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Displaying sentimental water?

I have roughly 150ml of water, a little bit of sand, and three small rocks from a recent international trip. Crafty Mefites, do you have any suggestions for how to make this into something neat that I can hang on a wall? It doesn't matter to me if the rocks and sand stay in the same place. My first thought was something like an Ecosphere that I can fill myself but I'm not sure if that would work out long term.
posted by fireoyster on Aug 12, 2014 - 7 answers

"Big smile, it'll be over soon!"

I work in a frame shop. There's a staircase with a 180 degree turn in it that leads from backstage to public space. The last thing employees see is a blank spot at eye level that's about 2 feet wide by 1 foot. I'd like to put something silly and PG13 there that would cheer everyone up when they see it. We have to be able to take it down periodically (and I'm open to changing it out every so often.) I was thinking a plastic dinosaur (plastic dinosaurs are inherently funny) with a thought balloon, but maybe MeFi can do better. [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk on May 11, 2014 - 11 answers

Need help finding metal decorative objects for shelf decoration

I would like to find the metal decorative items in this picture (both the spheres in the middle and the urn things at the bottom). [more inside]
posted by jschu on Mar 17, 2014 - 4 answers

I can't paint, but I want to make some paintings.

I want to make some paintings that basically look like this--basically some flat fields of hopefully compatible colors on canvas. I don't care if what I make is real art, I mainly just want to add some color to the room. I went to the craft store and was kind of confused by all the different options for paint. Let's just assume I pick a set of colors I like -- what do I need to buy to make the painting, other than a canvas? What kind of paints, which colors, what kind of brush, what else do I need? How do I mix the colors? I'm not under any illusions that I'm going to make anything good, I just want to get some colors down on canvas in a hopefully appealing way. If I picked a palate from a site like colourlovers, is there a way to order the paints premixed in those colors or what that be a bad idea?
posted by empath on Nov 4, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me find this Christmas decoration!

I found a 9" painted clay/ceramic bird Christmas statue at thrift store in the Milwaukee area, and it's so fantastic that I another one. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find anything on Google so far. Can you help me out? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Oct 18, 2013 - 6 answers

How to add some silly embroidery to a pillow?

My husband needs a husband pillow. I would like to embroider, stencil, or otherwise embellish the pillow with the slogan "probably the best husband in the world" a la Carlsberg. I would prefer a font resembling the original, but it doesn't have to be. I have very basic sewing skills but I am open to paying someone to do this. Any ideas?
posted by chaiminda on Oct 6, 2013 - 3 answers

ART

What are some easy, fun art projects or DIY decorations I can do for zero dollars? [more inside]
posted by goosechasing on Sep 29, 2013 - 23 answers

Need some artwork for my office walls

I work in a university setting in NYC and I'd like to decorate my office. I love film, so I'm thinking about going with a nice-looking, framed classic movie poster. Two questions: [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Sep 5, 2013 - 11 answers

What can I do to make my walking shoes look less lame?

I'm doing tons of walking lately, so I needed proper walking shoes. I've now got New Balance 928s, which fit the bill nicely; except, of course, they look awful (bulky, blocky, blinding white). Is there anything I can do to them to make them look awesome, or at least less like bland prescription shoes?
posted by ocherdraco on Jul 11, 2013 - 20 answers

I want to mount items for display and also rearrange the elements later.

This a framing/curation/decoration AskMe. I have an adorable set of (very lightweight) wooden french curves that I would like to mount in a display, but not permanently. [more inside]
posted by Glomar response on May 11, 2013 - 14 answers

The Bedroom of Tristan Tzara's Children

Years ago I was reading a book (an art book I think but it's possible that someone like Tom Stoppard might be messing with my memories) and it said that Tristan Tzara had decorated his children's bedroom and playroom with the most beautiful wacky paintings and props a dada artist could conceive. [more inside]
posted by Marauding Ennui on Apr 14, 2013 - 2 answers

On the wall - a framed Waterman Butterfly projection map. Possibly.

