Saturday, January 16, 2010

Anthro-inspired Flatware Wall Art

I recently posted about my laundry list of house projects for 2010. Noting that I'm finishing my Master's, looking for jobs, pregnant and due in April, have a husband, 2-year-old daughter, dog, house and teach dance on the side {I'm really not life is AMAZING}, the outlook on completing all these projects is not great. I told myself just to do things as I had time. Today was just such a day! I had some time and a lot of inspiration, a perfect combination for fluffing up our nest!

I posted about some great finds from Hobby Lobby {here}, including this beautiful silver matte frame I scored for $15.

This poor wall in our kitchen has been screaming for help ever since August, when I stumbled onto some amazing blogs and got the itch to make our house a home. Just for giggles, I put the Hob Lob frame up there, as it seemed so cold and bare after taking down my wrapped canvas "present" {here}.

This was number 24 on my {not in sequential or any other type of order} to do list for the great house-home transformation of 2010. Not something I really thought about doing anytime soon, for sure. But somehow today the inspiration struck and I got it done...and QUICK! It was such an easy project - probably less than two hours, which included a quick trip to WalMart to get some supplies, a cranky toddler, and an emergency visit from the plumber!

The Project: Anthropologie-inspired Flatware Wall Art
This great set of antique flatware wallpapers from Anthropologie has been catching my eye a lot these days, and something I thought I could remake for our kitchen {yeah...the $620 pricetag is just slightly out of my budget!}. I got some natural-looking material from WalMart, photoshopped some pics of antique cutlery I found online, printed onto iron transfer paper and ironed onto my material. Easy peasy!

Here's what I did:

Cut a piece of foam board to fit into the 14"x18" opening.

This is the material from WalMart I used. I'm not sure what it's's pretty soft, but has lots of natural-looking fibers and "flaws." I liked the $2.47/yd. price!

Photoshop images:

I thought the flatware images needed a little something more, so I added this phrase at the bottom:
Here are the images printed out onto the transfer paper:

"Action shot" of the ironing process:

And the {almost} final product. I didn't have time this evening to finish adhering the material to the foam board, but couldn't wait to share. I think it turned out pretty well for a quickie project!

Sorry the pics aren't the greatest. My excitement is overtaking my photography skills! If you'd like the Photoshop images for your own personal use, just click on the cutlery and "cuisine d'art" images and right click to save to your computer. They're a pretty large size, so you can really have some fun! Hope you enjoy!

P.S. - I'm linking to the following


  1. How cool is that? I love it and way nicer than the one anthro has.

  2. very cute, might have to copy this idea!

  3. This is terrific.. Thank you for such specific details as to how to accomplish it..
    I just found your blog, via Make It For Monday and I'll be back to see what scathingly brilliant idea you come up with next~!
    Brightest Blessings

  4. Cool... my mind is spinning with all the possibilities from your project.

  5. You did a great job replicating this idea...and you certainly saved a lot of money!

  6. Oh Molly! I LOVE this and it is just what I need for a wall in my dining room!! It looks fabulous!

    Thank you for sharing this and the link!

    I am a follower!

    Lou Cinda

  7. Wow!!! Thanks everyone! I really appreciate your comments and can't wait to visit your blogs to see what fun things you're doing with your homes!


  8. That turned out really great - love the cutlery graphic.

  9. I Love the way this turned out!!!! Very vintage and anthropologie-ish! What a great idea!

  10. Soooo pretty!!! I think that fabric is osnaburg. I got something very similar from Hobby Lobby and have used it in my latest sewing project. I like that it has a linen-ish look but without the pricetag, and it doesn't stretch or pull near what 100% linen does! I'm definitely going back to the store to get some more.

  11. Love this idea, might have to steal it :) Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your nice comments! Have a great day!

  12. How fun! Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out my mantel with the freaky-eyed birds :). I laughed out loud when I read that because I too have debated making my birds go blind. They are a bit creepy, but I love them still!

  13. GASP! I love this and the possibilities are endless. Thank you for leaving words of encouragement with me today :)

  14. What a great project! I love how this turned out - you did a fabulous job!

  15. Oooh, you’re such an inspiration. I love this blog!
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