It's about time I busted out a cute, simple DIY project. I have no idea how this idea popped into my head but once it did, I just had to see if I could do it.
First I spied some tiny shadow box frames at Homesense for $5.99 each. A set of three would have been nice but alas I had to settle for two since that's all they had.
Next I shopped on Etsy for some vintage tootsie toy cars. Many sellers sell them individually but the seller I found had a lot of eight of 'em. I paid $15.99 plus a bit of shipping. (Only 6 of them are shown in the photo below.)
I used one of the pictures that came with the frames to trace two rectangles from some lightly textured, white scrapbook paper from Michaels.
I glued the scrapbook paper to the cardboard back of the frame using a plain old gluestick.
That gave me a nice, crisp background for the little cars.
I figured out the spacing and decided on three cars per frame. That left two extra cars which I'm sure I'll use somewhere someday.
To adhere the metal cars to the scrapbook paper / cardboard I chose to use clear silicone. I applied it to the car tires and the car undersides using a toothpick.
I let the silicone dry for an hour (I probably should have waited longer but I'm impatient) and then popped them into the frames.
They are pretty freakin' adorable if you ask me. You could tweak this project by using toy airplanes or a larger shadowbox filled with nine or ten cars in neat, little rows. So many possibilities!
Perfect for a little boys room or nursery.
Do you have any unique kids room / nursery wall art ideas?
P.S. If you're like me and enjoy finding interesting things to frame, you might want to check out some of my other posts:
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Show-Off, Weekend Wrap-Up Party @ Tatertots and Jello, Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things, Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters' Stuff, Simply Klassic Sunday @ Simply Klassic Home, Making the World Cuter Monday @ Making the World Cuter, Get Your Craft On @ Today's Creative Blog, Tuesday's Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest