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How to Decorate Your Bedroom Wall Cheap

by Administrator

Got a shabby bedroom wall? Depressed every time you lie back and look up? Whether it's a bad paint job, color choice, or simply a case of too boring, you can decorate your four walls easily and cheaply. Read on...

1. If you dislike the paint or wallpaper, get rid of it. Wallpaper can be removed with a scalpel. Painting over a bad color with plain white or cream is always a life saver. Make sure you do this properly and plaster the sideboards before starting.

2. Clean up. You may have stains and dirt on your walls. Get rid of them as soon as possible, as a clean wall is a pretty wall! A sponge and a quality cleaner usually takes good care of stains - if not, try something a little stronger or see if you can redo the paint in that particular area.

3. Get some posters. You can find them in all kinds of magazines, or if you are willing to spend a tiny bit more, try shopping around. Make sure to use blue tack, as this doesn't damage paint jobs and is easy to remove.

4. Hang up a picture or two. If you've got artwork hanging around, stick it in an attractive frame and hang it up on display. You can do the same with photos, collages, anything really. A frame is all you need.

Tips

  • There are poster books available from news agencies, very cheap and complete stocked with all kinds of posters which you can buy.
  • If you want to, you can have a certain wall and just make it your own, decorate with pictures,etc.
  • You can try doing something unique and painting patterns rather than solid colors if you want something more outrageous.
  • If you live with someone else or the place isn't yours, always ask permission before making any major changes like paint or wallpaper.
  • Try to pick a certain theme to stick with for a more coordinated look.

Warnings

  • Sticky tape can damage walls and is difficult to remove, so always use blue tack.
  • Be careful that the cleaners you use are safe on paint.




How to Make a Paper Hat

by Administrator

Take a piece of newspaper and a dollop of imagination and you can become someone else entirely! Well, maybe not, but making a paper hat can be loads of fun and makes a great project for the kids. Try out these three methods for three fun ways to make unique paper hats!

Method 1. Making a Newspaper Hat

1. Lay a full sheet of newspaper on the table. You can use a different kind of paper, but it will need to be about as big as a newspaper page in order to fit most heads. Newspaper also tends to be easier to fold that construction paper or printer paper.

2. Fold the paper along the center vertical crease. Your newspaper page should have two creases in it--one vertical crease running down the spine of the section, and one horizontal, where the section is folded in half. Make sure the vertical crease is closed, and position it at the top of your work space. Your piece of paper should now be lying horizontal.

3. Fold one top corner down into the center of the paper. The shorter fold in the newspaper should now be running vertically. There should be a diagonal crease along the edge of the paper where you folded it down.

4. Fold the other top corner down so that the shorter side matches up with the other fold. This should create the same diagonal crease on the opposite side of the paper.

5. Fold up the bottom edge of the page. You should only fold the top layer. Fold the edge up by about 2 or 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm).

6. Turn over the paper. Fold the bottom up so that it matches the fold you made with the bottom of the front side of the paper.

7. Fold the outside edges. Start with the left outside edge. Fold it in 2 or 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) toward the center of the hat. Then, fold in the right outside edge in. Make the fold the same width as the first outside edge you folded.

  • Adjust to fit. The distance between the outside edges can be adjusted, more or less, to fit your head.

8. Seal the hat by tape or folding. You can tape the outside edges down. Alternatively, you can fold up the bottom edge of the paper so that the outside edges are pinned down by the bottom fold.

9. Open the hat. You may need to pop the inside out with your hand. Place the hat on your head.

10. Decorate your hat (optional). Add colors, glitter or other embellishments to your hat.

Method 2. Making a Paper Plate Visor

1. Place a paper plate on a table. 9-inch (23 cm) paper plates are the best to use for this craft. You can buy a plain paper plate or a plate with designs on it--you can decorate both of these types of plates.

2. Make a small, straight, cut into the edge of the plate. From the incision, cut an oval shape out of the center of the hat. Make your oval a little smaller than you think it will need to be to fit around your head. You can always make your oval larger, but you will have to start over if you make it too large to begin with.

3. Cut the rim from the back of the plate. Doing this will give your hat a visor shape. If you would prefer to have a circular hat, you can leave the back rim intact.

4. Glue the straight incision you made back together. Put some glue on one side of the cut and place it on top of the other side of the cut. Overlap them as much or as little as you want, depending on the size of your head. Hold the two sides together and let the glue dry.

5. Paint the top and bottom of the hat. You can use one color for the whole thing, one color for the bottom and one for the top, or give you hat stripes--the design is really up to you! Allow the paint to dry before adding any other directions.

6.Add any decorations you like. Spray the hat with glitter, add pom poms, or cut out Styrofoam flowers and glue them on--the options are limitless.

Method 3. Making a Paper Cone Hat

1. Lay a large piece of construction paper on a table. You should use a colorful piece of paper to make the hat more festive.

2. Use a compass to draw a half circle from one side of the bottom of the paper to the other side. To make a small hat, the length of the bottom of the hat should be 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20.5 cm) long (this is a good size for a birthday party hat). A medium hat should have a 9 to 10 inch (23-25.5 cm) base (this is a good size for a clown hat). A large hat should be 11 inches (28 cm) or more (for a wizard or witch hat).

  • If you do not have a compass, use a pencil tied to a piece of string.

3. Cut out the half circle. Make sure to follow along the pencil line you have created.

4. Form the half circle into a cone by rolling it up. It should have a point at the top and circular base at the bottom. Estimate how large the circular bottom should be by placing it on your head and adjusting the overlap of the two sides.

  • You can also lay the bottom against a flat surface and estimate what size you think would fit your head.

5. Staple the hat together at the base. Place it on your head to make sure it fits. If it is too small or large, take the staple out being careful not to rip the paper. Re-staple so that the hat fits better.

6. Apply glue along the seam when the hat fits. Hold the edges together while the glue dries. Allow the glue to dry fully. You can remove the bottom staple once the glue has dried is so desired.

7. Decorate your hat. Cut out designs from other construction paper and glue them onto the hat. Add sparkles or draw designs with markers. Glue a pom pom to the very top of the hat for a festive look.

Tips

  • You can tape your folds to make them more durable.
  • You can also try this with other types of paper, such as construction paper or aluminum foil. Just make sure the product will be large enough to fit your head.
  • Use paper and don't use the ruler because it is kind of confusing.

Things You'll Need

  • One sheet of newspaper or other paper





How to Cut a T Shirt

by Administrator

Regular T-shirts can be boring and unflattering, especially if they are oversized. Luckily, there are lots of ways to revamp your old tees to create an edgier, more feminine look. Read on to learn how!

