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How to Decorate Shoes

by Administrator

Are you tired of your plain white sneakers? Do you want to add some flair to your Mary Janes? Decorating your own shoes is an inexpensive craft project that allows you to instantly make a work of art you can also wear. Read on for instructions on how to decorate shoes with paint, glitter or rhinestones, and try out other fun ideas for all types of shoes.

Method 1. Decorating with Paint

1. Get some tennis shoes. To decorate shoes with paint you'll need to use canvas tennis shoes. You can buy canvas shoes in white, black, and many other colors at department or drug stores. Get a few pairs to try out different designs, or just stick with one pair for your masterpiece.

  • You can choose canvas shoes with or without laces - both will work just fine.
  • Paint an old pair of canvas tennis shoes if you don't want to buy a brand new pair. Painting shoes is a great way to bring new life to shoes you've already worn.

2. Pick out paint. Fabric paint is designed to adhere to the type of fabric that is used to make canvas shoes, and in many cases it is even waterproof. Using fabric paint will help your designs last through a lot of wear. Go to an art supply store and choose paint in as many colors as you want.

3. Plan your design. Draw draw your design on a piece of paper before you get started. Plan what to paint on the tops of the shoes, the heels, and the sides. Decide whether to make both shoes the same or do something different with each one.[1] Here are a few ideas:

  • Choose a pattern and a background color. For example, you could paint the shoes with a star pattern against a purple background.
  • Do two-tone shoes. Make the toes and heels one color and the middle of the shoes a contrasting color.
  • Make one interesting shape. Paint a pair of lips or a watermelon slice on the front of the shoes.
  • Make a silly design. Paint a banana on one shoe and a monkey face on the other, or paint one shoe to look like an alligator foot and the other too look like a bear paw.

4. Draw your design on the shoes in pencil. Outline your design first, so that it will be easier to paint it neatly. If your drawing doesn't look right, you can just erase it and try again.

5. Paint the shoes. Pour the different colors of paint into separate containers. Use a small paintbrush to apply the first color. Rinse the brush and apply the second color. Repeat until you've completely finished filling in the design you drew.

6. Let the paint dry. Wait several hours for the paint to dry before you wear your newly-decorated shoes.

Method 2. Decorating with Glitter or Rhinestones

1. Pick out shoes to decorate. Glitter and rhinestones can be used to decorate all sorts of shoes - not just canvas. Use glitter or rhinestones to jazz up flip flops, dress shoes, tennis shoes, or any other type of shoes.

2. Buy glue and supplies. The only materials you need to decorate with glitter and rhinestones are glue and the glitter and rhinestones of your choice. Go to a craft store and pick up the following items:

  • Spray-on adhesive. This makes it easy to apply the glue - all you have to do is spray it on, rather than painting it on with a brush. You can certainly use the painting method if you don't want to buy spray-on glue.
  • Solid or multi-colored glitter. Buy a large bag or can of glitter to make sure that your shoes get entirely covered (if that's the look you're going for).
  • Rhinestones, buttons or other baubles. Craft stores carry all kinds of rhinestones and other small items with one flat side that makes it easy to glue to another surface. Pick out the colors and shapes you love.

3. Decide on a design. Covering the shoes entirely with glitter has a striking effect, and it's also a style trend that has been popping up in stores. You can go all the way or make a subtler pattern to decorate your shoes.

  • Make a glitter border. Plan to paint a line of glitter just above the soles of the shoes if you want just a hint of glitter.
  • Do a glitter base dotted with rhinestones.
  • Make alternating glitter and rhinestone stripes.
  • Make a rhinestone heart or star with glitter bursts along the edges.

4. Apply the adhesive. Spray or paint the first shoe with adhesive according to the design you created. If you're glittering the whole shoe, go ahead and spray the whole thing. If you're making a pattern, spray only in the places where the pattern will be.

  • If you need to block of areas that shouldn't get sprayed with adhesive, you can keep them dry with masking tape.
  • For more complicated designs, it's best to use a paintbrush to apply a little glue at a time.

5. Apply the glitter and rhinestones. Sprinkle the glitter over the areas where you planned to use glitter. To apply the rhinestones, simply press them onto the surface of the shoe. For extra security, you can apply a little glue to the bottom of the rhinestone before pressing it on the shoe.

