Wednesday, March 19, 2014

ridiculously easy DIYs

Hi, my name is Lauren and I have no eye for design. Also, I am too lazy to craft. However, these are some projects I did to personalize my house that require little effort and even less design skill. I'm linking up for Wedding Wednesday since I used so many leftover wedding materials, too.

In case you want to pin this, I'm helping you out...

1) Make an event shadow box: I did this pre-blog so no pics of the process, sorry. I got a shadow box from Ikea (I think it was $10. They also sell them at Michael's) and put things that were important to our wedding in it. The fabric is what I used to cover our card box, I stuck in an invitation, ribbon used to tie the favors, stones from the centerpieces, a favor box lid that we folded and stamped, the flower clip I wore, and a photo booth strip. I have saved things over the years to commemorate other trips but haven't made them into shadowboxes. So, so easy though.



2) Tile wall art/photo coasters: Since food is a big part of our lives, I wanted to represent that somewhere in the living room. Since I had an extra paper coaster from The Spotted Pig in NYC and some Mod Podge, I just stuck that thing down to an old tile (left from the coasters we made from our wedding - I think they are .30 at Home Depot or Lowe's) and then went over it with 2-3 coats of Mod Podge. It's hanging with a Command strip. You could also get larger tiles for larger art, or just do the same process to make coasters to display at home (but if you do that, buy cork or felt to place on the bottom). The pics that you get from Walgreens using the Printstagram app are the perfect size for this project.



3) Bottlecap art: We have  been saving bottle caps for years for no real reason. Andrew tries lots of different beer varieties, so we have many different types. St. Arnold's, a Houston-based brewery, prints silly, punny sayings on the inside of their caps (like "I love brew" and "Foam Sweet Foam"). I went through the caps, pulled out ones I liked, and pulled out sayings that were good for our home. I had a frame that was double matted with cardboard between each layer - basically, the art wasn't going to touch the glass. Then I got a piece of cardstock the size of the opening and hot glued the bottle caps to it. It may not be everyone's thing, but Andrew and I like it and had it not worked out, all it cost me was my time. One of my friends had the idea to glue the caps to a wooden plaque you can get at a craft store, but I was impatient and used what I had on hand.



4) Collect stuff to hang: A long time ago, I saw the idea to save menus from special dinners so that you can hang them in your home. Since then, we have done that, and I have a few already hanging over my buffet. I'll post pics when the table finally comes. But, it's an easy, free, frame-filling thing to put up. If you were into theater, you could do the same with programs, and if you were into parks, you could probably get park maps. I just love to display memories. Lots of frames I used for this and my next project were left from my wedding.

A sneak peek of the dining area.

5) The darn gallery wall: I googled "how to hang a gallery wall" and looked at a million inspiration pictures before just doing it. Mine is definitely not the best you will ever see, but here are some tips nearly anyone could use:

  1. Remember, most things can be returned, so buy more than you think you'll need. Take sizes, shapes, and picture content into consideration (for example, I didn't want too many artistic things together without breaking it up with a photo).
  2. I thought that making paper templates of each frame to hang to the wall would be a waste of time since I had space to place everything out on the floor, but it was the best thing I did to actually see what I wanted. I highly recommend it!
  3. I chose to (attempt to) hang everything along the same bottom line. I taped a piece of string the length of the wall and it helped.
  4. If you use Command strips, the part where you clean the wall with alcohol isn't just a suggestion. DO IT. Also, they are not perfect. I may have a few missing chunks of paint beneath some of those frames. But you will never know for sure...
A progress pic. Once I got everything on the wall, it was way too close together. So glad I didn't skip this!

So there you go - DIYs for a non-DIYer. Many of them could make quick, easy gifts if you know people into handmade stuff. Any other ideas for easy DIYs that I can incorporate before I put my hot glue gun away?

Wedding Wednesday

25 comments:

  1. i really should get on those shadow box things. i have two from TEN YEARS ago and they're just sitting in our basement untouched.

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

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  2. Cute ideas! I especially love the shadow box and the coasters.. I need to get me some modge podge!

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  3. The coasters, duh! I have some Mod Podge in my craft drawer that needs to be used and abused.

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  4. I love shadow boxes and filling them with so many different things and memories. I like the bottle caps project, perfect for those rare and random beer caps and the sayings add a great touch.

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  5. That shadow box is so sweet! I have been saving all of our beer bottle lids to make things with too! I haven't done anything with them yet but I have a few ideas.

    Your gallery wall is just amazing. I would be so nervous once it game to hanging everything! Testing it out is so smart! I dont want more holes than necessary.

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  6. Instead of buying new picture frames I repainted all the one's I already had. Painting a frame is an easy way to update a look.

    I have been wanting to try the DIY coaster idea but they are always sold out of white tiles when I go to the store.

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  7. Good for you! I love the shadow box a lot.

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  8. The shadow box is a great idea! I think I registered for one from Pottery Barn to use after our wedding. Such a great idea.

    Thanks for linking up!

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  9. Oh, my gosh! The menu idea is SUCH a good one for you two! What a neat thing to do! I love the idea of the shadow box--I've been meaning to make one for a long time. The bottle cap art is pretty swanky too! Maybe I'll make something with all those wine corks I have laying around!!

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  10. That shadow box is so cute. I mess up every single DIY so I need easy projects for sure!
    ~Amanda-Meet @ the Barre

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  11. Well for someone who isn't a crafter you sure are crafty!! I'm impressed! The shadow box and bottle caps are great ideas! What a fun way to display memories without feeling cluttered!

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  12. we are big craft beer drinkers out here in portland and my friend made really cool coasters where she took different cardboard 6 packs and cut them out and them modge-podged them on to coasters and they are awesome!

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  13. I like your ideas! I'm a wannabe DIY-er, but I think I just like the idea of DIY. :)

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  14. I'm planning in doing a gallery wall in our new place & as much as I just want it up, I know I shouldn't skip the "paper" part.
    Will you be posting your final gallery after all that work? :)

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  15. I love the wedding shadow box! So pretty. I have become a lazy crafter lately. I am in a stage where I prefer to buy finished product! I also love the bottle cap art!! Fun post!

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  16. I've made shadow boxes before... I think they're so cute and add so much more to the experience of looking at a photo then just the photo itself.

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  17. I made Josh the coolest (in my opinion) piece of art out of beer caps and shaped it into a Detroit D! I love that kind of artwork and easy DIY's in general!

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  18. I love the idea of a shadow box or framing maps/menus/etc. because I keep so much stuff from trips, but never actually do anything with it! Those are great suggestions and I love that they are DIYs that my seriously UN-crafty skills could handle. Great post Lauren!

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  19. I really love how you used the paper templates for your gallery wall. I've been looking to do something similar in our house and this is a great way to preview what will be hanging there! And your shadow box is adorable! Thanks for the ideas :)

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  20. I have all of these collected items laying around :) I really like the frame bottled caps...better than glued on something. I might be fun to do initials in bottle caps! Your decorating looks great!

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  21. I love that bottle cap idea. My friend tries different beers from the various countries she travels to; that's a cute idea for her to try.

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  22. These are so cool!! I especially love the coasters and the framed menus...such a cute idea! Also, I'm totally behind the paper templates. They have saved my walls and my sanity on many occasions!

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  23. I always want to save programs but feel bad just letting them kick around. I never thought of framing them, duh!

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  24. I don't even know what hodgepodge is so you are crafty in my book. ;) love the shadow box and I had a similar flower clip on my hair on our wedding day!

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