Method 1. Racerback Tank

1. Lay your T-shirt down flat on a table. Use a scissor to cut around the hem of the collar, creating a scooped boat neck.

2. Cut off the sleeves. Cut just inside the seams of each sleeve and save one of the sleeves to use later.

3. Shape the back. Cut the back of the shirt so that it has a lower scoop than the front. Cut in two slightly curved lines that meet in the center to form an upside-down triangle.

4. Pull the cut edges taut, so they curl over.

5. Cut the hem off of one of the extra sleeves. Make an additional cut in the hem so that you have one long strip of fabric rather than a ring.

6. Create the racerback. Laying the shirt face down, tie the back straps together with the piece of fabric you have cut. Do a double knot and then cut off the ends.

7. Finished! Enjoy your new racerback.

Method 2. Off-the-Shoulder Tee

1. Start off with a slightly oversized T-shirt. Fold it in half vertically with the front of the shirt facing outward, making sure that the sleeves are evenly aligned. Use a pen to mark the point on the collar where the shirt is folded.

2. Measure your neckline. Holding a tape measure at the base of your neck, measure from that point to a couple of inches below your shoulder on the opposite side.

  • Round down by 1 or 2 centimeters, and then divide that number in half.

3. Lay the T-shirt flat on your working surface. Measure from the shoulder of your shirt (about 2 inches away from the collar) to the front center of the shirt. Mark the point where your measurement (divided by two) aligns with the original marking you made in the center of the collar. Mark just above the tape measure at that point and at the starting point (0).

4. Cut the top layer of the shirt first. Making sure you are only cutting the top layer, make a circular cut from the shoulder to the center of the shirt where you made your mark. Now, make a horizontal cut at the starting point to release the collar and create a flap.

5. Fold the collar flap over to the other side. Use it as a template to continue cutting the other side of the T-shirt. Again, make sure you are only cutting the top layer of the T-shirt.

6. Cut the back of the shirt. For the back of the shirt, only cut along the hem of the collar. Making a scooped cut in the back of the shirt will make the hole too large and the shirt will hang too low off of your shoulder.

7. Remove the hems. Cut the hems off of each sleeve and the bottom of the T-shirt.

8. Pull the cut edges taut, so they curl over.

9. Finished! Enjoy your new off shoulder T!

Tips

  • If possible, practice by first cutting a T-shirt that you wouldn't mind discarding of.
  • Make the neckline of the tank top as high or as low as you want. You might want to try the T-shirt on first and make marks to determine where to cut.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors

  • Tape measure

  • Pen





How to Make a Bleach T Shirt

by Administrator

Why buy a pricey bleached t-shirt at a boutique when you can make one from things you already have around the house? To make a bleach t-shirt, follow these instructions.

1. Thoroughly read the warnings at the bottom of this page. It’s important to know about chemical spills, chloramines, and chemical disposal before you begin.

2. Think of a t-shirt design. This can be something you sketched, an image you saw online, lyrics from your favorite song, or even a picture of your favorite celebrity. Visualize where and how you will put this on the t-shirt. Will it be on the front, back, or both? Will it be centered? Will it continue onto the sleeves? If necessary, make a sketch of a t-shirt showing the design so you can get a sense of the balance and proportion.

3. Put on gloves and an outfit you aren’t too attached to. This project tends to be messy and can ruin nice clothing.

4. Set up your workspace. Find a well-ventilated area (working outdoors or in a room with more than one open window will do) and spread newspaper out where you will be working. Spread your shirt out on the newspaper and place the cardboard inside of the shirt.

5. Prepare your bleach or toilet-bowl cleaner. Never use both at the same time; doing so can produce toxic fumes that cause permanent damage to your brain. Open your chosen product and pour just enough so that it barely fills the bottom of your cup. Tightly replace the lid and remove it from your work area.

6. Get your paintbrush or q-tip and dip it into the bleach. Remember that synthetic brushes will dissolve into bleach so be careful.

7. Paint your chosen design. The design may not appear at first, but after your first few strokes, watch as it slowly fades in. You can stop and wash the bleach out before it completely fades if you wish.

8. Immediately wash and dry the shirt. Put your shirt into the washing machine without any other clothes or detergent. If you don't have a washing machine available, rinse thoroughly in the sink. Dry as usual.

  • For the first few washes, make sure that you only wash the shirt by itself.

9. Dispose of the bleaching agent. If any bleach remains in the cap, pour it down the sink and let the water run for a few seconds. If any toilet bowl cleaner remains, pour it into the toilet and flush.

10. Finished.

Tips

  • Try practicing painting bleach on a piece of scrap material before beginning the actual project.
  • Splatter bleach onto the shirt for a more decorative look.
  • Try experimenting different colors of shirts or different types of cleaners, which can produce different colors and looks.

Warnings

  • If bleach or toilet bowl cleaner comes in contact with skin, rinse thoroughly.
  • Do not drink or eat while doing this project.
  • If you experience dizziness, wheezing, chest pain, shortness of breath, or watery eyes (more than normal), you could have created a chlorine gas which is an asphyxiant. Move to a different well-ventilated room; if the symptoms worsen or don't go away in the next five minutes, contact poison control.
  • Never mix bleach and toilet-bowl cleaner. Toilet bowl cleaner contains ammonia, which, when mixed with bleach, produce deadly chloramines (fumes). Failure to heed this warning could result in brain damage or even death.
  • Look at the back of the bottle in advance for information about what to do if you accidentally get bleach or cleaner in your eyes or ingest them.




How to Decorate for Halloween

by Administrator

Halloween is the perfect time to be creative — and creepy. Decorating the inside of your home for your favorite scary holiday will be fun and easy if you know what to do. The right decorations will require a quick trip to the store as well as making the most of what you have on hand. If you want to make your home look spook-tacular for Halloween, then read on!

Method 1. Decorate the Outside of Your Home

1. Decorate your lawn. If you have a lawn that you'd like to make Halloween-ready, there are many creepy things you can do to decorate the outside of your home. The lawn sets the tone for the rest of the home, so if it's spooky enough, it'll make people even curious to see what you have in store up-close. Here are some easy ways to decorate your lawn:

  • Old crunchy fall leaves should cover the ground. If there haven't been many fallen leaves, you should avoid raking your lawn during the days leading up to Halloween to make the most of what you have.
  • Take an old pair of boots and have them emerging out of a big pile of leaves or dirt. This will make it look like there's a dead body on your lawn!
  • Stick tombstones out of the ground. Remember that Halloween is all about things being old, dingy, and falling-apart, so your lawn does not have to be perfectly arranged. Have a tombstone here, a tombstone there, and another tombstone that is completely crooked or falling over.
  • If you have trees, cover them with spider webs. Bonus points if you can stick some creepy-crawly critters in them, or if you can add a stuffed owl or raven to a low-hanging branch.
  • Don't underestimate the power of a scary scarecrow. You can get a special Halloween scarecrow, or take your ordinary corn-husk fall scarecrow and paint it with blood.
  • Throw some skulls around the ground. Kudos if one of your guests accidentally stumbles on one of them.
  • Have a skeleton popping out of your yard.
  • If you really want to do it up for Halloween, have your car parked out on the lawn. Paint the windows to make it look like they're cracked, and make it look like a person is trapped inside by putting in a dummy with its hands pushed against the windows.

