Monday, October 17, 2016

DIY: Reading nook conversational wall art in an hour (or less)

Since we decided that our house style would be Minimalist-Scandinavian we've been very cautious on the elements that are added, from furniture to pictures, carpets, appliance, you name it.

As we also embraced the declutter movement we make sure that anything that we add is essential because we don't want to end up with a bunch of disposable junk.

With that in mind I have been analyzing the possibility to add an interesting hand made wall art that I found in Pinterest:

The "bon appetit" art was linked to Anthropology´s website and I was so in love with it that I started browsing their site to order one BUT when I read the reviews I was very disappointed to see that most of the people was complaining because the item they received was simply too small.

I decided that I wouldn't order it but somehow I keep seeing it in Pinterest and thinking how it was love at first sight, a love that simply couldn't be, until I saw the following image:

This image was attached in a tweet where there was a message about how we need to remember to stay present instead of living through a smart phone screen, I loved the idea of being unplugged and after some meditation I though that this was the project that I would be creating next, a wall art made of an electric cable.

That moment of inspiration made me think of a quiet corner in our house where we have a very comfortable coach and where we keep magazines and books, I've been thinking that this might be the perfect reading nook and I finally was convinced once that I pictured this space with the "unplug" sign on the wall, it would be THE place to read, to rest and to simply get disconnected from everything else.

DIY: Conversational wall art in an hour (or less)

Difficulty: Easy 
Time required: 60 minutes (or less)
Supplies needed:

  1. Your desired message printed (use a font that keeps all letters linked without spaces in between)
  2. Electric cable (any kind is good, just make sure you can bend it as required, I used 2 meters (78 inches approx) 
  3. A simple plug
  4. All purpose glue (hot silicone is also a good option)
  5. Mini binder clips
  6. Tweezers
  7. Removable Mounting tape

Let's do this:

1) Form your letters

Place the plug in one side of the cable (just for measuring purposes) and start bending it following the printed sign:

Use your fingers to press the cable so it takes the desired form, once you got it right you can use the tweezers to secure that position.

As you can see my cable was very malleable so I could keep bending it simply using my hands

While bending your cable, you might encounter  some portions that you can´t replicate exactly as the printed letters, that is OK, simply find an easier way to place your cable, you can check in the image below how my "g" and my "p" where slightly different from the source but it didn't impacted the final result.

2) Glue, glue glue

Once you are done with the letters, use your fingers (or a q-tip as pictured below)  and start applying glue in the conjunctures to secure your letters:

The glue that I used required me to first apply a little in both of the surfaces that I'd put together, wait some minutes then press one against the other and wait again:

I used the mini binders as clamps to allow the glue to dry:

3) Adding the plug

Although this "plug" is only for decoration I though it would be better to perform an "installation" close to what I would do if I wanted it to be functional:

I stripped the end of the cable with the tweezers, then remove the plastic and pass the cable through the plug.

I placed the end of the cable around one of the screws then secured the screw then close it.

4) Mounting it

With the aid of scissors I cut small pieces of mounting tape:

I removed one side's protection plastic and glued to my letters:

I repeated this step along the letters and placed a larger piece of mounting tape on the plug:

Once it was all covered with the tape it's ready for the wall:

And you are done now, this is how it looks in my wall:

And this is how it looks in my reading nook corner, you can see my couch, some cushions and my wall art.

This picture was taken with natural light, as there is a large window behind the couch you can see how bright this space which make it just perfect for my reading purposes (and it's not far from the kitchen, what else can I ask for?)

By the way, it doesn't look that uneven in person, not sure if this was because of the perspective that it looks kind of odd (or it's just me?)

Hope you liked today's project, you should use this technique to create your own message, the "bon appetit" phrase would look incredible in your kitchen or any phrase that gets you going and that you won't mind seeing everyday, which by the way, is the reason I used mounting tape, because I want to be able to move it somewhere else if I ever get tired of seeing it at that space.

Before I go I must say that I'm incredibly excited for the coming posts as I have already started listing holiday's crafts, easy home made gifts that don't suck, centerpieces and ornaments, can you believe we're only 10 Friday's far from Christmas?

Anyway, hope you have a great week, take care!


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