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(skip to the DIY if you don’t want to read the backstory)
My whole house (the inside) was done painting weeks ago, and everything looked so brand new again like the time my family first bought this house in 2002.
It’s quite an old house yes, but it can totally be redone and repainted to look brand new again.
We painted it because the old paint looked dull and the paint was coming off the ceiling and walls, which, frustrated me because of the stick on wall hooks (those things where u stick it onto a wall instead of using a nail to pin it) kept falling off!! (I hate when that happens, it’s annoying and pretty much a waste of money!)
But it was also a good thing because I have the advantage to change the way my room looks (which looks better than my old arrangement tbh) since the window can reflect towards my desk and my bed is placed in the middle instead of placing it against a wall.
Anyways, on Melbourne Cup Day (7 November 2017), since it was my break off, I decided to why not use this break to do something productive? That’s where making a hanging photo wall came into place.
I bought string, photo glossy paper and paper clips a while ago (long long time ago). It was the best time to bring them to good use!
DIY: Hanging Photo Wall Clothesline
Things you will need –
- Editing Software (If necessary)
- 4″x6″ Photo Glossy Paper (Or use a Polaroid camera)
- PC (Laptop or Computer that connects to a printer)
- Black Marker (If necessary)
- Ball of string
- Sticky Tape
- Clothes pegs or paper clips (small size would be recommended)
1. Collect images from your Instagram by using a snipping tool and saving it on to your computer. I took my images from my personal and drawing Instagram (@Zyrakuma & @Coffeeeatsbunny) and saved into a separate folder named “original”.
2. (If necessary but if not, then skip to #3) I used Adobe Photoshop CC to crop the images and placed them to fit the photo paper. If you don’t use or have Adobe Photoshop, there are always other free sites like Canvas or PicMonkey that you could use to edit your images for a more “Tumblr” or “Authentic” effect.
3. Print out the images onto your glossy photo paper. The one I have dries very quickly once it’s done the printing. If your one doesn’t dry quickly, I suggest leaving it to dry for a few hours or so, based on the paper you have.
4. (If necessary) Using the black marker, write down the title or caption of your image. If you want a clean base, then you don’t have to do this. If you feel like it gives it more of a personal and memorable touch, go for it. This photo wall is based on your personality so feel free to decorate it however you like.
5. Now, for the string, I, however, freestyled the length. So cut accordingly based on your preference or however long the size of your wall is. Be sure to cut 3 strings that reach the nearest/same length. This will give you a symmetric clothesline.
6. First hand, cut the tape (6 pieces of tape for 1 line) and stick them on ur arm/hand for an easy stick. Tape the string from one side, stretch to the other side. Make sure you stick 1 side 3 times and the other 3 times stop your clothesline from falling.
7. Space out the 2nd and 3rd string underneath the first string and repeat #6.
8. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to hang your photos. Make sure you have your pegs/clips easy to reach along with your photos.
9. First, clip your photo on the first clothesline (or third if you’re working your way up) in the middle of the clothesline. This way, you can balance out the photos and the spacing of each of them.
10. When clipping your photo, make sure to clip the end of the clipper between the photo and the string so it can be tightly secured without having to slide around (I found it out the hard way while doing them). The way to do this is to clip diagonally.
For your next photo, start from left to right to balance it out and keep repeating it till you’re near the end. For the spacing, it depends on the size or your preference.
How did yours turn out?
Mine turned out like this…
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I’m Ellen Tran, an 18-year-old Australian/Vietnamese lifestyle blogger at ZyraKuma. I blog about lifestyle, self-wellbeing, productivity and relationships. I hope to inspire you guys and help those in need to become their better selves as well as combine art and blogging together (my two favourite things).
I’m currently a student, learning about art and design. Hopefully achieving to become an Illustrator because I love drawing.