2. Decorate your front porch. Your front porch will be the portal to all of the creepy things inside your home, so it should be as scary as possible to lure your unsuspecting guests (or victims) inside your house of horrors. Here are some great ways to add some Halloween spice to your front porch:

  • Add some more spiderwebs to your porch. Your guests could get caught in them without knowing it.
  • The silhouette of a black cat or two will raise the creep factor.
  • A few stuffed rats on the floor will help set the scene.
  • A bucket of dead white flowers will look perfect on your porch.
  • Scatter some tree branches on the ground.
  • A few pumpkins will add a nice touch to your porch. They can be carved with ghoulish designs, or painted black, silver, or with glitter.
  • Hang a ghost from your porch. Just cut some holes in an old sheet and throw it over an old beach ball that you hang from the ceiling.
  • If you have an old rocking chair, cover it with spider webs and put it in a place where it will rock and creak as much as possible.

3. Decorate your front door and windows. The door and window are the eyes and mouth of your home's Halloween soul, so you should make the most of them. Adding just a few ghoulish touches to your front door and windows will make your house look haunted. Here are a few things to try:

  • Have a spooky doormat. It can have a picture of a spiderweb or a ghost on it.
  • Hang a wreath covered in bats on the front door.
  • Splatter some fake blood on your front door. Just make sure it can easily come off.
  • If you're really going all out, make it look like you've boarded up your windows by sticking some light wood beams over the glass and sticking them to the glass with duct tape. This will make your house look abandoned, and therefore spooky.
  • Take an old mannequin and cover it in a formal black or red dress. Stick it in a window that everyone will see, preferably a second-floor or attic window if you have one. Shine a flashlight under the mannequin to create a ghostly effect.
Method 2. Decorate the Inside of Your Home

1. Make your furniture look halloween-ready. There are a few small but effective tricks to making your home look abandoned, creepy, and ready for Halloween. Here are a few things to try:

  • Cover your couches and chairs with white sheets. Pick the oldest sheets you have to make it look like your home hasn't been used for years. Brownie points if the sheets have some natural-looking holes in them.
  • Cover your tables with tattered black tablecloths. Take an old black sheet and cut ragged edges all over it.
  • Drape your bookshelves in spiderwebs. If you have spooky books that are particularly perfect for Halloween, such as the works of Edgar Allen Poe, display them prominently on the shelf or even place them on a side table.
  • Strategically place a few fake skulls to spice up drab pieces of furniture.

2. Light up your home. Your lights will help set the eerie ambiance for your home, so you should make the most of the lights you have while keeping the house looking fairly dim, so that something spooky could pop up at any time. If it's too bright in your home, you won't have enough room for mystery. Here are some ways to have the perfect Halloween lights:

  • Tape plastic bats to the inside of the shade of an ordinary lamp. When you light the lamp, the bats will stick out. Just make sure you don't put them too close to the light bulb.
  • Light some white candles with "blood" dripping down them. Simply put some white candles over a towel or paper towel, and light a red candle over them until you've dripped enough wax over it to make it look like fake blood is oozing down the sides.
  • Light a few orange paper lanterns and drape them all over the house.
  • Carve a spooky face, a silhouette, or another spooky design on a pumpkin and light the inside.
  • Keep a few small white candles lit throughout the house. Scatter some fake black bugs around them for effect.
  • If all of your lamps are really bright, replace the bulbs with dimmer ones to maximize the scary lighting.

3. Play up the pumpkins. Halloween would not be the same without pumpkins, so you should use your pumpkin decorations to your advantage. You don't have to overdo it with the pumpkins, but thinking of clever ways to introduce more pumpkins into your decor will make your home boo-tiful.

  • Hang some pumpkin balloons. Just take a few orange balloons and paint a scary face on them in a black sharpie. Scatter them on the floor or hang them from the ceiling.
  • Take some pumpkins and paint them black, silver, or cover them in glitter. Arrange them in the corners of your home.
  • Open up a pumpkin and use it to hold potpourri.
  • Use pumpkin dishes to hold your Halloween treats.
  • If you've made a special pumpkin punch, serve it from a pumpkin bowl.

4. Add a few specimen jars to your home. Take some big glass jars, fill them with water, and throw in a drops of green dye until water is a nice, gross green hue. Put the jars on display in your kitchen under some lights or in another part of your home where they can be prominently displayed. Here's what you can place in the jars:

  • Any old unidentifiable items, like an old doll's arm, a child's toy from ten years ago, or any random nick knacks that have been floating around your house for years.
  • Put in some dead flowers, poppy pods, or pine cones.
  • Throw in a small skull or some fake eyeballs that will float to the top.

5. Have spooky walls. Your walls can do a lot to make your home look even more spooky. Just adding a few things to the paintings and walls you already have will make your haunted home come alive. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Cover up some of your paintings with white cloth. This will help further your "abandoned home" look.
  • Draw creepy eyes on your mirrors, so people will get scared when you look into them.
  • Cover your paintings with fake blood. Just make sure you put it over paintings that are framed behind glass and that it washes off.
  • Hang spiderwebs all over your walls. You can pull apart big chunks of cotton, use old cheesecloth, or get some spiderwebs at the store.

6. Cover your home with creepy surprises. Make the ordinary extraordinary by adding a few additional touches to complete your home's Halloween look. Here are a few things you can try:

  • Place an old birdcage on the floor. Make sure the door is hanging open. Scatter some fake rats on the bottom.
  • Take a bunch of tree branches from outside, and stick them in flower pots.
  • Set up a bouquet of nice white roses, and then cover them with little fake black ants, spiders, and caterpillars.
  • Make a bat garland out of black construction paper and drape it all over your home.

Warnings

  • Decorating for Halloween involves a lot of candles. If you choose to follow the candle route, make sure everyone in the home is being responsible and isn't in danger of knocking them over.

