Having your ‘head in the clouds’ isn’t a great thing, that is, unless if you have this simple, decorative DIY project on your mind! Shed a little personality onto your living space with these cloud cut-outs. In just a few steps, your own clouds can cover up an unsightly heap of wires, break up the rhythm of a bookshelf, or just be stylishly stacked into the stratosphere!
Their formula isn’t ground-breaking, but craft a few and before you know it their ‘cumul-ative’ effect will take over your crib!
What you’ll need…
- 36″ x 24″, ¼” thick sheet of white foam core (makes 5 – 6 clouds)
- Cutting mat or scrap cardboard
- X-acto knife
- Black, chisel-tip permanent Sharpie marker or broad-line opaque paint marker
- Fishing wire or nylon monofilament wire*
- Thumb tacks to make holes for feeding wire through*
* You’ll only need these materials if you plan on hanging your clouds
1. Draw the outline of a cloud in light pencil. Start and finish this first one, if you like this shape, just trace the second one to match!
2. Time to cut it out! If you’ve never used an X-acto knife, lightly press down, puncturing though part of the foam core while you follow the outline over top of your cutting surface. You might have to lightly press down and follow the outlines about 2 – 3 times before your cloud is cut through all the way, and separated.
3. Trace the outer edges of the cut-out cloud with black marker. Trace around more than once for a bolder, more defined cartoon-like outline.
4 (optional). To anchor your clouds for hanging from a book on your bookshelf (as seen above), a hook on the ceiling, or any other object, use the thumbtack to puncture a small hole on either end. Cut the length of your clear wire to your desired length, feed through the holes, and your cloud is ready to rise!
Now that we’ve bolted your creativity, can you think of any other cute ideas for foam core cut-outs?