Safari Wall Art
Turn a child’s bedroom or playroom into an exciting and colorful safari land with this wild safari wall art.
Designed by Dondi Richardson
- Styrofoam™ Brand Foam Sheets, 1-inch x 12-inch x 36-inch (the number of sheets needed will depend on what size patterns are enlarged to)
- StyroCutter® Plus
- Fabrics (one pattern/style for each animal)
- Ribbon, 1-inch wide (to coordinate with fabrics)
- Spray Paints: Dark Brown, Light Brown, Dark Green, Light Green, Clear
- Straight Pins
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Print off patterns and enlarge to desired size. The number of sheets of Styrofoam™ needed depends on what size patterns are enlarged to. The sheets can be glued together side by side to create the size needed to fit patterns. Pin patterns onto sheets.
Follow instructions on StyroCutter® Plus packaging to cut patterns from sheets of Styrofoam™.
Decide which direction each animal will face on the wall. Pin pattern to backside of fabric. Cut pattern from fabric ½-inch larger than pattern; this will leave plenty of fabric to fold over edge of cutout.
Lay fabric centered on foam cutout. Glue fabric to outside edge of cutout. Working on opposite sides, top then bottom, one side then the other, to keep fabric centered over cutout. Pull fabric tight over edges to reduce wrinkles. To help fabric lay flat when working around sharp curves or corners; cut small slits in the overhanging fabric and overlap fabric as you go.
Use a piece of string to outline the cutouts; then measure the string to find out how much ribbon will be needed to cover the edge of the cutouts. Glue one end of ribbon to an inconspicuous area of the cutout. Glue ribbon to completely cover edge of cutout.
To create trees, cut out patterns from sheets of Styrofoam™ as instructed above. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint trunk of trees with dark brown; be sure to hold can 12-inches to 14-inches away from tree cutout. Do not try to achieve a solid coat on the first coat; it may take three coats to get the dark brown color desired. Let dry between coats. (Note: holding can too close to cutout and trying to apply too heavy a coat will melt the Styrofoam™.) Once dark brown is dry, lightly apply light brown spray paint in just a few areas to give some dimension; tops of branches, sides of the trunk. For tree tops or leaves, first paint with dark green, let dry and add dimension with light green, spraying in random spots. Once trees have dried completely, spray them with a clear coat to help protect against nicks and scratches in the paint. The trees could also be covered with fabrics of choice.
Use photo as a guide and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used.