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How to make your family rules into a piece of art……

I finally have time to share our latest creation!  Turning our family rules into a piece of art that doubles as a visual reminder to us all.  

It has been a very long time since we have done a blog post! Well, it is no secret that consistency is a struggle for me. I have been on hiatus from many things. Mostly, because we moved to a new city (well, out into the country).

We also found out we are expecting our third child and the morning sickness has kept me out of action for a while. However, now that life is settling down again, I felt that old nagging feeling to do some crafting.

Setting up our new house has been a wonderful, fun and tiring experience. We have pretty much painted the place head to toe and made it our own. And now, I am settling in and really starting to decorate more. We are very visual people in our family. Therefore, I have taken on a few craft projects (as always, inspired by Alicia!) that would be great visual representatives and pieces of art for the family.

The first one we attempted was our family rules…

Hubby and I took some time to really think about what is important to us. We decided that what is important is how we raise our children. We really wanted to focus on the character traits that we are trying to build in them.

I googled several other great blogs that had also created similar family rules artwork and took a lot of inspiration from them. Myra, over at My Blessed Life, had some great family rules done in an artistic style that totally appealed to my sense of style. Rachelle, the mommy blogger at Fingerprints on the Fridge, also had some great ideas and a wonderful step by step tutorial!

Laying out the family rules…

We chose the perfect time to take this project on because Michaels Art Store had all their canvases on sale. Alicia and I were both able to get large sized canvases for our family rules for a really good price. After buying a few foam paint brushes, a large bottle of matte mod podge and a paper pad of yardstick, the project cost about $40.

Then, following Rachelle’s instructions, I painted my canvas a nice green colour.  It goes well with the yellow walls in our new place. I spent a good hour or two choosing the papers that I liked.  Then, putting them in an order that seemed to balance out wild and crazy with a little more subdued.  

I tried to stagger my rules so that there was a mix of longer ones and shorter ones. Also aiming for them to make some sort of sense in order at least in my mind.  And this is what I got!  It felt like a long process, it took me 2 days to complete this project – but it was a lot of fun.  

DIY family rules poster collage on canvas with cardstock. Click through to see tutorial.

As warned by many of the blog posts I read on this project, the paper did wrinkle and ripple as modge podge was applied.  Despite my best attempts, and surety that I would be able to get it to stay flat, it did what it wanted.  
 
If this is a project you decide to take on, be forewarned!  It will wrinkle and crinkle.  But, if you can embrace this, it actually does add an authenticity to the project making each piece quite unique.  One can barely notice the imperfections once it is hanging on the wall.  
 

So here is the final product!!!

 
DIY art project family rules. For tutorial click through to blog post.
 
Because I had so much fun making mine, I also helped Alicia with her family rules as well.  It’s amazing how different they both are.  But, they both totally suit our personalities and family homes.  Here is her finished project…. (picture coming soon…)
 
Want to save this project for later?  Here’s a handy pin…
 
Family Rules - Turn your family Rules into Art. Have you ever wanted to put your ideals somewhere visible so you could be reminded of them and maybe even more accountable to your self? Well, this is the tutorial for you. Come see how we turned our family rules into a piece of artwork for our home.
 
 
 
Happy crafting and don’t forget to let us know if you decide to make your own family rules!  
 
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I am a follower of Jesus, SAHM, THMer, and homeschooler to my 4 boys. I love to garden and am a wanna be homesteader. I also LOVE organizing.

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