This guest post is by Miranda Sanchez of Press X Twice
When I first received my Pinterest invitation email, I was elated. At the time, Pinterest was some secretive website that no one knew much about. Once I got my email, I excitedly made my account. And then it sat there for a really long time with no pins and only a few followers.
It wasn’t until this summer that Pinterest sparked my interest. It was a gradual growing relationship, starting off as a small spark that eventually became a strong flame. I just took my relationship with Pinterest to the next level: actually doing my pins.
Lately I’ve been searching for cute decorations that reflect my nerdy passions for my new apartment. As you can imagine, that’s not an easy feat. This is where this pin came into play. So instead of having bare walls I will now have these geeky beauties from my favorite video game series. The top left is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, top right is BioShock, bottom left is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and the bottom right is Halo 4:
Wall Art Supplies
They weren’t really that difficult to make. Here are all the things I used:
- Short Ruler
- Shoebox Lid
- Foam Brush
- Magazine Clippings
- Box Cutter
Wall Art Assembly
After I rounded up all my materials, I measured and marked 4 x 4 inch squares in my first shoebox lid. Depending on the size of the lid, you may get more than two sections. After carefully cutting them out with a box cutter, tape the two pieces together.
After the two sides have been taped together, I coated the front side with ModPodge and carefully placed my picture on top. Then I did the same thing for the right and left sides. For the top and bottom of the box, I put a little ‘podge down then began folding it like a present. Before pushing down the final flap, I put a little bit more ‘podge on the parts that were about to be covered. It may not look as awesome as the store bought box art, but it was a quick way of making each side flat without having to do math and extra cutting.
Tips and Tricks
One thing I would advise is using a thin shoebox lid. Some are made out of thicker cardboard that makes it not only more difficult to cut, but also makes the measurements off. I had this problem with two of my little pieces of art. They were a little crooked and the edges were not as sharp as the ones made out of the thinner cardboard.
I liked using magazine pictures because of their glossy finish, but on the downside it can be difficult to keep them from wrinkling if you put on too much ‘podge on the box. Also, try to keep you work station clean or it could end up like this:
I ended up making four total and I used three shoebox lids. I absolutely love them! When it comes to geeky decorations it’s a lot easier to make them yourself. I think this project has made me grown closer to Pinterest and I know I will be trying out more pins from now on. Especially if it saves me money.
Cheap apartment decorations for the win.
For the original instructions of this project from Natalie at Crem de la Craft, click here.
Miranda is a hardcore gamer who writes about video game culture on her blog Press X Twice. Aside from playing video games, she spends a majority of her time blogging and shopping for new geeky wares online.
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