DIY Put-It-Anywhere Inspiration Wire

This quick DIY will help you stay both inspired and organized! If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly clipping beautiful pictures and ideas out of magazines, and regularly collecting fabric samples you know you don’t really need. Rather than stuffing them in a drawer, box, or even a notebook, why not put them on display? My inspiration wire has really helped to motivate me by constantly placing beautiful and energizing images, colors, textures, and ideas right in front my eyes. I was lucky enough to have an empty spot right behind my computer screens above my desk. This was ideal as all I need to do is look up to get inspired, and the inspiration wire helps fill an otherwise awkward and not really usable space!

A view of my entire inspiration wire.

A view of my entire inspiration wire.

Here are the materials you need:

» Ribbon (I chose a thin 1/8” aqua grosgrain for mine—it’s sturdy but colorful but feel free to use a wire of your choice)
» Hooks or other attachment method (I used some left over small clear command hooks like these )
» Clips such as minicloths pins, variety of neat paperclips, and in this case I used some clips and cord from an old Ikea photo rail I don’t use anymore, featured in this blog post.
» Your inspiration! (Magazine clippings, photographs, fabric scraps or samples, whatever inspires you!)

Materials Cost: $0 (At most, I think this would cost you $7-8 if you didn’t have any of the materials on hand.)

1. Measure the length of ribbon required for your inspiration wire. Be sure to add some slack so that the wire will hang in a nice curve (unless you want it taught, though with ribbon it won’t necessarily stay that way). I also left quite a bit on the ends for some cute dangling tails at each end of my wire.

2. Attach hook (or method of your choice) to the back of the surface on each side. Make sure the hook is right-side up; otherwise your ribbon will slip off with weight. If you’re doing this into a wall, I recommend using something simple like pushpins (I often use them to hang things I’m worried I’ll move later, like very light pictures/clocks, as they leave a much smaller hole than a nail)

3. Tie your ribbon onto your hooks (or attach it another way). Be sure to tie some good knots. Test the wire to ensure it can bear weight by pushing down from the top with your hand. You should be reasonable but also test it more than the weight you plan to hang on it. As you can see from the photos, mine holds quite a bit of stuff just using two command hooks and their respective command strips.

4. And viola! Add your inspiration! Get inspired! And create some beautiful things! I try to change mine at least a little bit each month, as I clip from magazines. I usually do a more drastic change for the season.

A close up of some of my inspiration.

A close up of some of my inspiration.

Another close up of inspiration.

Another close up of inspiration.

If you’re limited on space, an alternative to the inspiration wire is an inspiration board. It can be anything from cork board to a shutter, like the one below. This shutter fit perfectly in an awkward wall space between two doors and adds some interest to an otherwise strange strip of sheet rock. I found the shutter at an antique store in Austin for $5 dollars, gave it a little white wash, and added a picture hanging wire to the back. Don’t limit yourself! The shutter could just as easily be hung sideways, or be of a much large scale. Not to mention there are so many alternative uses to shutters, such as a Christmas card display found on Courtney’s blog “Diamond in the Stuff” or a mail organizer complete with key hooks like the one pictured on “Ivy in the Bay”!

An alternative to the inspiration wire, an inspiration wire. Perfect for small spaces!

An alternative to the inspiration wire, an inspiration wire. Perfect for small spaces!

Until next time!

|The Creative Physician|


Introducing… Well, Me

I’m happy to finally be able to say, I did it! I took that first step, and published a blog.  Since the beginning of college, I’ve had people telling me I should start a blog, but until now I didn’t feel like the time was right.  I kept feeling like I didn’t have enough content, or that there are already so many blogs out there.  But I decided to take the leap anyway, and here I am!

My name is Sarah Young.  I’ve done arts and crafts (literally) for as long as I can remember.  My mom put in my in art camp around age 6, and I continued to draw and paint through high school.  Beginning in junior high, I added website design and using the Adobe suite to my repertoire.  By high school, I became interested in photography and began working in a portrait studio at the young age of 16, despite the fact that normally you had to be 18 to photograph clients.  Ultimately I decided I wanted to go into fashion– and what better place than Parsons.  I had my hopes high, and was lucky enough to be accepted.

While I thought Parsons, and fashion, were my dream, I soon realized that maybe my junior high Project Runway fantasy wasn’t going to become a realty.  I found myself desperate for intellectual stimulation.  Despite staying up all night working on a project for school, I would then find myself reading books and trying to cram knowledge into my exhausted brain.  Ultimately, it wasn’t fulfilling.  I decided that perhaps arts and crafts were better left as a hobby, rather than a career.

I ended up transferring to the University of Texas.  When I graduated from high school (a year early, at the age of 17), I never thought I would end up going to the statey-ist of state schools in the state.  Somehow I ended up there, and was surprised at how much I loved it, despite my reservations.  I not only reconnected with my now boyfriend of five years, but I found my path to what I hope will be a lifelong career: medicine.

After four years of undergrad and the grueling process of applying to medical school, I had arrived.  I had gotten into my dream school, Baylor College of Medicine.  I loved and hated every minute of the first six months, but unfortunately my health deteriorated with the stresses of school.  The medical problems I had ignored and put off finally caught up with me, and I was forced to take a year off.

And that’s where I am today, taking time off from medical school in order to get well.  In the mean time, I’m enjoying re-kindling my creative side and exploring what things might have been like if I had stuck it out at Parsons.  Not to mention finally getting around to those things I’ve been putting off, like starting a blog.

But now onto things this blog is actually about, rather than me.  This is the schedule I plan to stick to for now.  When I return to school it may change, but hopefully only for the better!


Monday {Literature & Pop Culture — Reviews of books, movies, TV shows, music, and other pop culture}

Wednesday {Organization & Inspiration — Somedays this might be a DIY organization project, other days it might just be about an inspirational quote.  Other days it might be a DIY organization project that is also inspirational!}

Friday {Crafts & DIY — These will be my pride-and-joy tutorials on a variety of crafts and DIY projects for the home.}

I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with all of you!


The Creative Physician