If you want to spruce up a room in your house, there are lots of easy and affordable projects you can do at home. Whilst it is easy to buy things from the shops, creating something yourself feels rewarding, and you end up with something much more personal and unique. You can also use your newfound crafting skills to make gifts for others too!
1. Reupholstering Items
Buying new furniture is nice, but it also is very expensive. You can find second-hand furniture much cheaper, so visiting charity shops, auctions, and using online sites like eBay can offer much more affordable options. If the item is tired or worn, perhaps it just needs some DIY know-how to give it a second chance at life. One way to do this is by replacing the fabric with something newer. Upholstery fabrics are relatively easy to find – for example you can choose from one of these fabrics which are part of an extensive selection across all price points and designs.
New fabric can add personality, especially if you opt for a colourful print or pattern. Whilst reupholstering items isn’t super easy, there are lots of great tutorials available on blogs and YouTube that can teach you all you need to know.
2. Refreshing Old Furniture
Furniture that doesn’t need reupholstering might still benefit from a bit of DIY refreshment. There are plenty of creative ways to refresh furniture; simply sanding it down and adding a new coat of varnish is an effective way to give it a new burst of life. You can choose a different wood stain to make a subtle change or add a coat of paint to really change the colour. Some people like to have multiple colours for a patterned contrast effect. Furniture with drawer pulls and knobs can be switched up by replacing these or adding a coat of spray paint to the existing ones.
3. Sewing Cushion Covers
A fun and easy project that anyone can do is to make your own cushion covers. You can really choose any style you like, and it is up to you how simple or extravagant your design is. Try making a monogrammed stencil design, an applique design, or a cushion with piping or tassels. If you aren’t keen on sewing, you could purchase plain cushion covers and use fabric paints to add your own creative touch.
4. Blinds and Curtains
Making your own blinds or curtains is a great way to improve your space and save money. If you use your own skills, you can save yourself a lot of money and make your very own made-to-measure curtains or blinds. The style you choose will affect the difficulty of the project, but the simpler styles are often quite straightforward. Once again, you will need to get your hands on some nice fabric in whichever style and colour you prefer, plus a lining fabric if you need one. There are so many different styles of curtains, blinds, and window coverings to choose between, and the fabric you choose will really change the look too. If you make them yourself, you can make them fit any size or shape window you might have! For large, heavier curtains, a sewing machine is essential. For lighter curtains and headers, or net/voile and sheer panels, a needle and thread will suffice!
5. Macramé Décor
A lovely craft that anyone can try is macramé. Basic macramé involves a series of knots done with string or different yarn of your choice. You can make wall-hangings or lovely hanging plant-pot holders. Once you pick up the basic knots, it is very easy, but the results are lovely. You can find easy-to-follow guides and tutorials online on craft blogs and YouTube, and there is plenty of inspiration on sites like Pinterest. Macramé is a lovely way to create unique and handmade décor for your home, but you can also make some great gifts through this craft too.
6. Make Your Own Candles
Candles are a lovely addition to any home, as a decorative item that can also add atmosphere, and a lovely scent to your home. Making your own candles is a fun craft, and also a great way to recycle. You can use old jars, vintage teacups from charity shops, and recycle your old candles. Melting down the wax from your old candles to form a layered new candle is a great way to use up those last bits. You can also recycle your old candle jars too if they are really pretty. There are a few materials you will need, including the string for wicks, and possibly more wax if you are making them from scratch. To make your candle scented or coloured, you will need other materials, too, such as essential oils.
Making your own items and décor and refreshing older items and furniture is such a lovely way to decorate your home. It feels great to look around a room and see the things you have made and achieved and adds a really personal touch. It is also a great way to keep busy and have fun!
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