Here are some great ideas for easy, inexpensive one-day crafts, suitable for your entire family. Get them all involved creating this unexpected home décor.
Splashes-of-Colorful Wall Decor
Better Homes & Gardens shows us a collection of painted frames with pattern-coordinated wallpaper-covered plaques in “Paper and Plaques”, to energize an empty wall, and highlight specific areas. More interest can be created by adding pictures of family, and friends onto these beautiful printed plaques, and then spayed with clear-gloss before hanging.
Make a personalized statement by applying an oversized-monogram decal to any prominent wall, or as seen here, over a fireplace mantle in “Chic Decal Design”. Then learn a new “Paint Technique: Watercolor Bubbles” for a lovely pastel (bubble-blown) palette, to hang as artwork, or patterned-picture matting, as well as scrapbooking-background pages.
Sprucing Up the Floors
Try another simple “Paint Technique: Whitewashing” to renew scuffed, or dark hardwood flooring. However this “DIY Floor Stencil” will give your wood floors the makeover of a lifetime, with an amazing mock-tile pattern.
This flashy “T-Shirt Rug” screams puffy, flower-power pompoms for your child’s room. Soft floor-lounging fun is the ideal way to brighten up a reading corner, with an inviting sunburst of color.
Hang It from the Ceiling
Hang a mobile of no-sew fabric streamers, as demonstrated in “Go with the Flow”, in graduating shades from light to dark. As uniquely interesting as this mobile is on it’s own, I would take it one step further and tie-on shells, driftwood, and other summer-beach treasures begging for places to be displayed.
Turn your kitchen into the focal point of your home, by hanging your pans from a creative, homemade pot rack suspended from the ceiling, as shown in “High Roller” (using an antique sled). You could also use an antique bed railing, or similar object borrowed from grandpa’s garage.
Functionally-Wild Repurposed Items
Add wheels to a wooden apple crate to become a boot caddy as in “Wheel It Out”, or as a rustic dwarf-fruit-tree planter box (painting or decorating exterior only) which is easily wheeled indoors during frost or snow. And don’t throw away that broken spinning globe, “Make a Planter” out of the bottom half, for a unique patio-table planter, or an indoor herb garden for homegrown seasonings.
Line dresser drawers in wild wallpapers, or washable adhesive rolls in varied prints and patterns. I have lined drawers with elegant white-taffeta wallpaper, but you can also go playful, as seen by mix-matching in “Decorative Dresser Drawers”.
High-Powered Container Crafts
Twinas Latinas Magazine offers “Container Crafts for Kids” showing several fun ways to paint, fabric-wrap, and decorate a variety of boxes and containers, for organizing kid’s collectibles. Or paint metal containers, then decorate, as shown in “Creative Gift Containers” for keeping kids arts and craft supplies manageable.
Wooden cubes are covered in gold-patterned paper to hold perfumes or whatnot, separate from other items, as shown in “Pretty Wall Cubes”. Paint and stencil a small treasure box, as show in this “Bedside Treasure Chest” for rings or valuable incidentals, and make “Fabric-Covered Boxes” for all your cherished mementos.
In “Think Outside the Box” we see different ways to cover round hat-box shapes with patterned ribbons and tapes, for a vivid display of organizing containers. Or paint delicate long-stem flowers onto a plain basket as shown in “Painted Crate Appeal”, and your organizers won’t need to be shoved in the closet when company stops by.