Saturday, March 26, 2011

Crafty Projects for the Home


Through most of Robert and I's early married life, I was an avid DIY-er. Thrifter, antique-r, stainer, painter, renovator--you name it! What I was not, actually, was a sewer. I made a few roman shades, a dress, a blanket, or pillow here and there. I remember being pregnant with Aidan, and sewing a cover for shelves in the nursery similar to this one from Land of Nod. It was hot, the sewing machine wasn't working properly, and I remember saying in my head many, many times that I hated sewing and I would never have anything to do with it ever again. {God, of course, was having a good chuckle.}

Anyway, I love DIY projects. I seldom do any right now. Nonetheless, I found a couple fun and easy ones on the internet and thought I would share. First is this beaded, old-looking chandelier from the blog Dollar Store Crafts:

It's made from some Mardi Gra beads, a wire basket, and a can of spray paint. Isn't it great! Add a light kit, and you're in business! I think this would be even more fun in a dusty blue.. bright coral or yellow! See the tutorial here.

Next, check out this fun moss letter tutorial on my friend Jennifer's blog of Dear Lillie.

I love this look and it can be made for just a handful of dollars! Our home is predominantly shades of green, so this would fit in just fine! See the tutorial here.

Finally, another fun and thrifty project: a simple little wreath made from tissue paper. The bright pink packs a punch, but this would also be great in a softer/earthy color or even a brown and white polka dot or some other print... then tie it off with a big ribbon! For the how-to click here.

I always love to see the innovation of the human mind and the creative ideas people cook up! You could do all of these projects for under $20! Have a great weekend!


A Blissful Nest said...

You are one of my favorite sites for kids shoes and I clicked on your link to your post and Oh Happy Day for me there was my post on my tissue paper wreath!! Thank you so much for the shout out!!


nllm said...

Love it all! Great ideas!

Dear Lillie said...

Thanks so much for featuring us Jess! I know you must think I am the WORST e-mailer of all time. I promise I will get back to you soon. I hope you are doing well!

kpriss said...

I've been meaning to ask you - I'm on a hunt for a good sawing machine - on the hunt means that I'm barely gathering infos and starting to compare this and that and then I'll submit my propositions to my Adored Husband and see what gets by ;) . Now on to the question - what sawing machine do you think suits best for a hobby - er like me? I don't need anything pro or serious, just to patch the kids clothes since they seem to be having fun in shredding their clothes in the backyard and at school, few headbands, lil' dresses for my sweet daughter and crafts here and there. Nothing special, nothing complicated, I just wish I knew what to choose exactly.

Thank you ever so much!


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