Maybe it’s the torrential downpour and slate-grey skies outside right now, but I have suddenly realized that the walls of my tiny apartment are very..white. Not that white is a bad thing, really, (Hey, I’M white, after all), but I find myself craving color. Oregon winters will do that to a sister. This post really doesn’t have anything to do with clothes, but it has everything to do with DIY, so I figured y’all will forgive me.
I’ve decided I need some wall-pretty-makin’ art, but FAST. Trouble is, pretty ain’t cheap. I need to get creative with this one. This bird collage from Anthropologie is pretty, but it costs almost 800 dollars. Ha. That’s four months of rent. Not happening. However, they (happily) make the mistake of describing the technique used to make it. Slice up strips of old pictures/paintings, glue them onto a thick paper base, distress a frame, and slap ’em together. Easy peasy. An added bonus is that this reminds me of Portlandia’s excellent “Put a bird on it” skit. If you haven’t seen that, you’re missing out on life, brah.
Think crayolas are just for the preschool set? THINK AGAIN. There are some badass ways to make art with crayons, and don’t worry, none of them involve coloring inside the lines. The picture on the right is made with melted crayons on canvas. You can find instructions by googling “Melted crayon art.” Plus you get to destroy things, so there’s basically no reason NOT to do this.
One of my personal favorites as far as wall statements are concerned is fabric-covered canvases. (They’re crazy cheap to make, to.) The process for making these is just about as boring as it sounds, but staple guns are required, so make sure you keep track of your fingers. Steps: wrap fabric around canvas. Fold corners. Staple fabric to frame. Rinse and repeat.
Hey, I just found out I can’t hang any art up because my walls aren’t only white, they’re padded. This is normal right? Right? Guys?