Monday, April 9, 2012

Entrance Makeover

It's been a while since I've posted, but with lots of out-of-towners in town, it's been nuts! I've been trying to put a little "spring" into the apartment and what inspired me to get started were these adorable prints from Dimple Prints! I'm just getting started into the world of crafting so I did a few things that I thought would be an easy start.  

First, I printed these prints and framed them using two frames I had lying around.  One was black and one was brown and were different sizes, but I thought what the hey! I get scared at the thought of painting things (especially since these frames weren't cheap) and our place has a lot of brown in it so I figured it would go fine. 

Then I found these at Daiso (the Japanese version of the dollar store)! So awesome how they had 10 sheets of tissue folded, tied, and ready to go.  Seeing them made it easier to understand the picture tutorial and how to "fluff" them out.  I made a few and hung them up with an old lantern I had lying around.  

Then using those same sheets I made little rosettes on styrofoam spheres. 

TIP: I DID NOT CUT OUT STRIPS, I JUST USED ONE RECTANGULAR SHEET PER ROSETTE AND IT WAS SOOOO EASY! I think I sat thru 15 tutorials and NONE of them worked for me. With all the twisting and folding, my brain couldn't handle it.  Finally, I found a japanese tutorial, and it worked! I can't find it now, so I created a video for you.  They literally used a tissue (kleenex) paper, so that would be the size to keep in mind for when you're cutting your tissue.  Here's the tutorial for it.   

I had 3 vases and I turned them upside down to create some height.  I can't figure out if I want to fill them with something or keep them like that. I definitely don't want to paint them. 

Here it is all put together. I love waking up and walking to the front and seeing this every morning, it really perks me up. My husband, always skeptic of my antics, approved too!

I found those branches for 50 cents each (from a regular $6 each) and scooped up the 4 that were left.

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