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diy project: david stark’s post-it fridge project

by Grace Bonney


[i’m so thrilled to welcome one of my design idols, david stark, to the site today. david is sharing a fun post-it diy project inspired by his fantastic new book, david stark design. welcome, david!]

I am really excited to share our new book DAVID STARK DESIGN with you all, and I look forward to your feedback on it! As an artist, it is both exhilarating and strange to stand back and view the trends and thought processes of your own work. Working on the book forced me to zero in on and articulate a design strategy that is instinctual to me. The ideas that we blow out on a grand scale for big events are really small notions, often made with rather humble materials. Grace inspired me to think about how those ideas could be carried out in a personal way.



Immediately, I thought of an evening we created for New Yorkers for Children last September. The Post-it note was my hero that night – the humble material. We used them for place cards, to build grand walls, and a larger-than-life “wishing tree”. Within the grand walls, Post-its spelled out the evening’s goal.


I often use many of those same event design concepts when entertaining in my own home, albeit on a MUCH smaller scale. My refrigerator becomes a canvas to draw with Post-its. It allows me to change the décor of my home temporarily without any damage or clean-up. I created a couple of different designs to show you, but you can really do anything at all: write a message, create a “holiday tree,” wish someone a happy birthday, or create an abstract pattern. And then . . . when you tire of your image, you can take it apart and start over with a new thought or just re-stack your notes and use them for their intended purpose.

CLICK HERE for the full how-to from David after the jump!


I plan the image by measuring it out old-school. A piece of graph paper is fast and easy, each square representing one Post-it note or a fraction of one Post-It. The face of my refrigerator is 27 inches wide x 48 inches tall. Since traditional Post-it notes are 3 inches square, that allows for an image that is 9 Post-it notes wide x 16 Post-its tall.

Draw your image out on the graph paper first and then post away! You can create images that are comprised of just box shapes, or if you’re more ambitious, you can incorporate a triangular shape by folding a square Post-it from corner to corner. You can see how I’ve done this with the tulip image to create a slight arc or curve within the stem and petals. The sky is the limit on how much you alter the shape of the Post-it. Laying out the shapes and colors on graph paper first allows you to experiment before starting the piece and is the perfect guide for installing your creation.

And every flat surface in the house is fair game. Greet your guests with a message on your front door, surprise them with a greeting on the bathroom mirror or on the underside of the toilet seat cover. Why not?



*click here to pick up a copy of david’s beautiful new book david stark design

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