Turtle Painting DIY

A couple months ago I bought some canvas boards with the thought that I would do something with them for the house. One day Ray really wanted to paint so I thought that was the perfect time to put at least one of those canvases to good use.

First we started out painting the entire canvas blue. I had some acrylic paint left over from different projects that I have done. We used three different shades of blue, a blue-green color, and white so that it looked like water. I put all the colors out on a plate and let Ray have some fun. All I told him was that he had to cover the whole thing with paint. This was the perfect little painting project for him and he had a lot of fun learning how to do it and knowing that this painting would be in his room eventually.

Then I went online and found a silhouette picture of a turtle. I print off a couple different ones and let Ray pick out the one that he liked the best. He picked the most difficult one, can you believe that! It was the one that looked really cool though. After we picked out the one that we wanted to put on the board I had to figure out a way to transfer the image onto the canvas. I first traced the image with tracing paper and a pencil. Then I had to trace the back of it so that I had pencil lead on the backside. This way my picture would not be reversed on the canvas. If I would have thought about it I should have print out the reverse and then I would have only had to trace it once. Or you can always buy transfer paper at craft stores that makes it really easy to transfer pictures onto things, however, I didn’t have any at the time so I just used what I had. I would recommend using a transfer paper in a white or a dark black because my pencil lead was somewhat difficult to see on the blue background.

After that I painted the image of the turtle onto the canvas with a black acrylic paint. Over all I am pretty happy with how the image turned out and Ray is really excited that he got to help make a picture for his room. I am hoping to make some other pieces similar to this one for our house but that might be a winter project for me.



Train Track Bookshelf

My husband and I got an idea to make a new bookshelf for our son. I kept finding that he has a hard time trying to put books back on a bookshelf and he thinks it is way too much fun pulling them off the shelf and watching them fall. So no matter what I seem to do there is always a pile of books on the floor.

Now, since my husband works for the railroad and my son is completely into the “choo, choos” we find it only fitting to make a bookshelf that looks like a train track. Plus it is bitter sweet for me since his room when he was a baby was a train and elephant theme. Now that he is almost 2 we seem to be transitioning him to more of a “big boy” room but still get to keep some of the original theme.

with books
With all the books in it
From the Front

We used all pine boards because when stained those look the most like railroad tracks. Make sure to get some that are a little bit more expensive so the grain will show through once they are stained.

For the boxes:
Two 1 x 6 x 8 foot pine boards
Two 1 x 4 x 8 foot pine boards
One 2 x 4 x 4 foot pine board

For the rails:
One 8 foot handrail that is curved on the side



Stain and Varnish:
1 coat of stain (Or until desired color) and 3 coats of varnish. Do all coats of stain first and then all coats of varnish second. We used the Minwax brand for both.

Paint (for the rails):
2 coats of any type of gray paint. We used some extra that we had from one of our rooms.


Our final boxes measure 28in x 3.5in (opening) x 4.5in. You can always adjust these measurements depending on your space. We spaced each box 8 inches apart which seems to be enough to fit some of the larger books and gives our little guy enough room to get books in and out.

Over all the project turned out great!!! It only took us about 3 days to finish it up and cost just under $100. Now hopefully little man will have fun keeping his books picked up. I have even put a big blanket on the floor and some pillows to make a little reading corner just for him.