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.

I had a piece of cardboard large enough to go inside the frame, but I wanted it white so I spray painted it.  Once it was dry I started placing strips of tape, I cut my strips at about 3-4 inches.

Since this is for Halloween I wanted it to be wonky and imperfect.  But, if I was going to make one for everyday decor I would measure out the points of my chevrons to make sure they are all even.

Yay for wonky chevrons!

Remember this is a progressive Halloween mantel so here it is so far!

This was a super easy and inexpensive project.  I’m also making some duct tape roses to add to the mantel, stay tuned for them!

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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!

2. Spray paint your pine needles, grass, or yarn black.  Obviously if your yarn is black you can skip this step.  I thought using the pine needles would be something unique and we have a million of them in our yard.

3. Start hot gluing where you want the middle of your web to be.  Mine is off center, but if you like things symmetrical start in the middle.

4. Hot glue near the edges to hold your pieces down.

5. Hot glue your pieces around the web in circles to create the web look.

6. Add a spider if you like, otherwise you’re finished!

So, this is going to be a progressive mantle decoration series throughout September.  We’ll see if I can get it done by September 30th!

Here’s my mantel cleared off.  I left the wreath hanging only because I didn’t grab a chair to reach it, but I think it’s going to come down so ignore it for now.

Here’s my mantel so far, let’s see what I can add next week!

I’m linking up to Tatertots & Jello, how fun!

 Also, linked up to A Crafty Cook!

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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.

Sketch Your Design – Your sketch can be on paper or in your head.  In this case, mine was in my head.  I knew I wanted it to look like the plates curved around the corner, besides that it didn’t matter.  So ask yourself, do you like linear or random, circles or lines, by size or by color, to figure out a possible design.

Layout Your Plates – I lay mine out on the floor first if I know I have a set shape or design I’m looking for.  If your going random then you can skip this step!

Attach Wire Hangers – Since I didn’t have any plate hangers, but lots of wire, I used this tutorial by Martha Stewart.  Use what you have to save some money, we are all about being thrifty over here!

Hang Your Plates – Use tiny nails so if a plate isn’t exactly where you want it you don’t feel so bad about making extra holes.  Plus they are easy to hide!  There are a few extra holes hiding behind my plates.  Depending on the type of plate wall you are going for will determine what plates to hang first.  My wall had a specific shape so I started on the outside and worked my way in.  For a random wall, I would probably start hanging big plates and work down to the small ones to fill in odd spaces.

If you try out your own plate wall I would love to see it, have fun experimenting!

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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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