Chronicles of a Big Girl Room: Scrapbook Paper Dress Art

Our almost 3 year old is ready for a big girl room.  A princess big girl room.  I forget that she's growing up and has her own opinions.  I wanted her big girl room to have a dress theme because she loves dresses and it seems a little more unique.  But thanks to Disney (which I'm certain had absolutely nothing to do with us taking her on multiple Disney vacations and watching every princess movie with her...) she wants a princess room.  I'm compromising by creating a "princess dress boutique" theme. 

I love creating my own art whether it's a painting on a canvas or photography or something multimedia.  Once while looking through the Pottery Barn Kids catalog, I spotted these patterned elephants:

Aha!  Scrapbook paper dress art!  Here's what I did:

1. Bought 2 canvases size 22x28 (on sale!) at JoAnn's, and some scrapbook paper
2. Painted the background a mixture of white and cream with tiny pink polka dots (I didn't want a busy background and her walls are very pink!)
3. Sketched dresses on notebook paper and then created stencils for the bodices out of cardstock
4. Cut pieces from scrapbook paper
5. Made little hangers from florist wire I happened to have, and painted them pink
6. Glued everything onto canvas with a combination of Elmers and hot glue- This process was tricky because the Elmer's glue didn't work very well on the canvas.  I don't mind the paper not being completely glued down because it looks a little more fluid, like fabric, but I want everything to stay put!

I love how they turned out and I can't wait to get to work on more projects for her room! 

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