Room Divider Frame Crafts

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Room Divider Frame Crafts
Water colours can be used to create a nice effect on your room divider panels. (water colour bird image by Allyson Ricketts from Fotolia.com)

If you live in a small space and are looking for a way break up the living area, room dividers can be a good method to achieve this. Room dividers are popular in Japan and are also known as shoji screens. Decorate your screen to add a bit of custom flair or if you're feeling ambitious, create your own room divider.

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Cardboard Room Divider

Craft your own room divider by using cardboard, glue and paper. Tape six pieces of paper together and repeat with six more for the other side. Draw designs on the paper or leave it blank. Cut the cardboard to form four panels of equal size. Mark a border around the edge and cut out the window panels on all of the cardboard sections with a box cutter. Attach the paper to the cardboard with some glue. Then attach a second panel, so that the paper is sandwiched between the two pieces. Repeat with the other side and attach the completed panels with cable ties, so that they can move freely for adjusting.

Water Colors

Room dividers usually contain panels of thin canvas or paper-like material that light can shine through. To add some flair to your plain panels, start with water colour paints. Paint patterns on each one using bright colours. Other ideas include painting Oriental pictures, such as bamboo, pagodas or pandas. Because of the translucence of the panels, mimicking stained glass with your painting is another option. When your paintings are done, place a lamp behind it and turn it on for a distinctive effect.

Wood Door Room Divider

To make a simple room divider that looks different from the traditional shoji screen, you'll need three hollow-core folding doors, hinges, latex paint, stencils and painters tape. Start by marking a grid of blocks across the doors with the tape. Paint each block a different colour. Once the blocks of colour are dry, use the stencils of your choosing to paint patterns or designs on top of the blocks. Put the hinges on and attach the three panels to complete the craft.

Photograph Display

If you have a room divider that is solid wood, use it as a wall to display photographs. Purchase some wood picture frames of varying sizes. Découpage different colourful designs onto the frames. Print some of your favourite photographs in black and white. Add them to your frames and artfully arrange them on your room divider for an alternative to a wall-display.

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