6. Repeat with the other shoe. When you're finished working with the first shoe, move on to the second.

7. Let the shoes dry. Wait several hours before wearing the shoes. Glitter and rhinestones aren't machine-washable or waterproof, so be careful where you wear them.

Method 3. Trying Other Decoration Ideas

1. Use sharpies to decorate your shoes. Go with classic black or pick up a package of colorful sharpies to create a design. You can use them to write words, like a quote, or to create a sketch.

  • Consider writing a poem or your favorite song lyric.
  • Draw a cartoon of your favorite animal or celebrity.
  • Ask your friends to sign your shoes and make a doodle.

2. Get unique laces. Laces come in all kinds of patterns and colors. Look for animal patterns, polka dots, tie-dye designs, small printed characters, and all sorts of other unique prints.

  • Instead of buying laces, why not make your own? Use ribbon, baker's twine, or hemmed pieces of fabric to make decorative laces.
  • If your shoes have plain white laces, you can decorate those as well. Add small rhinestones or glitter, or use paint to make a pattern.

3. Use super glue to apply larger decorations. Glue ribbons, buttons, and other small decorations to your shoes with superglue.

Tips

  • If you're going for a punk-goth look, you can get chains and attach them to your shoes.




How to Decorate a Box

by Administrator

It's official. That box in your closet has been staring at you for too long, just daring you to throw it out because it's almost painful to look at. It doesn't match your color scheme, it doesn't match you, and you certainly can't give it away. What to do? It's DIY time, of course! See Step 1 to start off a dozen ideas to get your storage system looking snazzy.

Part 1. Exploring Ideas

1. Use fabric. With fabric, spray glue, scissors, a ruler, and a pencil, you can create a box that matches just about anything. If you have any scraps of fabric from leftover projects or even a favorite t-shirt that's wearing out (or you could spring for something fancy at a craft store), you're almost set.

  • Cut your fabric to fit your box. Mark where the bottom of the box should be, spray glue the bottom, and set on the fabric. Cut a line along the sides of the long edge of the box. With your spray glue adhere that to the long side and the cut flaps to the short side. Repeat for the rest of the sides. And you're done! Unless you have a lid -- you can repeat the process so it matches or just leave it alone to accentuate the contrast.

2. Use buttons. If you want to get creative (think outside the box, if you will), use buttons to give your box some oomph and texture. Different-sized buttons of varying hues of a color family create a fancy, put-together look, but different shapes and different colors works, too. All you need is your grandma's stash of buttons and a hot glue gun!

  • Be careful with the hot glue gun and use it sparingly -- you don't want your box to covered in little transparent blobs with a button here or there.
  • If you don't like the base colour of your box, cover it! Use fabric, paper, or just color it with paint or markers.

3. Make paper roses. If you're feeling particularly creative (or romantic), paper roses are easier to make than you think. Just using paper would be fine, but with a few snips, the roses will spring up like weeds. Paper, scissors, and glue are the only materials you need. To start:

  • Take a piece of paper and draw a spiral. Have the lines be far apart if you want larger roses (it'll be cute if you have different sizes).
  • Cut out the spiral along the lines.
  • Glue the edges of your spiral together, overlapping slightly. It creates a natural petal-like shape that looks just like a rose!

4. Use glitter, sequins, or other shiny things. With a bit of modge podge or rubber cement, your box can be practically blinding. You can totally do intricate designs and different colors, too. If you have a few hours to let it dry, this is a great method to create something really eye-catching.

  • Let's say you want to do stripes in three colors. All you have to do is modge podge whatever area you want in your first color, apply your glitter/sequins, etc. and let dry. Then modge podge the second area, let dry, and repeat for the third! Try getting detailed with your designs. Loop de loops, anyone?

5. Get your decoupage on. If you have pretty much any type of paper and some white school glue, decoupage is the way to go. Imagine the box covered in pages of your favorite book, cute wallpaper, sheet music, or even ironed tissue paper or gift wrap? It'd practically be the focus of your entire room!

  • With a 1:1 ratio of white glue to water, all you need to do is spread the paste on your box, apply a layer of your paper, and repeat until you have the look you want. If you like, top it off with a seal of varnish or lacquer. Tada!

6. Keep it basic with markers, ribbon, and stickers. You probably already thought of this one, huh? What do you have stashed in your craft drawer? In just a few minutes' time you could wrap it with ribbon, draw your next masterpiece, or slap on some stickers to make it uniquely you.

