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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fun Enlarged Object Décor | Family Economics

By Cathe

Take decor to a larger, more whimsical level by creating giant art out of everyday small objects found around your home.

actual-size objects

To easily create your big art, follow these steps:

• First scan or photograph simple little things such as a plastic bread tie, dog tag, a button or a raffle ticket. Flat items become most realistic as it’s easiest to add simple dimension to these types of items.

• Once scanned or photographed, enlarge your image as much as possible on your computer or on a color copier and print to a letter-size sheet. If you plan to display your enlarged items together, scale them up at the same rate to keep the illusion most believable.

• Print the images and adhere them to a lightweight, but thick surface such as cardboard, matte board or foam-core board. Spray adhesive works great, but a very thin coat of white glue will work fine.

• Once dry, carefully trim out the image along its shape with a sharp craft knife over a well protected surface. To simulate perforated edges on my giant raffle ticket, I used my standard office hole punch tool along the cut ends.

• You can give your piece a shine with a spray coat of clear enamel if you choose.

Tack your giant art to your family’s bulletin board to add just the right touch of silliness, or adhere magnets or magnetic strips to the backs to attach them to your refrigerator or other metal surface. If hanging on the wall or non-magnetic surface, sticky party-tack putty works best.

large ticket

large button

large dog tag

Children will have fun hunting for little things enlarged and will enjoy how funny they become when made big.

Some other flat enough items that you might find in your home that would work great are:

• Bottle caps
• Coins
• Postage stamps
• School ID card
• House key
• Camera card
• Banana or other fruit sticker
• Bus token or ticket
• Hang/price tag from clothing or other product
• Domino or other game pieces
• Playing cards, both sides
• Adhesive bandage
• Library card
• A badge or patch

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On Thursday, June 9, 2011, Mama B ( wrote

Oh my gosh, that is such a fun idea. My 6 year old always takes the banana stickers and sticks them on his dresser. We're replacing the dresser and giving him a "big boy" bedroom soon, so it would be neat to take a banana sticker, blow it up and frame it for his wall. Thanks for the clever idea. I am going to pin this to Pinterest.

On Friday, January 7, 2011, Michelle wrote

That's adorably cute!

On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, Rebekah @ "Good Enough" wrote

LOVE this idea. I enlarged a couple of postage stamps and hung them above our couch. I think they turned out great!

On Thursday, September 23, 2010, Lu in Arizona wrote

Brilliant idea--thanks for being so generous by sharing your creativity.

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, Artybecca wrote

so cute...must try this!

On Tuesday, September 21, 2010, Laura Burch wrote

I love it! This idea gives one all kinds of ideas for making things BIG! Thanks

On Monday, September 20, 2010, Stefani from Napa County wrote

That is hilarious! I love it. Now what can I find to blow up around my house!!!

On Monday, September 20, 2010, Mela Kamin wrote

awesome idea! ... my hubs and I always joked about being in a Land of Big - giant aspirin rolling by, etc. - this is perfect ... might be a great anniversary present for him - now just have to find the perfect object.

On Friday, September 17, 2010, Ellen wrote

Ooh. I'm also envisioning this printed to fabric and made into a fun throw pillow!

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, Traci wrote

That is just AWESOME!!! You amaze me!

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, susi wrote

this is a fun idea! where do you come up with these? love the dog tag- looks like its from the jolly green giants home!

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, Loni from Tucson wrote

This is awesome! Thanks for the idea!

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, Suzanne from Tennessee wrote

This is a great idea that I'm definitely going to try!

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, Sonja From MO wrote

What a neat idea! Now you got my wheels turning...Thanks

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, jackie from ohio wrote

what a fun idea...i am now looking a everything in the house to add some surprise whimsey

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, Annie from Idaho wrote

fun idea! Im going to have to try this one! I love ideas that seem so simple and clever but I never would have thought of them.

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, Debbie T from Florida wrote

Your ideas are always so clever! I just love this idea and I can't wait to make my own. Thanks

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, Elise wrote

This is FANTASTIC! I just came across a box of OLD, but pristine ephemera from a local high school - items almost too precious to handle a whole lot, but I want to play with them, too! What a great way to celebrate these bits of time gone by in a fresh, new way! I love it, Cathe! Thanks for the TERRIFIC idea!

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, Sue from california wrote

I LOVE this idea! SO clever!

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, Elizabeth from California wrote

So Clever! Love the dog tag with the leash...and the button - oh my!

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, Stephanie wrote

Fun, fun and more fun! I love the idea of making them into magnets.

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, Shelly B. wrote

Great fun! I am thinking of a 3-D item.... a piece of chocolate! Ha ha! I really like the dog license hanging with the leashes. :)

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, robin wrote

way cool. thanks for sharing your cleverness

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, KatieJ- wrote

This is such a fun idea- I love it for April fools day, but any day would be fun!

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, Beth wrote

This is fabulous!!! Thanks so much for the idea!

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, RandomCreativity wrote

That's brilliant! I have some shells and bottle caps from a trip I took, just sitting in a film canister... they would be cute blown up and put in a frame...

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, Lynda in N. Alabama wrote

How very fun! This would be a fun classroom tool for teachers too! Sharing this link with my friends now! Thanks!

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, bridget {bake at 350} wrote

CATHE...these are flat-out awesome! LOVE them!


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