Archive | December 2011

Love Notes

Love notes with a twist. Graphically, drawing inspiration from old, warn love letters but also pulling updated elements in for visual interest. Much like things said between two people, you have to do a little deciphering to figure out exactly what these are saying. Life is too short. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Hope you enjoyed. As always, if you have any questions on how I did this or need advice on making your own, just holler! Thanks for reading and remember, today’s ideas become tomorrow realities.

Junk In The Trunk

Who couldn’t use more storage? I know I could. Here’s one more way to hide your junk so no one can judge just how much unnecessary shit you have. This is my favorite kind of project… free and functional. I found this old steamer trunk in the alley. Its pretty beat up but I like that it has so much character. It’s  a little rusty…real worn.

It looks like it’s been around the world and quite literally, I think it has. On the inside of the trunk an envelope is taped to the lid. It says the trunk was sent from Saudi Arabia to Lexington Kentucky. No, the phone number doesn’t work. I tried.

There is also a fascinating little label on the outside of the trunk. “Life and Death. Questions for us all.” I can only imagine what kind of things this trunk used to contain.

To hang the trunk on the wall I used a support to position it where I wanted before attaching it to the wall. I think it was a shoe box or something. Anyway, anything will work to hold it up while you fasten it to the wall. I just used drywall screws. Depending on how heavy your trunk is and what you plan to stuff inside you might want to use anchors. That’s probably a good idea actually. Although, I like breaking the rules…which I will probably pay for when it comes crashing down in the middle of the night and I think a robber is trying to break in. Anyway, here is the final product.

Hope you enjoyed. As always, if you have any questions on how I did this or need advice on making your own, just holler! Thanks for reading and remember, today’s ideas become tomorrow realities.

DIY Rustic Rope Chandelier

A friend of mine and I created three of these rope chandeliers for an event that was prohibition themed. These were really simple to create and a little more challenging to hang. We ended up doing three of these and clustering them together and the final result, once lit up was stunning… inexpensive and easy to make with great impact.

We started with a 4′ heavy duty wreath ring and attached chain to the frame to hang it. Use three identical lengths of chain. Join them with an “O” ring at the top  and use “S” hooks to attach the chain to the ring.

Next, we attached a plug strip with zip ties to the top of the ring. For the lighting element, we attached 7 light sockets to the ring, hanging at various heights. We used make-a-lamp kits, which are just a socket, cord and plug. You could do as many sockets as you want here but you will need to add another plug strip. Use low wattage bulbs so your lighting won’t be harsh. Once the chains and sockets are attached, drape the rope around the ring. Make it look messy and deshevled. We used three lengths of 50′ in various widths. I think ideally, we would have used more rope to help fill it out but we made due with what we had.

Hang this bad boy and you’re done.

Here is the final product.

Hope you enjoyed. As always, if you have any questions on how I did this or need advice on making your own, just holler! Thanks for reading and remember, today’s ideas become tomorrow realities.

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