Monday, January 30, 2012

DIY Pez Children's Decor/Idea

This is so easy, I am almost ashamed to post a "DIY" about it.

My nephew's birthday party is coming up and he has a Super Hero theme.  I was in the Dollar Store (obviously one of my favorite stores) and I saw these super hero PEZ dispensers.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them at first but I felt a craft urge tingle at the back of my spine and I bought one of each of the ones they had available. 

When I got home, I looked around and found some wood plaques (which would work and those are available at any craft store or Wal-Mart), but I decided to go with canvas.  You can find canvases at any Wal-mart in the craft section or any craft specialty store.  The one I used here was an 8x10 and I purchased it for about $3.

What you will need:
--PEZ (any amount size or style you wish)
--Something to mount your PEZ on (canvas, wood plaque, or even a frame would look really nice)
--Hot Glue Gun
--Acrylic Paint (not necessary if you use a frame)
--Foam Letters (optional)

Paint your the area that you wish to mount your PEZ dispensers on the color of your choice.  I bought a big bag of foam letters (approximately 330 pieces) for about $2.50 from Michael's Craft Store.  It lasts forever and it is a good investment if you are wanting to do a lot of crafts in the future.  The problem is that they are in a variety of colors and I wanted them to all be the same.  So I painted them!  This will take several coats but acrylic paint dries fast. 

Once your paint has dried place your PEZ dispensers on the area which you are wanting to place them to measure where you would like to put any extra details.  I added comic book style speech bubbles so I could put the names of the Super Heroes in. 

I removed the PEZ dispensers so I could finish painting the speech bubbles with ease.  Because I was using a lighter color on top of a darker on, I had to use several coats.

After the speech bubbles dried, I used some small rubber stamps that I had bought on clearance at Wal-mart to put the Super Hero's in the speech bubbles.  Stamps are not a requirement.  A sharpie would work just as well.  I used a sharpie to trace the bubbles.  If you mess up, you can always re-paint but be warned it may take several more coats to cover up the black.  Be patient!

I originally painted my letters yellow, but decided I wanted a more "newsprint" look to it.  This is the beauty of acrylic paint.  You can change your mind as often as you want!

Hot glue your PEZ dispensers and letters in place.


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