Cloudy With a Chance of DIY!

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?


About Julianne

Julie is a modern day Renaissance woman and die-hard bloody mary enthusiast. When she’s not sprinkling magic fairy dust onto ModCloth’s social media channels, you can find her eclectic point of view on food, fashion, music, and DIY documented here!

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    Annie 08/20/2010 at 2:42 pm #

    This is ingenious! Major love going on over here!

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    Brandi (ModCloth) 08/20/2010 at 3:49 pm #

    Cute idea. I spot the rabbit book ends we used to sell!

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    Lua 08/20/2010 at 5:42 pm #

    sooo cute:)

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    Jaclyn 08/20/2010 at 7:59 pm #

    Absolutely ADORABLE!!! But alternatives if your room is aready white?

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    Katharine Ellis Tapley 08/20/2010 at 8:18 pm #

    Jaclyn, if you got some permanent double sided tape and any pretty paper, you could stick the paper to the foam core before you cut, and make a different shape. Like big flowers.

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    Julie (ModCloth) 08/20/2010 at 8:20 pm #

    @Jaclyn: My room is actually white too! If you can put small nails in your wall, I suggest hanging them at any height to make a sort of cloud-wallpaper. Also, hanging them from the ceiling can create depth, and interest to a white-walled space. Depending on how vibrant your taste, maybe try them in different colors of foam core?

    If you try them out and are able to upload pictures, we’d love to see them!

    Happy crafting 🙂

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    Stacey Mitchell 08/20/2010 at 8:30 pm #

    This is a great idea for my dorm room!

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    Courtney 08/20/2010 at 9:43 pm #

    You can always do rainclouds for a white room, and make little lightning bolts/raindrops dangle down from the bottom.

    Plus you could do sparrow cutouts or rainbow cutouts. The choices are endless.

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    Shelby Petersen 08/20/2010 at 9:50 pm #

    i would really like to make cloud book ends. i love a good diy.

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    Shannon 08/21/2010 at 1:39 am #

    This look fantastic!

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    Ren 08/21/2010 at 11:46 am #

    Wow this DIY is so simple yet makes a world of a difference in beautifying the place. Love it!

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    klaudi@ 08/21/2010 at 12:58 pm #

    cool!!!I would add some rainbows as well!!

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    Sarah 08/22/2010 at 6:36 pm #

    I made a few cutout clouds, a sparrow, and a large sun to hang from my ceiling. It’s a wonderful addition to my room! Thank you for the idea!

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