5 Unique Uses for Zip Ties

zip-ties Last night I was looking around at my room and realized I have put a few zip ties to good use! This challenged me to think up a couple more to share with you because I think they're a great tool that you may not utilize. Now for the tips!

IMG_2770 1. Hang skateboards.

Hanging a skateboard poses a difficult problem because there isn't a way to attach a hook to the board without damaging it. However, the holes (normally used for adding trucks and wheels) are perfect when you have a zip tie on hand. Just slide a tie through the front holes, attach in the back, and hang on a nail in the wall!

IMG_2771 2. Fix a broken purse.

I have to give credit to Jake for this one. The strap on my bag broke while he was in town, and this was his solution. I recommend putting some tape over the end of the zip tie after cutting it to prevent scratching yourself (I learned this the hard way...)

IMG_2781 3. Create a makeshift keychain.

This one is pretty self explanatory but is useful when you're in need of a quick solution.

IMG_2778 4. Make art.

This one is good for little hands. Remember when you were a kid and would hold markers together to make a cool drawing? Zip ties hold them together tight, making it easier to draw.

IMG_2773 5. Organize cords.

Probably the most common use for zip ties, but the most useful. The cords on my handmade chandelier are pretty long, so some small zip ties attached every couple feet keeps them safe and out of the way.

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And finally a little bonus use! Earlier in the school year one of the fifth year architecture studios at my school created this amazing installation out of zip ties to hold their thesis research books. It was the talk of the school and ended up on a bunch of design websites. (image c/o suckerpunch.com)

I hope you've found a unique way to use zip ties in your own life! If I missed any, share your favorites with me below!

Have a great weekend! x, Paige

ART_Dreamcatcher Canvas

IMG_0069 Today I wanted to share a canvas piece I did for a friend a while back, but finally got the chance to photograph this morning. I finally took the plunge and bought a new camera yesterday, so I was able to get some good shots of the painting.

My friend asked for large wall art for his room. We decided on a dream catcher, but he gave me the freedom from there. I wanted warm toned colors that were natural and desert-like. I also ended up including some blue for contrast. He now has it hanging in his room, and it gives it a lot of color and character!

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Thank you for checking out my art! You can see all of my works in the art section of my blog, or check out my Etsy shop to purchase. If you don't see what you're looking for, you can always email me at ppoppe@cox.net to discuss custom pieces!

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ART_Bone Paintings + New Art for Sale!

DSC_0963 I just finished this whimsical little bone series last night and I am so happy with how it turned out! When I found these small canvases, I was inspired to do some quick and fun little paintings on them and this is what I came up with.

These paintings are now available for individual sale on my Etsy shop so check that out if you are interested!

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Bone Heart

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Skeleton Legs

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Triple Skull

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Ribcage and Skull

I have also added another item to my shop--this ribcage deck that I wrote about a while back. It was on display for a competition for the past few months, but I am now selling it as well.

You can check out the listing on my shop here or check out this post to see more images of the deck.

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