Amelia Earh{ART}…see what I did there


Remember back when my baby turned 3. I ugly cried. We had an airplane party. You know some 5 months ago.

We bought this cutting board from The Shops at Target collection for our cheese plate. (You can see the cheese stain proof.) Yes it is the same one John has in the basement. We always planned on shining it up and putting it in Ramona’s room. By always I mean it’s been a vague thought for the past 5 months.

via Brainy Quote

We wanted to find a quote about travel or something that would work with the USA cutting board. Enter this Amelia Earhart quote. Perfect follow up to an airplane party. Did I mention that Ramona was Amelia Earhart for Halloween? Sometimes things just work out.

I sanded the cheese stains away with 80 grit paper and wiped it down.

I used the Dark Walnut stain that I had on hand from our dresser. I brushed it on with a foam brush and wiped it off after 15 minutes. I just wanted to darken the wood grain enough to make it look rich. After letting it dry for 12 hours, I used wipe on poly to seal the stain.

Now the painstaking part of turning a cutting board into art. Nick laid out the quote in illustrator. (Ignore that the words are out of order.) I printed it out on a Avery full sheet label. Then used an X-acto knife to cut out the words. The font was cursive-ish, so it was better than having to cut individual letters out. It took about 2 hours (all nap time), and I found it was easier to move the paper instead of the knife.

I laid out the text and drew 3 lines for spacing and to keep the words straight. I made sure to press down and rub the stickers onto the board.

I spray painted the board in a glossy white. The sticker words did lift in some areas which I half expected. Applying a clear coat of gloss might have helped them stick better, but I didn’t want to risk not being able to pull the stickers off at all. I pulled the stickers up after about 20 minutes since you need to pull them off before the paint is completely dry. I used tweezers and an X-acto.

I used some left over hot pink paint from our chairs for the edge of the board. It gives it a nice definition and a fun splash of color.

I put Ramona’s new artwork on her shelf next to a leftover plane from her party. It will eventually look amazing in an art cluster. We are refusing to hang anything right now since we are selling the house.

Check out our other pinterest challenges.


Airplane Costume // Ombre Dresser // Vintage Art Modification

Gallery Wall // Master Fireplace Styling

Do I get extra points for doing 2 Amelia Earhart pinterest projects? I mean seriously what are the odds.

Of course go check out Megan, Katie, Sherry, and Michelle’s projects along with all the other lovely link ups!

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28 Responses to Amelia Earh{ART}…see what I did there

  2. Sometimes I think I’m the only person in the world who didn’t buy one of those cutting boards. Which is a shame, because look at that fabulous sign you made with yours! LOVE it.

    • Amber says:

      I was on vacation when the Shops debuted and had to go to 2 Targets to find it. Of course my regular Target still had some when I stopped in a week later. Oh well I wasn’t going to risk it!

  3. I don’t have one either Gretchen, but now I want one :) Amber, that looks amazing!!! WOW. What a great quote and your art piece rocks!!! Love it!

  4. I see what you did there! 😉 I LOVE this project! Both the quote and touch of pink are perfect :)

  5. You totally get extra points! Cute idea. I love the pink edges.

  6. cassie says:

    this is AWESOME! you seriously always rock out this challenge! i think i started following you on the last one. pinning yours- love the pink outline!

    • Amber says:

      Haha thanks Cassie. This is just further proof that I work when I have a deadline. Otherwise I like to over think things to the point of extreme procrastination.

  7. I love it so much. I still can’t get over how much she loves aviation. Like, it really really really touches my heart. I love that quote so much. That little Ramona is going to grow up into one amazing woman, all thanks to her wonderful parents :)

    • Amber says:

      Haha thanks! We certainly hope so. She’s showing real promise today with sneaking marshmallows for snacks and dumping all the dvds on the floor! I have a feeling that when she can read that sign she’s going to use it as an excuse for her shenanigans. Never a dull moment.

  8. Stacey says:

    WOW!! I am blown away! I want to make one for myself!! I just stumbled across this blog from the Pinterest Challenge (in which I also participated) and am wowed!

  9. Wow! I LOVE this. I’ve been collecting vintage planes for years for our future kiddo’s room – I definitely plan on using this idea!! Thanks!

    • Amber says:

      This would go great with a collection of vintage planes! I’m incredibly jealous you have some! I looked for them while I was planning Ramona’s birthday, but I only found really expensive ones! Maybe I’ll renew the search.

      • The collection started with a metal airplane lamp that was specially made for the son of the CEO of GM in like the 60s, then was given to my uncle, then my dad. Since I decided I loved it, people have been collecting pieces for me here and there for years!

  10. Rachel says:

    So so neat! Love it! You guys have the coolest style ever. I’m jealous.

    • Amber says:

      Thanks Rachel you are too sweet! I’m actually the world’s worst stylist. I have these great ideas for a single piece and then can’t complete a vignette. A room well you can completely forget about that. I blame ADD with an added laziness factor.

  11. Looks great Amber! I’m really diggin how you were able to swing the letters. Nice idea to paint the edge too!

    • Amber says:

      Thanks! I wanted to try some different that store bought stickers since we did something similar for our summer pinterest artwork. The board came with a blue edge, so they kinda set me up for that stroke of genius.

  12. I LOVE it! The pink edge and the wood stain of the letters equals perfection. Don’t be surprised if you come home one day and it’s gone. But trust me, I won’t have anything to do with it. No ma’am.

  13. Tamsyn says:

    I officially love everything you guys do! This is just so perfect :)

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