Things You'll Need

  • Fake blood

  • Fake skulls

  • Fake spiders, rats, and caterpillars

  • Fake spider webs

  • Pumpkins

  • Candles

  • White sheets

  • Rubber bats

  • Glass jars

  • Green dye

  • Dead flowers

  • White roses





How to Decorate Your Home on a Budget

by Administrator

Is your front room stuck in the '80s? Does your house beg for a make-over? Here are some tips on how to decorate your home beautifully without breaking the bank.

Method 1. Thrift Store Decorating

1. Plan themes by room. When you use thrift shopping to collect “new” items for redecorating, you have to accept that you won't be able to find all the perfect pieces for your project at once. If you plan to work room by room instead of setting a unified theme for the entire house, you open up many more design options and run a better chance of finding at least one or two things you can use on each trip.

  • Don't neglect garage and estate sales when shopping for elements. During warm months, these can drastically increase your chances of finding a perfect item.
    • Sometimes, you can even find good deals at dedicated vintage or antique shops, but don't depend on them for the bulk of your searching. As a general rule, you'll get better deals elsewhere.
  • Themes don't have to be different for every room, but the more different themes you use, the more items will become viable potential purchases. On the flip side, you don't need to choose clashing themes just to maximize your chances. Themes should always reflect your tastes first.
  • Although there are plenty of contemporary items available at thrift shops, you might have better luck going for a more vintage or retro theme. Try mid-century modern, with its soft geometric designs and warm color palette, for a timeless look; consider a maritime theme with dark woods, brass and glass accents, and maps or paintings of tall-masted ships for a study or den. Other easy themes to find pieces for include Art Deco, French country cottage, and late Victorian.

2. Plan your trip. Come up with two routes for your thrift store shopping. One route should contain the three or four closest thrift stores to where you live; the other should contain all the thrift stores in your area that you think you can handle in one shopping day. (including the stores on the first route). You'll use the first route when you only have an hour or two to spare, and reserve the longer route for weekend afternoons and the like. List stores in your area, then use Google Maps to enter each address and come up with a route that allows you to hit them without wasting time or gas.

  • You can visit thrift store directories such as The Thrift Shopper to get a list of many stores in your area by zip code (you might be surprised how many there are). Make a note of each store that sounds even a little bit promising; plan to at least drop in at each one you add to your list, and then pare it down based on what you learn.
  • Not every thrift shop is on The Thrift Shopper or its sister sites. Feel free to supplement your list with a Google search or a look at the Yellow Pages listings for thrift shops in your area.

3. Pack supplies. For a long trip especially, it helps to have a container of drinking water close at hand. If you plan to visit bin-type thrift stores where you'll have to dig through unsorted bins, pack a pair of leather-palm gardening gloves to protect your hands. Bring a reusable shopping bag, too, just in case no hand baskets are available and you want to buy more than a couple of items. Items such as baby wipes and hand sanitizer are fine, but not usually necessary unless you plan to eat during your trip.

  • Don't over-pack. It's nice to be prepared, but this is really just another shopping trip. The goal is to keep yourself comfortable enough that you don't get frustrated, not to plan for a thrift store apocalypse.

4. Load up donations. Any items you know you no longer want can be loaded into your vehicle and taken with you to any nonprofit thrift store, such as the ARC (Value Village), Goodwill, or the Salvation Army. They'll take your old items off your hands for free, and even provide a receipt, since such donations are tax-deductible. Don't donate anything that absolutely needs to be replaced the same day, since you might not find a suitable replacement right away. Instead, donate such items after you find their replacements.

  • You can also hold a garage sale for your old items, but donating them is faster, easier, and generally more efficient at getting them out of your house for good. Consider holding a sale first, and then donating whatever is left.

5. Budget. Give yourself a daily money or time limit, whichever you prefer, and stick to it. Consider setting a second monetary limit that dictates what the absolute maximum is that you're willing to spend on any single item. That way, if you've picked up $45 of goods on a $60 budget, but you then come across something you absolutely have to have for your home that costs $30, you can extend the budget up to your single-item maximum without feeling guilty.

  • Buy and grab quickly. It's useful to have a slightly flexible budget in part because good items at thrift stores never stay for very long. If you see something you love that would put you slightly over budget for the day, it's better to buy it than come back tomorrow hoping it'll still be there.
  • A few thrift stores offer discounts that change from week to week on certain items. Goodwill color codes its tags and sells one color of tag at 50% off each week; Value Village often has one day a week (typically Monday) when all used items are 25% off. Learn which stores offer discounts when, and try to incorporate them into your routine.
  • At garage sales and some small, mom-and-pop thrift stores, you can haggle for a better price, especially on items a bit more expensive than the average. Don't be afraid to make an offer; the worst the seller can do is refuse.

6. Shop with an open mind. You can't usually find specific pieces when you shop for used goods, but if you have a theme in mind, you can often spot items that would be a perfect fit for it. The item doesn't have to be period authentic, but it shouldn't look cheap or inexpertly made, either. Cheap items tend to be overpriced at thrift stores compared to their better-made counterparts, which might cost a few dollars more but which are excellent deals by comparison. Don't forget to shop for furniture as well as accent pieces, pictures, and knickknacks.

  • Thoroughly inspect every item you find before you buy it, even if that means sitting on the floor and lifting or upending a piece of furniture. Often, a deal that seems too good to be true is the result of damage somewhere on the item that isn't immediately apparent. There's nothing wrong with small flaws that can't normally be seen, but be wary of significant damage.
  • Imagine possibilities. Often, an item with no apparent decorative value can turn out to be useful by making simple alterations or even just approaching it as though it were a decorative item. Vintage cookie presses, for example, often come in old-fashioned boxes that look great on a kitchen mantel. Scrap fabric with an interesting pattern can be stretched and framed for an unusual piece of wall art. Try imagining how items could fit into one of your themes before you pass them by for being a little unusual.

7. Place items carefully. Start by making sure the room is clean and free of junk or items on the floor you could trip over. Hang wall items using a level to ensure good, clean angles; heavier items should be hung from studs as well, so invest in a stud finder if you need to (they aren't very expensive). Furniture and lighting can be rearranged as you see fit. Don't be afraid to move items you already own and try new configurations to get the best effect. You might even find some change under the couch!

  • Don't set items on new shelving or table space until you're completely satisfied with its location. Nothing is more annoying than loading up a new bookshelf with books and then changing your mind about its location 10 minutes later.
Method 2. Re-purposing Old Elements

1. Paint the walls to breathe life into a room. Nothing transforms the look and feel of a room like a new coat of paint. Although paint isn't always cheap, it's an investment that lasts for many years; taken over the course of a decade, the average cost of painting a bedroom is around a dollar and some small change per month. Visit a paint store and borrow some chips (paint samples) to take home so you can better visualize what the finished walls will look like. Use light, subtle colors to give rooms an open, airy, peaceful feeling, or go with bold, solid colors to make rooms feel darker and more dramatic.

