Monday, July 6, 2015

DIY Wall Art - How to Make a Large Frame and Interesting Things to Hang on the Wall

Make a truly unique piece of art with a few items/decorations from around the house and a giant homemade frame.

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Here's how I easily made this one-of-a-kind framed wall decoration for above my couch...

  • I purchased two 8FT pieces of crown molding and had the clerk from Lowe's cut them for me. (I had him cut one 8FT board in half for two 48" pieces and the other board into two 35" pieces which left me with a little extra piece for another project.)  
  • While at Lowe's I grabbed some Elmer's Wood Glue to assist me in creating the frame...But you can save yourself a buck! The wood glue set me back majorly in this project and I had to find another adhesive strong enough to make the frame. What saved the day, and I should have known, was my trusty HOT GLUE GUN! I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest you stick with the glue gun if you decide to tackle this project.
  • I placed the cut crown molding pieces on the floor right side down just the way I wanted them to be as a frame. 
  • I used a staple gun to semi secure the 4 gaps where the pieces met.  
  • I turned over the frame, right side up, and carefully, but generously applied hot glue in the 4 cracks. (It's alright if it seaps through because you will have to sand and paint over these lines anyway. A little seapage means your frame is gonna stick!)
  • Give the hot glue 30 minutes before hand sanding the cracks so they blend.
  • Paint over the entire frame with the color of your choice.

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  • You could call your frame complete at this point if you don't want a fabric background.
  • I already had the teal burlap at home. You can use any fabric or backing you want.
  • One thing you shouldn't compromise on again is how to attach your backing to your newly assembled frame...HOT GLUE!
  • After you gauge how much fabric you need cut and glue it to the back of the frame. Pull it taught and hold it in place while glue dries so you have a smooth background.

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  •  The best part about making your own wall art with this project is now you get to decorate your decoration. 
  • I had these wooden Fleur De Lis that I'd gotten from a trades market and I was all too excited to have a plan for them. I spray painted them in neon and hung em proud.
  • I also hung in the frame: a lantern, a plate with a mirror hot glued in the center, and a couple pieces of wood which I hot glued drawer handles to.

Monday, May 25, 2015

15 Awesome DIY Photoshoot Ideas and How to Create Professional Photos at Home

15 awesome diy photo shoot ideas and how to create professional photos at home

With cell phone cameras just as powerful as high res digital equipment, all you need to create the perfect photo, is the perfect photo scenery. Turns out that is right at your fingertips too. Here are some ideas to help you get creative with scenes and props and make professional photos in your home and backyard.

(Scroll to the very end to learn tips on how to take professional photos at home.)

1. Outdoor Photoshoot with DIY Canopy

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2. Vintage Couch Outdoor Photoshoot

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3. Vintage Clothesline Photoshoot

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4. DIY Photoshoot Scene - Hanging Streamers, Ribbon

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5. Photoshoot with Mirror Prop

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Camera position is key to pulling off this mirror prop photoshoot. Remember to kill that flash.

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6. DIY Photoshoot Backdrop - Paper Pinwheels

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Make your own paper pinwheels or pinwheel photoshoot background with this tutorial:

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7. A Photoshoot with Balloons Creates a Fun, Youthful Scene

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Not only do balloons brighten and colorize a photoshoot, but if you have a melancholy muse, you're sure to get them to crack a smile.

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8. Old Bicycle or Beach Cruiser Photoshoot

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9. Tree Swing Photoshoot

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How to Build a Rope Swing Tutorial HERE

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10. DIY Photoshoot with Confetti

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11. Blowing Bubbles Photoshoot

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12. Photoshoots with Handmade Signs

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Learn how to make these adorable chalkboard signs in different shapes here:

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...Or with Street Signs!

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13. Ladder Prop Photoshoot

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14. Photoshoot with Picture Frame Prop

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Frame your face with a picture frame as a photoshoot prop.

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15. Photoshoot with Paper Lanterns

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Lanterns and chandeliers don't have to be hanging (or in working condition) to make perfect photoshoot props.

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Tips for Taking Professional Photos at Home