One of the simplest ways to dress up your room is by adding lots of fun and trendy decorations to your walls. It’s so much fun to decorate, and what could be better than dressing up your walls with stuff that you have made yourself? Wall art is the bread and butter of room decoration, and you don’t have to settle for store-bought items that everyone else already has. In this chapter, you will find ideas for dressing up your walls with unique décor
Gold Foil Prints
Prints can be so expensive, but making your own is half the cost and twice the fun! For your print, think about using the first letter of your name, a perfume bottle, or even a yummy cupcake. Anything goes! You can freehand your own design, or create your own stencil by printing cool images from the Internet. Just add the word “silhouette” at the end of your Internet searches to ensure your print comes out looking fabulously clear every time. The Gold Foil Prints will look great hanging on that boring wall above your bed, or propped up on your nightstand. The gold pop is exactly what you need to make your room look chic and super fun.
- Shape silhouette printed on 8″ × 10″ printer paper
- Utility knife (such as an X-Acto)
- 1 (8″ × 10″) photo frame
- 3 (11″ × 14″) sheets card stock or posterboard
- Gold gilding paint
- 1 (1″) sponge brush
1.Use your utility knife to cut along the outside border of the black shape you printed, to create a stencil. Do this for as many prints as you want to make.
2.Using the cardboard insert from your photo frame as a guide, cut your card stock with the utility knife so it fits into your picture frame.
3.Center the stencil over the card stock and use the sponge brush to apply the gilding paint. Begin by pressing the sides of the stencil down as you paint inward along the edges in small sections, to make sure that no paint gets underneath the stencil. Then, once you have the gold outline, fill in the rest of the space inside the shape with the paint to complete the design.
4.When the gilding paint is dry (check the recommended drying time on the bottle), remove the stencil and place the print into the frame. Then put the frame back together and display it in your room.
Frame walls look best when you use frames of different sizes, shapes, and colors, so don’t be afraid to step out of the box with this DIY project. There is no wrong way to do this! You can make this project super personal by printing out all of your favorite pictures and popping them into frames. Or, if you don’t want to use photos, this project works great with scrapbook paper or magazine cutouts. This is such an easy way to turn the things you love into art for your room. The possibilities really are endless!
- 4 or more assorted photo frames, different shapes and colors
- 4 or more printed pictures/scrapbook paper/magazine cutouts/printed quotes (1 per frame, sized for the frame it will go in)
- 4 or more nails or pushpins (optional)
1.Take the picture frames you’ve chosen to use for this project and arrange them into a cluster on the floor. Feel free to rearrange and mix them up until you have a pattern you like. An easy way to figure out how to arrange your frames is to start by lining your frames up into equal two rows. Then, adjust two of the frames so they are slightly off center. Using frames of different shapes and sizes makes your frame wall fun to look at. You can even position half of the frames vertically and the other half horizontally.
2.Take your printed photos and decide which frames you want to put them in. Then, one at a time, open up your picture frame and cut your printed photo to fit, using the cardboard photo insert that comes with the frame as your guide.
Once your picture is the correct size, place it in the corresponding frame. Repeat for the other pictures and frames. Finally, hang each frame one at a time using nails or pushpins and the hanging hooks on the back of each frame if desired, transferring the layout you created on your floor onto the wall.
Catch a bit of the Hollywood glamour by making your very own Marquee Sign. These signs are super popular, but buying one can get pretty pricey. The great thing about making your own is that you are not limited to what is sold in stores. Just take a few cardboard letters, some paint, and add a string of round lights for the ultimate room decoration. If you want to get fancy, grab a cardboard star, paint it gold, and add the lights to create an awesome twist on this favorite. Be creative!
- Hollow cardboard letters
- Utility knife (such as an X-Acto)
- Acrylic paint
- 1 (1″) sponge brush
- Pencil Ruler
- strand round-bulbed string lights (this is enough to create a three-letter word, with about 10 lights per letter)
- thumbtacks per letter (optional)
1.Start by using your utility knife to cut the front of the cardboard letter off. Insert the knife tip into the side of the letter, as close to the front edge as you can without going over the edge to the front itself, and cut. Once the entire front of the letter is open, remove the inner lining from the cardboard letter.
2.Next, apply a coat of paint to the inside of each letter. You may need to use two coats of paint to make sure your cardboard is all one color. Set aside to dry for about 1 hour. (See following photo.)
3.Once the paint is dry, sketch out where you want your lights to go by using your pencil to make a circle on the back of the letter where each light will be placed. The circles should be about the size of the bulbs on your string of lights, and equally spaced apart. You will use about 10 lights per letter, so you should have 10 circles. Use your ruler to make sure the circles are evenly spaced. A good rule of thumb is to place them 4″ apart, though this may vary with the size of your letters and the number of lights you have. These circles will give you a rough idea of where each light will go.
4.Repeat the previous steps for each additional letter you’ll use in your sign.
5.Next, lay out your word painted side down with the letters in reverse order, so that it reads from right to left. Use your utility knife to create X-shaped cuts in the center of each circle you sketched on the cardboard. These holes should be big enough to fit the socket of the light through, but not so large that the bulb will fit through. (See following photo.)
6.Remove the bulb from the first light and push the socket through the hole you made. Once the socket is through the hole, lift up the letter and screw the bulb back on from the front side to secure it. Unless the letter you are making is straight up and down, like an “L”, while looking at the backside of the letter, you want to start adding your lights at the bottom right of the first letter in the word, go up and around the letter, and end at the bottom left of each letter. This will make it easier when switching to the next letter, since you’re using the same strand of lights.
7.Once the lights are fastened on each letter, your Marquee Sign is complete. If desired, use thumbtacks to hang it up on your wall near an electric outlet so you can plug it in.