An integral part of making any house a “home” (however temporary it may be), is to decorate it in such a way that makes it become your own. I’m not just talking furniture, though having more than a sofa and dining table would be nice, hanging things on the walls in our little apartment has really started to make me feel like we belong where we are.
I took to hanging random objects on the walls, using small nails that are easily removable “just incase”. I also became a fan of using Washi Tape to secure photos, prints, and posters to the vast spanse of white, and those quick removal hooks work wonders for hanging lights on your walls. Somehow, it still felt lacking, there was so much wall with so little to adorn it, not for lack of goods to hang, Drew has about a million prints hiding around our house, but because we lack the frames to hang them in. I love a well matted and framed piece of art, however, the prospect of custom framing all of the odd sized pieces we own feels overwhelming.
Then, one day as I sat clicking away on my computer, the wall to the right of our table glared at me, seriously. It felt jilted because its wall counter parts had received some form of art work and it had been left blank for months on end. We had three prints of maps that were destined for its baren space, but they remained rolled for lack of framing.
That’s when it dawned on me, pant hangers! So simple, so child like, so resourceful! I ran to the bedroom, unclipped various pieces from my wardrobe, pulled the prints from their tube, realized they need to be flattened, waited for two days for their edges to relax and then finally, with a stroke of triumph, hammered the nails into the wall and hung the maps. The white space beamed, no longer feeling baren or neglected.
Frankly, the hangers are just a filler, my love of framing will prevail and I will get proper accouterments for those prints yet. For the time being however, I am happy to say, this simple DIY is helping to turn my house into a real home.
Heres what you need to accomplish this little DIY:
Prints for hanging (well flattened, us heavy books and let them rest for a day or two. You can even use an iron over a towel to smooth them out if they are badly rumpled).
Pant Hangers (preferably smooth padded and not ridged)
Map your prints on the floor, getting an idea for how you will hang them on the wall. Measure the distance from the corner of the wall to where you would like your first nail, hammer one in and hang your first print. Measure from corner to where you would like your second nail, hammer in and hang print. Visually step back and view the symmetry, gauge where you would like the third print to be, measure, hammer, hang. And your done! Home decor for ammeters (or maybe just the financially challenged).