These lanterns are colorful, inexpensive to make, and provide enough light by themselves that I can still read before calling it a day.
The only materials you need are two strands of white lights and a package of origami paper (either 4×4″ or 5×5″) that contains several more sheets than the total number of lights. This way, you can “practice” with a few without worry. Below you’ll find directions to make an origami balloon. Once you blow it up, place the balloon over each individual light. They’ll stay without any adhesive as long as you’re gentle with it. It’s that simple, I promise.
(Directions taken from this site.)
It is normal to have bare walls when one moves to a new home. I’m not going to tell you how long it’s taken me to put up pictures/art. Let’s instead focus on the final products, shall we?. This is the first of three DIY project posts, consisting of: bookshelves, windowpane picture frame, and stencil art.
For this post, I wanted to create some shelves above my desk. I love whimsy and using things that I already have, so this killer idea for real book shelves hit home. One note about the hardware: I have somewhat slim drywall, so I used some thin wall grabber anchors. Disclaimer: check with your local hardware store first about what would be best for your setup.
I used a combination of small and large l-brackets (3″x3″ and 2″x2″):
I also used a drill, a screwdriver, and a level . . . you want these things to be balanced, darn it! If you “happen” to make one set uneven, relax, just put a
bird piece of foam tape on it. We are professionals here.
When they’re mounted on the wall, they look like this:
You’ll notice that I inverted the position of the brackets. It’s personal preference . . . and the longer brackets “hide” better behind my photos.
Slide your text of choice into the space and revel at your work. Also, revel at the fact that no books were harmed during this process. Bonus.