Decorating your home doesn’t have to mean a trip to a furniture store or expensive design elements. Many things you already have can be used to make your home look great. Even if you're not a very handy or crafty person, you can still make these easy do-it-yourself projects and make your home pop. Here are 13 fun ideas to add life and color to your by investing just a little time, effort and money.
Boring to Blazing Stairs
Plain wooden stairs are boring. Why not liven them up with a pop of color? You can simply paint them in fun shades or paint a graduated color scheme. Another fun idea is to use stencils and patterns to make your stairs chevron printed or colorfully patterned. If you don’t want to paint, try peel and stick paper. Interesting patterns and colors can decorate the stair risers and since they don’t get stepped on they will stay fresh for a long time. When it's time to move or change things up, just peel them off!
Chalkboard Wall Art
Everyone loves the chalkboard paint theme that is going around, so why not make your own? An old mirror with a cool frame can be the perfect way to reuse and create wall art you'll love. For extra effect, cut letters out of re-positionable labels to create a word or phrase on the mirror before painting it with the chalkboard paint. Then peel off the letters to reveal shiny mirror words against a black background. Don’t forget chalkboard paint comes in many colors, so you can paint an entire wall and use colored chalk to create your own works of art. Great for kids’ rooms and kitchens!
I never thought about making my own coasters, but these are so easy! All you need is bathroom or kitchen tiles and some of your favorite photos. Simply use Mod Podge to adhere photos to the coasters. Spray the tiles with clear acrylic sealer to keep them waterproof and let them dry for three days before you use them. This works great for gifts and theme parties too!
I love plants but my home has no garden space. What can I do? Vertical and container gardens are the way to go in small spaces. Not only can you grow a lot, but you can also use plants indoors and out to decorate your space greenly. Hang planters from the walls to create a vertical container garden, use pallets to grow flowers and veggies on your patio or balcony or keep plants hanging in your living room for extra ambiance.
Speaking of plants, another cool way to bring the outdoors in is with terrariums. All you need is a clear jar or vase and some dirt to create a one of a kind living work of art. Fill the bottom of the container with pebbles or marbles for drainage and add a layer of dirt on top. Use succulents for the plants and add a splash of color with tiny toys or fairy gardens for fun. Set a cluster of terrariums on a sunlit table or hang from wires for a cool modern feel.
Get Rid of Clutter and Decorate
Got a lot of little things cluttering up your space? Turn them into art. Small items like wine corks, toy cars, balls, or anything you have a bunch of can make a fun and easy art piece. Just get a large glass vase or jar and fill them with the items. Then place the jar anywhere as a statement piece or centerpiece. Great for themed parties and storage, this easy décor item is a hit!
Do you have a big event or party coming up and want to make it extra special? Use stencils and fabric markers to make words, phrases or images on your fabric napkins for a one of a kind look. This also works great for kitchen and bathroom decorating. Use stencils and fabric paint to create a great look on hand towels and other fabrics. Even the tablecloth can be stenciled for a beautiful effect.
Plain wooden chairs and tables can be turned into a work of art with just some paint and a stencil. Even lace can work great for a wonderful painting effect. Lay down the stencil or lace and use spray paint or gently paint on to form unique patters and shades. You may want to practice on scrap wood first to make sure you have the technique right, but it is an easy and inexpensive way to make your furniture look modern and new.
Patterned Light Switch Covers
Small touches can really stand out. Changing up your wall switch covers and outlet covers can add a fun punch to your room. Use peel and stick paper or scrapbook paper and cut to the proper size. It only takes a few minutes to make a huge difference and add some color to your home.
Recycled Paper Wall Art
Want to make your own unique wall art? Why not use old books? Pages from old books have a retro look and you can frame them for fun wall art. Add a splash of color with a simple painting of a flower or abstract shapes and you have a great conversation piece. Comic books also work great for this and you can create fun collages and colorful works from them in no time. Even newspaper can be a cool background for your art.
Simple DIY Headboard
You can make your own headboard fast and simple without having to invest a lot of money or time. You can use cardboard and fabric to make a temporary headboard for quickly changing decor, or you can make a longer lasting headboard out of wood and heavy fabric that will stand up over the long term. All you have to do is cut out a fun shape and cover it with fabric for a headboard that you can be proud of.
T-Shirt Memories Wall Art
Do you have a lot of t-shirts hanging around from high school and college? Team shirts and travel shirts, full of great memories and yet stacked in the back corner of your closet? Get them out of the closet and where they can be enjoyed. Use art canvas and staple the shirts to it and then hang them on the wall. Or create a fun wall hanging by pinning or sewing the shirts together to form a quilt.
Wine Bottle Art
Do you have a lot of wine bottles lying around? Why not make them into art? You can cut the tops off your wine bottles (video here) to make glasses and vases. Or, paint them for fun centerpieces,candle holders or bud vases. Thread some lights in them for a fun lighting element or hang them as an art piece.
Spend a few minutes on some of these projects and before you know it your home will take on a fresh, new look. With just some items you already have and a little time even those of us that lost the crafty gene can pull off a great statement piece that will have your friends and family talking.
Always curious, Ashley Hardway is constantly learning and passionate about sharing what she learns with others. Based in the Houston, Texas office of Morningside Nannies, she loves to help families grow stronger, help their environments and communities, and keep moving forward! Check out @NannyLady on Twitter to connect and find out more.
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