Yet another super simple way to display your photos, notes, little to-do lists and stuff + introduce some tropical vibes into your office – It’s a hell of a win-win situation with this Toucan Shaped Bulletin Board DIY! Head on below for the tutorial!
I love Toucans! Don’t you love them too? They’re just so pretty, colorful and fun, and yet another proof that nature kicks ass! Glorious mother effers! And so I wanted to make something toucan shaped and display it… The idea was a painting that I was supposed to frame at first, but then things got in the way, and that was left as just a “someday” idea. And this toucan shaped bulletin board wasn’t on the schedule, but after seeing Rio & Kara’s Toucan-Shaped soaps (@kailochic) in one week, I couldn’t ignore the signs haha.
All jokes aside, my office area started almost crying for some change. I mean I’ve been using the hexagon cork boards for over a year now to display some notes, reminders and personal stuff. And I love them, but sitting at my desk in front of them & looking at them every frigging day for a year is quite a long time. A change was bound to happen, I needed something new, something fresh, and so thank you Rio (also on my Places-to-Go list) and Kailo Chic for giving me the inspiration! Enters my newly made Toucan shaped bulletin board! I love this guy!
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So, let’s see the toucan shaped bulletin board DIY!
Toucan Shaped Bulletin Board DIY.
– Cork Board (I used 24 cm x 31 cm/9.5 inches x 12 inches)
– Scissors (that can cut through thick materials)
– Acrylic Paint (I Used Martha Stewart’s all-surface satins)
– Painting Supplies (Water Jar, Brushes, Palette)
– Mod Podge Matte (or other finish)
– Toucan Template FREE PRINTABLE
1. Use your Toucan template to draw one on the corkboard. Do this with a pencil so that you can erase it/cover it with paint and it’s no longer visible.
2. Cut the bird.
3. Now painting it a.k.a bringing it to life haha. You can either draw the different parts (that need to be painted in different colors), again with the pencil. Or you can cut the template in pieces & make kind of a puzzle with it (the beak, the white part…) Then tape all pieces on the cork board, except, of course, the one you want to paint. This is in case you want to be extra, extra careful, although I’d suggest to just relax, skip the puzzle and shit, and just paint it carefully piece after piece. Washi tape will also help you mark your painting areas.
p.p.s. Did you see how frigging sloppy I was while painting this? And, And, will you believe me when I say that I only noticed that when editing the photos, but obviously did nothing to change that? So, don’t worry, I’m pretty sure you’ll be better at this than me!
You might need to put more coats of paint of certain color (depending on which paint you use), just wait for each coath to be dry (instructions on your paint) before you put the next one.
4. Cover it with Mod Podge Matte or other finish, so that the color is protected (although if you’re using Martha Stewart’s paints like me, then the color on the cork will last, no worries. I’ve had these hexagon cork board for over a year and the paint stays put just as the day I made them, so… (also, Martha or her people don’t pay me to promote these paints, I do it cause I use them a lot and really really love them).
I love the vibes this guy brings to the office! Will you try making a toucan shaped bulletin board yourself? If you do, share how that turned out (you can always use #artysgetaway or #artysdiylife or #artymakingstuff on social media when you’re sharing your projects you found here), I’d love to see!