April 28, 2014 in Creating
DIY Chinese Screen
Soooooooooooo, my daughter is in her middle school’s production of Mulan Jr. and she is loving it! Are Matt and I surprised? Considering he and I both have a long history of theatre work and her fun, outgoing personality, the answer is no, we are not. Auditioning was a choice she made herself, but one that is in her blood. Because she is working so hard on it, Matt and I knew we would be total jerks if we didn’t hep in some way. After countless hours of painting, building, and reigning in middle schoolers, we are thinking…….maybe we should have given the volunteer thing a little more thought.
At least one good thing came from it, and it’s this blog post! They needed a Chinese screen for a couple of scenes and the director had one she had bough from a garage sale. This thing was made of cheep, dented wood and cardboard with holes in it. Solution? FABRIC!
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What you need:
Fabric (enough to cover the screen)
Paint the wood or frame of the screen. I would love to do this with some bright colors, but for this project we went with neutral black.
Cut your fabric about 1 inch wider and longer than the area you are covering. It would be best to buy a long enough piece of fabric that reaches from top to bottom, mine didn’t work out that way, but its still looks nice.
Now get that hot glue gun out (every crafters best friend). Start at the top and run a line of glue. Press you fabric to it, don’t worry about the edge sticking up. Working in sections glue the fabric down all four sides of the rectangle. Repeat with all sections.
Lastly, use a sharp razor knife to cut away any extra material but pressing the tip if the knife into the edge of the fabric that butts up against the screen and cut it away.
See how easy AND lovely!
And, as a shameless plug, if you live in the Salt Lake area, come see a fantastic production of Mulan at Draper Park Middle School. Opening night is May 5th and runs the whole week. Come and give your support!
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