DIY Transportation Art {The Cs’ Big Boy Room}

*IKEA Pittsburgh provided the frames for this project, but of course all opinions are my own!*

DIY Transportation Art by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Confession: I rarely buy art. In fact, I think the one large piece of art I have purchased as a grown up is currently sitting in my garage unused. I just have a really hard time finding pieces that are *exactly* what I’m looking for, and a lot of times I just prefer to make something myself. Plus, I’m cheap. 😀 So when I picked up these awesome Nyttja frames with our IKEA stash for the Cs’ new big boy room, I couldn’t wait to get going on a custom piece for them.

I was completely inspired when I came across this little guy, so I decided to do my own DIY transportation art, split into three frames.

Inspiration

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Mostly I just used a big stack of scrapbook paper and scissors, but I did have a few other tools that helped make this project a little easier:

DIY Transportation Art by Just a Girl and Her Blog

  • Nyttja frames
  • Tape
  • Small circle punch
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbook paper in assorted colors
  • Pen/pencil
  • Large circle punch
  • Hole punch
  • Silver paint pen

The Nyttja frames are BIG, 11 3/4″ x 15 3/4″, so I knew I would have plenty of space to fit in all of the little details I wanted to add. Using the cardboard backing of the frame as my base, I added paper and shapes layer by layer.

DIY Transportation Art by Just a Girl and Her Blog

 

1. I started with a sky and some grass…

2. Then I added my back row of buildings in a light gray.

3. I cut out the front row of buildings in a darker gray, splitting some between two frames.

4. I added a road and some little shrubs. {There are always shrubs beside the road, right?}

5. The most time-consuming part by far was creating all of the vehicles. I have already confessed that I am not an artist, and originally I had planned to print out some templates, cut them out, and trace them. I got lazy, though, and just decided to freehand it. I looked at pictures of various cartoon vehicles and tried to duplicate them the best I could. I used my small circle punch for all of the wheels.

Next, I just had to add small details– some clouds, plants, and trees– and I used a silver paint pen to draw windows on the buildings and windshields on all of the vehicles. Then I simply popped them into their frames and…

DIY Transportation Art by Just a Girl and Her Blog

TA-DA! All done! As I was adding the last few windows with my paint pen, I realized that all of the cars are driving on the wrong side of the road. In my defense, though, they are on my inspiration piece as well. So instead of switching everything around, I’ve just decided to call this piece, “Connor and Caleb go to Europe.” 😀

DIY Transportation Art by Just a Girl and Her Blog

I think my favorite part is the airplane pulling Connor & Caleb’s names! Most of the time when I attempt DIY art, it comes out far from perfect, and that’s true with this piece too. Some of the cars are kind of wonky, not everything is completely straight, and it’s not nearly as detailed as my inspiration piece. One of the reasons I love projects like this, though, is that even though it’s not perfect, I was able to give my boys a fun, unique piece of art for their room that they will always know was a gift to them from mommy. There’s something really satisfying about putting your own personal touch on a space, especially when it’s for someone you love!

DIY Transportation Art by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Have you attempted any DIY art lately?

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*IKEA Pittsburgh provided the frames for this project, but all opinions are my own. For more information, see my disclosures here.*

36 Comments

  1. Emily @ My Love for Words says:

    So cute!! You did a great job! Pinning this to refer to when my little boys get a little bigger 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, my friend! Hope you and your little boys are doing well! Happy Halloween!

      ~Abby =)

  2. ingrid@nowathomemom says:

    these are so cute and so fun Abby! 🙂 I’m sure they were fun to make too!
    I love that it is made by you, it’s unique
    my favorite part is the airplane pulling your son’s names as well 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, Ingrid! They certainly were fun to make! I just put on a good show and went to town with my scissors! 😀 Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Halloween!

      ~Abby =)

  3. OK, can you come transform my boys room? These are so cute!! What a great idea.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Lol…I’ll be right over!! 😉 Thanks so much, Kelsey! Happy Halloween!

