Hardcore fan of your state? Or perhaps it just has a pleasing, graphic shape? Or perhaps you're simply looking for new awesome art to hang on your wall? Either way, check out this idea.
Interested in adding some color to your home, but your landlords won't let you paint? Me too...(except I usually just paint, and ask for forgiveness later.)
Instead of grabbing a gallon at the hardware store,
ManMade reader Lizzie has a "manly husband," Ryan, that she often sends here to trick him into doing DIY and decor projects. It's even worked several times, she says. "In fact, he 'allowed' me to take his fingerprint the other day so that I can make some fingerprint art which is the coolest thing ever. They're all Illustrator'd up and ready to print!"
As apartment dwellers, Lizzie and Ryan were facing the standard the rental-agreement-says-you-can't-do-anything-awesome-to-where-you-live woes. Unless, of couse, it's temporary. So they came up with this awesome copper penny wall treatment that gives tons of color, texture, and detail to the space. And when they're ready to move? They can just take out a few nails and it's like they were never there.
Lizzie was gracious enough to share the process here, so read on to see how they completed this awesome project.
Designer Brendan Ravenhill's last creation, The Wall Clamp, is one of those brilliantly-obvious ideas that I wish I would have come up with: A C-clamp that screws onto the wall, turning any flat object into a shelf.
Recently, Elsie thrifted an awesome vintage paint-by-numbers landscape. Which is pretty awesome in itself, though maybe just a tad too kitschy. So, she transformed it into a text-based stunner featuring a song lyric from one her favorite bands with barely any effort.
Recently, ReadyMade hosted the RM100, a "contest to celebrate 100 ingenious and beautiful DIY projects submitted to their host of savvy judges." My favorite of the bunch is this clever, easy, and big-impact oversized cross stitch art. I love the colors, and the 3D effect created with two layers of stitches.
Silhouettes are the stuff of artistic genius. Got a picture of your dog? That's nice. Got a silhouette of your dog? Provocative! A painting of a guy with a beard is quaint, but a silhouette of said beard is instant culture. Ooo, how about one of a political figure? Or the American flag? Okay, that would just be a rectangle, but you get my point.
The best part is that, as these super easy paintings point out, they don't just have to be solid black fill on white, like that one your mom made you sit still for for like two hours while that weird lady shined a lamp on your face. Well, mine did.
"Mom and Her Drill" is just that: Katy's a cool mom of three who works as an engineer during the day, and builds and paints all kinds of cool stuff by night.
She recently completed this amazing wall treatment made from recycled shipping pallets, and the results are outstanding:
The blank white wall. It says classy. It says timeless. It says...
You haven't picked a piece of artwork yet.
Even the cave dwellers understood that blank walls are an instant downer. But artwork, especially the good stuff, can be expensive.
So what's left to do? Make your own.
Street artist Agata Olek gave Wall St. a present for Christmas: he crocheted a custom yarn shell for its Charging Bull sculpture. "The iconic Charging Bull sculpture was itself an illegal installation when Arturo Di Modica initially installed it in front of Wall Street in 1989 following the crash of '87."
As a how-to maker and writer, I regularly drill holes in walls to set up photos to try to make things look their best. And it regularly creates lots of dust and a huge mess. So, when I saw this photo make the blog rounds yesterday, I thought I'd give it a try.
The idea is obvious: the post-it note captures the dust at the source (more or less), before it goes everywhichway. The walls along the perimeter of my house are concrete, and the internal walls are gypsum (drywall), so I gave it a full run-through.
I mentioned yesterday that we'd just released the third Make It! publication, entitled Make It! Hardware Store Decor. It aims to help folks create home design pieces using only items from the home improvement store. So, as you might imagine, my eyes and ears have been tuned to looking for creative use of materials and hardware supplies.
So, I'm definitely digging this wall unit made only from black pipe and pine 1x stock. Inspired by a piece at the Ace Hotel, Morgan created this installation for around $200. "The other side of the living room needed something large. A statement piece I think real designers would call it. Well, I fell in
For those who can't just get enough of retro video games and don't mind geeking up your decor, ThinkGeek offers these Atari Wall Decals. "$35-45 will let you create a scene from Asteroids, Centipede or Pong on the large, flat surface of your choice." Can't beat that.
Close your eyes. (Well, read this paragraph, then close your eyes) When I say the word, "wallpaper," what's the first thing that pops into your head?
Chances are, it's some intricately floral design, or some gawdy design from your grandparents house or the hallway of your first studio apartment. Which is too bad, really, cause the idea of a big, bold graphic pattern on your wall has lots of potential.
Thankfully, modern designers are using new tools like digital photography and computers with classic printing techniques to create a whole new generation of wallpaper, plenty of which have a fine masculine touch to them.
Guy couldn't decide what color to paint his wall...so he went with all of them.
Inspired by Amirko’s ‘Change It’ Wall Design Concept, Guy used a bit of clear tape (we're thinking something like this) to mark off the squares, and then filled them in with a total of twenty-seven shades. We love how it's not just a straight, blended spectrum, but how the pixels vary in tone, in an awesome controlled randomness.
New improvements in special consumer paints have openned up all kinds of opportunities for projects and home customization.
Chalkboard paint allowed Kate to create a whole new take on tablescapes:
And magnetic paint on the back of this bathroom door turned it into a helpful storage solution:
But, there's a new kind on the special paint block, and it may be the best one yet: Phosphorescent paints that make anything they cover GLOW IN THE DARK!
PaulBo from Fangleelectronics used this amazing stuff to create an art wall, that's eternally reusable...like a giant glow-in-the-dark Etch-a-Sketch. "We isolated a good amount of wall with