I scoured Pinterest (imagine that) and found alot of great ideas. The one that stood out to me was a sort of "house rules" turned art kind of thing. With the bean becoming more and more a participating member of our family team and learning more about right and wrong, I thought introducing some family rules would be a good idea. And what better way to start than to display it right on the wall of the room that we spend the most time in together. But I didn't want it to be too "rule-y" if that makes sense. I didn't want to hang a list of don'ts in our living room. I didn't really want him to constantly see a list of things he wasn't allowed to do. Instead, I wanted to list out the things that our family does...the values and traits that I want us all to have. What I came up with is really more of a family pact or covenant. It's our family do's.
Here's how I made it happen:
- First, I came up with our list of do's. These are some of the most important things I want to encourage the bean to do and be. I laid everything out the way I wanted it in Word and then printed it on six different pages.
- Then the hubby and I decided on paint colors. This was easy...we just went with colors that we already have in our house.
- I painted the canvases green as the background color.
- I then traced my printed words onto each canvas using carbon paper. This took a while because I'm a perfectionist and didn't want to have to do a lot of touch-up painting to cover up any errant lines that I made.
- Then came the task of filling in the traced letters with brown paint. I'm going to be honest...this took forever. I think it took me about 8 hours or so (spread out over a few days) to paint in all the letters. I used the stiffest, tiniest paintbrush I could find and just went to work. Again, I didn't want to have to do alot of touch-up at the end to fix any mistakes, so I took my time to make sure I stayed inside the lines. I did have to do a little touching up with green paint at the end, but it didn't take long at all.
I love the finished product. Up close it's not exactly perfect...it definitely has a hand-painted look to it. But to me it's really the words that matter most anyway. I love seeing our family covenant when I walk in the room instead of that big blank wall. It just makes me smile.