VW Bus and Moto-Saw giveaway

 

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I never knew how fun it would be to decorate a little boys room! I’ve been stuck in the land of pink and pretty and never had to venture into the realm of boy. Decorating Gunners nursery has opened my eyes and even allowed me a little self indulgence!

I have always had a small obsession with the VW Bus! My grandpa used to own a beige bus that we as kids adored. We used to camp out on it’s stiff benches and use it as as our club house when my dad had it for a weekend. I have wonderful memories of this classic automobile. It’s my dream to one day own a restored Bus but until then I think I’ll just try my hardest to infuse my love of the VW Bus onto my kids!

When I was challenged to create a project with the Dremel Moto-Saw I automatically knew what I wanted to created. This giant VW Bus wall art idea had been floating around my head from the moment I knew I’d be decorating for a little boy. It was something I had never done before but I was certainly up for the challenge.

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The first step was to try my hand at a little freehand drawing. I found an image online and tried my best to copy it’s form. Trust me… I’m no artist but the Bus has some pretty simple lines and it’s far from over detailed so I wasn’t to worried that something good would come out of my practice draws.

 

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This is where the fun began. I picked up a thin piece of wood from Home Depot that measures 4 x 4′ and cost just under $10. With my new found confidence in bus sketching I took my time and freehand drew a bus onto the wood. This took me about an hour with lots of erasing (use a pencil) and patience. To get the curved details I used my metal yard stick and bent it and traced the curve to get the right angle. I also used paper cut out patterns for the lights and mirrors. Anything that I needed to make symmetrical for the sides I used a paper temple that I first hand drew. My goal was to make it look hand drawn and less then perfect.

Once I was down drawing it was time to put my Moto-Saw to work. I LOVE that this saw can be used in two ways. It can be stationary and clamped to a table top or used manually by hand! I loved using it manually and I was super impressed with its permission and easy to work with.

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Once the outline was cut out I could really see this project taking shape. I sanded the edges with my power sander and now it was ready to add some detail work.

 

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I wanted to add texture and help define the details so I got out the Dremel. I love this tool! I used it to carve out the rest of the pencil marking that would create the bus front. Everything started to pop once I added this step. This step would also make the painting process super easy.

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After I had cut in to all the drawings on the bus I lightly sanded the top to take away any splintering edges. I brushed off the dust and it was ready for paint.

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I wanted to still be able to see a lot of the wood grain in this piece so I opted to use a white wash technique for my paint. I watered down my acrylic craft paint first and did one coat over the entire surface.

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The parts that I knew I wanted to be white I went over with a few more coats. You can see in photo the difference between the whites. My windows are 1 coat and the others are about 4 coats.

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Next I added my green. I also added a small amount of water to this color to get a more transparent look. This is a great way to see how much grain you want. I decided it needed about 2 coats to reach the look I wanted.

For my hardware I used a paint with a metallic finish to get a fun look similar to real car hardware.

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And lastly all the groves that were carved out were defined with a gray paint pen. This really helped to finish off the entire look. The paint pen fit perfectly into the crevasses and it took me 2 pens to complete this entire project.

For mounting I used wood glue to adhere two 2′ long 1″ wide pieces of wood. I allowed the glue to dry over night and used 3M Command strips on the wood pieces to stick it to the wall. This wood is so light weight the Command strips work great!

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I love how huge this is! It really makes a statement in this fun room. I also love that it isn’t perfect. That’s the best part about art. There is something prefect about imperfect art! It’s folk art at it’s finest.

I absolutely loved working with my Dremel Moto-Saw and now one lucky winner will get to try their hand at a Moto Saw of their very own!

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You too could put this bad boy to work to create fun projects of your own. The winner of this giveaway will win one FREE Dremel Moto-Saw that comes with carrying case, extra blades, table attachments and power cord. All you need to add is your creative ideas!

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Winner will be announced on the Blue Cricket Design Facebook page and must claim their prize within 48 hours before a new winner is chosen.

 

** Disclosure: I was entered to win a Dremel Moto-Saw Prize package in exchange for this post. I was not compensated and the opinions shared in this post are my own.

29 Comments

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  1. 1

    Cutting out letters!! Giant letters!

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    MeganM. says:

    I want to start some christmas presents (I’m wierd, I know. :) So this would help make them a lot easier! :)

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    Oh, the amazing things I could do! Giant letters, a map of the USA for my nephew…. Pick me, pick me! : )

    P.S. Love the VW Bug!

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    Amber E. says:

    OMG! You have no idea how badly my son and I want one of these! We want to make really awesome artwork!

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    Tai Bender says:

    This is completely adorable! I want to CUTALLTHETHINGS! I love a new power tool!

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    Amanda W says:

    I would love to have one!

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    I would definitely cut out giant initials for front door wreaths!

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    Oooh, I’d love to use these for tons of different projects…well for Josh anyway! Ha ha :)

  9. 10

    I love it! Such a cute VW bus! Would love to win and try my hand at making something as cute as your bus!

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    Rosalee says:

    Oh my goodness! I LOVE it! It is SOOOO cute! I’d love to try making a giant Y for my boys’ BYU room!

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    cheryl francis says:

    I want to make plaques with it. My daughters and I love to craft and paint.

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    Taylor-Ann says:

    Oh the possibilities! I could see myself (or my husband) creating fun decor for the house or the boys bedrooms.

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    I’d love to make some big wall words!

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    I can imagine making soooo many things. Words, shapes for the nursery, party cutouts. The possibilities seem endless!

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    Love the bus! This would definitely go towards making some Christmas presents! ;D

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    I’d make some fun scrolly artwork for my daughter’s walls. Then I’d start on some puzzles for her. Looks like a super fun tool!

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    I’m dying to make a map for the wall……this would make it so easy!! Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize!!

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    I love this bus! I need to make one for my Grandson’s room, so of course I need the Dremel Moto Saw!

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    I LOVE THIS!! I could only imagine the things that I could create! I have just gotten into making wooden signs with different sayings done in vinyl. This would be an amazing prize to win!

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    I have been wanting to make my own shark wall hanging like PBKids has. This tool would make it happen!

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    Chaucea says:

    *wistful sigh* The family car was a ’63 bus that we had for many decades and through many adventures. That bus was amazing, went everywhere–even where most 4WD vehicles feared to tread–and even the worst mechanical issues could be resolved with a bit of duct tape. Loved that bus! :-D

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    I would love to do so many things!!! I just want to decorate my kids rooms so bad and this would be awesome!

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    Ricki Duke says:

    I would like to cut out letters for the grand kids rooms.

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    Rhonda G says:

    I would love to do a huge Hello Kitty for my 6 year old granddaughter’s room! I would be the best Nana around :)

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    Excelente herramienta me será de mucha utilidad gracias por todo.

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