  • For markers, you'll probably want to use the permanent kind. The kind kids use in schools can wash off and might wear off over time.

7. Use lace. To make your box more elegant, choose a textile like lace (maybe even a strand of pearls if you're feeling fancy!). You can either modge podge the entire thing, use that same decoupage paste, rubber cement, spray glue -- heck, pretty much anything that adheres without leaving a colored residue. Try overlapping lace designs to create some texture and intricacy.

  • Try cutting your lace into shapes beforehand. Even if the entire box is covered in lace, designs on top can pop out, giving it dimension and pizazz.

8. Use contact paper. If you have a steady hand, contact paper may be the absolute easiest way in the world to jazz up even the most boring of boxes. It's backed by a sticky layer, meaning there's no gluey mess for you to deal with at all! Take a gander at your local home improvement store's shelving section. And maybe you could redesign the inside of your cabinets to boot!

  • The only thing you have to careful about is overlap and bubbles. This method is similar with fabric:
    • Center the box on the paper.
    • Cut a line going outward from the long edge.
    • Adhere the long, cut side to the long side of the box, folding the flaps around.
    • Bring up the other sides, repeating the same motion.

9. Paint! Let your inner artist shine, you know? Acrylics will work best for most standard boxes. It's a flat surface and there's no pressure to have your box be the next Mona Lisa, so have at it! Even an abstract mashing of bold colors in no real design would be beautiful.

  • Just make sure you paint only one side at a time. You don't want to prop up the box to see the blank side only to realize you've ruined what you just spent an hour working on!
Part 2. Finding Inspiration

1. Decorate a gift box. A nice gift is great, but a nice gift with a personalized box is doubly thoughtful. Take your new ideas and put them to good use! It's a gift they might not be able to use forever, but the box they sure can.

2. Decorate a storage box. And as for that closet of yours -- imagine if it were something you actually wanted to look at and wasn't a complete eyesore. No more relegating yourself to being surrounded by plastic tubs. Get to sprucing up your closet already!

3. Decorate your box with newspaper. If you're lacking in the pretty paper department, newspaper can be surprisingly classy, especially if it's just black and white. Bust out the white glue and decoupage skills and redo all of your boxes -- they'll match but yet all be unique.

4. Crochet a box cover. If for some odd reason the texture of your box is wonky and glue and paints don't easily adhere, why not crochet a box cover? You're really just crocheting a larger box to put over this box, but it serves the same purpose. It can also protect any special boxes you have that you don't want to fade in the sunlight or get ruined by little hands.

Tips

  • If you come up with a method, write an article about it!

Warnings

  • Be careful if you are using a hot glue gun; it burns upon skin contact.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after you are done decorating the box to avoid colors, glitters, glue, etc. sticking to your fingertips.

Things You'll Need

  • Box

Optional:

  • Scissors

  • Paintbrush

  • Paint

  • Stickers

  • Glitter, sequins, etc.

  • Glue

  • Gems

  • Pencil/sketch/color pens/permanent markers

  • Modge Podge

  • Paper (construction paper, contact paper, tissue paper, gift paper, etc.)

  • Ribbon

  • Hot glue gun

  • White glue

  • Fabric

  • Buttons

  • Lace





How to Decorate for a Party

by Administrator

Decorating for a party can be difficult, but it does not have to be. Once you know where to start, the rest will come quickly an easily. The most important part of decorating for a party is to have a set theme and to know who your guests will be. Children and adults will have different interests, and you want your decorations to be appealing to everyone.

Part 1. Planning the Decorations

1. Decide who the party is for. Whatever the occasion is, you are likely throwing the party for a person or a group of people. Are they children? Adults? Are they close friends, fellow classmates, or co-workers? Knowing who your guests will be will give you a better idea as to what sorts of themes, colors, and decorations you should use. For example:

  • If your guests are mostly children, you'd want to use lots of bright colors, balloons, and streamers.
  • If your guests are older, you might want to limit the colors and use simpler decorations for something more elegant and/or sophisticated.
  • Is this a dinner party? If so, you'd want to focus more on the table itself, as this is where your guests will spend most of their time. Get some nice plates, napkins, tablecloths, centerpieces, and so forth. Focus less on extras, such as balloons and paper cutouts.

