The Big Shot goes BROADWAY

Well, we have spent the last week trapped in our house due to a huge snow and ice storm. What is a Mom to do? Redecorate her 13-year old’s bedroom! 😉 Christina is a HUGE Broadway fan and wanted a Broadway themed room. The Big Shot to the rescue! I purchased StampinUp’s vinyl Decor Element sheets and cut all the letters with my Serif Essentials die set (spendy yes, but it just paid for itself in a MAJOR way!). The name “Christina” was purchased from “that other vinyl company” long before SU came out with Decor Elements.

We had so much fun planning what shows we would put on the wall!

She loves anything that has to do with Wizard of Oz or Wicked! Can you see her little Boyd’s Bear Wizard of Oz collection?

The clocks on the wall are another favorite part of her room. The times are set for Broadway time, London’s West End Theatre District, and Oklahoma City time. 🙂 I used the Timeless Type alphabet die for these.

Christina’s prize possessions are her Broadway posters. Can you guess her favorite? Her walls are the same color as Elphaba’s skin!

Here are my tips if you want to give this a try. Now, c’mon…. it’s really pretty easy! It took me about 7 hours to do this room (and I even did 6 loads of laundry while I worked on it!)

  • If you are cutting a lot of words, write them down. Make a list with A-B-C-D, etc. Put a tic mark next to every letter so you know how many letters to cut. This will make things go so much faster because there are 4 letters on each die and will speed things up to cut all the letters at once.
  • You can cut 2 pieces of vinyl at a time.
  • You MUST use the transfer paper that comes with your vinyl sheets (vinyl purchased from the craft stores DO NOT include the transfer paper and this is all but impossible to do without it).
  • Draw a straight line on the front of the sticky side sheet.
  • Peel back a little of the paper backing to expose the sticky side. Place the the first letter of your word on the straight line, vinyl side DOWN. leaving its paper backing in place.
  • Continue placing letters, keeping the spacing the same.
  • Place the sticky side to your wall and use a bubble level along the straight line and level it out, moving it until you have it perfectly level..
  • Place a piece of painters tape (blue tape) along the top.
  • Peel off the backing from the letters (this is very easy to do and you don’t have to burnish it).
  • Press onto the wall but DON’T take off the sticky paper yet!
  • Move on to your next word and use the straight line from the previous word to help you line up the next one. Use the bubble level again along BOTH words to insure that are perfectly straight.
  • Place blue tape along the 2nd word and remove the paper backing from the letters.
  • You can now burnish the letters and remove the sticky paper from the FIRST word (leave the 2nd word so you can use the straight line to level your 3rd word).

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  1. You did an awesome job on her bedroom – what a great idea to cut the Decor Vinyl. Now you’ve got me thinking since I just bought that alphabet!

  2. Loni says:

    From one Broadway fan to another: that is just WICKED!

  3. Oh my Stars!!!!! I haven’t seen a better project using the Big Shot and Vinyl. Christina is one lucky gal 🙂

  4. e_donaldson says:

    What a great job! I bet she loves it!!! Thank you so much for sharing, fantastic work!

    – Elizabeth
    Co-Owner
    http://www.missimagination.com

  5. barb says:

    You did an amazing job on this room, Connie! Wicked awesome!

    barb

  6. Michelle says:

    I had googled Wizard of Oz Rooms because I’m stuck on what to do with my entry hall.

    Formal? not me

    Wizard of Oz? SO me

    I ran across your blog and thought I’d mention a linky party you (your daughter) should hook up to:

    http://lindaomasoldebaggsnstuftshirts.blogspot.com/2011/01/celebrate-oz.html

    Hope she never outgrows her love of Oz!

  7. A Wicked Fan :D says:

    i get to redo my room and i think im gonna use your tips! This room is wicked!! 😀 XD

    • Connie says:

      Oh fun!!! You could even do it with the songs from Wicked all the way around the room too. A friend of my daughter’s showed her “this awesome bedroom I found on Pinterest” and showed her a picture of HER OWN ROOM. He didn’t believe her so he had to come over to see it in person. 🙂

  8. jessica says:

    What is the paint color you used?

  9. Tiffany says:

    Where can I buy the Broadway play decals? I am a Theatre teacher and that would be perfect for my classroom.

    • Connie says:

      Tiffany, I am SO jealous! I would LOVE to have your job! As far as the letters, I actually just cut them out with my Big Shot machine and a set of alphabet dies. Does your school have one of these? Many of them do. Check around online for places to buy the vinyl (we no longer carry it) but avoid the vinyl sold at the craft stores. It’s not good stuff. Look for companies that specialize in vinyl (graphics). Hope that helps!

      • Tiffany says:

        Hello Connie, I am a new Theatre teacher and I’m super excited about starting the school year. I am so sad I cannot find those decals anywhere. I think our school has something similar, cannot remember what it’s called. Any other suggestions? I HAVE to have this in my classroom.

  10. Tiffany says:

    If I paid you for the vinyl could you make the Broadway titles for me? I am so behind, I just got hired on Friday and have had training all week and more the next couple of weeks, then school starts. I still have to plan my lessons and have a HUGE theatre room to decorate. The fun begins 🙂

    • Connie says:

      Oh Tiffany, I am sorry but I am not in a position to do it but send me your email address and I will get you in touch with someone who can. I have a friend who would do an awesome job for you! My email address is connie.stewart@cox.net.

  11. Tiffany says:

    Thank you!
    🙂

  12. kate says:

    My 9 yr old is a HUGE theatre fan. We are redoing her room and some Pinterest searches led us to your site. She freaked when she saw it. She is a huge Wicked fan next to a Matilda fan. She has auditioned for Matilda 6 times now and got to meet Mrs. Wormwood. so the show is very dear to us. She wants to do a combination of Wicked and Matilda and also all the other shows.we will see how that goes. thanks for the great ideas. I do not have a vinyl machine if I emailed you does your friend still do the vinyl for purchase? Thanks again for the great ideas.

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