We all love the idea of at-home projects, but most of us don’t have the time to complete them. Luckily, there are easier ways to give your home a facelift without spending a ton of time and money.
Check out these 5 ideas on some easy ways to give your home some character and will be easy on your budget.
Recycled Can Cutlery Holder
- 6 clean, dry cans
- Enamel paint or Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint
- Block of pine 150 x 250 mm
- 80-grit sandpaper or Dremel MultiTool and grinding stone
- Wire nail and hammer, or drill/driver and 2mm HSS bit
- 16 mm screws and screw cups
- Leather strap
- Decorative screw cup
- Use 80-grit sandpaper or a Dremel MultiTool and grinding stone to remove any sharp burrs around the cut edge of the can.
- Paint the cans and block of wood in your choice of paint and colour and leave to dry overnight.
- Use a wire nail and hammer, or drill/driver and 2mm HSS drill bit to put a hole at the top of each can, so that you can screw the cans onto the block of wood. If you are not using pine, you may need to drill a pilot hole into the board to make securing the cans easier.
- Attach a piece of leather strap to the top of the block using a screw and decorative screw cup. Use epoxy glue to attach a leather strap onto the front of each can as a name tag.
Project source: Home-Dzine
Decorative Light Bulb Pears
- Light bulbs
- Hot glue gun
- A stick from outside
Take the scissors and cut a small piece of the stick to make the stem of the pear.
It should look something like this:
Take the stem and hot glue it to the light bulb.
Hot glue the start of the twine to the base of the stem.
Begin to wrap the twine around and around and around, gluing every so often to secure the twine to the light bulb. When you get the the bigger part of the bulb more glue is necessary to keep twine in place.
Project source: Blogger/906 E. Chic
Recycled CD Coasters
- Recycled CDs or DVDs
- Colorful fabric
- White spray primer
- Hot glue gun
- Sharp scissors
- Mod Podge Hard Surface
- Trace a CD onto your fabric. Repeat for as many different fabrics as you want to use.
- Lightly sand off the side of the CD that has a design or writing on it. You don’t have to sand everything off, just take the gloss coat off.
- Spray 2 coats of primer onto the CDs, allowing for proper dry time in-between coats.
- Cut the circles out of the fabric, cutting them a little smaller than the traced circle to allow for some “border” around your coasters.
- For each coaster, cut a 3-inch circle from the felt.
- When the primer is dry, hot glue the felt circles to the bottom of the CDs.
- To the top of the CD, add a coat of Mod Podge. Gently press the fabric circle onto the coated CD and press out any wrinkles or creases. Allow to dry for 20 minutes before continuing.
- Apply two coats of Mod Podge to the top of the CD over the fabric, allow 2 hours dry time in between coats.
Project source: Crafts By Amanda
Wine Cork Bath Mat
- 175 wine corks (plus a few extra in case of mistakes)
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks
- Non-adhesive shelf liner (Examples: Duck brand Smooth Top Easy Liner or Plast-O-Mat ribbed shelf liner (ribbed side down) in taupe.
- Pocket knife (sharpened)
- Cutting board
- Rotary cutter and mat (or scissors)
- Long ruler or yardstick
- Coarse sandpaper
Cut each cork in half, lengthwise, with a sharp pocket knife. Be patient and careful so you don’t cut your finger. It’s best if you use natural cork wine corks that are similar length and width. Sand the bottoms flat if any of your cuts are jagged.
Arrange the corks into a rectangle, flat sides down. Use a ruler or the lines on a cutting mat to make sure your configuration of corks is as close to a straight rectangle as possible. The mat shown above is 18.5 x 30 inches (10 x 35 cork halves)—a little smaller than a standard size bath mat.
Measure and cut the shelf liner to size with a rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat.
Transfer the outer rows/columns of corks to the shelf liner and glue them to the top side of the liner. Apply a rectangle-shaped line of glue to the flat side of each cork, about 1/8 inch from the edge, line up the cork with the edge of the mat, and press hard. Wipe away any glue dribbles before it hardens fully, but after it cools (so you don’t burn yourself).
Once your frame is in place, transfer the rest of the corks to their corresponding position on the mat. You’ll probably have to do some arranging and trading places to make all the corks fit. Then remove one cork at a time and glue it down.
Project source: Crafty Nest
- Cardboard box
- 4 ply jute
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Use scissors to cut the flaps off the box.
Wrap the box with the jute, gluing every bit of it along the way.
Continue until you reach the top.
To finish off the basket, use inexpensive muslin fabric to make the liner.
Project source: Elizabeth Jones Designs