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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: decorating ideas for apartment with drop ceilings! on: June 27, 2011 06:22:23 AM
I'm basically in the same boat as you!  Last week, I decided to utilize the drop ceilings in the same kind of way. 

I'm definitely making paper lanterns to hang around my living room.  In fear of putting lights or anything in there, I'm going to spray them with this glitter sealant I have so they catch light and shimmer.

I also hung some old icicle lights throughout my ceiling along one wall where I have a mirror.  The glow of the blue lights off of the mirror look amazing!

My sis-in-law has drop ceilings also, and she wanted to jazz her bedroom up.  She went to Joann's and bought a few yards of fabric and attached them to the ceiling with paper clips so that they draped downward and she created this wave affect behind her bed.  It looks like she has a 4-poster bed without the posters!  That is going to be my next venture in my bedroom.

This thread is awesome though! I hope more people with drop ceilings give some input!
22  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Yarn....lots and lots of it on: June 27, 2011 06:02:32 AM
I'm having a brain fart so forgive me because I forget what this is called haha!

Take a balloon and dip the yarn into glue and paste it all over the balloon...let it dry then pop the balloon and you can make a lamp outta that!
23  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Decorating boxes for craft storage on: May 14, 2011 05:38:20 PM
Both are awesome ideas and I think I'm going to try doing a little bit of everything!

I didn't think just decoupaging would strengthen the box, but I guess it makes sense (I can spray it with my acrylic sealer to put my mind at ease-HAHA!)

I'll be posting pics soon! Don't worry!

Thanks for the awesome ideas!
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Decorating boxes for craft storage on: May 12, 2011 06:13:48 PM
I have about 6 cardboard boxes (the strong ones that paper comes in with lids) and I've been wanting to decorate them to reuse them.  I've found some things online that say to use fabric or thick paper, but I was wondering if anyone here had any tips?  I'd love to use fabric, but it can get costly and I don't think I have enough clothes to tear apart!

Does anyone have any ideas or experience with this stuff?  I thought it would be a good idea to get some jeans and denim to use as a fabric cover.  I want them to look nice since they'll be in my craft room and I have it all organized and decorated...

Thanks!
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Magazine Roll Box on: May 08, 2011 05:47:26 PM
Hmm...they took the vid down...strange.  Here's another video from youtube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOKX4LwH9xE

This is what I did...

I cut the magazine pages to the width of the side of the box.  Make sure you roll them so the colors you want are at the end.  I didn't roll any that had writing or anything...just the ads with pictures.

I used a very thin paint brush (or a dowel or anything would work) and rolled the page along it.  Make sure its tight and straight.

I glued the piece at the end and made sure it stuck really well.

When you get a bunch together, hot glue them to the side of the box and voila!  Its done!
26  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Magazine Roll Box on: May 07, 2011 11:08:50 AM
It is an awesome way to use magazines.  And it really reinforces the boxes so they are pretty heavy duty.  I plan on trying out a few different types of boxes this week!
27  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Card Insides? on: May 07, 2011 08:22:53 AM
I usually make my cards at the time of the event, so its much more personal.  I'll add personal messages on the inside and usually I'll come up with a cute saying or poem to put on the cover specifically for "aunt" or "mother" or whomever.
28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Magazine Roll Box on: May 07, 2011 08:16:18 AM
So, I finally decided to put my old shoeboxes to use and give this tutorial a whirl that I found when browsing the web the other day..


The completed project!


This is the shoebox after I decorated the inside (with all of my paper scraps, so this project is 100% recycled with nothing left over!)  My cat wanted to help, so he pressed down the glued papers on the inside   Tongue


The inside of the box.  You can see the sides of the rolls.  Some of the rolls were higher than the sides of the box, but I think it makes it look more abstract/artsy that way!

My next project is my boyfriend's phone box.  I got the inside and sides done...




Now, I'm debating on whether or not to just paint the top of the box or add some more rolls to it.

And here is the link to the tutorial.  http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-make-urban-outfitters-recycled-magazine-holder-376731/

I've found other tutorials for this project, but this was the simplest and funnest one I've found!

Thanks for looking!
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My First Attempt at Decoupaging a Cabinet! on: May 05, 2011 07:35:26 AM
Luckily they're all torn apart so they are hard to read...but up close, it looks really cool having that small block-like print scattered all over
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Chalk Board Fridge on: May 04, 2011 06:58:52 PM
What an awesome idea!  Its definitely a fun way to "get the message across" to everyone in the house!
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