I talked with a woman a few days ago about painting mural in her son’s room. She basically wanted the exact “waves” border shown in this photo on the Pottery Barn website:
Photo from www.potterybarnkids.com
Then she said the magic words “I just wish I could do it myself but I can’t figure out how.” Even though painting murals is a passion of mine, I love when people want to try it themselves, especially when it is a “doable” project like a simple border (which she had already received a bid of around $600 from someone else). I drew up a quick waves sketch and uploaded it to my favorite photo altering website to rasterize it into a “printable” template.
So here are the steps for making a border:
First I drew the waves using the Pottery Barn Kids photo as a guide. I draw in Powerpoint, which would make most people cringe (I got this weird habit from my days writing bond offering memorandums). You can just draw by hand and scan to your computer just as easily.
Then I placed two of the sketches side by side to make sure it looked okay as a continuous border.
Then I uploaded it to the Homokaasu website and selected what size I wanted it to print out.
Note: Make sure to select “letter size” paper if you are printing at your home computer. It will print it out on 8.5″ x 11″ paper and you can piece it together like a puzzle.
Just in case anyone needs a wave stencil, you are in luck……below are the two I did for the woman that called for the mural. The small one prints out on 7 pages of paper, the larger one on 18 pages of paper.
This “rasterizing” process is the same I used for the butterfly chalkboard template in the fairy forest mural I painted a few months back!
I only had to do half the butterfly and then I flipped it over to trace the other side.
I went ahead and uploaded that one for you too. This one prints out on 20 pages of paper. Again you would piece it together like a puzzle and use packing tape for all the seams. I use a sharpie to draw around the border and then cut my template out. Email me if you have any questions!
The room with the butterfly is gorgeous! Your color choice is really nice. You did a great job!
Just checked out your fairy forest mural – It's beautiful. I don't like to see heavy murals, and this tone on tone is fab, with the occasional colour vingnettes and blackboard … inspiration city here !
Hi, do you know how long the site stays down….I love the idea…thanks for the info!
Lemonade Makin' Mama says
Well, if I've said it once, I've said it a dozen times, you are amazing and I tip my hat to your boundless creativity. You are just about the most inspiring person I know!
(Oh, and I'm making those adorable bean bags for my sis in law who is pregnant!!)
Thanks so much for sharing this mural/idea! I can't believe someone wanted to charge $600 for that!! You're so sweet for sharing it and helping her out!
One Sassy Girl says
Wow, you're amazing! More that crafty for sure. These are beautiful rooms.
Thank you so much for returning my comments…You R too sweet…Thank you again for sharing your talent with us…I am truly grateful to have come across your blog!!!
I think that I am going to try the waves in my bathroom…I will send you a picture if it turns out!