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7 Projects to Craft Your Own Stylish Décor

Creating items that you can use to decorate your home is always a rewarding way to spend your time, especially when it involves upcycling something you already have. Once you’ve finished your crafty makes, you can display them with pride and enjoy your hard work every time you walk by. Take a look at our projects below and see what takes your fancy.

7 Projects to Craft Your Own Stylish Décor

1. Lolly Stick Shelves

If you enjoyed the hot summer we had, then you might have some ice lolly sticks lying around, perfect for ingenious DIY crafts; if not, pick up a pack like our 200pcs Ice Lolly Sticks (534578) and have a go at these amazing shelves! They’re created by stacking the sticks onto carefully measured pentagon bases, but you can get creative with the shapes – hexagons look great too.

[image credit: vikalpah.com/2020/03/diy-pentagon-popsicle-sticks-shelf.html]

2. Wooden Skewer Geometric Decoration

This geometric piece is super on-trend and perfect for table settings, shelf decorations or the mantelpiece. Simply pick up a pack of skewers, glue or tape them into an intricate design, and add colour to the finished decoration – our Montana Spray Paint (451264) would work a treat. Then pop a plant or candle into the centre for an amazing result.

[image credit: ourkindofcrazy.com/blog/diy-geometric-candle-holder]

3. Plastic Bottle Hanging Planter

Hanging planters are a brilliant way to upcycle old plastic bottles, and the results can look so chic hanging in your living room or conservatory. All you need to craft them is a cutting tool, paint and some string or cord that suits the rest of your décor – our Natural Twine (479929) looks great in Scandi interiors! Use a range of differently shaped bottles for fun, varied results.

[image credit: homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/diy-recycled-plastic-bottle-planter]

4. Crepe Paper Succulents

Fancy making your lovely plants even more long-lasting? This fantastic crepe paper succulents project by Lia Griffith is just the ticket! Lia’s put together comprehensive instructions for three different plants that look startlingly realistic. The secret’s in the grain of the paper, which matches the texture of real succulents. Use the templates and a pack of green paper to craft a collection of everlasting flora.

5. Straw Wreath

Whether you call them starburst or sunburst wreaths, these lovely decorations look amazing on their own or with a mirror or clock in the centre. All you need to create your own is a pack of drinking straws – use paper ones or upcycle some old plastic ones to be more environmentally friendly. To make the wreath, cut out a cardboard ring for the base, glue the straws in position, and spray paint if needed.

[image credit: designimprovised.com/2018/09/how-to-make-starburst-wreath-from-paper-straws.html]

6. Custom Print Napkins

It's so fun to customise accessories for your home, and our expert Cari Fennell has created a handy guide here on how to stamp your own designs onto cotton napkins to create a table setting for special occasions. Simply gather the stamps you want to use and a fabric-friendly ink, such as our Tsukineko Versacraft ink pads, and then make sure to heat set the designs so they won’t wash out.

7. Paper Lampshade

Origami and paper lampshades are great for adding a sophisticated atmosphere to your home, and they’re surprisingly easy to make despite how complicated they look. Most use regular A4 paper or card, but some may require bigger sheets for the intricate folds and weaves. Whip up yours in plain white for a lovely minimalistic appearance, or in a colour that perfectly suits your room’s décor.

[image credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QczHvUTpiPI]