6/21/11

wall art: light & airy (part 1)

I have been thinking about this one for a while. I have had pinwheels and paper airplanes floating around in my head and I have been working out what to do with them. I think that maybe the best projects for me are the ones that I daydream about and think on for weeks in advance. This is one of those projects.


sigh. 

So breezy and light. Inspired by air and wind and floating. 

For the frames I used Krylon spray paint in Catalina Mist, Classic Grey, and Dover White, with coordinating grey and white fabric for the backgrounds.  


I am going to break this up into two posts so it is not completely picture heavy. Today - the pinwheel art. Tomorrow - the hot air balloon and paper airplane. Sound good? 


I just love these sweet little pinwheels. Made from felt and buttons, I think they give a modern and linear touch but still are sweet and soft with the vintage-y buttons. 


Start by ironing fabric stabilizer to some white scrap fabric. You don't have to do this part, but I didn't want my fabric to shift in the frame. 


Using the glass from the frame, trace a rectangle onto the fabric and cut out. 


Insert the fabric into the frame and now you are ready to embellish. 

I made the pinwheels using felt (from Papertrey Inc - my favorite favorite felt) and buttons that I have been collecting. 


1. Start with a square of felt (For my three pinwheels I used 3", 3.5", and 4" squares) and lightly draw lines from corner to corner.
2. Cut into the felt on one of the lines without cutting all the way to the middle. You should stop cutting about 1/4" from the middle point where the two lines cross.
3. Cut the remaining three lines, taking care not to cut all the way to the middle. 
4. Fold one of the corners down into the middle of the pinwheel and secure with a stitch (or hot glue). 
5. Continue folding corners down and securing. Add a button in the middle. 
6. All done and looking pretty!

Finish making your other two pinwheels. 


Arrange on your frame and sew or hot glue down. 


I love the colors, shapes, and textures. When I see these sweet pieces hanging in out little hallway, I smile.

Stay tuned for light & airy art (part 2) tomorrow.
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31 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, these are SO pretty!! I love it!

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  2. Love this! Just pinned it! I love the whole arrangement! I made pinwheel kid door art if you want to come see. We're your newest followers!

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  3. I absolutely LOVE this! So darling! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  4. Oh I LOVE those!!! All of them! Absolutely beautiful!!

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  5. I love your blog and am passing on an award to you. Visit my blog if you'd like to claim it. :)

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  6. Love this so much! Shared it on my FB page already and will feature it on BCD this Friday!

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  7. This is so cute. Also love your blog :)

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  8. this is so darling and beautiful! I want this in my hallway. I will need to see if I can conquer it. fun blog too!

    kathryn
    www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com
    twitter: kathblogger

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  9. Thanks everyone for your sweet comments! It means so much to me!

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  10. this is so wonderful. i love how simple it is to make, but how it also looks as though it could have been bought for a tidy sum.

    i've been trying to think of ways to decorate my craft nook, and pinwheels now will definitely be making an appearance! xx

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  11. The pinwheel frame is fantastic! Love the soft colors you used.

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  12. I love the pinwheels!! So cute. I'm a sucker for pinwheels.

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  13. this is so pretty! so soft and beautiful :)

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  14. I love these and can't wait to make some of my own!

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  15. This is adorable!

    Katie
    www.katiescreative.blogspot.com

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  16. Stopping by from the Weekend Wrap over at TT&J. I love pinwheels, I just linked up my summer wreath that has pinwheels on it. These are adorbale I love the embellishments!

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  17. Just saw this on Blue Cricket, and wanted to say how beautiful these are. It is light and airy, you captured that for sure! Just stunning.

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  18. Oh my gosh! I saw this on TT&J and I am IN LOVE! This is so wonderful! I love it! LOVE IT! :)

    Following you FOR SURE!! Would love for you to stop by and say "hello" :)

    http://alililly.blogspot.com

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  19. Thank you all so much for your comments!

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  20. The pinwheels are stunning!!! Too precious:)

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  21. So summery - I love it!

    Andrea
    www.addicted2tutes.blogspot.com

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  22. I ADORE the pinwheels! So sweet and whimsy. I wanna make a 100! :)

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  23. These turned out so cute!!
    Thank you so much for linking it up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see more of your creativity tonight! :)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  24. Just love this - will have to try it! Thanks for linking. I've featured it at this week's Craftastic Monday party- stop by & grab a Featured On button:)

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  25. The pinwheels are simply darling. Newest follower from Pure Joy Events.

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  26. these are so gorgeous i had to add them to an inspiration board on pinterest and i'm pretty tempted to put them in my younger sisters bedroom when i redecorate it on the cheap :) they're just so lovely and elegant. you are very talented!

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  27. Pinned.

    I think that I even have some felt and buttons. I may just do this TODAY. Great idea. I'm your newest follower too as I've come across your blog before and remember enjoying it then too.

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  28. oh gosh, what a great DIY! shared on my blog:

    thebloomingthread.com

    thank you!!

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  29. Love your light and airy trio. The pinwheels are just plain fun! What a great piece of art for your home decor. Thanks!

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  30. Lovely colors and the buttons are gorgeous! I shared the tutorial on my CraftBliss FB page and linked back. Thanks! ~Dee

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  31. These are beautiful! Thanks for the tut. I can see doing something like this in my kids' playroom.

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