How to make a DIY mesh mood board in 30 minutes or less
After decorating the horizontal surfaces of our homes, at some point we find ourselves at our final interior frontier: tackling those vast vertical negative spaces. The perfect frame or print are obvious choices (and faux taxidermy, not so obvious) but our favourite has to be the good old fashioned mood board, where passions, memories and hopes can be haphazardly collected for the ultimate interior self-expression. A mood board is also a creative tool to crystalise ideas and inspire the mind that will invigorate every creative workspace (and not just for the Pin-worthy photo ops presented therein). So here’s how to make a DIY mesh moodboard in 30 minutes or less.
1 Gather the tools
Steel mesh sheets can be found in the gardening section of any hardware store like Bunnings for under $20. Choose your desired size with well spaced grids to allow for spacing out of inspiration without it looking cluttered. Choose an unfinished metal mesh for industrial raw aesthetic, or a painted one for something more sleek. If you’re renting and can’t hang anything on your walls, opt for a thicker, more rigid mesh that you can simply prop up.
Next you will need to source some suitably quirky pegs or clips. You can find a variety of designs from the stationary sections of your local K mart or Target, and at office supply and stationary stores. We got ours on eBay for about $2 for a pack of 10.
2Source a mood
Mood boards are all about promoting creativity so don’t be limited by the obvious. Turn beyond the pages of magazines to things that catch the eye, reflect a colour scheme, ignite an idea or inspire the mind. Think clothing tags, plane boarding passes, fabric swatches, letters and envelopes and anything else that can be fastened to mesh. But don’t think everything on a mood board needs to be two dimensional – if it can be fastened to wire, it belongs on a mood board.
3Curate an aesthetic
The key to turning inspiration into a mood or an aesthetic is to group like items – that may be by colour scheme, by geography or even an industry. Select items that belong together or look similar and position them alongside each other. A good place to start is to choose a colour palette and build on a collection based on that tone.
4Putting it all together
Collect the forms of inspiration grouped into their aesthetics and arrange on the mesh. Don’t be afraid to have some overlapping alongside a bit of blank space – there are no rules. Don’t think the first attempt at a mesh mood board is ever the last. The very nature of a mood board is in its design to be continuously changed, added to, adapted and started over. As moods, aesthetics and forms of inspiration within a work space change, so should the mood board. Just grab a new peg, clip or ribbon and get creative all over again.