Chic homes are not made from elegant furnishings, dandy color schemes, and rich textures only: decorations also play an important role in your property’s aesthetic value. Still, classy ornaments can set you back quite a bit, which is why I always prefer to make the accent details myself. That way, I can save money, have fun, and get my creative wheels rolling when dressing up my home with charming trims. Here are the top 5 DIY decorations you can craft even on a tight budget to make your love nest as snug and graceful as it can be.
1. DIY Rope Rug
To make a rustic-looking rope rug, you’ll need a 60-meter rope coil, a tube of caulk and a caulk gun, a bit of duct tape, scissors, needle, and thread. Wash the rope using a mild detergent and let it to dry completely before proceeding to rug crafting. To make the rug, stitch the start and end point of the rope and coil it to get a flat and even surface. Next, apply caulk to coiled rope to secure it in place, and let it dry for a day or two depending on the caulk type.
With the rug dry, it’s time to grab duct tape and apply it to the bottom side of the rug to keep the rope safe from uncoiling (this will also help prevent the rug from sliding across a polished floor surface). Well done!
2. Yarn Wall Art
To make wall art out of wool thread, you’ll need several skeins of yarn in colors of your choice, a wooden dowel, and a few bowls to keep the string in place. You can find charming wooden yarn bowls for sale online, and you can use a thin wood slat instead of the dowel if it’s easier for you. First, decide on the wall art dimensions, and cut yarn skeins into double-length threads (you can make them slightly longer; you’ll be able to trim them later).
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Fold each thread in half and tie a knot to secure the string to the dowel which you’ll place at the top of your future wall art piece. Repeat the procedure with other yarn pieces, leaving a space 1-2 inches on each end so that you wind up with a rainbow-style wall art. If you’re string-savvy, you can weave horizontal threads to create multicolored wall art, or you can try making plaids or fish-bone patterns for more interest.
3. Pendant Shades
To make a chic DIY pendant shade, you’ll need a few yarn or string balls, fabric stiffener, a brush, scissors, a standard pendant light kit, and a balloon. Wrap the thread around the balloon tightly to make the shade structure – it may take a few hours to get the thread-work as dense as you want it to be, but it’s worth the effort. Next, use the brush to apply fabric stiffener to the thread and let it dry well before you pierce the balloon and pull it out. Attach the new shade to the light kit and voila – your cool pendant shade is done!
4. Yarn, Jar, Bottle
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Pots, mason jars, and standard bottles can look dull on their own – but you can transform them into suave decorations with just a bit of yarn, string, or rope, glue, and glitter or water-resistant paint. Grab the rope or yarn piece and wrap it around the planter, bottle, or jar tightly, applying a coat of glue as you go to keep the thread in place, and let it dry well when finished. Next, use spray paint or glitter to spice up the thread-wrapped container and play around with the design until you get the look you’re aiming for. Kudos for the creative touch!
5. Writings on the Wall
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You can also make custom papier-mâché art to place on the shelves or display on an accent wall. Cut out the parts to make the letters from a cereal box or thick paper, glue the pieces together, and let each papier-mâché letter dry well. Next, grab spray paint and color the letters (you can add glitter or confetti for an extra dose of charm). When the paint has dried, secure the letters to a panel to make words, and hang your masterpiece on a vacant spot on the wall. Nice work!
Decorating your home doesn’t have to be all costs and little fun: with these DIY decorations and ornaments, your nest will instantly get a dose of personality, and you’ll also get a chance to visually express your creative voice and improve your crafting skills.
Good luck with DIY home styling!
Chloe is an art historian, recreational ballet dancer and a contributor at smoothdecorator.com. She is passionate about photography, dancing, and music. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. You can find Chloe on FB, Twitter, and G+.