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Get back to basics – and be creative! Posted On 26 July 2019

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Don’t want to spend much on buying new things for your home? Here are some creative ideas on how to make beautiful and individual decorations for your home. The kids can get involved too!

Make your own photo frames

Photo frames are a great addition to any room, and displaying photos is great to personalise your home and remind you of the special moments in your life. However, they can be expensive, so why not make your own! To make a picture frame you’ll need to assemble a cardboard mat, four wood and metal sides creating the outline of your frame, and the glass or plexiglass front used to protect the picture. You can also personalise the frame with decorative elements.

If you think that making your own from scratch is too fiddly, then you could buy a plain photo frame and personalise it how you’d like. Stick on tape is a cheap and quick way to add a personal touch to the frame, and kids would enjoy repainting frames or sticking crafts on such as shells, flowers, sequins or buttons.

Shells from the beach

A day at the beach is fun for all the family, and doing crafts with shells you collected can extend the experience. If you have collected your own shells, here are some fun and creative crafts to make with them!

Putting them in a pretty jar is probably the easiest thing you could do, but it can have a big impact and make a nice ornament in the home.

Glue seashells to a mirror or photo frame to add some beachy personality to a room. You could even paint the shells before fixing them to a photo frame with a nice family photo for keepsake.

If your kids want to go back to school and show their friends what they did in their summer holidays, you can turn the shells into jewellery, or a keyring for them to attach to their school bag. A big shell could even be used as a candle holder or a soap dish!

Sewing – blankets, throws, cushions, bunting

Sewing is a great hobby to get involved with, and there are a range of sewing kits for all skill levels. Whether you sew by hand or with a machine, cushion covers are relatively easy to make. All you need to do is cut and measure the fabric to fit the size of the cushion and sew the sides of the fabric together inside out. The easiest technique to use is the envelope back cover where one side of the fabric overlaps, which creates a flap where you can insert the cushion, with no fastening required.

You could even also sew blankets and throws in a similar style to the cushions so everything on your sofa or bed match perfectly!

Children will enjoy choosing their own fabrics, whether its their favourite colour, a superhero or one covered in animals. There’s so much you can do with these, including folding and sewing the fabric into triangles to create bunting to go in their bedroom or playroom.

Candles

The sight, sound and smell of a candle can lift any room, and making your own candles is a lot easier than you may think! The beauty of making your own candles is that you choose your own smells and decorate it how you’d like. You can buy simple candle making kits and fragrance oils which will spread a lovely aroma.

Setting your candles in Mason jars, or something similar which can withstand the heat, will make your homemade candles look even more decorative.

 Paintings

This might take some time and practice depending on how experienced or confident you are with a paint brush. Whether you want to paint a canvas or frame a painting on card, creating your own piece of art and displaying this on your wall is a cheap but effective way to add some character to a room – and can be a good conversation starter!

Fake flowers

Spruce up your home by creating your own flower arrangement from artificial flowers to give your home a spring-feel all year round. Why not buy a plain vase and decorate it with lights, paint or a ribbon too? As well as being low maintenance, arranging artificial flowers and decorating the vase can provide hours of entertainment for kids.

Pottery painting

Whatever the weather, children can enjoy pottery painting – and it can be fun for adults too. There is a great range of different styles and techniques you can learn, and you can make these personal and unique to you – or make them as a gift. Pottery painting cafes are very popular for creating your own masterpiece and meeting new people, so keep an eye out for what’s going on in the community.

 Paint plant pots

This is something which will be great for summer days in the garden. Turn plain plant pots into a piece of art with the help of the kids. Whether you choose a solid colour or a pattern, repainted plant pots will help add a touch of personalisation to your garden. For the best results ensure pots are well brushed down of any dirt or dust so you have a nice smooth surface for painting on.

 

 

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