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DIY: A HEART OF PICTURES

I’m always looking for inexpensive ways to spruce up the house, especially the walls.  So this wall piece is my latest addition.

I love the personal touch family pictures can bring to a home.  I like walking by and remembering all the fun and amazing things we’ve done together.  It really brightens my day!

heart wall close up

So I think you should make one too!

How-to-heart-wall

Supplies needed:
– 45 square pictures (postal pix is an easy way to order square prints.  Great for instagrams)

– tape

Directions:
1.  Start with the longest row of pictures, which is the 3rd row from the top.  This row has nine pics.  Place one picture dead center, and then place 4 pictures on each side of it.  Stand back and make sure the line of pictures is straight.  If you’re a perfectionist, you can pull out the level, just to make sure.  It’s important you get this row straight, because the rest of the wall depends on it.

2.  Now make the row below it.  This row has 8 pics.  Start in the middle by placing each picture right in between the picture above it.  Now do the same thing with the next row below that, using 7 pictures.

3.  For the next row, you’ll only use 4 pictures, but do the same thing you did with the rows above it, by placing each pic in between the two above it.

4. Now place 2 pics directly below the middle two pictures of the row above it.  And then one more picture below that right in between the 2 pictures above it.

5.  Moving back up to the row you started with, find the picture directly in the middle of the row.  This should be the first picture you placed on the wall.  Imagine that pic, cut into fourths.  You’re going to place 2 pics above this pic, one 1/4 from the right side, and one 1/4 from the left side.  Making a gap in the middle of the row.  If that didn’t make sense, look at the picture, it might help.  Then continue by placing 8 pictures total in that row.

6.  Then place the rest of your pictures above and in between the pictures below it.  And you’re done!

Stand back and admire your new art piece.  It’s lovely, isn’t it?

heart wall

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POLKA DOT TEE DIY

I put polka dots on one of Z’s shirts yesterday.  The idea came to me after I realized the shirt had a big, ugly stain on it, and it wasn’t coming out (no matter how many of those pinterest laundry tricks I tried).  So I decided to cover it up with some paint.

polka dot tee2

Supplies needed:
a shirt
silver acrylic paint
30mm foam stencil brush
cardboard

Directions
Place the cardboard inside the shirt, so the paint won’t seep through to the back.  Make sure the shirt is lying flat.  Use the stencil brush to make your dots.  The key here is to make sure you have enough paint on your brush to make a complete circle.  And when you place the dot on the shirt, push the brush down and tilt the handle around slightly to make sure you get a complete circle on the shirt.  You may want to practice a few times.  There is really no rhyme or reason to where I placed the dots. It was all random.  If you don’t like random, you could always break out the ruler.

Now I just need to make one for myself.

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