Tuesday, March 10, 2009

DIY Time

Credit:Better Homes and Gardens

Floor-Length Tab-Top Panels
Velvet ribbon in three sherbet shades turns plain white tab-top curtains into an elegant treatment. To create the look, lay out the panels and attach horizontal bands of ribbon with fabric glue. To make the ties at the top, cut the tabs off, then cut six evenly placed, 1-inch horizontal slits across each panel. Finish by cutting V shapes out of the ends of each tie.

Velvet Ribbon Detail
For a fresh and flirty treatment, use high-quality ribbon for bows with body and stripes that stand out.
Tip: Washable fabric glue will be strong enough to withstand a washing machine and will remain clear and flexible.
Photography by You
Art gallery photography can be expensive, so try using your own photographs as artwork. Take high-resolution digitals and have them enlarged to poster size. These can be custom framed for a high-end look, or simply mounted in inexpensive frames from a craft store.
Screen Star
Create a headboard with diva attitude by using a shapely metal screen. A solid-color block painted on the wall behind this one and embellished with metallic swirls gives the headboard larger-than-life personality. The effect helps draw the eye upward with space-enhancing results.
Perfectly Padded(love this idea)
For a new take on an upholstered headboard, hang a bench cushion by its ties from wall-mounted hooks. Top the hooks with a piece of over-door molding, which you can find at a home center. To create a tufted look, sew covered buttons to the cushion with ribbon, poking both ends through the bottom of the cushion. Pull the ends tight and tie.

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