Pop art celebrates everyday images and objects with a colorful touch…. and I was dying to make a pop art DIY project. I do not have the opportunity to have pets at this time of my life since my condo has a restriction on dogs and other pets 🙁 but I have plenty of dear people who do (or had). I wanted to create a cool DIY gift for a dear friend of mine. He had a dog named Sebastian who passed away a few years ago and he talks about him all the time…
That love for pets inspired me to make a super easy DIY project… and best of all, it is super budget-friendly. Making a DIY pet pop art portrait is such a fun and unique way to decorate walls.
I used a small IKEA frame I had, some decorative scrapbook papers, and a black and white photo of Sebastian (the dog) to create a vibrant and fun pop art portrait of his dog… and you can make too! My friend could not believe it! It was a wonderful way to remember him.
You need just a few supplies to make it! Check it out:
What you need
- Colored/decorative papers – I used scrapbook and solid
- 1 black and white photo of your pet
- Crayons or colored pencils – I used Crayola’s Orange and Yellow
- Glue stick
- 1 picture frame – I used Ikea’s FISKBO 13x18cm (5x7in) frame
How to make it
First, define how big the image of your pet needs to be. Try to make it big enough so that it is an impactful composition. I had a cropped version of it, so I made it big enough to take the majority of the background. Print the photo in the black and white setting.
Trace the silhouette of the dog, carefully, and then color it with your crayon entirely. Remember the idea is to make an unexpected combination… so think yellow, orange or any other bright color. Once all the surface is colored, start trimming along the border with your scissors. You will have a cutout of the dog.
Then, work on the background. Cut a piece to use as the main color background and finish it with additional colors to make it dynamic. I combined teal scrapbook paper and a solid yellow triangle. Then, glue them together and glue the dog cutout to your desired area. Finally, frame it and hang it for a picture-perfect DIY wall decor!
I created different versions of it using different color combinations! What I love about this DIY pop art project is that it is a truly personalized memento! If you have several pets, you can make a small pop art collection by grouping 3 or 5 frames with coordinating color combinations. So fun!
Let me know how it goes! Happy crafting 🙂 and please share or ask me if you have any questions about the process.