This project is a particularly personal one for me.
My oldest child is graduating this year- and leaving the nest. I have mixed feelings about it. I am so excited for him to make his way in the world, but I can’t believe how quickly it all went! Sometimes, I can still see the toddler he once was in his now patchy beard-stubbled face.
I wanted to make wall art to remind my kids that even though they may not be here physically- they are always here. In our conversations, in our prayers, and in this mama’s heart. They always have a place, and they are always welcome.
I thought it was appropriate to give everyone a permanent chair in our home with this “No Empty Chairs” wall hanger. We have many fond memories, gathering together for dinner. And let’s be honest, it is one of the only times we all see each other, and catch up, with seven busy schedules.
- 12x12x1″ Unfinished Wooden Painting Panel
- Timeless Mini Rocking Chair (I used six, one for each child, and one for my husband and I to “share.”)
- Mod Podge
- Foam Brush
- Sand-it Gadget
- Patterned Paper (two (2) 12×12 sheets of your choice)
- Mini Wooden Clothes Pins
- Black Craft Paint (or other color of your choice)
- E-6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive
- Photos of Each Child- sized to 1″x 1.5″
- “No Empty Chairs” Vinyl Saying Plaque (more on that later…!)
The first thing I did was prep my cute little mini rocking chairs. If you have less chairs to add to your wall decor, there are slightly larger wooden chairs you can choose that will take up more space, and allow you to use larger photos.
Here are some other choices: CHAIRS
They came off fairly easily- there were a couple stubborn ones, and I used a butter knife to gently scrape away some of the adhesive holding the runner onto the chair. Yep. A butter knife. I am pretty tool savvy like that.
Once the runners are off, sand off any extra adhesive.
Paint the chairs, and the clothes pin. Allow the chairs to fully dry.
The unfinished wooden panel I used is sized exactly 12″ by 12″. One full sheet of 12×12 patterned paper will fit it perfectly. If you have less chairs to accommodate, you can certainly use a smaller sized wooden panel. Here are some options for those:
The second sheet of patterned paper will need to be trimmed into four (4) separate strips of paper measuring 1″ by 12″.
Then you can begin to lay your chairs out on your panel how you like them. Depending on how many chairs you need, the configuration will be different. I used the cut-off manufacturers strip on my patterned paper as a make shift ruler to line my chairs up straight. I folded the paper strip in half, so I could see where the center was, and lined my chairs up accordingly. (Told you I was tool savvy!)
I created a “No Empty Chairs” wooden plaque. I found the wooden plaque at my local hobby store pre-cut. You could also use a small section of a 2×4. I painted the wood, and followed the instructions that came with a Silhouette Vinyl Starting Kit-and cut vinyl letters with my Silhouette Cameo.
Everything I needed to create this title came in the starter kit.
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