Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dorm Room Decor

It's back to school time for teachers and students of all kinds!
My middle son's girlfriend wanted something to hang on her dorm
room door at college, so I created this whimsical mason jar-style hanger.
 For the base, I started with a turquoise dot-embossed poster board from We R Memory Keepers...
but you could also use regular poster board and paint if you can't find blue!  For a padded
hanger like this, you will also want a matching piece of poster board for the back.
I free-handed the design and cut the shape (basically, cornering the edges and cutting away a 
portion at the top for the lid) from both poster board.  Next, I machine-stitched the two
pieces together around the edge with a sewing machine.  I lightly stuffed the jar with
fiber fill and then glued the top together.  

I created the lid from a silver mat paper, also from We R Memory Keepers.  I ran
the piece through the Xyron Creative Station (with 9" permanent adhesive) and attached it.
Lines were drawn on with a permanent marker to create the ridges in the lid.

I used my Eclips to cut out the large lettering and a few sunflowers that I found at 
Miss Kate Cuttables.  The font that I've used is Brannboll Felt, which closely resembles 
the "Ball" jar font.  

Again, I used the Xyron Creative Station to adhere all of my cut-out pieces together quickly...
and I know they'll stay STUCK :)

If you notice that some of the adhesives sticks to the edges of the paper when you pull off 
the top film, just rub your finger gently over the adhesive and it will roll away.

In finishing, I took a white marker and added a bevel to the bottom of the jar :)
Some thick gauged wire was used for the hanger...and don't forget a name tag and pretty ribbon!

And here's a picture of the roomies showing off their new door hanger:

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