2. Decide what the occasion is. This will also help you decide what sorts of colors and decorations to use. It will help make the party more personal and special. For example:

  • If it is baby shower, consider whether it is going to be a boy or girl. Use lots of blues for boys, and lots of pinks for girls.
  • If it is a birthday or Quinceanera, use the birthday girl's favorite colors. Try to stick with one main color, and white as a secondary color.
  • If it is graduation party, consider using the school's colors.
  • If it is for a holiday (New Year's, Halloween, Christmas, etc), use colors associated with that holiday. For example, if it is a Halloween party, you might want to use orange and black. If it is a more formal Halloween party, use white and black.
  • If it is a wedding party, consider the wedding's theme colors. These will usually match the cake, wedding bouquet, and the bridesmaids' dresses.

3. Chose a theme. The theme will be most likely something that the person(s) you are throwing the party for is interested in. If you don't know what the person is interested in, then choose something that is currently popular (such as rustic, vintage, or antique). Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Consider the person's interests. Do they like fish? Monsters? Ponies? Choose decorations that match these interests.
  • Do you and your friends have a favorite book or movie? Base your party off of that. If the book or movie is new, you might find the right decorations in your local party shop.
  • Try other general themes, such as rustic (lots of burlap and galvanized steel) or antique (lots of lace).
  • Take your guests away to another time and/or place. Try a Tiki, Luau, or Paris themed party. You can also try another time era, such as the 1920s, 1950s, or the 1970s.

4. Use the upcoming holiday or current season as inspiration if you are having troubles coming up with a theme. Take a look at the calendar, and note any upcoming holidays. If you feel that the holiday might get in the way of your party, then take note of the season: fall, winter, spring, or summer.

  • If your employee-appreciation party is set during October, you might want to give it a fall or Halloween theme. Use lots of orange, pumpkins, and bats for your decorations.
  • If your birthday is set during December, you might want to stay away from a Christmas theme, but you could consider a winter theme. Use lots of blues, whites, silvers, and snowflakes for your decorations.
Part 2. Choosing the Decorations

1. Know your budget. If you have a large budget, you can get elaborate with your decorations. If you have a very tight budget, however, you may have to use simpler decorations, or make your own.

Store-bought party decorations can get expensive. You can save lots of money by making your own banners, pennants, and centerpieces.

2. Keep the location in mind. Are you hosting the party in the classroom, office, or at home? Is it going to be in a restaurant or rented party room? Depending on where you host the party, you may have to limit your decorations. Some places, such as offices ad restaurants, simply don't have the space. Other places, such as rented party rooms, may have specific guidelines that you must follow.

  • If your space is small, focus on simpler decorations, such as balloons, paper cutouts, napkins, and paper plats.

3. Judge how much time you will need to set up the party, and how much help you will have. If you want to have a tropical-themed party in a few hours, and you will be the only one setting the party up, a full-blown Tiki bar and hula stage may be a little bit too much for you to handle. Remember, it is always better to start with fewer decorations, and add more if you have extra time, than to start with too much and end up not finishing.

4. Consider how much you are willing to clean up afterwards. After the party is over and your guests go home, you will likely be exhausted. Cleaning up would be the last thing on your mind. If you are a person who does not like to clean or take down decorations, you might want to go for something simple—such as a few balloons or a centerpiece—as opposed to something that will take ages to take down—such has streamers, cutouts, banners, etc.

5. Know that decorations don't have to be balloons, paper cutouts, banners, and streamers. These are the most popular decorations, but sometimes, they just don't fit the occasion, theme, or budget.

Part 3. Using the Decorations

1. Attach paper cutouts to walls and windows if you are short on space. Attach them to your wall using tacks, clear tape, or poster putty. Try placing the shapes at a slight angle, instead of straight up-and-down. This will make them appear more "active" and interesting. They are ideal for holiday-based parties, such as Valentine's Day and Halloween. They are also great for classrooms and offices because they don't take up much space.

2. Cover tables with tablecloths, table runners, and vases. Choose a solid-colored table cloth, and cover it with a patterned table runner. If you don't have a table runner, scatter some confetti down the middle of the table, or use wrapping paper.[1] Finish off by placing a pretty floral arrangement in the middle of the table.

