Maker Moments: Decorate Your Dorm with Spellbinders

Do you know someone who’s moving into a dorm or are you that lucky someone? I remember half the fun of moving out was the decorating! With the school season quickly approaching, we have some simple but clever ideas to decorate your new place using Spellbinders dies. Our dies translate into other projects besides just cards so we thought we would take a few moments and show you what we created. Let’s first give you the supply list:

Platinum Machine: PL-001 or Platinum 6″ Machine

Contour Dies: 

SR-002 Hexie and Friends

SR-001 Birds of a Feather

Die D-Lites:

S2-203 Signs of Spring 1

S1-014 Ornate Arrows

Optional: S4-114 Standard Circles

Materials:

Gold twine, gold marker, colored card stock of your choice, gold poster board, foam dots (optional), adhesive, paper punch, twine, button, striped straw, sewing machine (for banner).

Let’s first talk about the ever-so-popular mule mug. Since succulents are so on trend right now, we put a succulent into a mug but you could create your own as shown here. Next we die-cut these arrows from glittered paper and adhered them to the front of the mug. Sups cute and sups simple! You got this, right? Moving onto the monogram letter…

So the paper mache letter was purchased at the craft store and sprayed gold. Wrap the jute around the letter but remember every letter will have a different place where the jute is tied. Die-cut feathers from different colors of card stock.  Add three or four feathers to the jute and embellish with a button.  *Tip* Because this is a steel rule die, the feathers could be cut out of a lot of different materials. Try leather, chipboard, grungeboard, or even thin cork.  Here’s where you get to be creative :).

So what about the wall? Hmmm. Lots of options so I narrowed it down to just two…for today ;). First we have the wall hanging. The background surface is a canvas mat. Die-cut the letters from gold poster board. Adhere them to the canvas mat or add dimension to the piece by using foam dots. A colorful straw for the center of the arrow adds a pop of color. Die-cut the triangle and the end piece from gold and glittered paper and glue in place. Embellish with gold twine. Die-cut the smaller feathers from paper and embellish with a gold pen. Adhere the feathers to the end of the twine. Add some gold and gold-glittered polka dots (use a paper punch or die-cut from circle die) at the base of the mat to complete the piece. Honestly, outside of the dies, I think the project cost about $7.00.

Finally, the easiest piece to create and minimal in cost is the triangle banner. Many triangles die-cut from various pieces of card stock stitched together creates a clever, inexpensive room decoration. It can hang on an object, as seen here with the lamp, or can be strung across a room. So which is your favorite and what one are you going to make? How about hosting a dorm room decor party? Could be a great opportunity to connect with friends before going away.

 

Enjoy!

Debi

Debi Adams

As far as she can remember, Debi has been crafting, creating and doing art in one form or another. Born and raised in Southern California and the mother of four grown daughters, Debi is an in-house Senior Creative Designer at Spellbinders. She considers herself an “eclectic artist”, dabbling in mixed-media, party décor, paper crafting, painting, calligraphy, sewing, floral arranging, and everything in between. She has been featured in Somerset Studios, Where Women Cook and Where Women Create magazines. Though her passion is in creating art, she finds as much joy in giving it away. Her free time is spent junking, traveling, seeing her girls and new grandson and creating…art!

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