Sunday, May 20, 2012

Lazy Sundays - Making a Hanging Print Clothesline



Welcome back to Lazy Sundays, the weekly post where it can barely count as a project, but its something small to add a tiny change to a room and make you feel better on a day where you would have otherwise just been eating hangover pizza and watching ABC Family for too long.

I'm still getting the hang (pun!) of putting stuff up on my walls with any sense of style, but one thing I did learn quickly is that frame after frame after frame was looking a bit stale. 

No hate for my beloved gallery wall, but too much of this would have resulted in one boring, semi-institutional home.

I originally bought a bag of clothespins to do some weird Pinterest craft, but I can't remember what it was (except for that I tried to Rit dye them and they came out looking so gross and moldy) so I figured it makes sense for them to keep them au naturel and use them on an actual clothesline. You know, Occam's razor and shit.

Step one: Hammer two nails in your wall, as wide as you want the line to be. If you're just hanging one print, about 20 inches is okay. If you're going to do a strip of different prints, just do whatever suits your needs best.

Step two: Hammer two more nails under the original ones, same distance apart. Doesn't need to be perfect, eyeballing is fine.


Step three: Tie a string between the two nails on top and bottom. I used embroidery floss but dental floss, a pretty ribbon, twine, your mom's chest hair, anything will work.

Step four: Pin up your print!

That little yellow fella is a garage sale find from this morning!

If you just wanted the look of the clothespins without putting nail holes in your wall, you could attach Command 3M strips to the back of the clothespins instead.  Either way, this tactic is great for hanging prints you don't want to damage with tape or tacks, and as a way to display oddly-shaped pieces that would be expensive to frame.

A little cost breakdown:
Clothespins - $1 for 100 from Dollar Tree
Embroidery thread - $.99 from Joann Fabrics
Print - They sell it at Urban Outfitters for $30, but if you have a Blick nearby, its only $2 in their wrapping paper section!
Total - $3.99

xo,

14 comments:

  1. Love the print and the chair!

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  2. Yep. The chair. Plus now I know where my moral center is. Lillie got hit by a door right in the Benevolence yesterday. I'll let her tell the story...

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    1. haha i'll follow up with her on that one :)

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  3. THAT'S THE CHAIR I WANTED
    (it's okay, i don't have room for it)

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  4. This blog is my new favorite hangout. Pour me some wine and scooch over

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    1. glad you found us! here, let me pour you another glass... :)

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  5. I scoured the Blick website but no wrapping paper to be found, and the nearest store is hours away. All I want in life is that brain print. Nothing else.

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    1. if they have it next time i go, i'll send it lillian's way for you!

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  6. I love your gallery wall! I have a bunch of empty frames in our room. I kind of want to spray paint them a different color. They're bronze right now. I might have to do that, and finish painting Mark's furniture (was primary red and blue and is avacado now).

    Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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    1. oooh i want to see when you're done!

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