel inspired? Working on something yourself that you’d like to share?  I love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next  “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

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