A friend of my husbands offered a free plastic car bed on Facebook around Christmas. Justin took him up on the offer and picked it up. Our little guy was so excited to get out of his crib and be in a big boy bed, especially since it was a car (check out his Cowboy Nursery HERE)! For me, it became a challenge. How in the world was I going to make a giant blue plastic car bed look good in Rockie’s room. Well, I’m still working on it, I’ll let you know when that is all worked out.
To start, I knew I needed some art work. I shopped on line and found little that was right. I love the vintage signs but the ones I’m interested are way too expensive. The small metal reproductions available at Hobby Lobby and such are cute, but too tiny. I decided to make my own.
- any heavy fabric
- printed image
- carbon transfer paper
- paint pen
- 4 silver thumb tacks
- 4 washers
Print out your design and tape it together. Tape the top of the paper to the fabric to keep it in place. Place carbon transfer paper under design. With a pen or pencil trace the design, moving the transfer paper as you go. Fill in the design with paint. If you have fine lines, you can use a paint pen. That is how I got the black lines around the lettering and in the wings to be precise. to hang it, place the thumb tack through the washer in all four corners for an industrial workbench look.
I had planned on making a dinosaur room for Rockie, so in homage to that little dream, I made a Sinclair sign.
So, the takeaway is if you need art and can’t find what you are looking for, make it yourself. This project was super easy, quick, and because I had most of the supplies, mine only cost $2.00 each.
Here are images for a few more I’m going to make.