After a quick change for your home decor? A little bit of creativity – and even less time! – can actually make a big impact. Try one of these six, budget-friendly, DIY crafting projects to make an easy home update in a flash…
Our first, easy 10-minute decor project? You can create fun storage with a little leftover paint and old jam jars. Dip the bottom of a jar into a tin of matte emulsion paint, giving it a 2-4cm covering of paint. Quickly turn the jar upside down (lid down) onto a sheet of newspaper and leave to dry. The drip patterns will form as the paint dries.
Turn the humble wooden clothes peg into a cute magnet for a quick update that’s really impactful. Stick a length of patterned washi tape along one flat side of a peg. Carefully trim the sides and ends with scissors. Cut a strip of self-adhesive magnetic tape (try Takealot.com) in half lengthways. Peel off the backing paper and stick it along the plain side of the wooden peg. Easy!
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Metallic brick bookends
10-minute decor make that’s super on-trend? This is it! Your books won’t be moving out of place with this cheap and cheerful idea. Paint each side of the bricks with matte emulsion paint in your chosen colour (we used pink). Once finished, leave to dry. Create triangular shapes by applying masking tape on each long side of the bricks, then paint inside the shapes with copper metallic paint. Remove the masking tape and leave to dry before placing on the bookshelf.
Transform plain notebooks into something more personal – either for yourself or as a budget-friendly gift. Place an open notebook on fabric and cut a 3cm border all around it, then cut slits to the spine on both sides. Cut out two pieces of batting and stick to the front and back of the book with double-sided tape. Sticky tape inside covers along the three outside edges. Hold the book upright and pull the fabric taut over the edges, then stick in place. Fold corners, trim and push slits inside the spine. Cut elastic and stitch in place on the back cover.
Give your dining table a rustic overhaul with a quirky table runner. Choose four tea towels in patterns and colours that complement each other. Put one tea towel on top of another, their right sides facing, and pin together along the edge. Do the same with the other tea towels, so all four are pinned together to make one long runner. Sew together, stitching 3cm in from the edge. Press the seams open on the wrong side and pin them flat. Stitch the seams down as close to their outer edges as you can.
Framed memo board
DIY crafting at its best… create a pretty display board out of a fabric remnant and an old picture frame. Choose a fabric that complements your frame then cut foam board to fit snugly in the frame. Wrap your fabric around the board, pulling it tight across the corners and sides so there are no wrinkles on the front. Tape the fabric in place, then fit the board into the frame, attaching it with small nails or upholstery tacks.