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DIY Easy Fabric Art

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DIY Easy Fabric Art by Vitamini Handmade There's nothing better than a large piece of art in a room, but unfortunately, buying big framed art can get pretty expensive. I found a bunch of great vintage Japanese fabrics at a Buddhist Temple rummage sale last summer for a steal - something like $1 for the whole bundle. The prints were so great but the dimensions of the pieces were odd; long and skinny and not quite large enough to sew much with. I noticed this bright tropical print in my fabric stack the other day and realized it would look great on the wall! I have a trick for hanging up fabric panels on the wall that looks super professional but is actually so easy to DIY and inexpensive, too (the whole thing cost less than $10). I can't wait to share!

I love using wood canvas stretcher bars for this project because not only are they inexpensive but  you can also buy them in the exact dimensions that you are looking for. That said, this project could also be done with a picture frame.

Here's what you'll need:

DIY Easy Fabric Art by Vitamini Handmade
  • Fabric panel. Large scale prints work better than smaller ones
  • Canvas stretcher bars, 2 for the width and 2 for the height, both about 4" shorter in width and length than your fabric panel. These 4 stretcher bars cost me about $8 total (cool, right?!)
  • Staple gun with staples. I love this Craftsman staple gun. So easy to use.
  • Picture wire and "i" screws
  • Ruler and pencil

DIY Easy Fabric Art by Vitamini Handmade
Measure and mark the location for the "i" screws on the vertical pieces. Since mine was tall (14" x 36") I measured 7" down from the top of each side. Twist in the screws.
DIY Easy Fabric Art by Vitamini Handmade
Join the frame pieces. Mine made a pretty sturdy fit, but if yours are loose you can staple over the corners to secure.

Lay the fabric face down and center the frame over it. Make sure you've oriented the fabric so you know which way is up and the screws are near the top of the panel. Fold the edge of fabric down about half and inch, then fold it over the side of the frame. Staple in the center. Repeat on the opposite side of the frame, pulling the fabric taught before you staple once the center. Repeat on the other two sides. Continue folding over, pulling taut, and stapling on opposite sides, until the fabric is anchored all the way around the frame. DIY Easy Fabric Art by Vitamini Handmade DIY Easy Fabric Art by Vitamini Handmade DIY Easy Fabric Art by Vitamini Handmade
When you get the the corners, fold the fabric like wrapping a present to get a smooth corner and staple.

DIY Easy Fabric Art by Vitamini Handmade
Attach the picture wire to the "i" screws and twist the ends. Done! Hang from a picture hanging hook. Enjoy your big, custom artwork!

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This technique is a great way to make a big, high-impact piece of art for just a few bucks. Look for fabrics from your favorite designers to stretch and make art. I have a large scale Marimekko print that I've had hanging up for years. It still looks great and no one can tell it's not an expensive canvas print.

P.S. Like my palm tree nails? Learn how to do it yourself with my palm tree mani diy!

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At Home With Lucille Ball

Monday, July 20, 2015

photo via House Beautiful

Happy Monday! I recently came across this article on House Beautiful featuring photos of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz at their Southern California home in the 50's and 60's. The interior shots are great, but I especially enjoyed the photos of the garden and pool. How perfect is the white and pink furniture set above? It reminds me of my Patio Party fabric print. :)

photo from Getty + CBS via House Beautiful

Check out the article for all of the retro goodness. I could really use a dip in that pool right about now... Have a great week!

P.S. Looking to outfit your retro abode with era-appropriate houseplants? Check out this post for ideas!

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Vitamini Summer Sale!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Vitamini Summer Sale
Hey guys! Just stopping by to say hi! I'm busy with product development at the moment  - working on a few new products for the shop that I'm super pumped about. It'll be a couple weeks before I can show you anything (the suspense!) but in the meantime I'm having a sale in the shop to make room for all of the new stuff! I'm discontinuing a few products, some of them my best sellers (I'm looking at you, MINI Cooper Coasters) so act fast if you're interested! I have very limited quantities left, and once they're gone, they're gone, so don't lollygag. ;)

Check out the entire sale section here.

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Cheers to the 4th!

Friday, July 3, 2015

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Happy 4th of July weekend, friends! For all you lovers of vintage packaging and typography, check out these great graphics on these packages of fireworks.

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So great, right? If you want to see lots more, click on the sources!

P.S. Looking for something special to add to your red, white, & blue outfit? Check out this patriotic paper flower headband project!

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DIY Palm Tree Mani

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

DIY Palm Tree Mani - Perfect for Summer! Click through for the full tutorial!
Hey guys! I've got a good one for you today, that is if you're into nail art and tropical prints! And who isn't, amirite? Special bonus, this palm tree mani diy is actually pretty easy to do yourself - no need to pay a premium at the salon. And you don't need any special painting skills - if you can write your name with a pen I bet you can draw some palm trees that look amazing on your nails. So let's get to it!

Here's what you'll need:
DIY Palm Tree Mani - Perfect for Summer! Click through for the full tutorial!
DIY Palm Tree Mani - Perfect for Summer! Click through for the full tutorial!
Start with clean, painted nails: 1 coat of the base coat + 2 coats of nail color, and let dry thoroughly. Shake up the pen according to the directions and get it flowing on a scrap of paper. For one palm tree: draw one long line for the trunk. Add 4-5 small arcs coming out of the top of the tree. Draw small vertical lines under each arc to make the palm fronds. Repeat on all or just a few of your nails. Finish with a clear top coat and let the compliments start rolling in!!

DIY Palm Tree Mani - Perfect for Summer! Click through for the full tutorial!

These trees are painterly and somewhat free-form, so don't worry about trying to be perfect! I painted palms on both of my hands and didn't have any trouble painting them on with my non-dominant hand. Practice a bit on a piece of paper, or have a friend help you out if you're having trouble.

I hope you'll give this mani a try! This nail polish pen is seriously a game-changer! I can't wait to try some other designs.

P.S. Love nail art? Check out my gold leaf and heart manicures from the archives!
 

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