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A triad of DIY word pictures

They used to be called Positive Affirmations and contained nouns with motivational descriptions under them. Oh, and a pretty scenic photo to complete the package. But now, they’re… morphing. Now they’re called Word Pictures (as far as I can tell) and they’ve broken out of the Positive Affirmations mould. They’ve become, well, generational. For the parents there are those inside jokes I don’t get, for birthdays there are witty quips, and there are even office coupons to pass around on special occasions.

On any given day I see a half-dozen different images float through my social media streams, making me lol… making me grimace… making me squint in confusion. Word Pictures. They’re a thing and now I want to do my own, to decorate my house. Good thing Pinterest is always on hand for my pop culture whimsy.

As spring rounds the corner maybe it’s time to add some new decor to your walls too! Here are three easy ways to make your own Word Pictures.

Upcycle used books

I love this idea because it’s not only unique and creative, but it’s easy.

Are you able to glue paper on to canvas? Then keep reading. Can you paint a tree-like object? Then you can do this project!

Detailed directions are available on the creator’s blog (in Spanish) but it’s actually a straightforward project. Here are my Coles Notes:

  • Take canvases and cover with book pages, gluing securely
  • Once it’s dry paint a four or five part image (like the tree pictured)
  • Voila! Art!

Lasting lyrics

If you’re at all handy with a computer, this may be the project for you! You can follow the step-by-step directions on the creator’s blog or figure it out as you go.You’ll need canvas(es), Mod Podge (glue), and lyrics printed on card stock.

Daring decals

Of all the DIY Word Picture, this is probably the most difficult and finicky. You need a few items you probably aren’t storing in your craft cupboard (well, at least I’m not) like decal paper and a laminator. This blog details a tutorial for decorative canister labels, but I think it can be applied to a wider spectrum.

I’m not certain which method I’ll try first (maybe the first two and then work my way up to the third) but I am sure looking forward to adding my own inspiration to my home!

Working full time as a writer, editor and audio broadcast producer should be enough. But instead of resting after a long work day Robyn sets to creating havoc in her space by attempting more DIY, upcycle and knitting projects than she has room for. Her husband is a patient man.

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