March 14, 2011

The Superhero Bedroom - Part 4

I have this last project I just finished for Rex's superhero bedroom and then tomorrow will be the full reveal.  I am nerdy excited about how this one came together.  Rex had a phase where we watched A LOT of "the Incredibles."  Remember how Mr. Incredible had a room where he had all the newspaper articles of his heroics on the wall?  Well, I wanted to mimic that idea by making a giant newspaper article about Super Rex.  This is how it turned out.


The first thing I did was call THIS sister and ask her to write a fun story for me about Rex.  She is hilarious, extremely creative, and knows ALL there is to know about superheros.  This is the story she wrote, since you can't read it in the picture.

Last week a boy in Sandy, Utah was discovered to have unbelievable super powers.  The boy, Rex Heaton, was eating lunch when his mother accidentally fed him radioactive green Jell-O.  The mother rushed the boy to the hospital but it was too late, the Jell-O had already taken affect. Over the next few days the mother reported strange behavior from her boy.  She found him lifting the family car to retrieve a toy.  The next day he jumped off the couch and flew away.  She told us, “He can climb walls and run faster than I can drive.  It’s amazing!”  Rex was a normal three year old boy just days ago and now he is on the police speed dial.  He was able to stop a robbery, three house fires, catch a run away train and rescue several cats from trees.  I’m not sure what Sandy ever did without this boy wonder.  Rex told me, “Being super is really fun.  I like helping people.  It’s what I’ve always wanted to do.  But my favorite part is being able to reach the top shelf where my mom keeps all the chocolate.”  His mother is so very proud of the good that he is doing.  He will be working his crime stopping into his already busy schedule of cookies and play dates.  I think we are all eager to see what lies ahead for Sandy’s newest star.  One thing is for sure; our city will be much safer with Rex on patrol.


Then I got to work on picnik.  I did everything the way I explained in the How to Create Your Own Printables tutorial.  In case you are interested in making somthing similiar I'll give you some notes on the specifics.  You could also make a giant "Wanted" sign for a cowboy room.  You could incorporate the idea into a lot rooms, I think.

Anyhow, here are the picnik details of you're interested.  If not, skip to the next paragraph.  I took a high resolution picture and covered it with the geometric rectangle from the stickers section.  I made it kind of newspaper colored.  I added the title.  I used the rectangle shape to make the line.  I added the pictures in the edit section.  There's a tab at the bottom that says photobasket that lets you upload more pictures and place them where you want on top of the current photo.  I had previously edited the photos I added.  The effect I chose on them was in the advanced section under curves.  From the drop down menu I chose faded daguerreotype, which made it look more like a newspaper picture to me.  I added the story, but since there is no option to justify the left and right side like a newspaper I had to add spaces myself until it looked justified.  I changed it all to black and white (since the faded daguerreotype is more brownish) and saved the file.  Then I uploaded it again so I could add a texture.  I picked one that looked like torn paper so the newspaper would have an older look to it.

Now for the best detail.  Want to know how much I spent on this project?  $2.99 is all!  I read THIS TIP from Ohdeedoh the other day.  A reader had submitted the tip to print black and white photos as an "engineer blueprint" at Staples.  It was $2.99 for a copy 2ft. by 3ft.  AWESOME!  This is what it looked like.  (The tennis ball is just to give you an idea of the size of it.)


I trimmed the edges and my dad cut a piece of leftover MDF (that was about 1/4 inch thick) to be the same size.  I planned to decoupage it on, but I got a great tip a while back from Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants (who indeed is a smarty pants :)  She said to use spray adhesive to apply the paper first.  Otherwise the mod podge makes the paper wrinkle and with something this big I knew it would be a hot mess. 


We sprayed the board and the paper and stuck that baby on.  My dad always has smart methods.  We held the paper on exactly where we wanted it and then I pulled my half up, sprayed it, and stuck it down.  Then we did his half.  That way there was no sticking it crooked.  The paper was a little bigger than the board in spots so I sanded the edges to remove it and make it flush with the board. 


I painted the edges gray.  (I did mod podge over the top afterwards, but I probably could have even avoided this step.  It made the paper pucker in places, but not that bad.  I'm still totally happy with it.)


Rex thinks it's pretty sweet.  I absolutely love it because I love the giant blown up picture of his little face on it.  I also love his confidence.  He seems quite sure that he could take on any bad guy and do anything that Ironman does.  I hope he never looses that spirit.


I hung it up yesterday and you'll see the whole she-bang tomorrow.  I can't wait!

Thanks for reading.

75 comments:

  1. this is AWESOME! Your little boy must be so excited!!!

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  2. I LOVE THIS!!! Just when I think that one of your ideas is the best one, you come up with another fantastic one.
    You truly are amazingly creative!

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  3. That is awesome! And what a great tip about the engineer blueprints!

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  4. This is so precious, and I love the close up his face. Fantastic addition to a room full of fantastic ideas!
    http://www.thecolorhappy.blogspot.com/

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  5. Man, this room is going to be AWESOME! Can't wait for the reveal. My son is a Superhero nut too... and now is getting into Star Wars which has put my hubby over the moon. I. love. every. minute. of. it.

