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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Something else



At the suggestion of Annie, I am going to include some of my crazy craft ideas.  I hadn't planned on including that in this blog, since it was originally just an outlet for random thoughts.  But that's just what some of my crafts are: random.  So, here's this week's little idea (with a picture! what luck!).

I wanted a headboard for my room (married 8 years, and master bedroom is the last to get the attention it deserves--and still this is only a temporary fix!) The headboard had to meet some pretty stringent limitations:
1. had to be dirt cheap
2. had to be easy to move or disposable
3. had to be big impact and add weight to my light room
4. had to be interesting enough to look unique but good
5. had to be done with little or no prep
6. had to come together fairly quickly (not a ton of contruction.)

Here's the inspiration: (found at anthropolgie.com, cost: $998)
Nightingale Headboard

My cost: $9 to make this headboard.  I used yarn.  Wrapped pvc pipe and two golf balls in yarn.  I used tacky glue to attach the yarn to the wall in the pattern above.  Gives it a little 3-d effect and moldability.  


12 comments:

Andrea said...

Beautiful Summer! I don't get it though. How did you use yarn for all of that? A little more detailed explanation might help me and my lack of craftiness.

The Seattle Hills said...

HOLY CRAP! Okay, my first thought was, "That looks really nice." And then after reading how you did it, my thought was the above mentioned, "Holy Crap!" I would love to see that in person.

I love that you're doing your master bedroom. This is the first house that I've made my bedroom a lovely little place to me, and I have to say it is the way to go. Reading in bed at night is so wonderful in a pretty room, smile.

Summer said...

So, Kris, then I want to see pictures of your lovely little place. Goodness knows I love (and need) inspiration on what a real master bedroom looks like.

Okay, a detailed explanation: I printed the image from anthropologie out so I could use it as my model. I used the listed dimensions of the actual bed and measured them out on my wall. I free-handed the "vines" using tacky glue as my pencil. It wiped off with water if you make a mistake. Then I just put the yarn into my glue line on the wall, one vine at a time. I started with the biggest vines, got those placed first and let them dry. Then I filled it in with the smaller vines and flowers. As I would do one vine, I would trace it on the printed copy so I knew which vines I had already done. The pvc pipe is wrapped in yarn, I just used more tacky glue and wrapped and rolled. Once I got the edge done on the pipe, I didn't need any glue till I got to the other edge, because I just wound it tightly. I know that sounds labor intensive, but it wasn't that bad. Golf balls (finials) done the same way, tacky glue, yarn and wrap it! Does that help?

Jules & Mike said...

Are you joking me? Summer, I think you do have ADHD! Seriously though, that is amazing. I would never attempt such a thing, but I am so grateful for you and your willingness to go out on a limb and publish it for all of us to see. Okay, so I guess I will just call you about my bedroom because it takes way too long to write about such things, and I am sure you have lots of feedback for me. Great job on the headboard!

The Seattle Hills said...

I might have given you the wrong impression of my bedroom. It's nothing fancy, just actually painted the walls, and I do love my white bedding with brown walls. I think it looks clean and simple. Ahhh...

Okay, and I looked at what you did for your headboard again. I stand by my original statement. Holy crap.

Starley Family said...

Wow! That's absolutely stunning Summer. You take craftiness to a whole new level. I was so impressed I made Nate come over and admire your handiwork! Well done, sista.

marylandwalkers said...

Summer, AMAZING!!! Just AMAZING! You inspire me. Very talented. I too share the being married almost 6 years and noth'n but bed in our room oh I guess there are mis-match dressers. Well done.

Holly said...

Dude....Summer....some people are said to be "dripping with creativity"...You my friend are soaking wet! I absolutely love it!!!!!!!! I wish we had every other weekend together with five bucks and an empty room...make that ten bucks!!!!

RORYJEAN said...

WOW!!!!! AMAZING! I want to try this now, but knowing me, it would turn into a huge ball of yarn dripping with tacky glue and a sticky wall.

Summer said...

Oh, you guys are the best!

Tracy, Phoenix said...

As a huge fan of this Anthropologie headboard, I tip my hat to you for your creative and affordable interpretation!

Summer said...

Thank you so much, Tracy, Phoenix!