Ever since I saw the preview in theaters months ago, I have been stoked about the new Wonder Woman movie coming out. It looks simply incredible (if you haven’t seen the preview yet, check it out below). That’s why I jumped at the chance to create an awesome Wonder Woman DIY for May’s Movie Monday Challenge. There are a lot of tutorials out there for the Lynda Carter portrayal of Diana Prince so I wanted to create a project that is geared to the more gladiatorial look of the upcoming Wonder Woman. This DIY Wonder Woman Inspired Journal is exactly that. The sentiment “Fight Like a Girl” will be a constant reminder to be empowered and authentic.
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- Blank Composition Notebook
- Navy Acrylic Paint
- Maroon Acrylic Paint
- White Acrylic Paint
- Champagne Gold Acrylic Paint
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint
- Fine Arts Paint Brush
- 2 in Household Paint Brush
- Brown Paper Lunch Bag
- Cricut Tool Kit
- Mod Podge
- Cutting Mat
First, paint the bottom of the notebook cover navy blue using your fine arts paint brush.
Next, paint the top of the notebook cover maroon and leave a 2 inch gap in the center of the notebook cover.
Set your notebook aside to dry.
Next cut along a corner fold of your brown paper lunch bag until you reach the bottom. Then cut and remove the bottom rectangle completely. Lay your bag flat as you see in the picture above.
Place a spare composition notebook on your lunch bag. It does not have to be blank it only needs to be the same size.
Next, fold in the flap of the lunch bag to the inside of the back cover of your notebook as pictured.
Wrap the bag around the front cover of your notebook in the same fashion.
- Think back to when you made covers for your textbooks in school to help with this part.
Write the words, “Like A” in the center of the front part of the lunch bag cover in pencil.
Next, write “Fight” in pencil centered above.
Lastly, write the word “girl” in cursive underneath the words “Like A” on the cover.
Remove your paper bag cover from the composition notebook and place it on your cutting mat.
Begin cutting out your letters using the flat knife from your Cricut tool kit.
Continue cutting out letters until all of your words are cut out.
- If you have trouble getting your letters out of the paper, use the tiny metal “spatula” tool in your Cricut tool kit.
Age your paper bag by dry brushing black paint and burnt umber paint alternatively over it. Next, crumple up your paper bag and then re-flatten it.
- Use your 2 inch household paint brush for this step.
- Take extra caution when dry brushing over your cut out words. You don’t want to rip any of them.
- If your letters are bent or skewed after crumpling your paper bag, carefully flatten them back out and place a heavy book over top.
Pull your notebook back over and paint a second coat of navy paint on it.
Next, paint a second coat of maroon paint on it. Allow your paint to dry.
After your second coats of paint have dried, paint the center strip of your notebook cover white and allow it to dry.
Once your white paint has dried go over it with a heavy coat of gold paint. Again, allow your paint to dry before moving on.
Once all of your paint has dried, go over your entire front cover with Mod Podge using your household paint brush.
Next, place the cut out words part of your paper bag over the Mod Podge and seal in place with an additional coat of Mod Podge. Allow it to dry.
Turn your notebook over and do the same on the back with the remaining paper bag.
Seal your journal with a final coat of Mod Podge and allow it to dry.
Lastly, trim all of the excess edges from your paper bag cover.
This DIY Wonder Woman inspired journal turned out fantastically. Looking at it make your inspired to take on the world and “Fight Like a Girl”. What does fighting like a girl mean to you? To me it means fighting with love, strength, and compassion which it what all people should do. Wonder Woman is definitely the kind of role model I want my daughter looking up to. This journal is an excellent reminder of that. Now it’s time to check out the other amazing Wonder Woman ideas from my friends below!
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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.