It’s February, you’re still suffering from the festive season splurge, and you really don’t need another project/activity which is going to cost you money. That’s why, our very first DIY Friday series starts with something so cheap & simple, your 4-year-old niece (she’s almost 5, she reminds me, regularly) can do it!
Why? Because bare walls are bleak. We’ve just moved into a new spot & we’re looking to brighten things up without buying pricey wall hangings.
Time? 30 minutes (minus shopping time)
- Fabric of your choice (note: for added meaning & a little artistic flair, try framing fabric from a loved item of clothing or furnishing which you can’t let go of. It could be both beautiful & meaningful & will make for a half-decent conversation-piece at your next party. Re-using old fabric is also cheaper & better for the environment).
- A stretched canvas (you could get this from art stores or from a wholesaler like Osman’s for between R15 & R100 a piece) OR make your own frame using these instructions: http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/2013/09/25/how-to-build-a-diy-wood-frame-for-photos-and-printables.html
- If you don’t have a frame you could use the styrofoam method.
- Why not use old picture frames or large, leftover bits of (thick) cardboard packaging? Even shoebox lids work!
- A staple gun (I got mine at Builder’s Warehouse, but you could try multiple hardware stores, Makro, etc.) OR superglue, OR possibly thumb tacks/push pins, depending on whether they’ll penetrate the wood you’ve chosen or not.
- Get fabric with large patterns which pick up colours in the room you’re looking to decorate.
- If you like, get frames of different sizes & try to arrange them attractively on an empty wall. Try to avoid an enormous pile of disorganised colour, and stagger them evenly & carefully to create a feature.
- Certain fabrics may not work well on frames – if it’s too ‘stretchy’, thin, or worn, it may not work
- If you’re skint, go with the shoebox option pictured above!.
For video instruction, visit the Nursery DIY page.
There! A simple, easy & potentially cheap way to decorate your home. The DIY way. I’ll show you mine as soon as I’ve convinced my partner to let me cut up his favourite Sun Pulp t-shirt 🙂
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