  • Typically, a flat finish paint is used on ceilings. Various finishes can be used for walls, ranging from flat through eggshell and satin (a bit more lustrous) to semi-gloss, which is bright but reflects a lot of sunlight. If you have pillars, molding, or other architectural features, use a contrasting color to make them pop.
  • In addition to paint and primer, you'll need plenty of time, somewhere to move the furniture while you paint, a roller brush, an angle sash brush, some fine sandpaper, and a paint tray. Plan ahead so that you have all the equipment you need before you start painting.
  • If you can't quite find the perfect color, most paint stores will be happy to lighten, darken, or blend colors for you to create a custom color. Don't be afraid to ask.

2. Add cloth to coordinate easily. Although huge blackout curtains and heavy drapes are expensive and generally cloying, lighter and smaller options can make a big impact on a room's aesthetic without making a similar impact on your bank account. Kitchen and dining room windows can be framed with an inexpensive valance; sheer sill-length curtains come in a wide variety of patterns and can really pull a bedroom or study together.

  • If your windows already have mini-blinds, don't worry: just install a curtain rod a bit above the top of the blinds, and let your curtains and/or valances hang over them. An extra layer of cloth between you and the window is a small price to pay for being able to open, half-open, or close curtains to control their shape, size, and light level.

3. Repurpose old furniture. With very little work, an old dresser can be used as entry storage for shoes or sideboard storage in the dining room. Use an old coffee table for a patio table, or repaint it to give it a new look. A nightstand can be refreshed with a new coat of paint and moved to the side of the couch to make a convenient end table with space for holding magazines. As for the couch itself, if it's still in decent condition, why not buy (or sew) a new cover for it to make it look like a whole different piece of furniture?

Method 3. More Do-It-Yourself Ideas

1. Sew your own pillows. Square throw pillows and covers for them are both very easy to sew, if you have a little bit of experience. Choose a firm batting and sew it into a tightly-stitched, stain-resistant pocket made from two pieces of identical cloth. Sew three sides first, stuff, check for evenness, and then sew up the last side. Slipcovers are a great way to add zest and character to your new pillows. Choose bold, fun fabrics with an eye to the décor of the room as a whole.

  • Old tools and kitchen gadgets can make interesting wall hangings. Be sure to hang them securely so that they don't fall and injure anybody.
  • If you have multiple pieces of furniture, you can make almost any boxy or flat item new again by cannibalizing table or chair legs and fastening them to it. Try metal wire V legs for a mid-century look, or wooden legs for a bit of rustic DIY charm.
  • Salvage wood, available for cheap at specialty stores, can easily bring unique flair to a room with its aged, weathered look. Turn a flat piece into a coffee table by bolting legs to it, or improvise a headboard or wall decoration from a particularly knotted and complex-looking board. Salvaged shelving is a great way to display knickknacks with a bit of extra character.
    • Set tempered glass over the top surface of a beaten-up piece of salvage wood to revitalize it without hiding its patina.
    • More complex slipcovers (such as those with ruffles and textured covers) can be made by following patterns available online or in fabric stores. A crazy-quilt slipcover can add a rustic Americana feel to the room, and is easy to make with fabric scraps and a bit of patience.

2. Redesign headboards in bedrooms. A wooden headboard is essentially just a big palette for your sense of style, if you want it to be. Lightly sand, prime, and repaint it however you want, or stitch together a cloth cover for it to change both its color and its reflectiveness quickly. Use stencils to add shapes in a contrasting color, such as leaves or birds.

  • Even more whimsical designs are possible, using fancy fabrics and crafting supplies. Try gluing seashells and a bit of craft sand to the board, and then covering the top part with ragged fishing net cloth to make a seaside look, for example.

3. Add inexpensive, dramatic lighting. Dedicated light fixtures are expensive and time-consuming to install, but portable and temporary solutions can dress up a room just as well. Use stick-on lights to illuminate kitchen cabinets or closets with the touch of your hand, or staple rope lights along the ceiling seam for an elegant and fun lighting option that's perfect for watching movies, having a romantic dinner, or spending time with a loved one in the bedroom. Rope lights are also useful for softly illuminating pantries and coat closets from above the door frame.

  • Simple Christmas lights can be used for beautiful illuminated garlands that add a touch of class to a living room or front room. Buy small lights all in one color; white is best for its versatility, but other colors may also be acceptable. Go to your local craft store and buy decorative garlands, preferably with a wire core. Wrap the lights in a spiral around the garlands and nail or staple the finished garland to the wall around a door frame or along the ceiling seam.
    • Change your garland with the seasons. Use a pine bough motif with berries and pine cones for winter, red and orange maple leaves for fall, and so on. Plug it into a wall outlet for an instant, dramatic effect.

4. Tie the room together with a homemade rug. A crochet rug is easy to make, and can combine any colors you want for a homey, personalized look. It's also a great way to recycle old T-shirts or bedsheets. Alternatively, try stenciling a pattern onto a plain area rug with durable fabric paint to make it more dramatic and interesting to look at.

  • Mats for the bathroom or front door can also be stenciled for a new look. Whenever you stencil a rug or mat, be sure to thin the paint first – it doesn't take much to produce a vibrant effect.

Tips

  • Items found at yard sales (furniture, pictures, etc.) can be really cheap and can be put to good use for your home. You can repaint it or spruce it up somehow if it's not quite to your taste.
  • Don't stop here! There are endless other ways to incorporate your personal style into home décor – wall murals made from old T-shirts, framed vintage comic book covers, repainted ceramic lamps, and on and on forever. Be creative and dig around for even more ideas.
  • Thoroughly clean everything before you work on it or place it in the room. Gently sand surfaces you plan to paint, and then clean them with water after sanding to remove dust. Let them dry before applying your primer coat.

Warnings

  • Whenever you're painting, priming, or sanding something, make sure the room is well-ventilated, and take regular breaks to get fresh air. Your body can only handle fumes and dust for so long before you'll begin to feel their ill effects.




How to Decorate Your Cell Phone

by Administrator

Many people like decorations on their cell phones. If you want to decorate your cell phone, here is how to do that.

Method 1. Paint

1. Get nail polish. Nail polish is the easiest type of paint to use on your cell phone. Maybe you already have a color you think would look great. If not, pick out colors at the local drugstore.

  • You’ll also need nail polish remover, which can be bought at the drugstore as well. In a pinch, use a bottle of at least 75% volume rubbing alcohol.

