I’ve gotten a few requests asking me how I created this brain for my classroom wall. The glowing brain you see on Pinterest is a finished product. The real reality? My hands were covered in adhesive. My kitchen table stained with spraypaint, and I had to improvise with duct tape and bowls on the back to hang this thing on my wall. After it fell down about 98 times, it finally stayed. Last summer, I was like, oh, I want a light up brain on my wall. You know how that goes. Or, at least my family does.. a mess was on it’s way.
- pink fluffy yarn (for the border and the lines in the sections)
- thin pink yarn (for all the squiggles)
- pink or red tissue paper for background color (paint might be easier)
- spray paint (just to add a bit of coloring over the tissue paper)
- decoupage glue to glue tissue paper down
- spray adhesive to glue yarn down
- foam core for shape
- exacto knife (so you can feel like you are doing brain surgery)
- Christmas lights
- pizza for dinner (because your kitchen table will be occupied for about 24 hours while this thing dries)
I cut the brain with an Exacto knife and coated it with decoupage glue. I smeared wadded up tissue paper all over it to give it a rough-ish brain-like texture. I thought it didn’t quite look brainish. So, I added squiggled yarn all over. The decoupage glue didn’t work, so I used some spray adhesive. Holy big mess, Batman! My hands were sticky for about three weeks after I made this. After it dried overnight, I poked the lights through the back . The great thing about the foam core was it was easy to poke the lights through AND they held in place. When I went to hang it, I realized it would need to be raised off the board a bit for the cords to have room. After a brainstorm (HA!) I found Styrofoam bowls that I found shoved in my filing cabinet with a little duct tape they did the trick. I had to run a string through the top and hang it with two giant push pins. It stayed up all year. Now it’s in my garage. Because, that’s what happens at the end of the year. I move stuff and don’t know where to go with it. The Pintereality of it all is that I have a giant, light up brain in my garage. What do you do with that sort of thing? When I’m on Hoarders some day, at least it will make a good story.