  • The centerpiece doesn't have to be flowers. For example, if it's a Halloween party, you could use a jack-o-lantern or a creepy candelabra as the centerpiece.
  • Avoid scattering the confetti too close to the sides, where people will sit.
  • Add some light with pillar candles. Arrange your candles in groups of three, and use varying heights. This will make the table look more interesting.

3. Hang banners and pennants in doorways or windows. Use tacks or clear tape to hold them up. You can also make a simple "streamer" curtain for your doorway:

  • Cut several long strips of streamers.
  • Tape them in a row above your door.
  • Gather half of them by the middle, and tape them to the left side of the door.
  • Gather the rest, and tape them to the right side of the door.
  • Cover the tape with big ribbon bows.

4. Don't forget the balloons. Choose balloons that match the color and theme of your party. For example, if this is a Halloween party, choose black and orange balloons. Blow them up with air or helium, and hang them around the room. Focus on the corners and tables.

  • Fill clear balloons with colorful confetti for a pop of color.
  • If you have a helium tank, tie streamers to the ends of balloons instead of ribbons.
  • If you don't have a helium tank, tie ribbon to the balloons, and tape the ends of the ribbon to your ceiling. The balloons will hang down above your guests.

5. Don't forget the small things, such as plates, cups, and napkins. If you can, try and match them to your theme and color scheme. Even if you don't have many decorations, they can really take your party to the next level. They are great options for those on a minimal budget.

  • For a rustic theme, consider serving drinks in mason jars.
  • For an elegant theme, choose gold or silver colored plates (they can be plastic).
  • If you have a tight budget, get plain white napkins, and present them in colorful mason jars.
  • Instead of using plain straws, try paper straws, or straws with funky decorations on them.

6. Make use of ceilings, banisters, and fireplace mantles if this is a house party. If your guests are allowed to go to other parts of your house, you will need to make sure that everything looks festive. This will help extend that party beyond the living/dining room where most of the guests linger.

  • Drape garlands across fireplace mantles.
  • Tape streamers and balloons to ceilings.
  • Wrap garlands around banisters.

Tips

  • Clean the area you will be hosting the party in first. It is much easier to work on a blank slate.
  • Know your guests. Children will prefer a party with bright, colorful decorations. Adults will prefer something more elegant and refined.
  • Use the current season and upcoming holidays for inspiration.
  • Base your party off of a book or move.
  • Don't forget other party necessities, such as games, food, and drinks.

Warnings

  • If you are hosting the party at home, store your valuables in a locked room.




How to Decorate a Pre Teens Bedroom

by Administrator

Let's face it, when you're twelve, those baby yellow walls and white pine furniture just isn't cool anymore. A teenager needs a little more pizazz in a room. Here are some ideas on how to do that without spending a horrific amount of money on the process. Make sure to put the baby dolls in the closet.

1. Paint the room. Paint isn't very expensive and it makes a room look completely different. Don't just stick to plain old white, try some other colors. Pick a shade of your favorite color and use that. You could even paint the ceiling if you want to, the same color as the walls or any other interesting color. You may also consider only painting two walls or so because this allows you do use darker colours without making the room feel enclosed and keeps it light.

2. Try to change the finish on it. Your local paint store will have ideas on how to do neat finishes on the walls. Take a look at sponge painting, and stencils, they add interest to a room and stencils can even follow your favorite hobby. Be bold and make your room into whatever you want. Also, you can try out wall stickers or cards which are an easy way to stop plain walls looking boring.

3. Add shelves. It just tends to collect and usually ends up on the floor because there isn't enough space in the closet for it. Shelves are the answer. You can make shelves out of just about anything, from cement bricks and boards to those plastic crates that eggs come in at the store. Ask for the crates at the store and then stack them in your room, on their sides. They come in all kinds of bright colors, but you can always spray paint them if you want.

4. Choose a theme for the room and stick to it. Make sure it matches the colours. A tropical room in red and black doesn't make as much sense as one in blue and green. Try not to use permanent decorations for themes. While horses are cool today, you may not like them when you're 17. Most of all, let your imagination go wild.

5. Another idea is to paint part of the wall with black paint. You could just do shapes or work on a city skyline that goes right around the room. If you paint a large black rectangle it can be used as a chalk board.