2. Test your phone’s materials by dabbing a small stroke of nail polish on the bottom of your phone, or on the inside of the battery cover. Then try to remove it with the nail polish remover. Some phones make removing paint easier than others (see Warnings).

3. Take off the battery cover and remove your battery. This will make painting the cover easier and will ensure you don't get paint on your battery.

4. Cover up all screens and cameras with masking tape. If you skip this step, be very careful to avoid getting paint in those areas. Nail polish will ruin the plastic in your camera and screen.

5. Use nail polish brush to paint your design. You may want to work from a sketch, and keep your design simple for best results. Apply the paint using smooth strokes.

  • If you have a non-flip phone, you’ll need to use clear nail polish to paint the areas around the buttons. Apply at least two coats of the clear polish.

6. Let the phone dry. Keep it away from dirt and dust that could stick to the drying paint. Allow at least six hours for the paint to dry thoroughly, because even though the polish may look dry sooner, it still can be soft and flexible, meaning even a soft touch could leave an imprint.

Method 2. Stickers and Jewels

1. Use stickers to customized your cell phone. Use them on their own, or incorporate them into your nail polish design. Look for stickers at craft stores, drugstores, toy stores, or be creative and create your own sticker by cutting up and pasting together a collection of bumper stickers.

2. Use small jewels or crystals to create a glitzy and crystallized effect. These can be found in craft stores too, as well as in nail design shops.

Method 3. Accessories

1. Tie charms on to your phone, so that they dangle by your ear as you chat. Plenty of ready-made cell phone accessories are available to choose from.

2. Try different cell phone covers on your phone. They come in a variety of colors, shapes, and designs. If you’re not ready to paint or create your own look, trying buying a fun cell phone cover.

Method 4. Internal Styling

1. Change your phone’s wallpaper to match your new decor.

2. Change your ring tone, so that it does not play the generic tone or song that you get when purchasing the phone . Download songs that go with your personality, or songs that remind you of certain people.

Warnings

  • Stickers and glued jewels may be difficult to remove if you change your mind.
  • Be careful—your style may change so quickly, it may not be worth the effort to change your phone only to have to change it in a week. Try to pick something that you will like for an extended period of time.
  • If you are worried about accidentally ruining your cell with nail polish, you can buy a clear faceplate to paint on for the same effect.
  • Always test to see if nail polish can be removed with nail polish remover without damaging the plastic on your phone. You may find that nail polish cannot be removed from your phone.
  • When downloading ring tones, be aware of the cost. Some can be as much as $2.99 to $3.99 per ring tone.

Things You'll Need

  • Your cell phone

  • Small stickers

  • Stick-on jewels

  • Nail Polish

  • Accessories

  • Case/cover (optional)

  • Masking tape (optional)





How to Decorate a Staircase

by Administrator

A staircase is often a forgotten part of the house. Therefore, you may have neglected your staircase during the process of home decorating. However, there are many fun ways you can spruce up your staircase. Paint, stencils, fabric, and wallpaper can be used to design the stairs themselves. Paintings and pictures can be placed on the walls around the staircase. There are also a number of temporary decorations you can put up for parties or a particular holiday.

Method 1. Decorating the Staircase

1. Add a single color scheme with paint. You may want your staircase in a single color to match the color scheme of your home. If you have a wooden staircase, you can paint it in a shade that matches your wallpaper, carpeting, or other aspects of your house.

  • You should use a paint primer on your staircase first, especially if it was previously painted a different color. This can help your chosen color show through.
  • You should usually place some painter's tape between the staircase and wall, creating a barrier between the paint and primer and your wall. When you're painting or a applying primer, you can use a roller or a paintbrush depending on the size of your stairs. It's a good idea to have a paintbrush handy to paint any hard-to-reach areas.
  • You can paint the stairs completely. However, you can also paint only a certain portion of the stairs if you do not want the color to overwhelm. For example, you can paint a line running down the center of the stairs, using a ruler and measuring tape to trace the line beforehand. You also may want to just paint the stair risers or just paint the top of the stairs.

2. Use stencils. If you want to add a design your staircase, you can use stencils. You can find stencils in a wide variety of shapes at a local craft store. You can also make your own stencils by drawing shapes on cardboard and then cutting out these shapes with an x-acto knife. Consider choosing stencils that match with other decorative elements of the room. If you have floral patterned wallpaper, for example, use flower stencils.

  • Many people enjoy creating a fun design by stenciling on the stair risers, which are the parts of stairs that are vertical. You will usually have to paint the risers a shade of cream or white first, if they are not already painted in this color, to help your designs stand out. You can also consider stenciling the wall around the stairs.
  • You should dust and clean the staircase before stenciling or painting, to make sure no debris or dirt get trapped in the paint.
  • Place your stencil against the staircase. You can use spray mount, an adhesive spray you can purchase at a craft store, on the back of the stencil so it stays in place while you paint.
  • Take a small paintbrush and dab on a very light amount of the color you're using to stencil. Use tapping motions to apply paint. Go slowly, adding several layers of paint until your stencil shows up as bright as you want.

3. Try wallpaper. If there's a specific design you want, like stripes or shapes, a simple way to get that design is via wallpaper. Peel and stick wallpaper, which has built-in adhesive on the back, is very easy to apply to stair risers. You can measure the dimensions of your risers, cut out wallpaper in these dimensions, and apply them to the risers. Wallpaper's main benefit is that you can chose a wide variety of shapes and decorations for your wall without having to paint or stencil them on.

  • It's a good idea to dust and clean your staircase before applying wallpaper. Any dirt and debris trapped underneath the paper can cause bumps or ripples in the wallpaper.

4. Add patterns with fabric. Another way to add patterns without stenciling or painting is using fabric. Fabric is cheaper than wallpaper, and provides as many design options. You can use modge podge, which you can purchase at a craft store, to apply fabric to stair risers, creating a striking design for your staircase.

  • Measure out the dimensions of your stair risers. This should give you a rough idea of how many yards of fabric to purchase. Before you begin cutting the fabric, however, apply a layer of modge podge to the back of the fabric and allow it to dry. This will make the fabric easier to cut and also stiffer. It should take around 45 minutes for the modge podge to dry.
  • Once the fabric is dry, cut it into the dimensions you need. Apply a coating of modge podge to the stair risers. Then, press your fabric strips onto each riser. There may be some excess fabric along the edges of the staircase. This can be removed with an x-acto knife.

5. Number your stairs. Another fun staircase design is numbering your stairs. You can use a stencil to add a number to each stair riser. Choose a font you like for the numbers, and one that matches the aesthetic of your home.

