Silver Moon Phases Wall Art

Make this silver leaf moon phases art for your walls— A great way to use up scrap pieces of lumber!Hi! Mandi here! Here at A Beautiful Mess, gold and glitter take center stage while silver seems to get no love. Poor silver. But what better application for silver leafing than some moon decor? My one-and-a-half-year-old daughter Lucy's favorite thing is the moon right now, so I thought making this simple little wall art featuring some phases of the moon would be perfectly suited for her bedroom—plus, someday it will make a cool teaching tool perhaps!

I was a little disappointed that the photographs of the moon art don't convey how shiny and silver the moon phases are, thanks to the silver gilding paint. So that's a bit of a bummer. But you'll have to just use your imagination or see for yourself as you create something similar!

Make this silver leaf moon phases art for your walls— A great way to use up scrap pieces of lumber!Supplies: 
-20" long 2×4
-silver gilding paint
-black paint
-moon phases template (you really only need to print out one here)
-picture hanging hardware (not shown)

Tools:
-large & small paint brush

-pencil
-hammer (not shown)

Make this silver leaf moon phases art for your walls— A great way to use up scrap pieces of lumber!Step One: Cover the board with black paint. I watered mine down so that it acted more like a stain than paint.

Step Two: Cut out the moon phases template, and on the back of the template, scribble with a pencil along the border of each shape. This will prepare the shapes for a graphite transfer.

Make this silver leaf moon phases art for your walls— A great way to use up scrap pieces of lumber!Step Three: Place the template right side up onto the board. Now trace around the shapes with a pencil or pen. When you lift the template you should see a graphite outline of the moon phases. You may use the same template, flipped upside down, to do the other half of the board too. The scribbled pencil marks should hold up for at least one more transfer.

IMG_0930Step Four: Use a fine paint brush to fill in the outlines of the moon phases. Allow a little bit of the black to show through, and your shapes will look even more like moon phases.

Step Five: Mount picture hanging hardware on either side of the back of the board, and you're ready to hang your art!

Make this silver leaf moon phases art for your walls— A great way to use up scrap pieces of lumber!Make this silver leaf moon phases art for your walls— A great way to use up scrap pieces of lumber!This simple little wall art is great for using up scrap lumber and is perfect for mixing in with gallery walls or small art arrangements. It's fresh and fun for a kiddo room, or an adult space too!

Mandi

Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson, Photos edited with Spring and Valentine of the Signature Collection.