Wednesday, October 24, 2012

D.I.Y. Frame hooks

The other day I was decorating my room and I wanted to put my calender up, but because I got it from Value Village it didn't have any hooks or pins to hang it with. My roommate had previously tried making her own hooks out of small office supplies, but it never ended up working out. I thought it was a really smart idea and wanted to expand on it myself. Turns out the only thing I added was was a different type of tape. But hey, whatever works!

Here I'm going to show you how to make your own frame hooks.
Here's what I did:

-Paper clips
-Screws (can be replaced by thumbtacks, but need to be the ones that stick out and aren't flat)
-Calender (or something to hang up, but for the sake of this D.I.Y. I'll be referring to a calender)

Step one
Choose where you want your calender to go on the wall. Either screw in your screws or place your thumbtacks to where you want and make sure they are level. Once you see where you need to place the hooks, it gives you a guideline for making them later.  

Step two
Make an indent or mark on the back of your calender with the placed screws so you know where you need the loop in your hooks to go. Having a cardboard background makes this indentation much easier because obviously it's easy to crush, but with wood frames or other more solid material, you could put a dab of paint on the ends of your screws or thumbtacks. While it's still wet, press against the screws and it will leave a two clear marks of where your hooks need to go. 
Once you have your visual you can start assembling your hook. 
Take your paper clip and put the biggest part of the loop around the hole you just punctured. Leaving the clip there, place a tack in the smaller loop at the bottom. This secures it in place. 

Step three
Tape the thumbtack in place. This is to make sure the tack doesn't come out and the paper clip stays exactly where you need it to. What tape you use may vary depending on what type of artwork or frame your working with, but for mine I found that regular old Scotch Tape did the trick. You don't have to worry about making it pretty because no one is going to see it, so if you have to put 15 layers of tape on (but hopefully you wont have to), you can. 

Step four
Place your clips loops around the screws or thumbtacks and VOILA! You have your very own homemade frame hooks! 


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mr. Bee's Tip of the Week: Tis the Seize-on

Tis the seize-on indeed.

The tip this week isn't just limited to seizing the day, it about seizing the season. Fall comes and goes so quickly it seems like its here one week and gone the next. My advice is to get out and enjoy it while you can. If you couldn't tell fall just happens to be my favourite season all year. I know I'm not alone in this because those colored leaves have just too much beauty to go unnoticed. So, go for walks, take cheesy pictures and rake the leaves so you can cannon ball into them because trust me, it wont be long before those leaves are brown and covered in slush.

Now stop reading me and go get your seize-on!

If you have any ideas for future tips or a problem that's been bugging you, let me know and I'll feature them in future weeks!