Friday, September 25, 2009

Newspaper shelf border

When I decided I wanted to hide some of the uglies from my closet shelf (see this post for details) I also decided I wanted it to be free.

I don't subscribe to any newspaper so I had to ask my neighbor for some - she's used to me and my weird projects. :)

I measured how long I'd need it which means how many sheets of paper will have to be cut into strips. Then I measured how much I'd need hanging and how much I'd need above the shelf for attaching.

Then I cut it into strips:

Accordion folded it in a size I liked:

And freehand cut a rounded edge:

I was originally going to leave it just as the plain newsprint but decided to paint it black. I mixed my paint with a little water to both make it easier to spread and to give a little transparency, adding a faux aged look to it.

I attached it to the top of the shelf with little photo sticker squares and voila!

Quickly and easily made with no cost - my favorite kind of project!


Ober Digital Media said...

Wow. That's pretty handy - and it's so easy, I might actually be able to do it! :)

Jhonny walker said...

This sure looks a nice cute thing....I once used to love doing Origami in school..nice..also like your simple writing style :) said...

Did you ever read the Little House on the Prairie books? I remember in one Mrs. Boast came out for a visit and showed them how to do this with stars and the girls were so impressed. They thought she was so fashionable because she knew how to do things like that and came from the east coast. SO random but your post reminded me of that. I loved that scene. =)

Marie Antionette said...

I like free also and your shelf looks fantasic.Sometimes I use newpaper to wrap gifts in.I use twinefor the ribbon.XXOO Marie Antionette

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

You are just a 'Clever Connie'! This turned out adorable!!! Also LOVE the boxes painted black and white below. : )

Maggi said...

Awesome! Thanks for the tutorial!