Help bring out your inner superhero with a custom comic book ensemble! I’m helping a friend makeover her young son’s bedroom and I wasn’t finding inspiring items when searching for themed decor at local retailers. I decided to create my own unique pieces featuring her son’s favorite superhero, Captain American. I used basic craft supplies and easy techniques to personalize these Walnut Hollow products. Follow my simple instructions to recreate one, or all, of these projects that are sure to please the superhero in your life.
Walnut Hollow 11″ Decorative Wood Letters
Walnut Hollow Keepsake Box
Walnut Hollow Rustic Shadow Box
Walnut Hollow Rustic Wood Ledge
Acrylic Paint: Red, White, Blue
Foam Brush (Optional)
Star Stencil (Optional)
Help make someone feel super special with comic book superhero letters to spell their name. The letters have keyholes for easy hanging!
Comic Book Superhero Letters
Step One: Paint the back, sides and front border of an 11″ Decorative Wood Letter with acrylic paint.
Step Two: Place a comic book page under the wood letter. Trace around the letter with a pencil and then use scissors to carefully cut the letter from the comic book page.
Step Three: Brush Mod Podge onto the front of the letter. Line up the comic book letter cut-out over the front of the wood letter and press down to seal. Let dry for about 15 minutes.
Step Four: Use a sanding block to remove any paper that may overhang the edge of the letter.
Step Five: Seal the entire letter with a coat of Mod Podge. Repeat the above process for the remaining letters.
The American flag motif of Captain America’s uniform inspired the solid stripes and white stars painted on this piece. This ledge can be used horizontally or vertically, right-side-up or upside-down!
Comic Book Superhero Wood Ledge
Step One: Paint the inside of a Rustic Wood Ledge with blue acrylic paint.
Step Two: Paint the top edge of the ledge with red acrylic paint.
Step Three: Use a pencil and a star stencil to trace three stars, evenly placed and centered, onto the inside of the ledge. Paint the stars with white acrylic paint.
Step Four: Paint the bottom of the ledge with blue acrylic paint.
Step Five: Brush Mod Podge onto the sides of the ledge. Place scenes cut from a comic book onto the ledge and press down to seal. Let dry for about 15 minutes.
Step Six: Use a sanding block to remove any paper that may overhang the edge of the ledge.
Step Seven: Seal the entire ledge with a coat of Mod Podge.
I was inspired by Captain America’s shield for the design of this box. I replicated the circle and star shapes from his shield on the inside of this box. Hang this box over a nightstand or dresser for a wall storage unit or set it on top of a table for some patriotic decor.
Comic Book Superhero Shadowbox
Step One: Use a pencil to trace a shield design onto the inside of the Rustic Shadowbox. Note: You don’t need any special tools for this! I used what I had on hand; an acrylic star, a large ribbon spool, and a paper plate, to design this piece.
Step Two: Paint the inside of the shadow box with red, white, and blue acrylic paint.
Step Three: Paint the outside of the shadow box with blue acrylic paint.
Step Four (Optional): Seal the entire box with Mod Podge. Note: This shadow box is made from rough-hewn pine slats for a fun rustic quality. This piece will be used in a young boy’s room, so I sealed the wood for a smoother finish.
This wood box comes with a hinged lid and is ready to alter. I chose an image of Captain America from a comic book to adorn the lid of this box. I was inspired again by Captain America’s patriotic suit and painted a star and stripes on the inside of the box. This box will serve as a catch-all for odds and ends.
Comic Book Superhero Keepsake Box
Step One: Use a pencil to trace a star and stripes design onto the inside of the Keepsake Box.
Step Two: Paint the inside of the box with red, white, and blue acrylic paint.
Step Three: Paint the outside of the box with red and blue acrylic paint.
Step Four: Brush Mod Podge onto the lid of the box. Place a comic book page onto the center of the lid and press down to seal. Let dry for about 15 minutes. Seal the entire box with Mod Podge.
Once I started this project I didn’t want to stop. These wood pieces are F-U-N! To further complete my ensemble I’m thinking about picking up the Paneled Wood Clock, coordinating Clock Hardware, and the Rustic Pallet Frame.
I hope you’ll try to create one, or all, of these projects! Simply swap the paint colors, symbols and comic book to personalize the above designs to showcase your favorite superhero. What superhero would you choose? I’m more of a super-villain fan myself.
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Dana Tatar I’m currently living in Virginia with my husband and two daughters. I started paper crafting about 9 years ago and have expanded from scrapbooking and now create a little of everything; including cards, tags, ATCs, arches and small gift and home decor items. I frequently find inspiration in music, poetry and pop culture. I’m an active blogger and I like to share my tips and ideas. When I’m not creating art, I enjoy baking, reading, listening to music and spending time outdoors with my family.