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Personal space: Easy ideas to customize a room or belongings

Wrap yarn scraps and felt around cardboard letters to personalize a room with initials.
Wrap yarn scraps and felt around cardboard letters to personalize a room with initials. Photos by Tribune News Service

These easy ideas are great for customizing a room or belongings.

Spellbound

Kids can personalize a room with initials decorated with yarn scraps and felt. From corrugated cardboard, cut a 6-inch-tall letter with lines about an inch wide. Use the shape as a template to cut out a matching letter from felt. Glue the felt to the cardboard. Wrap sections of the letter with lengths of assorted yarn, taping the ends to the back.

Get framed

Try this faux stained glass treatment for a bedroom door sign. On a 6-by-8-inch piece of sturdy white paper, pencil in the desired name so that it fills the space. Go over the letters and the paper’s edges with thick black marker. Color in the resulting spaces.

Tag a bag

Clip a homemade tag to a backpack or lunch box and there will never be confusion about whose is whose. Start with a metal rim key tag. Remove the ring, paint the tag, and let it dry. Decorate it with stickers or glued-on drawings or cutouts. Brush on a coat of decoupage medium (such as Mod Podge) and let it dry before replacing the key ring.

Go Green

For this ephemeral nameplate, take a walk with a purpose, collecting such items as leaves, stems and twigs. Back home, write the desired name lightly in pencil on sturdy paper. Glue the natural items over the penciled lines.

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