DIY Home Decorating Measurement Project

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As Earl Santee said, "It's all about the details."  No matter that he was most likely referring to the architectural structure of a ball park.  I'm using his quote today to talk about the need for a audio speaker to add more to a home space than just...."Sony Black"  I plan to teach my math student how to accurately measure and cover three sides of this speaker with some vintage 1960's wallpaper samples I bought on eBay a few years back.

And I'm going to show you how easy it is to involve your math student in the completion of this fun DIY project.  (or for any other simple DIY home project, for that matter). 

Not only will your child learn how easy it is to add a bit of style and creativity to their own homes someday, they will also learn how to take accurate measurements and how to cut  those measurements.


1.  First, have your math student measure the width and height of the speaker.


2.  Decide if you want to also cover the top, and if so, measure the top as well.  Hint:  Instruct your student to write down those measurements and observe for accuracy.  As the woodworkers in my family always say, "Measure twice, cut once!"

3.  Using a paper cutter, cut the paper to the correct size.  If you don't have a paper cutter, you could measure the paper the old fashioned way with a ruler and a pencil.

4.  Next, spread the decoupage evenly on one side of the speaker. 

5.  Press the paper to the glued surface evenly, making sure all sides and corners adhere well. 

6.  Then, apply a thin layer of decoupage to the outside surface of the paper, being sure to smooth out any air bubbles.  Hint: apply glue in the same direction. Wipe up any excess glue or spills quickly with a wet paper towel. 

7.  Repeat with the other sides.  Allow to dry. 

8.  Have your student display their very own DIY home project proudly for all to see!