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DIY Damn Easy Decorating: Walls

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Spring has sprung kittens, and that means: scavenging time! Time to grab your pals, put your beer in a bag and head outside to collect some raw materials (wood, paper, plant clippings) for your spring apartment upgrade. Here are a few damn easy ideas for your scores:

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Botanical Art: get some scissors and start snippin.’ Just cut some twigs and branches (from your own yard, with permission or else I don’t know about it, savvy?). Let them dry for a day or two, to make sure they don’t change shade or brown, then spray them with acrylic finish and hot glue gun ‘em to a base, like torn newspaper or painted wood or whatever else you score. If you’re feeling fancy, frame ‘em with a shadowbox!

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Everyday Items: one of my favorite street scores was a white ceramic dinosaur & baby left on a trash can at Broderick and Eddy. Really, all it takes is a walk around the block and you can find abandoned books, toys, split skateboard decks and whatnot. Try hanging some of your finds straight on the wall – or ditch the glass and set the frame around the item on the wall. Frame records, in or out of the cover, advertisements from foreign magazines, board games, photographs. For some reason plates get suggested for this a lot, and they have the added bonus of being easily re-paintable so even if they’re fugly as hell, that’s easily fixed. Spell out your name, or make silhouettes.

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Cut-Outs: Print out a design (birds, snowflakes, dinosaurs, trucks, whatevs), then trace the outline onto sticky-backed design paper, or wall paper, or construction paper, or free newspaper, then adhere with Glue Dots or that blue tacky stuff or whatever ya got.

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And hey – if you come up with a better idea, then share dammit!

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Amber Bouman - Crafty & Cashless

Amber Bouman - Crafty & Cashless

A freelance writer, blogger and poet based in San Francisco, Amber has written for PC World, InfoWorld, and the 16th & Mission Review. She has performed at City Hall, Litquake, the Brainwash, 16th & Mission, BlueSix, and SFSU among other places. Amber is also consummate fan of swearing, organizational freak, yoga practitioner, music geek, caffeine addict, and tattoo enthusiast who enjoys platform shoes, making out, thumb wrestling and fighting the good fight. She owns a bicycle named Gretel, a motor scooter named Elroy and a cat named Simon. She can be found in various virtual locations all over your interwebs.