I made this animal alphabet card art for my oldest son’s nursery and loved it so much that it is one of the few elements we have also used in my youngest son’s nursery. I thought today I would share the tutorial for how I made the art in the first place. Here it is in the first nursery hung above the crib:
I adore these animal alphabet flash cards by Jenn Ski. They are so cute and have wonderful colors. I found them about 4 years ago at Michaels, when she had a whole collection of scrapbook stuff there. The Jenn Ski Animal Alphabet Cards are still available now on Amazon for less than $10.
To create the art I mounted the cards on a 24 x 48″ canvas. I wanted to use decorative brads to hold the cards on, but I needed the art to be super durable for a kids room. It has since lived in both my kids rooms and still looks like the day I made it. Here is how you can make flashcard art too:
- 5 x 7″ flashcards
(I used an alphabet set of 26 cards)
- 24×48″ Canvas
- Yes! Paste (or other glue)
- Decorative Brads
- 1/8″ whole punch
- Large Metal Yarn Needle
Step by Step:
1. On the back of each card, measure and mark the placement for the decorative brads. I measured in 1/2″ from each edge of the flashcard and drew a line.
2. In the four corners where the lines intersect, punch hole with a 1/8″ hole punch.
3. Determine the layout of your cards. Since I used 26 cards, there was no way each row would have the same number of cards. I decided they looked best with 9 cards in the top row, 8 cards in the middle row, and 9 cards on the bottom row.
4. Layout the cards face up in the exact placement you want them on the canvas. I just kind of eyeballed the overall layout and spacing of the cards.
5. Remove one card at a time, apply Yes! Paste to the back and then mount it in place on the canvas. Repeat until all the cards are glued on the canvas.
6. In all four corners of the card, you should have a hole punched. Use the yarn needle to poke through the hole and puncture the canvas beneath. Be careful not to bend the canvas.
7. Insert a decorative brad into each hole. Open and flatten out the tabs of the brad on the backside of the canvas. This goes much faster with two people…one inserting brads and the other opening them on the back.
8. Hang and enjoy! For secure hanging in the nursery, I like this french cleat style hanger. I used the french cleat to hang the alphabet card art above the changing table in our current nursery:
P.S. Don’t feel crafty? Z Gallerie now carries the Jenn Ski alphabet as a framed art print, but it will set you back $99.95. My husband spotted it when we were at the Chicago store, but he sweetly said he likes our version better :)
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