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  6. That's so stinkin cute!!! Can't wait to see the whole room

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  7. Incredible! What a brilliant idea - and thanks for taking the time to walk us through it. Love it!

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  8. I LOVE this! How creative. Can you come to TX and decorate my boys room too please!

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  10. This is one of my favorite things you've done, Cheri! It's incredibly awesome! LOVE IT!

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  11. Oh my stars~! This has to be the most creative thing you have done.. I like the cost of this project.. you are so low budget...on things you make and do..
    Great Job ~!
    ta ta for now from Iowa:)

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  12. That is SUCH a CUTE idea! I love it! And that picture of him... ADORABLE!

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  13. that is TOO awesome!!! i think i'm jsut as excited as you are! i'm dying to see the finished project!

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  14. Oh how adorable! You must have one proud little boy!
    great job!
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    Daniela
    http://isreview1.blogspot.com

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  15. A-mazing!! Love it! What a fun idea for a boys room!

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  16. Good work! My little boy loves your guys so much he says they are his cousins. He had to have a superhero bed too. Check it out!

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  17. Incredible! Super Poster...thanks for the tips :)

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  18. How fabulous! Thanks for sharing the poster making tips.

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  19. That turned out super sweet! I love the article idea and the newspaper details you added. His room is amazing. Way to go Cher-dog!

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  20. I bow down to your creativity. That is ingenious. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.

    I would be nerdy excited to show off this room too.

    Can't wait.

    Just Another Day in Paradise

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  21. This is absolutely adorable! His room is going to be awesome! Can't wait to see the rest of it!

    I am a brand new follower and i love your blog... you are one cool MOM!

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  22. Yeah, so , that is pretty much AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. I love that!! I've been looking for a way to do some giant sports prints for my sons room using scans of black and white photos of my husband in his glory days. I hope this method will work!!

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  24. that's awesome! Is it wierd that I kindof want one like that about me?
    "Super Mom cleans house!"
    I mean it would be a total lie some days but I would be like, Listen, it's in the paper, you can't argue with that.

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  25. OMGosh! What a cool aunt your little guy has and what a cool mom you are for doing his whole room in SuperHeroes! I love this idea! My son is musically obsessed as his whole room is music/instrument themed. I should make up a new article about him playing a gig! Thanks for the idea. I am going to put a link on my blog to this post. Hope you dont mind

    lauren@ warmfuzzypurpleandgold.blogspot.com

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  26. you seriously have the BEST ideas ever!!!

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  27. another GREAT idea - it and you are awesome! I am going to do this for my daughter who won a poetry contest!

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  28. How stinkin' AWESOME!!! I love the fun memories you are creating for your boys! What a wonderful life you are giving them!

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  29. Fab idea and useful on so may levels! off to discover the button that will change my life (did I just say that?) on piknic.
    We have paid SOOOOO much for much smaller things to be printed in the past.
    About to launch into three new bedrooms for boys this spring...thanks for sharing your ideas,
    fee x

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  30. This is awesome!
    Your boys couldn´t have a more creative roomdesigning mom than you!
    Love it!
    Anja

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  31. You seriously go over the top! I can't imagine what their rooms will look like when they're teenagers.

    Just Better Together
    come check out The Vintage Scarf giveaway

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  32. I love this! SO cute! My son is so into super heros! I love how boys just seem to come out willing to take on the role of protecting the people of earth from all evil doers. I hope that young confidence never dies.

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  33. Oh My! That is fantastic! I have a gorgeous friend with a 'Super-Baby' that this would be perfect for, for a 1st bday present. I'm excited about it already and the kid's only 5 months old - lol!

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  34. so sweet! and I can't even believe it was only $2.99 - yea, u roared.

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  35. I love your post it is so cute but I had to tell you my mom was a Heaton! We are probably related!

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  36. Absolutely ADORE this totally rockin' hot awesome idea!

    Let's make him a glass case for his superhero costume to go right next to it!! And of course: "NO CAPES!" ;)

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  37. Cannot wait to see the reveal! And aren't you a sweetie for mentioning me! Very cute idea. I think this is one of those things you will have for a very long time!

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  38. I thought the bed was awesome, along with the paintings your mom did. But, this may top them all! I love this! My son's room is done in Michigan Wolverines football (my hubs is a die hard fan) and I've been trying to convince him for months now that this would be way more fun for our lil guy! No luck yet...maybe in 2 years when he's 4 and diggin super heros, I can get HIM to convince daddy! ;)

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  39. That is beyond cool. Love his photo. The kids are going to love showing it of to friends.

    Gini
    http://littlesugartops.blogspot.com

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  40. this is the coolest room ever!!! so many great ideas! your family is so creative!!

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  41. Fabulous as usual! Greatly appreciate the poster tips: I hope to put them to good down the road when my little man becomes a bigger little man and moves into a big boy room.

