Thursday, June 18, 2015

How to Make Decorative 3d Paper Stars

This is a perfect craft for your Fourth of July festivities! They'll brighten up any party.

--> 1.     Gather your supplies: Decorative paper in 6 inch squares, scissor, pencil and glue. Optional: string

2.     • With decorative side of paper facing up, fold in half, turn, and then fold in half again
• Turn over
• Fold into triangle, open up, fold the other side into a triangle and open up
• Now, tuck the scored folds into a 4 pointed star. This can take a bit of skill, but you’ll get there!

3.     Turn over and mark 1 ¼” from the straight side edge into center. Do this on all 4 sides, then cut up to that dot on all four sides.

4.     Fold flaps into center

5.   Place a bit of glue on one side of each flap

6.     Fold flaps over to adhere. Do this to both stars.

7-8. OPTIONAL. If you want to hang your star, place a piece of string on one of the flaps before folding over.

9. Now place some glue on the back of one star

10. Glue the other star to it, holding it in place for a bit.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Decorative Wood Wall part 2


A Wall in Progress


When I designed this wall in my graphic design program,  I always left the door out of the drawing. (see below) So when it came time to actually lay out that side of the wall, I wasn't sure what to do. But the more I thought about it, the door becoming part of the entire pattern was the way to go. Gene rolled his eyes but was up for the challenge...he's pretty good that way. He makes my dreams come true!

Next up, floors get sanded and stained...



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Creating an Interior Wood Patterned Wall

Gene and I are still working on our stone cottage...well, mostly Gene. But I did take off a week to work on the living room fireplace wall with him. Here are some pictures of the left side of the wall.

Facci-Designed, Gene-Built wood wall.
I took a picture of the wall and I mocked up 11 different designs. See 4 of them below.

4 of the 11 designs I came up with.
We decided to go with 10ft pine boards in 2 in, 4 in and 6 inch widths. We tried out a few stains and settled on Dark Walnut, Early American and Ebony, with some mixing of each on some of the boards. I sanded and stained about 100 boards for this project. What a way to spend a vacation...

I also distressed 2 larger pieces of wood by torching, hammering, chiseling and poking it with a screwdriver to create an aged look.
Prepping for the pine boards
Gene prepped the stone wall by installing plywood and then black paper on top of that (just in case the seams weren't that tight or the wood shifts a bit.) Once the boards were dry, we started our pattern.  I chose the colors and lengths and Gene measured, cut and installed. For the boards that butt up to the fireplace, Gene painstakingly cut each one to fit tightly in around the stone.

Before and after of our wood wall project
Now onto the right side of the wall...where there's a door that leads to the bedroom...what will we do...stay tuned!