I am going to show you how to make the coolest underwater sea creature wall art for your kid’s room!
You can easily cut out the shapes with a Cricut cutting machine, or you can make something completely different based on what they are into at the moment, or adapt this idea to use their name, initials, or you can even print out a quote or word art for your own walls.
I decided to finish off the collage with resin so it would add to the whole underwater effect. But the resin gives your art a great finish no matter what design you decide on.
- Cricut cutting machine
- Cardstock in colors of your choice
- Glue stick
- Acrylic paint for the frame
- Two-part clear resin
- Wood-framed painting surface (I used an art panel, turned around)
- Blowtorch (for removing air bubbles in resin)
How to Make The Wall Art
These directions are for making the same wall art we did, but you can change it up however you want. This is a great project for poking around in Design Space to see what is in there that would look good collaging together to make art!
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- Use your Cricut machine to cut out the six file layers– the ship, the coral, the waves, and the sea monster. The orange sky is just a piece of cardstock and is not a Cricut file– I used a full piece the size of the recess. If you are using letter-sized paper, place it on the mat horizontally to cut.
- While those are cutting, paint the frame with a color of your choice.
- Once the Cricut files are done cutting, trim them to the size of the recess and layer them in for a dry fit, to make sure you like the color combination and the fit.
- Remove the pieces and glue all together just like they were in the frame.
- Once dry, glue the stack into the frame.
- Mix your two-part resin according to the packaging– usually the ratio is 1:1, but double check just to be safe.
- Place the framed piece on a level surface, and pour the resin in. It’s ok to lift it up and help the resin get to all of the edges and corners.
- For this first pour, make sure you use enough resin to at least cover the entire image, side to side and corner to corner. Use a blowtorch to remove air bubbles. Unless you want bubbles in there– it is underwater after all.
Once that layer has completely dried, mix more resin and repeat the above steps. You want all of the layers completely covered with the resin. The final thickness of the resin is up to you– just keep adding layers until you’re satisfied.
Drill a hole in the back of the frame, or use wire and small eyelet screws for hanging.