Tuesday, August 31, 2010

DIY: Faux Bois Art

Can we be real honest here for a quick second? I still am not even 100% sure what the translation of faux bois is. I know it looks like a fancy couple of words, but still I'm a little stumped. Don't even get me started on its pronunciation. ; )

Anyhoo, I know that I like faux bois and fell in love with an awesome little print off of Etsy a couple months ago.

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It's customizable and just so dang sweet. I never bit the bullet and bought it, and I am happy I didn't, because it leads me to my latest DIY project.

As I was browsing the Container Store's website about a month ago for organizational stuff, I ran across this faux bois wrapping paper. And like that, a light bulb went off and I knew I had to have it.

I have long wanted to add a sort of monogram style art to this empty frame in our bedroom and have never, until the other day, made it happen.

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I was originally inspired by YHL's bedroom monograms and then more recently the Etsy piece you see above.

I wanted to use the Etsy art as inspiration and I searched through fonts until I found one I liked. Then I used WordArt to type the initials and heart so I could "mirror image" the letters.

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I did this so when I cut them out I could be a little messy and not worry about having to see the outline of the letters.

I then measured the frame and took an inch off of all 4 sides to leave a border, or so it would look like the"art" was matted. Then I cut the wrapping paper to size and glue-sticked the letters on to the paper.

Here's the finished product hanging in our bedroom:

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Hope you enjoyed my DIY adventures! Have a great day, friends!

xoxo

36 comments:

Erika at BluLabel Bungalow said...

I love this!! Faux bois translates into false wood. *High five for me using my high school French* Way to go you crafty little lady you! I would totally attempt this myself.
Thanks for the tut!

Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

Joi, faux bois, means fake wood, and I have the very same wrapping paper from the container store. I purchased it a while back when one of the stores here was having a relocation sale. {80% off}. I was wondering what I would do with it. Thanks for the idea. Look for a copy cat post in the future. :)

Anonymous said...

I like yours better!
melissa

Tiffanie said...

i like it. when are you opening your own store? :)

Pam said...

Oh! I love it! I am totally going to copy you! eeeeppp! :)

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

This is perfection!

Nichole @ Parlour said...

Very cool. Love the black and white!

Shannon said...

Seriously awesome. My love for fake wood will never fade.

Mom of 2 Cuties @ Sprinkles of Joy and Laughter said...

Cute, cute!!

mommara said...

I love this. I must get to the container store.

Bri @Meyouandawienerdog said...

I like yours better!

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

love this--such a chic and custom idea!

Mandy said...

LOVE! That wrapping paper is gorgeous - such a sweet and simple project!

Lauren said...

Love this!! I have also been lusting over that print!! Thanks for the DIY idea!! :)

Decor I Adore said...

sooooo cute!!!!!

Heather J said...

That looks great! Love it. I need to go see if my container store has any of that paper.

Aja said...

I'm so glad you blogged about this, because in my mind, I'm always pronouncing it correctly.. except, probably not! :)
Such a cute DIY! It looks great in your room!

Sharstin said...

totally fabulous! what can't you do chick?

Mrs. Chic said...

This so cute - love it!! Would love one in our bedroom too

Leslie G said...

I also like yours better! =) Great job!

Debra said...

Perfect touch for your corner!

Hirondelle Rustique said...

Aww thanks for the mention! I was so surprised when I saw this in my reader! I love your version of this, it goes perfectly with your room!

Freckles Chick said...

I lurve faux bois (foe bwah)!!! You are so creative, girl!

As PP noted, faux bois means literally "fake wood". Heh, "wood".

Oh yeah, I just went there. =]

Mrs. Limestone said...

Super cute!!

Suzie said...

So cute and creative! :)

Lindsay @ Aisle to Aloha said...

I love all the creative art you're coming up with lately! It looks great in your bedroom, Joi!

emily said...

Such a creative idea and it looks wonderful in your bedroom!

Jesse said...

I love it! You did such a great job!

Joi said...

Muchas Gracias!!!! : )

Arthur Art-Faux Designs said...

Joi
What an awesome idea, I have been a decorative artist most my life and think what you have done here is truly creative, wood graining is tough sometimes but another creative approach is always a breath of fresh air. Thanks to Google Alerts I was informed of this site.....

Courtney @ Project Pretty said...

Super cute- fantastic idea!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I definitely like yours better! You are just so clever.

Anonymous said...

What if you did it in another color? Like a bright teal or even hot pink or neon/bright yellow?

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

Love this....that wrapping paper is so fab! It looks great in the space!

Pam said...

OK, I got my wrapping paper yesterday and will be completing this over the weekend... I will totally link over to you for the inspiration. Be on the look out! :)

Katie said...

AWESOME job!

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