Posts tagged ‘art wall’

September 19, 2011

ribbon hanger

Pick an inconspicuous door for posting classwork, invitations, snapshots or art.  Attach a ribbon to the inside of the door & drape it over the outside.  Use any sort of clip or clothes pin for hanging.

  • a cinch to trade out pieces of art
  • use different ribbons or clips for holidays
  • add up to three ribbons for Christmas card display
  • group similar pieces (ie. all b/w photos) for an artsy look
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August 29, 2011

artist angles

The bulldog clip post in wall works from May 16th  (http://edit423.com/2011/05/16/bulldog-clip-art-display/) wins the clicks count.  So, check out the new picture angles below + ideas for where to place art displays in your home.  The fridge is begging for mercy.  Before (yaaaawn…):

After: 

The wall space is in a landing area – a few steps down, square landing, then turn right for the remaining flight.  The pictures above are taken from the main floor, a person faces the display as they’re coming up the stairs from the basement.  The area is approximately 5 1/2 ‘ x 9 1/2’ – what an excellent use of dead vertical space!  (if I do say so myself…)

Other art display location ideas:

  • behind doors in kids’ rooms
  • garage walls
  • laundry room walls
  • transition areas, similar to example above
  • any blank wall – but don’t go crazy…keep some walls empty for the zen effect
August 25, 2011

magnet board +

The piece below has been in operation for nearly 8 years, moving from toddler to tween with ease.

Directions:

  1. find a large frame (shown -thrift shop, $7) with approx. 3/8″ deep inset
  2. cut a piece of  1/4″ plywood to frame size
  3. attach french board portion using batting, fabric, ribbon, staple gun &  glue
  4. nail or glue separation wood strip or trim
  5. use construction adhesive (caulk gun tube) to adhere a piece of sheet metal (sized to remaining area) to plywood, make top edge flush to wood separation piece
  6. secure into frame, attach to wall – finished product is heavy!  Use appropriate hardware for a safe usage.

Tips:

  • use wall space behind a door – floor to near ceiling
  • other possible combos – dry erase, bulletin board, bulldog clips
  • if ribbons get saggy, glue them at intersections & disguise with button, or use a deep, unmovable tack
August 3, 2011

lean look

Resting framed photos or art against a wall creates a casual, relaxed feel.  Plus, there’s no hole commitment threatening to last for years.  Shelving options abound, or simply use the top surface of a piece of furniture. 

Directions for pictured shelf:

  1. purchase 3 boards at whatever length (shown is 2′) – back board 1/2″ thick & 3 1/2″ tall, ledge board 3/4″ x 2 1/2″, front lip board 3/8″ x 1 1/2″
  2. using nails or brads & wood glue connect the back board flush with the ledge board’s top surface, let dry
  3. attach front lip to ledge facing, raising the lip piece 1/4″ up to be used as a “stop” for display items
  4. sink front nail holes & fill with wood filler
  5. prime & paint shelves
  6. secure directly onto wall through back piece & into studs
June 23, 2011

gourmet display

Favorite restaurants & travel memories in one.  A personal & guest favorite in our kitchen.

Tips & ideas: 

  • using the same color matte helps to unify the grouping
  • similar picture content relaxes the eyes
  • two different frame colors make the piece not as predictable nor terribly inconsistent
  • climbing pictures up a wall close to the ceiling adds drama
  • fond memories bring out good moods
  • if picture placement is not your forte, try a kit like this* 
  • if you purchase frames, cut out paper to size to test arrangement on wall prior to creating holes

*http://www.thepicturewallcompany.com/gclid=CNrPkfmCzKkCFSUZQgodDxIaMg

June 17, 2011

sweet magnet board

Cheap, officy, yawner magnet board?  Or pretty cheap, ultra cute, & home wall worthy?  hmmmm……

 Directions:

  1. find right frame for room decor – pictured:  frame only (ie. no glass) at Hobby Lobby on a 50% off day
  2. locate a sheet metal shop for custom cut (our 22″x28″ ran $10)
  3. secure metal into frame
  4. attach to wall with appropriate hardware

Option 2:  purchase sheet metal piece at big box store, then find frame to size

May 26, 2011

ribbon board

A little girl’s room gets happy with the project below.  Another simple way to bring room colors or patterns (zoom in to view the polka dot theme) together while having a purpose of displaying pictures, notes, etc..   

Directions:

  1. choose a frame (pictured: $1 thrift shop find) & cut foam core to size or reuse current contents
  2. glue cushy backing (quilting material works) onto foam core, bring around edges
  3. attach fabric, pulling it tight around all sides, with glue or strong tape to the back
  4. attach ribbon to fabric by sewing buttons through everything with upholstery thread, pull tight & secure thread to the back
  5. insert ribbon board into frame
May 16, 2011

bulldog clip art display

Kids’ artwork is amazing.  We now have a special spot for hanging the masterpieces.   Putting up and taking down art is a cinch, plus it has a modern, timeless look.   

 Directions:

  1. cut and paint boards of your choice (shown:  glossy cream on primed .5″ thick, 1.5″ tall wood (found at Home Depot))
  2. nail the boards to the wall into studs, sink the nails, fill the holes and touch up with paint
  3. screw bulldog clips into the boards (hint:  use blue tape to figure out where to place the clips prior to drilling holes) 
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