{diy: instagram wall}

February 16, 2012 § 9 Comments

last week we posted this instagram wall and had some questions as to how we made it. so we put together a diy guide we hope you will find helpful and easy to understand.

supplies:

  • instagram pictures (or any square sized images)
  • black foam core board
  • photo safe adhesive spray
  • permanent mounting tape (we used Scotch brand, double-sided squares)
  • pencil
  • tape Measure
  • ruler
  • level
  • painters tape
  • cutting implement, i.e. razor blade or Exacto knife
  • scissors

Step 1: Plan.

first, decide the dimensions you would like to work with. for the sake of understanding we’ll give you the numbers we used.  we went with fourteen by fourteen 3-inch squares. * hint: it helps to draw it out.

our measurements: (14 squares X 3” = 42”), with a ½ inch space in between each picture (13 spaces X .5” = 6.5”), for a total of  (42” + 6.5” = 48.5”).

Step 2: Measure.

measure, level, and tape off your work area with painters tape.

Step 3: Print pictures.

print pictures. there are infinite sites that will print instagram pictures for you; however, we found a quicker and more cost effective method.  we needed 196 photos (14 X 14), so we used photoshop to size two 3” square photos onto one picture and printed 98, 4 X 6 pictures at costco.

Step 4: Crop photos.

cut out each picture (make sure to keep each photo as close to 3” X 3” as possible).

Step 5: More measuring and cutting.

using a pencil, measure and mark 3” squares onto your foam core board and cut out using a razor blade.

Step 6: The sticky part.

adhere picture squares to foam core squares using photo safe adhesive.

Step 7: Assemble.

starting in the top left corner of your taped off square, (using the permanent mounting tape) stick the first picture, measure half an inch over, and stick another square. continue until you have all fourteen across, and then repeat the same system working downward, then across, then down until you have used all your squares.

Step 8: Admire your work.

now stand back and take an instagram pic of your instagram wall and tweet it for everyone to see.

*for the frame we picked up 1.5 ” pieces of wood from lowe’s, painted them black, and nailed them straight into the wall to form a frame around our insta-wall art. ta da.

{diy: repurposed pine tree}

February 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

during the holidays we came up with the idea to make coasters out of our christmas tree after we had taken it down. we quickly came up with many more repurposing projects for our beloved tree stump, one of which was this handy pen and pencil holder.

the best part is that it still smells like pine, so it’s kind of like christmas every day around here. we thought about calling it the pine-tree-stump-pencil-and-pen-holder-airfreshener, but that was just too long.

either way, it smells good and  holds writing implements so that’s good enough for us.

{insta-wall art}

February 7, 2012 § 7 Comments

Every house has a wall that stands awkwardly empty, you know the one. ours happens to be in the living room.

we also have a certain obsession with iPhone photography, and since both of our instagram feeds are nearing crash capacity, we decided to try our hand at insta-wall art (which for the record, was not so instant but still every bit worth the work).

we love our new wall of square-picture goodness. and Cupcake pup apparently does too.

new year: new projects

January 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

this year the goal is to actually publish our projects instead of keeping the photos hostage on our Canon. too often we start with good intentions, and never get around to sharing our completed results with you.

to kick off 2012 we have a DIY wall art project you just might want to try.

to begin our story, we found the perfect size canvas at Ikea but weren’t too crazy about the recognizably Ikea print. so we picked an inspirational quote we wanted to read everyday and the rest…is below.

1. pick a print or canvas. using adhesive letters (we used BetterLetter 3″ helvetica vinyl letters from Michael’s), arrange your quote.

2. draw a level line on the print. spacing accordingly, stick your letters to the print.

3. tape off the frame or anything you don’t want painted, paint the entire piece.

4. we wanted our paint to be textured so we used several generous coats. if you want a smoother finish try using spray paint.

5. let paint dry for several hours. carefully peel off letters to reveal your awesome new piece of art. ta da!

supplies:

  • painting or picture
  • painters tape
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • adhesive letters
  • paint or spray paint
  • paint brush

pretty pillows

September 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

it would seem we have been searching for the perfect throw pillows to complete our living room look for quite some time. failing to find what we were hoping for in the way of stripes and rustic vintage i finally decided to sew some myself.

we picked up a couple of yards of lightweight stripe fabric and some lovely burlap looking linen at Joann’s over the weekend. despite the fact that it has been over 100 degrees all summer long, monday it decided to rain. rainy days are perfectly acceptable sewing days. so i used this super helpful tutorial for reference and within an hour we had two pretty new pillows.

i think i might make dozens more. in every fabric. for every holiday.

current obsession: clothespins

July 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

on a recent shopping trip to a new favorite shop called the farmer’s wife we spotted the most perfectly worn, vintage looking clothespins. unfortunately as we tried to purchase said clothespins we were informed they were only sold with the three hundred-dollar monstrosity of a birdcage they were attached to. oh. plan b.

instead we went on a mission to create our own aged clothespins, and found that for the bargain price of $2.99 target superstore will sell you fifty quality crafted wooden clothespins (found in the laundry aisle). then simply paint, and/or decorate, in any color you wish and voila. clothespins for every occasion.

we have been using them for just about everything you can think of: hanging pictures, kitchen tasks, air drying laundry, and the list goes on. here’s a fun DIY how to, too.

images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

make a point

June 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

despite the fact that we are very pro-animal and have never actually killed anything for sport (unless fishing counts?), we do love a good pair of antlers. antlers add a very raw yet defining feel that seems to enhance any decor be it modern rustic or country chic.

this past weekend on a trip to visit my parents i couldn’t help but take a peek at the vast collection of all types of antlers my dad has stashed in the garage. we decided simply on the moose and maybe the elk pair, but really, i kind of want to use them in every room. but that would be overkill. {no pun intended}

for those of you still confused by the whole dead animal antler thing, here are some images that sparked our inspiration.

images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 678

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