6. Add some pillows to the décor. There's nothing like some soft pillows or cushions to sit on when you invite a bunch of friends over for a video night. Make sure there is enough comfortable seating for a few people. Chatting on the floor isn't comfy.

7. If you or a friend is artistic, try adding some spice to the walls with a nice mural. It can be as big or as little as you want, from a ladybug in one corner to a full wall panorama.

8. Try hanging some bead curtains from the frame. They come in dozens of shapes now, from peace signs and hearts, to stars and happy faces. Choose one that fits your personality.

9. Don't underestimate the power of posters. Arrange them in different ways. Try a checkerboard pattern or randomly tilted posters.

10. Spice up the wallpapered look. Tired of your wallpaper and not allowed to change it? Try hanging a cool fabric over it. Fill it with posters, photos, cork boards, and the like.

11. Add some type of borders. Borders finish off your room. You can stencil borders, add a wallpaper border, or make your own with a collection. Adding a shelf around the top of your walls will provide a place to put larger items, or you can stick up pictures or movie tickets, or ticket stubs from fairs, etc. Pick something that you like and go with it. Borders don't have to stay by the ceiling either, they can run around the room at any level you please.

12. Start collecting pictures and words from magazines NOW. Anything that interests you and start gluing it up to the door. Layer things, overlap the pictures and stick the words on top. You can just do whatever or choose a theme like animals, fame, or something that pleases you.

Tips

  • Keep your room clean!
  • Make it unique; make it reflect who you are!
  • Even though it's in style, doesn't mean it's cool. Don't do anything permanent just because other kids are doing it. You may end up regretting it.
  • Try to add a dry erase board or chalkboard to add some tips and drawings that aren't permanent to express yourself!
  • Use colorful wall stickers and stamps to illustrate who you are.
  • Posters are a great way of showing your true self.
  • Try putting chalk board paint in you room.

Warnings

  • If you're a parent trying to surprise your child with a new room; Don't. The best way to make your child happy, is to let them have the liberty of doing it themselves.
  • If you're a parent decorating for a foster child, or an adopted child, wait until they come and let them help you pick things out, or ask them when you meet them for the first time.
  • Be careful if using paint, not to breath fumes constantly. It's bad for you.
  • Do things that suit YOU, not your friends or the popular kids.
  • Ask your parents if you're allowed to tape stuff to or draw on a wall.

Warnings

  • If you're a parent trying to surprise your child with a new room; Don't. The best way to make your child happy, is to let them have the liberty of doing it themselves.
  • If you're a parent decorating for a foster child, or an adopted child, wait until they come and let them help you pick things out, or ask them when you meet them for the first time.
  • Be careful if using paint, not to breath fumes constantly. It's bad for you.
  • Do things that suit YOU, not your friends or the popular kids.
  • Ask your parents if you're allowed to tape stuff to or draw on a wall.




How to Decorate a Big Wall

by Administrator

For many, a large wall is a great thing. However, it can be very tricky to decorate it properly. There are many different ways you can approach this task; therefore, you should take the time to understand how to do this well.

Method 1. Changing the Appearance of the Wall

1. Make it an accent wall. If all of the walls in the room are the same, neutral color (e.g. white or off-white), you could choose a bolder color to paint this wall.

  • For example, cooler colors, such as blue and green, will provide a calming feel. For a more energizing feel, choose warmer colors.

2. Use an interesting wallpaper. If you don’t want to paint the wall, you could choose a bold wallpaper to make the wall more interesting. For example, you might find an interesting argyle pattern or one with a vintage pattern that will give you something to look at besides a plain wall.

3. Utilize color blocking. Color blocking means choosing two or three completely different colors, and then putting them together to create something that looks interesting. For a wall, this can mean painting the wall with different colors, or hanging squares (or whatever shape you would like) of each color. It can even mean simply choosing posters that are made up of one primary color.

4. Place a mural. You can do this by having a picture that you like blown up to a very large, and having it printed as a poster that you can hang on the wall, or having it made into a wall decal you can stick onto your wall. This will make the wall very interesting to look at.

  • Alternatively, if you don’t already have a picture in mind, you can visit home decor stores, which commonly sell pre-made wall murals. Typically, these are applied as decals, which make it easy to stick to the wall.

5. Create a two-tone wall. This is done by painting the bottom part of the wall in one color, and painting the top part of the wall in a different tone of the same color. Typically the wall is divided in half, but you can do it however you like.

