How to paint with plastic wrap or wrapped string

How to paint with plastic wrap or wrapped string

Now that those of us who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s are adults, there seems to be a resurgence of those colors and patterns that we loved (or hated, as the case may be) into the mainstream. Of course, most of us aren’t able to spend thousands of dollars on decor, but there are thrifty ways to inject some of that playful energy into your own home, without having to purchase many supplies.

One of the best parts of being a DIY-er is that you typically have a lot of what you already need at home. Alisa Burkes, who showcases her work on Flickr, is a testament to what you can do with the plainest and simplest of materials. Using bubble wrap, saran wrap, and string with her paints, she has created many whimsical, unique designs that bring to mind the tie-dye, splash, and color combos of the 1990’s.

If you want to try this out, you’ll need acrylic paints, and assorted household materials, such as paper towel or toilet paper tubes, cotton string, and various textures such as felt, foam, or even an old washcloth. If you’re even more daring, you might want to try vegetables and fruits as well. You can paint on linen or canvas bags, scarves, t-shirts, board, cardboard, or, if you really want to go full 90’s, an accent wall.

Check out Alisa Burke’s Flickr for inspiration.

Make 8bit Wooden Reindeer

What about making reindeer out of readily-available wood to use as decorations outside the house this Christmas? We decided to make a basic plan for anyone out there to use to make an 8bit reindeer for their yard. The size is easy to adjust, and you could make it out of 2x6s (it would stand about 3 feet high or so when completed) or little pieces of plywood (for small foot high decorations). You can see from our blueprints we used equal-sized large squares as measurement-points, so you can simply divide or multiply to your chosen size. This reindeer shape was most influenced by a popular IKEA reindeer decoration that came out a few years back. We thought it might make a nice wooden DIY project, too!

DIRECTIONS for the large-size wooden 8bit reindeer:

  • Get 2x6s and 2x4s (you could actually just use 2x4s exclusively by woodglueing them together)
  • But the boards to the large rectangular shapes for each body part
  • Notch and cut out the few adjustments to these large pieces. This involves the 3 leg pieces, as well as the angle-cut for the face
  • Glue the 8bit reindeer together with wood glue
  • Paint to desired color(s), and add any custom elements you want (We show one picture there where we colorized the design orange-brown, with white spraypaint around the edges, ears and face, and added a red nose and painted-on eyes
  • We also show how to make antlers for those out there who want an adult-looking reindeer

If anyone makes one of these, big or small, please send us the photos so we can add them to this!

Who does this? Collecting flower pedals in season

Does anyone here collect the masses of flower pedals when the seasons change and the streets and parks are covered with them? Cherry and plum season are big ones! If so, what do you do with the pedals?

Do you scent your sinks, bathtubs, and ice waters? Or do you have some DIY craft purpose for them?