Sunday 8 January 2017

DIY Home Decor | Mini Grid Wire Frame

I wasn't entirely sure what to call this DIY - its a desk tidy, frame, photo holder and general storage and display handy accessory for your desk, dressing table or any table top really.
I needed another excuse to use plaster and I had plenty of left over wire from this wall grid DIY, so combined them both in what turned out to be a pretty easy make.


The creation from start to finish is quite quick, so the majority of this make is shown via video - literally no time to take photos as once that plaster is mixed, you go!

Start by creating a mould for the base/stand [please feel free to use the template below - right click the image and save to your computer to print].
A Perspex sheet works perfectly for this - it keeps it shape and can be assembled with plenty of tape to make it secure and water-tight.  To keep the edges at 90 degrees, I cut the template sections separately, which meant they could be easily placed, rather than bent, in to shape.
Now cut your grid wire to size, using the mould to determine the width [you want it to sit with a little space either side] and height.  Trim or bend any sharp edges to make sure that it is safe!

Once you have your mould and wire ready, gather a few weighty items which will be used to support your mould before mixing your plaster - as it dries quickly and won't be easy to add to once poured, make a generous amount to ensure you don't run out.
Pour your plaster into the mould, tap on the surface to remove any bubbles and leave for just a few minutes to settle.
Add your wire to the mould, slightly angled and hold everything in place with your weighty objects.
Leave to dry for at least 8 hours/overnight [but refer to your packet instructions].
Cut away the mould with scissors or a craft knife down the mould seams.
Your wire should now stand freely and the stand provide enough weight and support to keep it there.
...and your wire frame is complete!
I'm using mine on my desk to store and clip any receipts and notes and the stand is a handy store for keeping any small bits and bobs tidy.
This could be a great jewellery storage/display tidy, photo frame or note holder and can be personalised to any size that you would find useful.  Still really enjoying plaster [you can see my DIY photo holders and ring cones] - have you used it in any projects yet?


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