I'm not sure where I got the idea- if I saw it somewhere, or if I made it up. But I had a vision of a small rectangle of white lattice, where I would hang rows of twine to clip my miscellaneous paper collectibles: vintage Christmas cards, ephemera, postcards, and Valentines.
So, today I went to the source of all do-it-yourself projects: Home Depot, to find some lattice. I was sure I would find pieces large and small. I was a bit taken aback, when all of the wood latticework was about 8' x 6'. That seemed a little big to me! There were smaller pieces of plastic lattice, but I wasn't about to use plastic. So I asked if they could cut a piece for me, and it turns out, they sell half size pieces. Not 4' x 6', but 8' x 3'. Well, it was pretty tall, but for 7 bucks, who's going to complain? So I loaded it up in the SUV, then drove over to Office Depot, where I found the perfect clip to hang my Valentines: adorable small red binder clips. For $1 a pack! How cool was that? So I bought 2 packs, and came home to begin my project.
I had already acquired a can of white spray paint, so I was ready to go! I lined the inside of my garage floor with white packing paper- we have a new neighbor, and the dumpster was surrounded by packing boxes filled with crumpled packing paper. The perfect thing! I sprayed several light coats on the lattice work, waiting about an hour between each coat. I didn't want the wood to look perfect and smooth, I wanted kind of a rough, whitewashed look.
When I brought the piece inside, I was surprised to see that it fit perfectly between the floor and ceiling! I didn't even have to drive a single nail into the wall, I just eased it in, and it force fit just right! My next step was to screw in some small brass eyelets into the edges, right where the wood overlapped. I put one on each side, creating 7 rows of eyelets. I then strung and knotted lengths of brown twine between the eyelets.
Once all the rows were done, I simply attached my Valentines to the twine with the red binder clips! That wasn't hard at all! And it looks so cute!
|All done! Doesn't it look adorable?|