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  42. OMG..this is amazing!!!!!!! Seriously! Fabulous my dear!

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  43. wow, this is amazing

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  44. this is the coolest room EVER!

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  46. I have been following blogs for a long time and just recently thought I would make my own. So I did. I don't comment often on things, but this is the cutest idea around. Is my 16 year old too old for this? Your blog is fantastic. Thanks for inspiring me.

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  47. This boy's room is definitely the coolest one I've ever seen!

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  48. I LOVE your blog and totally adore the room you designed it's kid friendly yet classic and will be able to grow with them.

    I was just wondering for this project what size file & resolution did you make the image to print? I'm looking to do this in a room my son & daughter want to share so I'm looking to buy images to print from Etsy etc. but I can't figure out what resolution image I need.

    Thanks so much

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  49. I discovered your blog while looking for ideas for my son's super hero room. This is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  51. I absolutely love this idea. My best friend's son is turning four tomorrow and he loves zombies and was even one for Halloween this year. I made a "the Ghouly Gazette" article about a zombie boy on the loose with pictures of him on Halloween. It came out amazing and you can't beat the price. I used foam board as the backing. Great tip, Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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  52. this is AMAZING!!!

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  53. I shared your post here: http://dollarstoremom.com/2012/01/make-a-personalized-newspaper-poster-for-under-3/

    i can't wait to try it! thanks!

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  54. Hey I really love this idea. My 4yr old daughter loves superheros. Shes been Ironman and a Ninja Turtle for Halloween. Now she runs around in her Batman costume she got for Christmas. Know you know how much she loves superheros. Anyway would you have any ideas for a superhero room but not too "boyish"? She doesnt like the girl heros at all. Please help!!!

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  55. Hey I really love this idea. My 4yr old daughter loves superheros. Shes been Ironman and a Ninja Turtle for Halloween. Now she runs around in her Batman costume she got for Christmas. Know you know how much she loves superheros. Anyway would you have any ideas for a superhero room but not too "boyish"? She doesnt like the girl heros at all. Please help!!!

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  56. Would you possibly be able to provide a template for this? Minus the texture and pics/personal aspects? I want to throw my toddler a super hero birthday party and think this would be an amazing addition!

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    1. I'm sorry, but I have no way to do that. The image is already flattened, which means it can't be edited. You could follow my instructions of how to create a free printable, but that's all I can recommend. SOrry I can't be more helpful!

      Cheri

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    2. No problem! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  57. I recently came across your blog and I love it! I have a two boys and wanted to make something like this so went to picnik to get started. Saw they are closing soon so decided better get on it. I was trying to add a little story about them and the font is very teeny tiny? Can only see it when zoomed in. Is that normal? Thought I'd ask before I go and have it printed. Any suggestion or help would be great appreciated! Thanks. Again, I really love this site..lol

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    1. Yes, that's normal. The font should look tiny on your screen because the poster is 2'x3', which is a whole lot bigger than your screen. It should be fine. Good luck!

      Cheri

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  58. Oh this is fantastic! I just stumbled across your blog and adore it, such great ideas and love the fact that they are so inexpensive! My daughter turns 3 in August and wants to have a "Super Grace to the Rescue" birthday party so something like this would be perfect! I noticed Piknik is now closed, have you used the new version?

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    1. Absolutely. Here's the answer in this post:

      http://www.iammommahearmeroar.net/2012/04/picnik-funeral.html

      Cheri

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  59. i'm trying to do this for a bridal shower with a picture of the bride and groom and an article. But I can not find the "engineer blueprint" on staples, office max or kinkos fed ex. any help would be great perhaps I am not looking in the right place. thanks

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    1. Sarah - I highly recommend NOT uploading it on their web site. Just take in your file on a jump drive or something. You can order it there. Their web site seem to lower the quality of the file for some strange reason. Kinko's has a large black and white copy for $5 or Staples does the engineer print for $3.

      Cheri

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  60. I LOVE this & would love to do this for my son's room (who is superhero obsessed), but picnic is now closed, apparently. Do you know of any other free programs I might be able to use to create something similar?

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  61. Sorry, I just saw your above comment about the other photo editing programs. Cannot figure out how to make it like this, though. :(

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  62. Hi there! I wanted to let you know that I made this over the weekend. It came out Awesome!! Thanks so much for the ideas. I made mine on photoshop CS5 and printed it at Costco...a bit more expensive but I love how it came out. Thanks for the idea!! Nicole :)

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  63. I'm sooo bummed! I took my file to Staples and their printer puts a large white line down the left side that they can not fix (I think they should get an new printer!) and when I went to Office max they refused to print as a engineering print because to takes to much ink. but would gladly print me a super large photo for $40.00!

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    1. Try Kinko's. They have a large black and white copy that size for about $5. Sorry for the inconvenience!

      Cheri

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  64. Did u take a SD card? To the store

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  65. Did u take a SD card? To the store

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  66. Does anyone know a good font to use for the "Daily Chronicles" I really loved the one you used.

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