      ~Abby =)

  4. Katie @ Made to be a Momma says:

    This is soooo much fun Abby! Great job! You inspired me to try something like this for my own boys! 🙂 Love this!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, friend! I know yours will be SO cute! Hope your little guy is doing okay after his fall! Happy Halloween!

      ~Abby =)

  5. Susan @ SunfowerHugs.blogspot.com says:

    I just love these!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, Susan! They were fun to put together! Happy Halloween!

      ~Abby =)

  6. Laura@JourneyChic says:

    Oh Abby, this is genius! I just love all the details you added and I have to say – that’s a darn good helicopter for someone who claims to not be an artist! I’m sure your boys just love it (I know mine would), and it means something that you took the time to make something so special just for them.

    I’ve attempted my own art before, and made some “abstract” (like WAY abstract!) art for my living room that’s no longer on display, as well as a smaller piece for my daughter’s room. It’s definitely a fun project!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Lol! Thanks, Laura! I try to break them down one shape at a time, and I guess the helicopter was easier to do that for! Hope you’re having a wonderful week, friend! Happy Halloween!

      ~Abby =)

  7. Soooo great! You are soooo good! What a good idea! My almost-2-year-old is really into airplanes right now. I want to copy the idea of just the airplane carrying a banner with his name.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Ooh that sounds awesome! If you do it, I want to see a picture! Hope you’re having a great week, Jennifer! Happy Halloween!

      ~Abby =)

  8. Carrie From Carrie This Home says:

    These are so cute, Abby! This is the perfect addition to a little boys room! I also have a hard time buying wall art since none of it is exactly what I want. I’m visiting from Inspire Me Please–this was definitely inspiring! Have a great weekend!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much for popping over, Carrie! It is hard to find that perfect piece, right? DIY to the rescue! 😉 Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  9. April Hoff says:

    Love this idea! So easy and cute! 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, friend! That was the goal! 😀 Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  10. I love this idea! My three year old grandson is in love with planes. I wonder if I could do something like that. And the plane pulling your son’s name is genius! And the Europe part is great! OK – I need to stop gushing.

    Also, I love the dresser! Did you paint it? Awesome!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      You could totally do it! It’s just a bunch of scrapbook paper when it comes down to it! Hope you had a wonderful weekend, Miss Alli!

      ~Abby =)

  11. Mandy Hank says:

    Great project Abby! I totally would have thought that you bought it! I love how you added your twist of being in another country- sure why not? World travelers 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Lol! Yes, I totally did that on purpose. 😉 Thanks so much, Mandy! Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  12. Elisabeth says:

    I’d love to try something like this… but with the boys in the one room being aged 17, 15 and 4… well, the teens tend to overrule me on the “cute” stuff! Maybe once the baby is born and the senior is off to college we can “outvote” the one still in high school!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Ooh that would be a decorating challenge! Maybe if the cars were “cooler” looking they would go for it. 😉 Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  13. I love this! What a great knock off.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, Morena! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  14. LOVE them, Abby! So cute and perfect for a boys room!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Chelsea! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  15. I just about died laughing when I read that you put all the cars on the wrong side of the road. Hahaha but great idea about turning it into a trip abroad! You did a great job!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      It was either that or redo the whole thing, and I wasn’t doing it all over again! 😀 Hope you’re having a great weekend, Miss Renee!

      ~Abby =)

      1. I am indeed. My boyfriend and I went appliance shopping in preparation for our move in a few months. It was a wonderful day! I hope you’re all enjoying yourselves as well! 🙂

        1. justagirlabby says:

          Oooh I’m jealous. That sounds fun! Have a great weekend, Renee!

          ~Abby =)

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Andrea!! Hope you are having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

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  17. This is just gorgeous but do not know how you found the time to do it with 2 little ones. FYI, most of Europe drives on the right so the boys wod have to be visiting me in the UK, or perhaps Australia!! Xxx

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