Easy DIY Project: Fabric Decorated Bulletin Board

I have been working on all of the finishing touches on my home office lately, and this is one of my recent projects.  I had previously covered my plain cork bulletin board with some pink vintage fabric at our old house, but I wasn’t thrilled with the end result for my new office.  For one thing, I didn’t want a pink bulletin board on a pink wall.  Secondly, the craft glue that I used the first time around was not the best choice (you can see in the first picture how it seeped through the fabric and left a visible mark).

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I selected some fun fabric to use this time, and decided to lay the new fabric over the old fabric since I liked the scalloped border on the pink fabric so much.  I measured out how large of a rectangle I would need, and then added about an extra quarter inch on each side to allow for a non-sew hem, and cut out my new fabric rectangle.

Once the piece was cut out, I folded in each side of the fabric and pressed with the steam setting on the iron.  When I got to the corners, I folded and steamed them in at an angle, kind of like when you make a bed with a flat sheet, and secured with a tiny dot of fabric glue.  After all of the edges were cleanly finished, I made sure the rest of the fabric was well ironed and wrinkle free.

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Since the craft glue that I used the first time was not the best option, I decided to try a glue gun this time around, and it worked much better.  I just glued the new piece of fabric in place, putting small amounts of glue around all the edges of the fabric.  That’s it!  Super easy project, and I love the finished result hanging in my office. 🙂

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More of the office decorating projects coming up, and the full unveiling of my new home office coming soon!

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Easy DIY Project: Fabric Covered Custom Cabinet Knobs

I have been working on all of the finishing touches in my new home office, and I have not been able to find any knobs for all of my storage cabinets that I liked.  I have looked everywhere, and nothing seemed to be just right.  When I found a pile of fabric scraps in one of my drawers, I came up with the perfect solution!  I decided to take some plain knobs and decoupage them into knobs that coordinate perfectly with my new office decor. 🙂  I love the end result!  Here’s what I did:

1.  Found some plain, inexpensive knobs that were the right size.  I used pink ceramic knobs.

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2.  Covered a knob with a layer of decoupage glue (I used glossy Mod Podge).

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3.  Covered the knob with a scrap of fabric, and wrapped a tiny rubber band around the fabric to keep it in place.

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4.  Added an exterior coat of decoupage glue all over outside of fabric and let dry.  Repeated with a second coat after approximately 20 minutes.

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5.  Once all of the knobs were dry, I removed the rubber bands and trimmed off any excess fabric.

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6.  Attached knobs to my cabinets!

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More of the office decorating projects coming up, and the full unveiling of my new home office coming soon!

Easy DIY Project: Custom Fabric Covered Lamp Shade

 I had made another fabric covered lamp shade for my office previously at our old house, but that fabric does not match with my new office decor (perhaps I will use that lampshade in the upcoming nursery!).  I decided to start over again with a new plain lamp shade, and cover it with some fabric that better matches my new decorating design.  I used about a half yard of fabric, but your needs may vary based on the size of the lamp shade.  Here’s how I did it….

1.  Start with very plain lampshade.

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2.  Line up fabric so the pattern displays best across various areas, and pin in place with clothespins along top and bottom.  I covered half of the lamp shade at a time to make sure that the fabric pattern is evenly distributed.

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3.  Very carefully removed fabric from lamp shade, with clothespins still in place.

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4.  (not shown) Trimmed excess fabric in a line parallel to line created by clothespins, in order to allow for hem inside lampshade.
5.  Carefully ironed and steamed fabric along line created by clothespins, and folded under again from there, ironing and steaming again.  This creates a clean line on the inside of the shade, with no loose threads showing.  Once the lines were all pressed, I carefully used a few dots of craft glue to hold the raw edge of the fabric in place.

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6.  Next I placed the fabric back onto the lamp shade, and started carefully gluing it in place with a glue gun.  I started by placing a thin line of glue on the outside edges of the lamp, top and bottom.  Once those were in place, I glued the hemline to the inside of the lamp.  I made sure to work in small sections, and kept the fabric smooth and tight at all times.

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7.  To finish it off, I snipped a few areas of the hem where the metal structures of the lamp shade were preventing the fabric from lying flat.

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8.  I repeated the whole process with the other half of the lamp shade, and then it was ready to set up in my office!

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More of the office decorating projects coming up, and the full unveiling of my new home office coming soon!

Easy DIY Project: Vintage Lace Decorated Flower Pots

I love vintage lace. 🙂  I have a stash of lace trims that I found at an estate sale, and I love using these trims to decorate everything.  My supply is starting to run a little low so I will have to replenish soon though!  I decided to dress up some plain flower pots for our front “porch” (not actually a porch at all).

I just started with a few plain flower pots, some that were thrift store finds, and some larger ones that I actually found at the 99 Cent store!  I measured off enough lace to go around the rim of each, and glued in place with a glue gun.  I used a different type of lace on each size pot.  I filled the smaller pots with various succulents, and the larger ones with geraniums.  I love the finished result, decorating the area around our front door!

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