My boys are crazy about the Maurice Sendak book, Where the Wild Things Are, so when it came time to update their room with some wall art, my mind instantly went to this beloved classic. The process for making this reverse image Wild Things DIY nursery wall art is super easy but does require a bit of time and patience to cut out all the pieces. Just go slow and give your hand plenty of rests in between cuts!
Wild Things DIY Nursery Wall Art Supplies:
- 16 x 20 Darice Stretched Canvas Panel
- Craft Knife
- 12 x 12 Core’dinations Paper
- Darice Washi Tape
- “Stay Wild” Free Printable Pattern
Step One. Print the “Stay Wild” Free Printable Pattern. Because of the size, the file will print out on three separate pages. Cut out the Wild Things silhouette and words with a pair of sharp scissors. Step Two. Use the newly cut-out pieces to trace the image to the back of the canvas panel (don’t forget to reverse everything!) I highly suggest making a few guide lines with a ruler to help with placement.
Step Three. Once you have your pencil lines, you’re ready to start cutting! As long as your craft knife is fairly sharp, cutting out the images shouldn’t take much effort. The Wild Things silhouette was by far the most tedious so make sure to take plenty of breaks. Continue cutting until all the pieces are removed.
Step Four. You can hang your DIY nursery artwork just like this (with your wall color showing through) or customize it further with a little color. I went with cardstock temporarily stuck to the back with some washi tape. You, of course, can use a more permanent adhesive but I like that I’ll be able to change out the colors to match any room. One day I might even add some fabric to the back!
Hope you enjoyed this Wild Thing DIY nursery wall art project! You can use this technique to make an endless amount of different artworks. Just make sure that when you’re creating the original stencil you connect all the floating pieces (like “A” and “D” in my “Stay Wild” print.) Have fun!