  • If your wall has wainscoting or bead boarding, which is the decorative panelling that is sometimes present on the bottom portion of a wall, you can use this as a guide to help you decide where to divide the tones.
  • You can also have wainscoting installed to help break up the wall, if you don’t have it already.

6. Use Washi tape to decorate the wall. Maybe you rent, and aren’t allowed to paint or nail into the wall, or maybe you want to be able to change your decorations easily. Either way, Washi tape offers a way to decorate your wall in whatever way you want.

Washi tape is essentially masking tape with different designs on it. It comes in many, many different colors and designs.

  • You could try taping large stripes on the wall, or creating a design of your own in the center of the wall.
Method 2. Adding Furnishings

1. Turn it into a bookshelf. If you have a lot of books, or a collection of figures you’d like to display, shelves can really make the space look sophisticated. You can purchase a book shelf, and secure it to the wall, or you can install shelves directly on the wall.

  • You can then decorate the shelves with books, figurines, vinyl records, or a combination of many different things.
  • Make sure you clean the shelves often, as they tend to collect a layer of dust rather quickly.

2. Install sconces. For a more regal look, you can install wall sconces. A sconce is a decorative wall bracket for holding candles or lights. These come in a number of different designs, and may have electric lights or a place to install a candle that you can light. Installing one or two large sconces will give your wall a new look, especially if you also install a large portrait or photograph.

  • Be careful when burning candles! Do not leave a lit candle unattended.

3. Place tall items in front of the wall. If the wall is very tall, you can use tall furniture to help break it up. For example, by placing chairs or sofas which have high backs against the wall. These pieces will help break up the wall because they provide something interesting to look at, and take up some of the wall space.

You can also try placing one or two tall plants next to the wall. These will have the same effect as the furniture, but make sure the plants can survive with the amount of light they will receive in that area. Be sure to keep the plant healthy and well-pruned! If the plant is brown and wilting, it will create an eye-sore in the room.

Method 3. Using Decorations

Before you do anything with decorations, make sure you plan what you want to put up and where it will go!

1. Add a huge poster or picture. You can either hang the picture or you can set it on the floor, if it is big enough. This offers a good alternative to painting or wallpapering, but still makes the wall more interesting.

You could also do this with a large mirror.

Be careful if you choose to hang the picture! Some walls may not be able to support the weight, if it is heavy.

2. Display photos. Choose photos that you like of varying sizes, and put them in frames. Hang the photos in the center of the wall.

  • The photos can be of anything you like. It could be family photos, vacation photos, photos of animals, anything!
  • You can buy frames that all match, or you can choose various funky frames to mix it up a bit.
  • On a large wall, it is recommended that you hang the pictures somewhat asymmetrically. Try arranging the photos in a mixed pattern on the floor before attaching them to the wall.

3. Hang framed maps. You could choose a map of your city, of places you’ve visited, or of places where significant life events have occurred (e.g. where you were born, where you got married, etc.)

More generally, you could consider looking for a map wallpaper, and install that instead.

4. Hang unframed drawings. If you are a skilled artist, or know someone who is. You could hang the drawings on the wall in a symmetric fashion.

5. Install upholstered panels. For some, using posters or photos might be too obvious. You can also try creating large panels and covering them in fabric.

  • Be sure that you install the panels securely to the wall!

6. Add texture. Try hanging a tapestry on a large wall.  The nice thing about this, is that tapestries come in hundreds of colors and designs. When/if you get tired of a particular design, you can change to a new tapestry.

  • Tapestries can also help to dampen the noise of a room, which can be helpful if you have an especially large room.
  • Be aware, though, that if the tapestry is hung on a wall that receives direct sunlight for much of the day, that it can fade the tapestry over time. You can occasionally clean the tapestry using a soft, dry brush.

7. Make a grid photo. If you want to hang a large photo, you can have it printed into a grid (usually 3 or 4 photos, that when put together, make up the whole photo).

  • This will require you to visit a professional photo printer, who can help you blow up the photo of your choice, and print it on canvas or paper.

Tips

  • If you are considering one or more ideas, you can browse home magazines or the internet to get an idea of what something might look like in reality. It might also help you find color schemes that you hadn’t thought of before.
  • You can get washi tape at most craft stores and you can order mural decals online.

