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Happy February! It is a fun time of the year candy is given out, you get to play dress up and eat fancy things, and love is just free flowing for everyone. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day I have a gift for you. On my journey of teaching myself graphic design I use a lot of experimental techniques and tutorials to create wallpapers for my computer. It is a lot of fun for me to see something that I have created. Needless to say my desktop background changes often. I was inspired by a save the date card I ran across online. I absolutely loved the shape of the brackets and wanted to create my own. I enjoyed moving the type around as well as playing with the mix between the script and serif fonts. I hope you enjoy this love related wallpaper.
Today on a rainy and gloomy day I made a Date Night Jar. Its really simple but it is going to be a lot of fun. I simply took strips of colorful paper and wrote ideas for a date night. I then put them in a fun vase for us to draw out when we need a date idea, however, my vase is already too small and I’ll be keeping my eyes open for a new one.
Remember to include a variety of date night ideas from going out to staying in. Some of mine include: getting dressed up and going out for cocktails, building a fort in the living room, and creating a mix CD to dance the night away to. There are lists and lists of ideas around the internet here is one to get you started. I think this could also translate to a fun kids activity jar so that on snow days or rainy afternoons you have a back up plan to keep the day a happy one.
This is going to be my first do it yourself. I’m going to show you how to use embroidery hoops and fabric to decorate your walls! I am really excited about this project because it is very close to my heart. My grandmother passed away last summer; she had given me a bag of fabric and some hoops she had used when she quilted. At the time I took them because they belonged to her and she wanted me to have them but I didn’t know what to do with them. Maybe someday I will do a quilt but for the time being I am excited to use her hoops and fabric to decorate my walls.
Embroidery or Quilting Hoops
Hot Glue Gun
This DIY is pretty easy which for my first is pretty important. It will let me work all the kinks out.
1. Separate the inner hoop from the outer hoop and lay your fabric over the inner hoop. I doubled mine over so that it would make the fabric a little more sturdy. As a note I had to go around the hoop twice with glue so that both pieces of fabric were secure. If you didn’t double it over you will not have to go around twice.
2. Place the second hoop over the fabric and inner hoop making sure it is snug.
3. Flip the entire thing over and cut all the way around staying about an inch from where the hoops are holding the fabric. Make sure you leave enough space to glue. You can always trim more of it off after.
4. At this point if you want to leave your hoops so they are interchange able depending on the season or your bedroom decor. You can just trim more off the fabric so that the hoop lays flat against the wall. If you are looking for a more permanent way to display your fabric, glue around the inner hoop pressing the fabric down as you go.
5. Look at the number of hoops you have and the space you wish to place them. Make a plan before you hang them up to avoid extra holes in your walls.
Viola! You have a beautiful new wall arrangement! Be creative with your fabric choices and textures. I’m already thinking of more things to do. Glitter, spray paint, acrylic paint, flowers, and buttons can all be used to create a unique to you wall arrangement. Enjoy!