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DIY overhead projector (how to paint an image on the wall)

I try ideas sometimes…not knowing if I will like the outcome or not…but I need to get it out of my head (know what I mean?) This was one of those ideas. I love this quote…and I really wanted it up on the wall.

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“Life whispers. Listen closely.”

Short…to the point..and so true. I went about painting it on the wall…and then a week later I painted over it. It just wasn’t what I had in mind…and after I found an amazing old mantel for the wall (in my new office) where the quote was written…I went about a whole new idea. I call it a “creative process”…you may call it something else (maybe, half box of crazy?….moving on…;) Please excuse fuzzy picture…the Hubs photography skills at work…;)

Any who, I wanted to show you how I went about making this cheap DIY overhead projector. Through some trial and error….I found a set up that worked great. This projector would be fabulous if you are wanting to paint an object on the wall (like a picture…or words) I would caution to not pick a font that is too crazy…words are difficult to transfer…a picture would be much easier. If you want to  do a short quote….make it a simple font. The font I used was Courier New size 36.

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To print my words, I used a sheet protector (cut the sheet protector at the seams so it is just one piece of plastic). You could also use a printable transparency sheet—I was using what I had. I used an adhesive roller and pasted the plastic to a sheet of cardstock so that it would go through the printer. Worked like a charm. Be sure to print a “mirror” image. You will need to trace over the words (or image) with a sharpie. Make it as dark as you can.

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You will need a box…cut out one side and tape your printed image to the opening. The only light that worked for me was my smartphone light. Most smartphones can be flashlights (did you know??!) Sometimes you have to download an app. I tried all sorts of flashlights, lamp lights, halogens….nothing was as bright as the smartphone light. You may have better luck…but what I do know is that it has to be super clear and super bright to transfer to the wall.

 

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Before I traced the words….I lined up some painters tape on the wall so I could see what was level. Then I lined up the words with the tape….I used a pencil and traced the words on the wall. Then I used an artist paint brush to fill in the lines.

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Thing you will need:

Print in bold, mirror image.

Box

light

razorblade

sheet protector

cardstock

printer

adhesive roller

fine tip sharpie

large level

colored chalk

 

Good luck!

Monday…the big offce/craft room reveal (it’s mostly done….so I’m going to share what I have.) Hope you are not tired of hearing about it yet ;) Have a great weekend!!!

Also, if you have a minute…be sure to enter to win one of 2 big giftcards ($175 to Target or Amazon!!) Here is the link Giveaway ends on Sunday

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY photo backdrops

Well, our new white pine wide plank floors are laid and they are gorgeous! Sanding was almost finished today…and our house smells like a “Carolina pine forest…” (name that commercial). Any who, we are in love! They are so stunning and perfect for our bedroom and my office. I have been sharing some pics on Facebook and Instagram…and I will share some here a bit later this week. Thanks for all your excitement…it is really coming together beautifully.

Last week, I shared a few favorite tips for styling a photograph. I wanted to follow that up by showing these easy and cheap backdrops that you can make in a minute. They store easily and you can make a bunch for a little cash.

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I found some of the prettiest gift wrap at TJMaxx….I thought it would make such a pretty backdrop for photos. I made some backdrop boards with some foam board from the dollar store and some glue. Really quite simple, I know you don’t need me to explain…but here is how I went about making them.

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I cut the wrapping paper to the size of the board and made it overlap by half the length of the board. That way I can tape the paper up on the wall to have the background be the same as the surface. I would caution to not use a lot of glue or the paper will pucker. I just glued the edges with rubber cement. The nice thing about these boards is that I can just slide them into a narrow space when I don’t need them and they will not get creased or damaged.

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Oh the possibilities! I would check your local TJMaxx or Homegoods….I have found several there for only 2.99 a roll!DIY photo backdrop @cleverlyinspired (3)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Make a Road Trip Snack Tray

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I know a lot of us spend some serious time in the car during the summer months. And I also know that kids are best behaved when there is something in their mouth…I joke I joke…sort of. So I was on a mission to create a tray of some sort that could be wiped clean, kept in the back pocket of the car seat, and was easy and cheap to make. The kids used them this past weekend and both said it was much better than a load of napkins on the lap. Score! I purchased 2 cookie sheets from the dollar store and a vinyl table cloth from Wal-Mart. The materials cost me $5 total. I used a glue that works on metal and fabric…but I am sure a good white craft glue would work just as well. road trip

Cut your tablecloth to fit the tray. I used pinking shears for a nice finished edge. Glue on and smooth out…let it dry. What is nice about the vinyl tablecloth is that it easy wipes clean…ready for the next time!

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It is a thumbs up project…happy campers :)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

What a find…

I found this chair a few weeks ago at a local peddlers mall. It is original..solid…and from the 1940’s. A perfect desk chair for Bill’s office. It was marked $60 and quite frankly it was a steal at that price…but I happened to be there when the owner was there and she offered it to me for $50. I couldn’t turn it down. I don’t have to do a thing to it…just a little clean up and a bit of oil for shine. It’s a beaut Clark, I tell ya, a beaut….(sorry, had to be said…)

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So you can imagine my enjoyment…while thumbing through the current Potterybarn catalog…I happened upon this….

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huh….that’s funny….looks just like my chair…oh, but wait….it’s $399 !!!! Yeah….I like mine a lot more than this one ;)

That’s all. Goodnight ;)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
Yarn wrapped bottle

Yarn wrapped wine bottle = bud vase

I shared this last week at Tattertot’s and Jello….but in case you didn’t catch it there ;)

Here is a super way to repurpose an old bottle. I used a wine bottle…cause I have a few laying around…girl’s night last weekend…nuff said.

Anywho, I thought maybe if I used some fun green thread that I had on hand (or I stole it from my daughter…moving on…)

And I wrapped the thread around the bottle…tied on some cute ribbon and a tag…and sha-bam! A new bud vase :)

Here is how I did it…

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Thanks Jen!!

I would love for you to stop by and see me :)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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