Sunday, January 24, 2010

va-va volume on the walls

Back story: I have really been wanting to add some pizzaz to my apartment walls since I moved in, and well, as you can see on the previous post, I am FINALLY having a little spare time to do so. Now, before I show you what I did to my walls, just know that I used to be a display artist for anthropologie in Illinois and Utah. I might be sorta stuck in that time in my life, because everytime I want to decorate my house, I think of that time.  Oh well. It works for now, with my completely limited budget, and desire to constantly change my decor.

I needed to make something with things I already had, because I didn't have any extra money to spend on decorations. so, what did I have a LOT of, that cost practically nothing?? NOTEBOOK PAPER and DYE.
so here is the tutorial:
notebook paper
RIT dye
OTHER PAPER, that is long, cut into strips at least 4 inches wide
Nap time needed: do this one after they go to BED!!!!

1.fill your sink with hot water and our in some dye (I like to mix colors).
2. put each sheet of notebook paper in separately, so the dye gets to each one (they will stick but that's okay)
3. leave them there for about 1 hour. then take them out, squeeze the water out, and put them on a crappy towel that you don't mind getting dye on, to dry.

4. turn them horizontally, and then cut into +/-2 inch strips.
5. loop them end to end, and put a dab of hot glue to seal them shut. (see below)


6. Then begin hot-gluing the loops to the long strips of other paper, overlapping each row under the last one, like shown.
7. Using thin thumbtacks, hang them up on the wall, however you choose! (I had about 10 different formations, on a totally different wall, before I decided on this last formation around my artwork.-----soooo I would advise taping them up to the wall before you tack them to the wall!!)

TA-DA!!! I told you it was va-va- V O L U M E!!!! Maybe a little much, but that's okay we like to go a little overboard round these parts sometimes. Makes life visually interesting.


{irene} said...

whaaaaaat?? girl you are seriously talented!!!!!!!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Stunning! Love the volume and pizzazz! I am featuring this too at

the mama monster said...

i just found your blog through someday crafts. cute cute stuff. love this idea!

Anonymous said...

did you make those blue pillows? because i'd love to know how to make them!!

handmadecharlotte said...

i am so into that! very nice!

Darcey said...

that looks awesome. i don't think i could pull it off in our living room... it's not as cute as yours :)

Christy said...

Oooohhh... I'm just now seeing this! Love it! Unique and beautiful!

Sonia said...

Lovely idea to frill up a wall! Such cute looking wall you have there now!

iammommahearmeroar said...

That is REALLY cool. AND if you used to work for anthro YOU are REALLY cool. How fun! Thanks for sharing!