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DIY Series: My AMLI DIY Contest Winner Spotlight: Patrick Plank

Mar 19th, 2015

Our residents rolled up their sleeves and tackled some fantastic DIY projects for their apartment in our My AMLI DIY contest. Now it’s their turn to be in the spotlight for their creativity and crafty skills!

Our DIY Series continues this month with our Featured DIYer and regional winner, Patrick Plank! We asked Patrick to tell us all about his DIY wall art that reminds him of home. We found out about everything from his inspiration for the project, design style, and what materials he used, to how much the project costs, and what advice he has for other DIYers.

Here’s what he had to say.

What is your design style?

I guess my design style could be described as a minimal or modern style.

Give us an overview of what your project is.

My project is a piece of wall art that is designed to represent my home state, Wisconsin. The piece fits in with my design style because it is very simple and is not made of many components, yet those few components help create a bigger piece. It’s a very simple look.

Tell us more about your DIY project…

What materials did you use to create this project?

The project was made using a scrap piece of plywood, a map, matte black spray paint, half-inch nails, and a spool of twine…and a hammer.

What was the total cost?

The only thing I needed to buy was the twine, but if someone were to buy all the pieces for the project it would cost under 5.

How much time was spent on it?

It took me about one hour to complete the project, paint drying time included.

What was the biggest challenge when building/creating your project?

The biggest challenge was keeping the twine taut throughout the process and ensuring that it remained on each nail. I combated this problem by wrapping the string around each nail two times.

What was your inspiration for this project?

I was inspired to do this project after seeing a friend who had created a similar piece.

What were your goals for this project?

My goal was to create a cheap piece that I could decorate my apartment with that would display my pride for my roots and Wisconsin.

What do your friends say about the project?

My friends all love the piece and always ask if I made it or bought it.

What is your best advice for other DIYers?

My best advice for DIYers out there is just, if you see something and think you can make it, give it a shot!

Stay tuned to the AMLI Blog as our DIY Series continues in April!

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