Super Mario Silhouettes

I have a five year old gamer!  Yes, he's five, and he understands all there is to know about video games (rated E for Everyone only).  And, there isn't a day that goes by that we, as a family aren't filled in on everything and anything going on in the world of Super Mario Brothers or Sonic the Hedgehog.  

In preparations for our new baby, coming late summer, we must put our two older children, Max and Emma (boy and girl) in the same room for a while.  I want to make this transition as easy as possible for them, so we are transforming Max's (the biggest) room into a room fit for a King and Queen.  Max will have the left side of the room for anything he would like, Emma the right side. 

Being that Max's world revolves around these Wii characters, I had a great idea, inspired by a pottery barn dinosaur creation and by a reproduction done by A Girl In The Air

First, I purchased a long piece of white pine at Home Depot and had a nice gentleman that worked there cut it into 12 inch pieces for me.  Then I painted one coat of off white latex paint in eggshell, because I wanted the grain to show. 


I found these silhouttes on the internet.  They printed out extremely small and I couldn't figure out how to blow them up directly on my computer/printer (I am technically stunted), so I decided to just free-hand from the pics.  Looking back, I wish that I would have used a lighter pencil stroke, but I remedied that later on, as you'll see...




I found some dark brown paint that I already had and added some water for a wash.  Painted it on, and then lightly wiped some away with a towel until I got the look that I desired.

I remembered that I painted a table and chair set years ago with primary colors, red, green and blue.  These colors were perfect for these specific characters...Mario - red, Yoshi - green, Sonic - blue.  So, I mixed the colors with water and washed them on.

I really liked the look of just the wash, but alas, the pencil marks were there (like I said, looking back, I would have used much lighter strokes).  I did try to erase, but it wasn't working.  Sooooo, I used each color (without water) to outline, and then added the character names to the bottom left.




All and all, this project cost me the amount for the wood...$7.  And, I still have a 12" piece left over.  My daughter is already asking for princess art for her side (the right side) of the room...so, stay tuned for that future project. And, once we find out if we will be blessed with a boy or girl, we will be re-doing bedrooms, so that project will be a blog entry or two...or three.  :-)

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20 comments:

Natalie said...

They turned out great!!! And I like the outline a lot! Was Max thrilled?

DWYHomemaking said...

Very creative! Yay for Mario Brothers! Thanks for linking up at Unwasted Homemaking :).

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Bliss Images and Beyond said...

Thanks!! Yes, Max was thrilled...but, he did say, "Where is Luigi?" LOL

Lauren @ YoungNester said...

I love these! I'm a nerd and love Mario still! I would love for you to stop by and link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link party!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Now that is stinkin cute. My now 13 year old started with Mario for years, loved him, we loved Mario. Stick with E for as long as you can...like forever, because once T's came into play...let me just say this, we do not have any video system anymore:)
Thanks for joining my newbie party.

Denise said...

What lucky children you have . . . you are one creative momma!

Suze said...

Great work! Following you from a Turtle's Life for Me.

Ginna said...

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Robin said...

cute - cute- cute! Love it!
xo
Robin
All Things Heart and Home

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

these turned out so great!! would love for you to come link up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings! www.ladybug-blessings.com

Valerie@Occasionally Crafty said...

Great idea! I have some serious Mario fans in my house too. I'm bookmarking this!

Valerie-www.occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com
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Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations said...

Those are so fun! Thanks for sharing!

D.I.M. Incorporated said...

Thank you for sharing! Boy crafts are hard to come by and my little man would love this! I saw you on craftomaniac btw.

Lauren @ YoungNester said...

Thanks for linking up! I loved this so much I featured it as one of my favorites from last week! Email me to get the html code of my "I've been featured" button!

Bliss Images and Beyond said...

Oh, THANK YOU!!! :-)

Kelly said...

I love this! I'd love if you linked this up to my very fist link party! http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/03/glitters-first-linky-party_22.html

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

Cute--I'll bet he loves them!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

That such a cute idea! Love them!! Thanks for linking these up as well!

aggieam01 said...

Seriously? This is so perfect. I have an Autistic son who is OBSESSED with Mario, so his room is all Mario-d out. I bet he would love this....I am totally going to try it. And check out our son's Mario room if you want. http://powellfamtx.blogspot.com/2011/03/super-mario-bedroom.html

Robyn said...

I have a 6 year old Dax (also big time gamer) he would go crazy for these... in fact this year we painted his room Mario (two red walls- two blue walls - bright green stripes on the celing)

-robyn @ penpalsandpicturebooks.blogspot.com

 
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