Monday, December 5, 2011

Airplane Shelf with Elmers Craft Products {Tutorial and Giveaway!} #LooksforLess

***Giveaway Closed!!!***

I was so excited when I got contacted by Elmer's  to join in their Looks For Less contest. I wanted to create something cool for my son's room and this was the motivation I needed. Check out Elmer's Looks for Less Guide for some awesome ideas!  
So, me and hubby brain-stormed what we could make that would be AWESOME. Our son's room is travel themed, so we came up with this fabulous Air-Plane Shelf:
Here is our inspiration:
Pottery Barn Kids Airplane shelf (out of stock but sold for $90)
Great Little Trading Co. Bi-Plane Wall Shelf (56 pounds, the company is located in the UK)
2 White 20x30 Foam Boards
Black 20x30 Foam Board
CraftBond Extra-Strength Glue Stick
  X-ACTO Designer Series Gripster Knife
Elmer's Paint Pens
Wooden Dowels (not pictured)
Hot Glue Gun with Glue (not pictured)
Spray Paint and Primer (not pictured)
1. Glue two white foam boards together
2. Use a ruler to mark off how wide you want your shelves to be (mine are 6 inches X 30 inches) and use the ruler as a guide to cut the foam board with the X-Acto Knife.
3. Cut all the way through both layers of foam board.
4. Repeat for the second shelf.
5. Cut out the other shapes needed out of the single black foam board.  I cut out a big circle for the front, a propeller shape, 2 little circles for the wheels and 2 triangles for the wheel bases
6. I used my Circle cutter (from creative memories) to make the Circle template and then used my X-Acto Knife to cut through the foam.
7. To make the wheels I hot glued a small circle to a triangle.
8. To round off the corners of the wings I use a circle as a template.
9. We (my hubby helped!) cut out the fuselage out of the leftover double-width white foam board.  We cut out two fuselage shapes.  Once all the shapes were cut out we sanded the edges to make everything smooth. 
10. We cut our 4 dowels.  Hubby measured where we wanted everything to be placed.  We also used a small chisel to make tabs for the dowels and fuselage to fit into.
11. We glued everything together with hot glue.  Then we primed it with spray primer. 
12. To cover the edges I decided to use paper mache`... I would recommend doing this before you prime.   To make the glue for the paper mache` use a 1/2 water and 1/2 elmer's glue solution.
13. We found a picture of the Sop-with Snipe for inspiration for the paint job.  We spray painted the whole shelf with Camouflage green and added details with the Elmer's Paint Pens.  We also added our Son's first initial with vinyl to the side of the plane.
14.  For the propeller I added a couple of buttons for a cute detail {of course, using hot glue}.
We hung it up in my son's room and found some cute things to put on it.

The foam board holds up well.  I am not going to put my fine china on it, but it holds the small toys and books great!
I love the 3-d effect it has coming out of the wall! 
I only had to buy the spray paint (everything else was on hand!) so, it cost me $9 total... 1/10 the cost of the Pottery Barn one and this one is personalized! 

Wanna win some Elmer's crating supplies to make your own Look for Less?! 
Here is what you can win:
Black 20x30 Foam Board·         White 20x30 Foam Board
·         CraftBond All-Purpose Glue Stick
·         CraftBond Repositionable Glue Stick
·         CraftBond Extra-Strength Glue Stick
·         X-ACTO Designer Series Gripster Knife
·         Painters Assorted Colors Set

2 winners will be selected!  

Just leave a comment below to enter.
{Winners MUST be F&J followers!} 
Giveaway open until Dec. 12th at Midnight.

***I was supplied with materials from Elmer's to make this project... however my opinion is always 100% honest***

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memakingdo said...

Your shelf turned out adorable!

Erika said...

The shelf is very cute and is a great addition to a little boy's room.

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Brooke Kenny said...

That turned out SO cute! I would love to win!

Anonymous said...

That is seriously great!

Jen @ Craftincowgirl said...

Cute Cute Airplane! My kids could come up with some amazing ideas with the Elmer's pack :o)

laxsupermom said...

Adorable! My older son had an airplane shelf in his room when he was younger and had a Things That Go theme. You did a great job with yours! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

What a great shelving idea, we are nuts abouts planes in this family!

Unknown said...

Awesome job! My boys' have an airplane-themed room, too. I have been trying to find something for one of the walls and this would be awesome!

Anonymous said...

im really digging elmers lately ive used some of the paint for a recent project and btw i didnt know they owned exacto till i saw this:)

Kelly Tillotson said...

wow! this is a really creative use of materials! I would have fun with this! thanks for the chance!

Unknown said...

my son would love this, would have never thought that this was made with foam board!!!

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