6. Add words. Many people enjoy adding words to your staircase. You may want to spell out a sentence running from the top of your stairs to the bottom. You can also try adding inspiring words, like hope and love, to each stair riser.

  • You can add words using stencils, which may be timely. You may be able to find wallpaper or fabric that has words on it, which you can apply to your staircase.
  • A fun way to add words is painting your staircase in chalkboard paint. Chalkboard paint can be written on in chalk, giving you the freedom to write whatever you choose on your staircase. You'll also have the liberty of changing the words for a specific season or event. If you have young children, they may have a lot of fun with chalkboard paint on the staircase.
    Method 2. Decorating Around the Staircase

    1. Decide on a theme. When choosing decorations for your staircase, you can bring everything together by choosing a specific theme. This can help give you an idea for what kind of art, photos, and other decorations to add to the wall around your staircase.

    • For example, maybe you used chalkboard paint on your staircase. This gives you staircase an eccentric, kid-friendly feel. You could put up your children's art work on the wall around the staircase. You could also add bright and colorful paintings to the wall, giving it a fun and zany feel.
    • Deciding on how to decorate can be overwhelming. Choosing a theme based off other aspects of your home can help. If your staircase is just before your living room, which has a blue color scheme, you could continue the blue color scheme with your staircase. Choose paintings, photo frames, and other decorations that are in the right shade of blue.

    2. Add family photos to the wall along the staircase. Many people line the wall along their staircase with family photos. This can give visitors something to look at as they walk up your staircase, and provide a warm and homey feel to your house. Consider printing and framing some family photos for your staircase.

    • You can print out photos from a phone, digital camera, or flash disk at stores like FedEx and Walgreens. You can choose the size you want.
    • When purchasing frames, consider a color scheme. If your staircase is decorated with blue fabric, for example, try adding blue frames to your chosen photos. Color coordinating your staircase design can really help tie things together.
    • If you want something a little more lighthearted, consider making a collage without frames. Simply asymmetrically tape up a hodgepodge of family photos running up your wall.

    3. Choose paintings and other artwork. If you're not big into family photos, consider lining the wall leading up to your staircase with paintings and artwork. Visit a local art center or art museum, where you can pick up paintings, prints, and other bits of art for your staircase. If you're into crafts yourself, consider making something like a shadow box or a painting of your own to add to the wall along your staircase.

    4. Find a fun way to decorate the railing. If your staircase has a railing, do not neglect this in the decorating process. Look at fun ways to incorporate the staircase railing.

    • Consider painting the railing. This can be particularly striking if you have banisters running along the railing. You can paint each banister a specific shade, or create a gradient of one shade running up the stairs.
    • You can also add stencils to a wooden rail. If you've stenciled your stair risers, it can be fun to add similar stencils to the railing.

    5. Try decorative items. If you stop by a craft store, you can look for decorative items. Paper flowers, plastic fruit, or plastic twigs can be placed on shelves on top of the staircase or in a stair landing. These can be particularly helpful if you're going for a certain them. If you're trying to match floral wallpaper, for example, having paper flowers tied around the bannisters of your railing could be a nice touch.

    6. Use shadow boxes. Shadowboxes are enclosed glass cases that can store items like decorative plates, old books, figurines, and other knick-knacks. You can try stopping by your craft store, picking up a few shadowboxes, and filling them with items that match your decorating scheme.

    • You can make your own shadow box by purchasing a box frame and gluing a collage of items in the back. Keepsakes can be placed in a shadowbox to fit with a family staircase theme. For example, you could layer family photos, tickets from events, and brochures from family vacations in a shadow box.
    Method 3. Adding Temporary Decorations

    1. Add season specific decorations. It can be fun to add season specific decorations to your staircase. You can add decorations for seasons like Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and so on. You can also change up the staircase based on seasons like autumn and spring.

    • If you have a chalkboard staircase, you can change the design by season. Draw pictures of rabbits for easter. Write Christmas phrases in red and green chalk for Christmas.
    • You can make use of the railing for holidays. Loop a garland down the railing or twist Christmas lights around the banister. Try add orange and black crepe paper to the railing for Halloween, or pastel crepe paper in early spring.

    2. Use balloons for temporary party decorations. If you're throwing a birthday party, consider adding a variety of colorful balloons to your staircase. You can blow up balloons with air, or rent a helium tank, and use scotch tape to tape them on your staircase railing or the wall near your staircase. This can makes for a fun, festive design that is easy to clean up after a party.

    3. Change up photos and paintings by season. If you have photos, paintings, or other artwork near your staircase, consider switching it up by season. You can add spooky paintings for Halloween. Consider adding landscapes of autumn scenes during the fall months. For Christmas, pull out specific wall hangings and family photos that come with a Christmas theme.





How to Decorate a Mac Laptop

by Administrator

Do you have a white, Mac laptop? Looks pretty drab and all, no color, style, or flair to it? There are a few ways you can decorate your laptop, and they are all safe for the computer.

1. Find where those Apple Stickers that came with your computer went, and get to work coloring them. You can use any kind of marker, just as long as you color the sticker while it is still on the sheet.

2. Get out a sheet of plastic wrap and carefully put it on the backside of the laptop, making sure you don't have any air pockets. The static from the computer, and the surface the back is on will keep the plastic wrap on.

3. Take a bottle of spray glue and spray it on the plastic wrap, making sure that it goes only on the plastic. You can now sprinkle glitter on top of that, then let it dry.

4. Buy or dig out some foam decorations. These come in different styles, shapes, and colors. Take 1 small drop of all purpose white glue such as Elmer's and put it on the back. Place this on the plastic wrap to dry. You can also stick on those stickers that you coloured earlier.

5. Use any other decorations you want to add on from here.

Tips

  • Be creative and add some pieces of paper with names, logos, pictures, etc. when you put on the glitter.
  • Use a creative mixture of different colors. You want your laptop to really stick out.

Warnings

  • The glue may do harm to the computer if you put it where it isn't supposed to be. Keep it on the plastic wrap.
  • The plastic wrap may melt if your computer gets too hot.
  • Do not cover any of your computer's vents. Doing so will cause your computer to overheat.
  • Be careful.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray glue

  • Tacky Glue

  • Glitter

  • Foam pieces

  • Plastic wrap

  • Additional decorations

  • Apple Logo stickers you probably received when getting the computer





How to Decorate a Kid's Room Without Painting

by Administrator

Your 5 year-old wants a life-size portrait of The Wiggles on her bedroom wall, or maybe your 11 year-old has decided she wants to live in an all-black room with silver glitter plastered across the ceiling. How can you avoid such disasters and still indulge your child's thirst for self-expression? Here are some creative (yet temporary) decoration ideas that you and your child can use to personalize his or her space.

