DIY Home Decor

Planet Botkier July 12, 2013

Summertime is the perfect season for sprucing up your humble abode. We’ve gathered some great little DIYs that are sure to turn your place from drab to fab and best of all – anybody could do them, they’re inexpensive, and they give you a feeling of accomplishment.  So grab a friend, the kids, or even a good movie to throw in and get to work!

AIMEE SONG FROM SONG OF STYLE D.I.Y TRAY

Supplies:
- frame
- decorative paper
- two handles
- electric drill
- screw driver
- measuring tape
-  chalk/pencil

Directions:
1. Head to your nearest frame store and pick a frame that goes with your decor. Keep in mind that because you’ll be using it as a tray, a picture frame with more depth will work best. I purchased mine at the nearest Aaron Brothers for under $35! When picking a frame, also keep in mind that wood will be easiest to drill through. 2. Repurpose extra old handles you have laying around or go out and find some fun ones. 3. Remove the back of the frame and its glass insert. 4. Use a measuring tape to lightly mark where you’re going to drill holes to add your handles. Make sure they’re symmetrical! 5. Using your electric drill, drill holes for each handle through the frame. Use your screw drive to tightly fasten handles. You can put the handles on the side like I did, or on the top of the frame depending on the length of your screws. 6. Add your decorative paper behind the glass as if you’re framing a picture and you’re done!

Images & Directions Credit via Song of Style

AIMEE SONG FROM SONG OF STYLE D.I.Y FRAMED CHALKBOARD

Supplies:
- a pretty frame
- thin board such as particle board to use as your chalkboard
- primer
- chalkboard paint
- saw
- roller to paint the board

Directions:
1. Make a template of the board. If your frame already comes with a board, just use that and sand it so the surface is smooth 2. Saw the board. If you have a wonderful boyfriend like me, ask him to do it for you. (double plus if he cleans the saw dust too!) 3. Apply a coat of primer onto the board and when that dries, paint the board with chalkboard paint 4. Wait at least 3 full days before you
start writing!

Images & Directions Credit via Song of Style

MASON WINDOW JARS

Supplies:
-  Jute
-  Command Hooks
-  Mason Jars
- Flowers of choice

Directions:
1. Measure how long you would like the jute to be according to the size of your windows. 2. Wrap the jute around the jar right below the lid and securely knot it.  Make it more decorative by adding a bow. 3. Install the command hooks to the wall above your window. 4. Fill the jars half way with water and place flowers in. Faux flowers are a great alternative.  5. Carefully hang pieces from hooks.

Images & Directions Credit via It All Started With Paint

ANTLER JEWELRY DISPLAY

Supplies:
- tape
-  silver leaf
- spray adhesive
- grocery bag
- picture hanging hardware
- Polycrylic

Directions:
1. Tape off the antler, stab through grocery bag (bag is used to protect unwanted paint on parts of antler). 2. Spray adhesive to points.  Carefully work with silver leaf to apply evenly to sprayed points.  Dust off excess and spray. 3. Spray entire antler with adhesive to seal in silver leaf and bring out natural color of antler.  4. Drill needed holes and screw hanging hardware to back of antler.  5. Place on wall and begin hanging jewelry.

Images & Directions Credit via Ambitious Procrastinator

SHELL CANDLES

Supplies:
- old candle wax
- wicks from craft store
- shells

Directions:
1. Melt wax in microwave in 1-minute intervals, swirling between heatings. 2. Prop shells up using rice, gravel, anything to keep them from tipping.   3. Bend wick accordingly so it stands straight in shell.  4. Dip bottom of wick in hot wax and anchor it in place of empty shell. 5. Pour hot wax in shell and let cool.  Clean off any excess wax on shells.

Images & Directions Credit via The V Spot

STENCIL ON FABRIC – PILLOWCASE

Supplies:
- linen pillow covers (or any fabric item)
- cardboard
- pencil
- letter stencil
- fabric marker

Directions:
1. Choose a quote or decide on what you would like to put on the pillow. 2. Wrap pillowcase over cardboard to keep fabric taut and to keep marker from bleeding through.   3. Stencil quote or text with a pencil onto fabric.  Be careful or spacing and crooked lines.   4. Fill in stenciled outlines with fabric marker.  Press fabric before washing if marker packaging mentions this in instructions.

Images & Directions Credit via Wit and Whistle

SUMMER WREATH

Supplies:
– shells
- grapevine wreath
- glue gun

Directions:
1. Select and map out what shells you would like to put where. 2. Glue your selected shells down. 3. Let set. (should take no time!)

Images & Directions Credit via Better with Age

CONFETTI TUMBLERS

Supplies:
- glass tumblers
- paint
- acrylic sealer
- paint brushes (or makeshift brushes – cotton swabs without the cotton)

Directions:
1. Set up painting station.  May want to lay down newspaper, have a cup of water, paper towels, and a sort of palette 2. Paint the tumblers however you like – dots, splatters, stripes, etc.  3. Seal your work of art and you’re done!

Images & Directions Credit via Radical Possibility

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