|A Simple Project That Both Decorates And Inspires!|
My love of home décor and my husband's innate DIY skills are apparently hereditary! It's either that or a childhood spent completely immersed in our crazy renovations and design projects has altered their DNA. Either way, be it nature or nurture, I have to say that my kids are very crafty. They truly enjoy beautifying their spaces and have strong opinions, especially when it comes to their rooms.
Recently, my eldest decided that her desk/ vanity was boring and it needed a little sprucing up. She came to me one night to ask if the printer had enough colored ink, because she wanted to do a decorating project. She explained that she was going to print up some of her favorite quotes (apparently, addiction is also hereditary!), cut them out and display them under the glass of her desk. She said that she wanted it to be pretty, but also inspiring! Trying to be a very supportive mom, I told her that I thought it was a great idea ~ knock yourself out!
She spent some time on instagram and then online looking for quotes that resonated with her. She used Word Art to design them and then printed them out. She carefully cut them, using a straightedge to make sure they were neat.
Next, she laid them out on the desk to arrange them. Of course, she moved them around a bunch of times to make sure that she was happy with the way the pattern of colors and shapes that were set. She also took these lovely pictures along the way to document her project...like I said, crafty.
Lastly, she popped the glass back on top, careful not to disturb the papers. She called me into the room to check it out and I have to say, I was really impressed. I must admit, decorating snob and total control freak that I am, I thought that it may look a bit junky and would wreck my carefully crafted aesthetic, but she did a fantastic job. It is very polished and the colors look great, but most importantly, she is thrilled with it and, after all, it is her room. I guess it's time for me to back off and let her find her own style! Apparently, she already has some other ideas. Great.
I'm just kidding , the kid has a great eye. Her first independent decorating project was a huge success. She loves the way it turned out and she loves waking up to those handpicked quotes every morning. It's a great way for her to start her day and as her mom, I love that. I also love the fact that since she completed this project, her desk has been neat as a pin! Hmmm...maybe I should have her redecorate the whole house!
It's a super simple project, but I think it's super sweet! What do you think of it?
Quick Under Glass Tips:
*I have glass cut all the time to protect furniture. It's easy to clean, so in heavily used rooms, I don't have to worry about water damage or markers...it all just wipes away!
*A variety of items look great under glass ~ for a personalized look, use photographs, color or black and white. For an antiqued look, go with sepia photos or use old newspaper clippings. In a kitchen, recipe cards are a great choice. In a playroom, colorful kids' creations are a fun addition...and a great way to display their latest projects!
*For added drama, add a matte to photos or artwork.
*Decide on your design, do you want overlapping pieces, a haphazard look or a carefully spaced arrangement?
*Fabric is great under glass as well. It is also easily changed out for different seasons or holidays.
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