Recently, I created This DIY project for the ever so wonderful and always inspiring BLOESEM KIDS BLOG! Its such an honor to be a contributor to Irene's fantastic site! Lucky for me, I get to share my ideas on Bkids regularly from now on!
Well...If you've got kids, then you've got STUFF! And in our little home, we're often tripping over kid's backpacks, winter coats, library bags, robes, lunch bags, etc. (My kids seem to think they belong right smack in the middle of busy walkways!)
So I started making some wall hooks- the quirky and colorful variety to suit our personality.
1) a roll of thin wire, preferably 22 gauge.
2) roll of thick wire, preferably 16 to 18 gauge.
3) white glue or elmers glue
4) scrap paper
5) wire cutter and bender
6) acrylic paint
1. Shape the 18 gauge (thick wire) into desired form, keeping in mind to have long lower appendages. these will then be bent to form a U shape hook.
2. Use the thinner wire to run throughout the shape. This reinforces the basic form.
3. Twist 22 gauge wire around a washer and integrate this into the wire form. This will be where you can drive a nail through when attaching to your wall. placing this near the TOP of the shape works well.
4. Apply masking tape directly on top of some of the wire. This gives the papier mache something to adhere to.
5. Make papier mache paste from 1/2 part elmers glue and 1/2 part water. Dip pieces of scrap paper in the paste and cover front and back of wire form.
6. Apply 4-5 layers making sure to allow the paper to dry in between layers. The wall hook will become rock hard!
7. Using acrylic medium, paint to your hearts desire.
8. Remember the washer? Well hammer a nail through the washer when attaching your wall hook on your wall.
Here's hoping your floors are clutter-free!