Nothing like an easy weekend DIY to make us feel like we can do things. This project is great if you want to feel accomplished, save some doll-hairs, and have an excuse to cut things out of magazines like we did when we were nine. (Remember when covering your WHOLE wall with magazine clippings was cool? “I can still smell the old perfume samples…” she said, in her best elderly Rose from Titanic voice.)
When I was looking at ideas for updating our study, I knew I wanted an inspiration board. As I combed through Pinterest, copper wire wall grids caught my eye. I loved the juxtaposition of the clean grid lines with the chaos of the clipped photos, textiles, etc. I set out to see if I could find an affordable one that also fit the size I wanted. The closest I came was this one, but it was still a bit smaller than I was hoping. So I sourced some options to make my own, and realized I could make one for less than half the cost of the one I found. And YOU CAN TOO! (Ugh, sorry, I’m listening to Rihanna and feeling AMPED.)
What You’ll Need
I’ve linked below to these sources on Amazon, if you’re like me and prefer your DIYs hand-delivered to your door.
- Wire wall grids in the number of your choosing (I used 4.)
- Zip ties
- Copper spray paint (I linked to the same one I used. I loved its not-too-shiny finish.)
- Binder clips (I used ones I had laying around, but these are pretty cute.)
- Magazines, duh.
- *Optional: cork tiles
How To Make a Copper Wire Wall Grid
- Arrange your grids and make sure they are all facing the same direction. (There’s a “front” and “back” that may not be easily distinguishable, but I guarantee as soon as you figure out that they aren’t all facing the same direction when your project is complete that it will make your eye twitch, and we don’t want that.)
- Once you have them arranged how you’d like, use a zip tie to secure them in place. You can see where I placed mine below.
- After the zip ties are secured, spray paint the whole dang thing. Give one side a good coat, wait for it to dry completely, then flip it over and give the other side an even coat as well.
Voila! You have done it. Man. You are awesome. Way to do the things! Now, you can reward yourself with magazine clipping/pinning up time. To get into the spirit of things, apply some Dr. Pepper chapstick or very thick, frosted, scented lip gloss. Wanna really go wild? Spritz some Tommy Girl into the air and walk through it.
CASUAL GIF DEBUT, NBD. When better to drop my first gif than a post where I make like six other 90s references?
Anyway. Obviously the bare wire grid wall needed some zhuzhing. First I added larger clippings, then medium-sized, then the smaller ones. I tried to keep it varied with photos, colors, text-based stuff, and personal touches, but girlfriend is not about to tell you how to put together your inspiration board. It’s yours. Make it look how you want. Also, I used two binder clips on the top of a cork tile as a way to hang the tile off of two S-hooks. I liked having a spot where I can pin up more temporary stuff, and I just liked how it looked.
Who is as surprised as I am that only two pictures of Finn made it onto the board? Don’t worry, the rest are on the fridge.
Hope you all have an awesome weekend doing things that make you feel inspired and accomplished. Even if that involves taking a trip to Claire’s at the mall because you’re wondering if glitter eyeshadow and karma beads are still a thing.
Wait, is Claire’s still a thing?
Are malls still a thing?
Being 29 is strange.