Duct Tape Art

I’ve seen some really cool projects made out of duct tape lately.  Who knew duct tape would become a trend?  For my Halloween mantel I’m trying to use what I have to make the decor.  The only item I had to purchase for this project was the duct tape.

At first I was hoping I had an empty frame with glass to I could try painting some chevrons on.  When I searched I found this empty black frame and knew I could make it work in another way.  One brainstorm later I realized this could be my opportunity to try out some duct tape art.

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Halloween Spiderweb Tutorial

I have never decorated my mantel for Halloween.  That is super sad because I LOVE Halloween!  I always have.  It’s fun and spooky and spectacular!  This year while I was blog reading I came across some super cute mantels and I decided I was going to make one too.

Today I made this spiderweb canvas to add to the mantel.


  • black spray paint
  • canvas (mine is 5×7, but you can go as big as you like)
  • pine needles, long grassy things, yarn
  • mod podge
  • foam brush
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • glitter (optional)

1. Mod podge your canvas and cover with glitter.  This is the optional step.  I have a friend who thinks glitter is the worst thing ever (and she’s an art teacher).  If you feel that way about it, skip this step!

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How to Design a Plate Wall

Have you been wanting to try a plate wall but don’t know where to start?  These tips may help, but you really just need to try.  I had no idea how my plate wall would turn out before I started, but I love it now!

Pick Your Plates – I spent $5.50 on my plates because I found them all at Goodwill. Anytime is a good time to browse the dishes at a thrift store or yard sale because you never know what colors or shapes you might find.  My color scheme was green, black and white.  You can choose your colors in advance or base your wall off of what funky colors you might find.

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Hi, my name is Jen and I am so excited to welcome you to my blog Lovely Messes!

I am married to a super sweet man and we have two little boys who are 4 and 6, with one more on the way (not sure what gender).  We have chosen to homeschool and are loving it so far.  Luckily the kids and I enjoy some structure to our days so most of them go pretty smoothly!

This blog is going to be a creativity journal of sorts, a place for me to put my ideas and creations in one place.  I love to make crafty things and am always knee deep in some project.  The latest fun for me has been searching for the treasure in thrifty places and revamping it to make something new and useful!  I am totally inspired by Anthropologie displays and their use of everyday objects to make something amazing.

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