After we saw such a positive response to our felt toucan wall hanging, we knew we had to make more toucan projects for summer! Instead of another 3D toucan design, Krista took her original illustration and turned it into this adorable 2D papercut toucan wall art that you can hang as seasonal home decor. If you want to switch things up once the weather starts getting colder, it’s super easy to store this away for future years. All this project really entails is cutting and gluing cardstock, so it could be a great way to occupy your kids for a summer afternoon!
Tools & Materials
- Cutting Machine, or Scissors and X-acto blade
- Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
- Cardstock (12 x 12 with a cutting machine, 8.5 x 11 cutting by hand)
- Pink Art Marker
- White Colored Pencil (for detail in eye)
- Glue Dot Roller
- Foam Adhesive Squares (to add dimension to the toucan)
- 9 x 9 Square Frame
Picking your Cardstock
Making this toucan wall art is just a matter of layering your cardstock in a way that is visually appealing. You can choose your own color palette, or you can replicate the teal shades that we used. We used a cardstock that had a slight canvas texture to give the wall art a more professional look. If you are using a cutting machine, you will need 12 x 12 cardstock for the finished 9 x 9 design. To make it easier to print and cut the template by hand, the PDF version is an 8 x 8 design so that you can use regular sized cardstock.
Layering the Pieces
Download the files below and cut according to the template. If you are cutting by hand, you may want to use an x-acto knife to get some of the more intricate details. Once you have everything trimmed, start layering the pieces in the same way that we did. We used a hot glue gun to assemble the flowers, but other than than we used a glue dot roller to attach the layers to each other. To give the toucan some depth, we recommend using little adhesive squares behind the toucan and branch.
We have been loving the tropical theme this summer – it is a fabulous way to embrace the warm weather! For another tropical themed wall hanging project, find our DIY pineapple string art. Decorate your home with a tropical leaf wreath or botanical garland, or host your own luau gathering for friends and family. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily doses of inspiration, or dive into your creative side by becoming a member of our creative community. Enjoy! ~ Lia & Team