That's a great idea, I really like the result I'd be terrified of the velcro releasing though! But I'm the kind of person who's tempted to use bolts to hang a picture...
Yeah, I was worried too, and I think I actually used quite a bit more velcro than I really needed. Before putting them up I tested it by putting just one tile on a wall in another room, just a few inches above the ground, and leaving it there for several days. It didn't fall off, and in fact was kind of difficult to get down. Now that these have been up a year and a half, I'm definitely not worried. I just hope I can take them down without breaking them when I move.
Wow, so I haven't posted on Craftster in like, 3 years. I got dumped, lived on a friend's couch for a while, then finally got my own apartment and I'm living alone for the first time in my life. I've been living here about a year and a half and here is a simple decorating project I did shortly after moving in, on a big blank wall in my living room:
It's just mirror squares covered in laser-cut scrapbook paper. I used spray adhesive on the back of the paper and very carefully laid it on the mirrors, then attached the mirrors to the wall with really strong sticky-back velcro.
I made a template for tracing where to put the velcro strips, and a spacer out of 1" thick wood to space out the template. I used the spacer for placing the mirrors too, at which time I realized that if the paper was hanging over the edge even by the slightest millimeter, it would mess up the spacing, so I took a nail file and filed all of the paper edges so they were exactly flush with the mirror edges.
The velcro was actually the most expensive part of the project, and when I take it down it's definitely going to damage the paint, but no biggie, I know how to spackle. I just couldn't think of anything else that would be strong enough to hold, yet allow me to remove the mirrors when I eventually move. But anyway, I really like it and I hope you do too!
But after 4 years, cheap faux leather and hot glue haven't held up very well, so I decided to remake them for my steampunk costume for this year's DragonCon.
This time, I got real leather from a leather store. I bought quite a bit because I need some for other projects too, but you could just as easily use leather from a thrift store purse, boots, or old jacket or something. I used the same party favor tin lids from last time, but Dollar Tree doesn't have them any more so I had to get a container of 25 of them from Party City. Which means I have plenty to make more goggles! Or, I could use them for storage for small craft doo-dads. They were still less than a dollar each.
To attach everything together, I poked holes in the leather and the tin lids with a . . . sharp pointy tool I have, I don't know what it's called but I call it "that pokey thing" and I used brads from the scrapbooking section of Michaels. That's also where I got the gears on the sides. Here's a shot where you can see the brad prongs on the inside:
For the lenses I used a purple binder pocket from an office supply store. Since the plastic isn't quite stiff enough on its own, I left in the plastic insert that came with the tins and just put the purple pieces behind it. To color the tin more brass looking, I just used a sharpie, which does wear off with handling but I think that just makes it look more old and weathered. I also used brads to attach the strap of elastic in the back.
Here are some more pics from different angles, just because
Ok, this was my first time working with leather, so please don't be too harsh with the critiques. I know the dye job is terrible, but I did want an old, weathered look, so when I noticed it was going on all splotchy I just went with it and tried to make the unevenness look intentional. I made this from a kit where the pieces were all pre-cut and pre-hole punched, but I did stamp it myself.
I wanted a design with gears so I can use this with my steampunk costume for DragonCon, but the only gear leather stamps I could find were too pricey for me, so I improvised. I had some metal gears in my stash from the Tim Holtz line of altered art embellishments, and some others made by Bead Landing, (both purchased at Michaels). So after wetting the leather then waiting for it to dry out like I read to do online, I just clamped the gears to it with a c-clamp like so:
I actually stamped before dying, this is just a dramatization after the fact to show how I did it. I'm thinking this could be a way to stamp leather with all sorts of things, without having to buy leather stamps. I'm sure I'm not the only one to ever think of this, but I wanted to share anyway! Thanks for looking!
Yeah, you can Mod Podge with almost any type of paper! What I used was actually wrapping paper. It is high-quality wrapping paper, but still not as thick as most scrapbook paper. If you use thicker paper, you won't have as many wrinkles as I did. I have tons of scrapbook paper too, and I almost never do any scrapbooking, but I use the paper for all sorts of decorative projects instead.
Thank you! Yep, I used scrap paper. It was way cheaper for me and I love the crisp corners. YES! You can DEFINITELY use fabric! I'm assuming you'd have to use a better adhesive than Mod Podge, but you could definitely do it! There's tutes all on Pinterest with doing it on scrap paper, and I wrote one that followed through the process on my blog. You should definitely give it a try!
Yours look great! And I have Mod Podged with fabric before, it works just fine. It might slightly darken some fabrics when it soaks in, so just test a small piece first.