1. For young children, use crepe paper on a roll (available at teacher's supply or craft shops) for finger, sponge, or other tactile painting. You can lay the paper flat, let your child paint to her/his heart's content, and then hang the finished painting from your child's wall. Another method is to hang blank sheets from ceiling to floor like wallpaper and let your child 'body paint' right onto the wall. This can be messy and have unpredictable results, though.

2. Pre-teens will enjoy the time-honored tradition of the magazine collage. Use a removable, non-damaging adhesive (such as Sticky Tack) to arrange clipped pictures of movie stars, favorite musicians, and coveted shoes all over the walls. The best part of fun activity for the whole family, as long as you don't mind getting a little messy yourself. Make hand prints, footprints, and splatters. It's like coloring the walls, but without the parental wrath and permanent damage.

3. Older children may already have a collection of artwork from school art classes. Turn your child's room into a mini-museum by framing your child's drawings and paintings with paper, pegboard, or wooden frames, and hanging them throughout the room. this decorating technique is that your child can add to it every day.

4. If your child's heart is set on changing the color of the walls entirely, try using wallpaper - without actually pasting it up. Take a trip to the home goods store and pick out paper samples or remnants. Don't worry if the remnants aren't large enough to cover the whole wall - creating a collage of different patterns and colors is part of the fun.

5. To add texture, choose some fabric remnants from a crafts store to hang as tapestries. If your child sleeps in a bunk bed, fabrics can be hung from the sideboards to create a "tent". This can make the room feel bigger, and creates a great place for pretend!

6. Hanging mobiles aren't just for babies. Fill some space in the room by fashioning a "chandelier" out of old toys, stuffed animals, or any lightweight objects. Older children might enjoy making mobiles that reflect their hobbies. Baseball cards, old ballet slippers, and sports ribbons are all good materials.

7. Hanging fabric from the walls - attached only at the top with some neat finishing nails - adds a splash of color to a room, and you can always take it down. Also try hanging picture frames (with nails through the fabric) on top of the fabric sheet to have a nice picture collage.

8. Add decorative knobs to the furniture. Thousands are available now, you'll find one that will relate to something important in your child's life - their favorite sport, an animal they love... You can even get them really involved by letting them paint their own knobs!

9. Self-stick, removable, wallpaper borders, murals, and designs. They do not damage the walls, yet add a lot of color and character. Has your son out-grown ABC's and cartoon cars? Peel them off, wash the walls, stick on the Batman borders and stickers. They are available at many places that sell wallpaper as well as on-line. They will last for a year at least. Actually, these self-stick borders are nice for adding an easy splash of color to any room. Some of these products are 'cheap-looking' (like shelf paper), but many are indistinguishable from quality wallpaper.

10. Remember to hang art and other decorations low enough for the child to appreciate... and yes, touch. Too many nicely-decorated children's rooms have the pictures, shelves, etc. all at adult height. Who cares if it looks like it came out of a magazine? Whose room is it anyway? Put that ABC poster down at toddler level so she can appreciate it.

Tips

  • Make a day out of decorating. Invite your child's friends over to sponge-paint the papered walls. This will make the process more exciting and let your child know that creativity is important and fun.
  • Keep an eye out for favorite characters - magazines, shoe boxes, clothing tags, toothpaste boxes, whatever. Images cut from a shoebox, a favorite shopping bag etc. can be taped to the wall, for example, a Spiderman who is 'swinging' from a 'web' made out of a piece of yarn.
  • Don't spend a lot of money on decorations. Remember, creativity is the goal here. Your child will be more proud of a room full of her own artwork and ingenuity than she will of expensive store-bought decorations. Besides, you know that children change their tastes quickly, and may want to replace a decoration almost as soon as they put it up.
  • Make it really fun and not boring.
  • Fill balloons up with paint and throw them at your wall to make an epic pattern if you like to have a bit of fun.

Warnings

  • If they insist on heavy things, nail them securely, otherwise, they may fall upon the child and cause serious injury.
  • When hanging mobiles, be sure they are out of reach of young children who might try to hang on them or pull them down. Also make sure there are no sharp edges or heavy pieces that might cause harm if the mobile falls. Tapestries should also be hung securely, especially if they are attached to a bunk bed or used to make a tent. Be sure children are old enough to understand that the fabric is not meant to hang or play on.
  • Keep hangings away from lights and ceiling fans. This includes papers above desk lamps - you never know when tape will lose its stickiness and let a poster sag down onto a light bulb. (Been there, seen that, lost a favorite poster - but fortunately not my house).
  • Make sure that any paint you use is a non-toxic formula. Most paints designed for children's use will have this designation on the packaging.




How to Decorate a Girl's Bedroom Closet

by Administrator

A lively closet is the way to a great day. As our closet is one of the things which we encounter before starting our day, this article explains how to clean, arrange and decorate a girl's bedroom closet. It explains a girl's closet, but can be followed by boys too, as who does not want a fresh looking closet?

Part 1. Cleaning

1. Clean the closet monthly. Use wet or dry cloth (depending on the material of the closet) and clean the closet. Pay more attention to the corners as sometimes these become the storage of dust.

2. Use detergent or any other stain removing liquid, if required to make it cleaner.

3. Make sure your clothes and other stuff to be kept in closet are also clean and ironed. Do this if necessary.

Part 2. Arranging

1. Categorize your stuff to put in the closet. There can be many categories, depending on your lifestyle. Some examples:

  • Office/college clothes
  • Weekend clothes
  • Hangout clothes
  • Party clothes
  • Lingerie
  • Hair care products
  • Skin care products
  • Sanitary products
  • Make-up products

2. Decide the place for each category in your closet. Some tips are:

  • It is better to keep your regularly used stuff at easily accessible blocks of the closet. One can maintain regular stuff block at the eye-level height, and rarely used stuff at lower levels of closet.
  • Use hangers for sensitive and ironed clothes. It also provides an ease to select clothes.

3. Make sure not to make any part of the closet congested as it will trigger the alarm to rearrange it soon.

Part 3. Decorating

1. Decorate inside of the closet's door. It can be used to hang accessories like scarves, ties, belts, hair bands and similar other things. It makes the closet colorful and makes it easier to access your accessories.

2. Add a mirror. It is always better to have mirror on the closet, or somewhere near it. You can choose to beautify this mirror by adding small stickers to it.

3. Have a poster on a vacant door of the closet. The poster can show your personality or attitude. It's always better to have zeal, freshness or fun in your poster, as it will add the same to your day ahead.

4. Add a fragrance to your closet. It will not only help in avoiding the stinky closed closet smell, but it will also freshen you up each time you open your closet.






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