Warnings

  • Although it can be tempting to completely fill a large wall with many pictures, posters, or other decorations, try to resist! Filling the wall with too many things will make it look messy and cluttered.




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 Bedroom Romantically

by Administrator

A bedroom is your sanctuary after a long day, a place to unwind, and curl up with your favorite book or magazine. Getting that perfect piece of heaven is easy to achieve no matter what your budget is.

1. Choose a theme. A theme makes it easy to choose fabrics, colors, accessories, furniture, etc. Example: If you want a rose garden theme, your colors can be in pinks and reds to resemble the roses, greens to bring out the leaves in your fabrics or wallpaper or border, and so on.

2. Paint or wallpaper according to your theme.

3. Add fresh flowers for a romantic touch. You can have a vase of them beside your bed on a table, or simply lay them in a basket. On that basket, tie a coordinating ribbon onto the handle, or around the basket itself, but that's not mandatory.

4. Throw pillows, old birdcages, artwork to match your theme, lace bedskirt or other lace items if you choose, even picture frames in your colors and theme.

5. Don't use up a lot of floor space. This will make the room seem larger. Use wall shelves, or stack hat boxes or trunks in a corner to display mementos on top.

6. Take advantage of unused wall space. You can lift clutter off the floor.

7. Buy shelving. Many retail stores offer a wide selection of shelves, bookcases, and more.

8. Try to keep your overhead lights off. Instead use candles or oil lamps for a soothing romantic touch.

Tips

  • Nobody says you have to be an artist, so instead of painting flowers, or whatever you choose, you can paint wood boxes, shelves, hatboxes, etc. with a coat of craft paint. Then go to your local crafts/home improvement store for wallies, or wallpaper borders, cut them out, and adhere them to your items. It's a quick " hand painted" look.
  • You can look in magazines for ideas, and to better understand the look you want to go for.
  • Let your imagination run wild.




How to Decorate Like Hogwarts

by Administrator

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It's Harry Potter's home. If you want your house (or room) to look like Hogwarts, keep reading!

1. Hogwarts has lots of stone walls and floors. Don't worry, you can just paint your house (or room) walls gray or cream with a few darker details. Paint rocky, wobbly lines to make it look like large bricks. For floors, you can use oak wood with a rug in the color(s) of your favorite house.

2. This is not recommended if you are just decorating your bedroom, unless you would like a bedroom/study. If you don't and have an office, you can find pictures of Dumbledore's office and decorate your office like it-maybe even paint a gargoyle on the door!

3. For bedrooms, be sure to pick either your favorite House when choosing colors. You can hang a House scarf on your headboard. If you have a toy chest, try to make it look like a trunk from Harry Potter and place it at the foot of your bed.

4. Add as many magical tweaks as you can, but don't make it look odd. Who would think of hanging fake elf heads on the hallway's walls?! Well, other than Sirius's mum. Try a stuffed toy owl, a wand, an old, over sized witch's hat (the Sorting Hat), a fake sword with fake rubies with GODRIC GRYFFINDOR painted on it in red, a feather quill, a cauldron, Alastor Moody's magical eye... just let your imagination go wild!

5. If you have a lot of modern pictures and frames, it may look tacky compared to the rest of the room. You may want some old-fashioned art done by yourself or someone else, if you are not that great an artist.

6. Enjoy your new Hogwarts home/room!

Tips

  • Don't let the Muggles discourage you if they find it strange- they're the strange ones.
  • Ravenclaw: Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem
  • Plan everything out first and choose your colors. Get sorted by the Sorting Hat (on Disc Two of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone) and make your House you color scheme.
  • Hufflepuff: Helga Hufflepuff's cup
  • Hogwarts has antique furniture. You can just paint your furniture to LOOK antique. Or you could find some old furniture for cheap at a thrift store. Don't forget to add brass details! Antique brass candle holders work well (as Hogwarts does not use electricity).
  • If you think your parents will kill you for painting, draw something on paper and tape it.
  • Remember to have fun while giving your house a makeover.
  • If you are not a Gryffindor, do not include the sword of Godric Gryffindor in your room. here are some substitutes:
  • Slytherin: Salazaar Slytherin's locket or a toy snake

Warnings

  • People could say it doesn't look nice. They're just jealous!




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.

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.

  • 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.
    • 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.






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