Friday, July 23, 2010

Modern Style Wall Art

I saw this modern style of wall art recently which I thought would be really simple to recreate with materials lying around the house:

The original piece is made from metal and would probably cost a fortune to buy and would be quite difficult to make, but the idea of a square sequence of wall designs with this type of pattern is the concept I have taken and tried to replicate as it is very in keeping with the modern style of decor.

Here is my take on the design:

Close up:

What you will need:

1. Old black jewellery boxes. (Ideally large in size, such as those for necklaces etc.)2. Nail scissors (with a pointed end)
Nails for hanging wall art.

How to Make:

Cut the interior lining of the jewellery boxes as in the picture:

Snap the two pieces apart, making sure not to tear the black material covering the box.

On the back of the bottom part of the box (the piece without writing on it in the above picture), etch in a design using a pointed nail scissors. (Used as it is sharp but also small enough to make detailed patterns.) In this case, I imitated the pattern on the metal squares, using diagonal wavy lines. If using this pattern, leave about a cm around the edges of the square without pattern, as a kind of boarder.

Experiment with the amount of lines you etch and the space between each diagonal line to create a more distinct pattern if you wish. Don't feel that you have to use this particular pattern either - concentric circles, squares within squares or abstract patterns could be just as effective!

4. Repeat this three times to create three designed squares.

5. Hang/balance each on a nail on a wall using the top edge of the box where the red dot in the picture is:
6. Line up the wall art either horizontally or vertically (as I have) on the wall.

7. Hold on to the tops of the jewellery boxes you have used for future projects and admire your new piece of modern art!

Look out for more Modern Style accessories in future posts!

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Modern Style

I have been inspired recently by the modern style of home decor and have now included it in my list of themes. I will be posting a DIY project based on this theme soon!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wicker Basket Nightlight

I have to admit that I am a bit of a romantic and for this reason I would like to start my blog off with the Romantic theme of decor.

This is a quick and easy idea for adding interest and a splash of colour (and nature!) to a surface in a room. I made this to match my bedroom colour scheme.

What you will need:

1. Small wicker basket
2. Assortment of pebbles
3. Dark coloured tissue paper from wrapping etc. (preferably in a neutral colour like chocolate brown/black/etc)
4. Nightlight
5. Cloth/paper flower (from an old flower arrangement/a hat/brooch/hair accessory etc. This should be chosen to match/complement the colour scheme of the room.)

How to make:

1. Crunch up the tissue paper and use it to fill the bottom of the basket, having some of it spilling out over the edge of the basket.

2. Insert the stem of the flower into the tissue paper so that the head of the flower is lying on its side against the basket side.

3. Cover this layer of tissue paper with pebbles (as in the picture), making sure to secure the flower in the basket with pebbles around the base of its head. Remember to leave a hollow in the middle of the basket for the candle to sit in.

4. Insert a nightlight on top of the pebbles in the centre of the basket. Make sure some tissue paper is
visible around the exposed edge of the basket to balance the flower.

Warning! This item is not suitable to light as it could be a fire hazard.
It is for ornamentation purposes only!

Keep an eye out for more Romantic Style posts in the future!