My 16 year old son has just re-done his room. With a lttle help from Mum of course - I said he was 16. Anyway. Dust of ages - gone. Childish things - gone. Cuddly toys, bats, monkeys etc relegated to the cellar. Even the torn Sex Pistols poster has come down. The naked walls round his multiscreen rig cry out for decoratian of some kind. He thinks a Waterman Butterfly projection map of the world would be the coolest thing ever - for some reason. He would frame it himself. Where on earth would we find such a thing? Googled the map place in Seattle - but they no longer have them. Any suggestions? We live in Sweden. For our sins.
posted by jan murray on Mar 2, 2013 - 8 answers

What is this awesome wall treatment?

I was watching THIS video that someone posted on Facebook the other day. I was really struck by the brown wall treatment in this guy's home. Best examples are at :40sec through 1min. I have been looking for it for some time. Pretty sure it's NOT Venetian plaster, as the texture is right, but Venetian plaster is glossy and slick looking. This look is textured, but matte finish, not glossy in any way. Can any of you interior decorator/designer types help me identify it? I would love to get this look in my house.
posted by Spyder's Game on Feb 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Add some color to my bag?

I bought a new black canvas tote with brown leather straps. It's very comfortable but it is just so... bland. I am looking for ways to add some decoration or color to it that will still look professional enough for my job. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire on Jul 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Decorating Sliding Doors

Help me decorate the interior sliding doors in my apartment. [more inside]
posted by 23 on Jun 22, 2012 - 13 answers

Interior advice: What do I do about these yellow walls?

My apartment has ugly yellow walls and I can't do anything about the color. How can I make them less bland? [more inside]
posted by thebots on Apr 3, 2012 - 14 answers

Double, Double, Toile and Trouble...

InteriorDesignFilter: I have three 22x28" baroque frames that I need to fill. [more inside]
posted by erstwhile on Mar 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Historical-Science wall art for school computer lab?

Looking for affordable posters or other decorative artifacts, with a history-of-technology or retro-futuristic theme, for the stairwell and walls of our small elementary/middle school computer lab. [more inside]
posted by unregistered_animagus on Feb 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Frameless LP jacket wall hanging?

I want to hang some LP covers on a wall, and remember years ago seeing a cheap little kit that was something like four pieces of clear plastic for the corners, connected by an elastic string X-shape in the back that could hang on a nail. The result was a neat frameless effect that I liked, but I can't find it again. Does anyone know what that kit was and where I can buy it? [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Jan 29, 2012 - 4 answers

Cake-decorating filter: Help me make a queso fundido cake!

Cake-decorating filter: Help me make a queso fundido & chips cake! [more inside]
posted by stachemaster on Jan 26, 2012 - 6 answers

My usual method of slapping up a Chicago flag and a Queen poster seems somehow inadequate.

Help me decorate my office! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jan 9, 2012 - 32 answers

Help make our school garden beautiful!

What is the best varnish/sealer to use on a mural painting with kids? [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Jan 5, 2012 - 6 answers

I'm feeling a bit LED astray by my wedding lighting options.

What is the best direction to go in for LED accent lighting/throwies on a budget that demands maximum bang for the buck? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Dec 17, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me find some books for my baby's room.

I'm having a baby soon and I want to buy a few children's books to have something to put in the new bookshelves and later on read to my baby. What books do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Nov 1, 2011 - 60 answers

Post Searching for Poster

What is your go-to poster? The one that you hang up in your office or bedroom and just derive profound enjoyment from? [more inside]
posted by eytanb on Oct 15, 2011 - 46 answers

Please help me hang three large format pieces of art so it is straight and evenly spaced.

Please help me hang three large format pieces of art so it is straight and evenly spaced. [more inside]
posted by funkiwan on Oct 13, 2011 - 6 answers

good looking filing cabinets?

Is there such a thing as a nice-looking filing cabinet? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Sep 29, 2011 - 7 answers

Office Space

Best practices for moving computer and printer into living area without it looking terrible? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Sep 27, 2011 - 19 answers

Design-hack my cube

What small things can I add to my work space (or change) to make my day more cheerful/more efficient/better all-around? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Sep 21, 2011 - 28 answers

Help me find blackout/lined curtains without breaking the bank.

Help me find blackout/lined curtains without breaking the bank. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Aug 7, 2011 - 17 answers

Please help me find alternatives to a curtain!

Please help me find alternatives to a curtain! [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on May 29, 2011 - 5 answers

ideas for homemade planter covering

I have three DIY self-watering tomato planters made from beige 30-or-so gallon containers. They work great, but "in the sun" in my yard means "visible from the street." Please tell me some ways that I can make them more attractive with coverings or any other ideas that you might have. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Apr 15, 2011 - 7 answers

special lightbulb sought

Where can I get this light bulb and cord for an imported nightlight decoration? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Mar 31, 2011 - 6 answers

How to buy new carpet for a 2-bedroom house?

I need to install new carpet in my 2-bedroom house. I know next to nothing about this. Sorry, we're not looking for wood or vinyl floors at this time. I just want to hear from people who've been through this experience. Got one grade-school age kid, one dog and one cat. What type of carpet deals with this traffic, resists stains and still looks good and is moderately priced? Also any advice on trying to learn how to install this yourself vs. professional installers.
posted by caveatz on Mar 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me paint some boring lightshades. Please?

What sort of paint should I use to decorate white fabric pendant lightshades? [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Mar 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Calling all people who really like the way they've decorated their homes.

What are your favorite decor ideas that you use in your home? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Feb 7, 2011 - 13 answers

How do I create my killer Post-It collage?

How do I make decorative sticky-notes stick? [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest on Jan 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Nudes on the Wall? Issue or not?

Would Tasteful Nude Photo/Canvasses In a Bedroom Freak You Out? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Jan 12, 2011 - 66 answers

Looking for advice on my DIY framing project

I have a number of unframed art prints and posters, and would like to do the framing myself. What advice do you have for me? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jan 3, 2011 - 21 answers

How to decorate my space?

What are your best tricks to make a space feel put together and cozy? [more inside]
posted by karminai on Nov 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Internet meme decor ideas

Mission: decorate our condo as an internet meme for a Halloween party. Hive mind, help me come up with awesome meme's and their physical manifestation! [more inside]
posted by olya on Oct 24, 2010 - 28 answers

Help me find pics of great leaders

Help me decorate my office with posters and pictures of inspirational figures. [more inside]
posted by bq on Sep 10, 2010 - 14 answers

Pretty Things To Hang on Office Surfaces

What's a good and safe substance to use for pretty-ing up boring office cabinets? They've given us new cubicles at work and they're nice enough, but awfully bland. I was thinking that shelf paper or that paper they put on doors at Christmas might work out. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze on Sep 10, 2010 - 9 answers

Crewel Cartoons

Please suggest images I could convert into crewel which are cartoon modern in style, but not depictions of characters. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Sep 2, 2010 - 9 answers

Turning a small closet into a productivity wonderland.

How do I make a small storage closet of an office livable for the next year? What kind of space saving measures/organizational things can I buy to make this work and keep myself sane? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Aug 25, 2010 - 9 answers

Office Renovation

I've a lovely office at work and I want to redecorate. The result should be a cross between a Victorian scholar's study and Captain Nemo's cabin. Suggestions and sources appreciated!
posted by alaaarm on Aug 18, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me pick 3 photos that will look awesome together in one frame!

PhotoFilter: I have a picture frame that will display 3 large photos. Can anyone offer basic advice/criteria for picking 3 images that will look good together? [more inside]
posted by alleycat01 on Jul 19, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I give my London room some personality?

Where in London can I get nice, cheap things to decorate my room? [more inside]
posted by cloudbuster on Jul 14, 2010 - 17 answers

How do you hang things without leaving a mark?

How do I hang things on the walls of my apartment without making holes/leaving marks? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jul 7, 2010 - 23 answers

Help me get some art.

I want to fill my living space with art. Looking for: oversized posters and prints with high quality and reasonable cost, original work by fringe/unknown artists, and objects that could be hung like art (tapestries, quilts, etc.). [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jun 20, 2010 - 16 answers

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