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Give your home a crafty makeover with these fun DIY projects
If you have more bottles of nail varnish than you know what to do with, why not make your own pretty marbleised tile coasters? All you need to do is add a few drops of nail varnish in various colours to a large tub of water. Working quickly, swirl the colours around a little with a toothpick, immerse your tile into the water and then use a dragging motion to pull it back out. Once your project is dry, feel free to preserve your design by adding a coat of clear sealer. Try it out with mugs, salt and pepper shakers and other homewares!
Keep track of your delicates by fashioning them their own patterned laundry bag, made with fabric, ribbon, and an embroidery hoop. To make this project even easier, use an old pillowcase and clamp it into a hoop like the Korbond 10" Wooden Embroidery Hoop. Tie a loop of ribbon onto the clamp and proudly place your handmade bag in the queue for the washing machine.
Elegant, geometric key holders are bang on trend, and often have a price tag to match. Make your own on a budget by sourcing and sealing a slab of wood, then taping off and painting sections using bold colours. Once your design is dry, use a ruler to help you position and place chic alphabet stickers – try the Stylised Alphabet Sticker Set in Rose Gold from Eleganza Craft Stickers. Whether you spell out ‘keys’ or come up with a witty pun, finish by screwing in hooks and hanging your creation on the wall with string, velcro or a hook.
Spill-proof table mats don’t always need to be kids themed – you can easily craft your own to align with your home décor. Cut pretty fabrics, such as those in Tilda’s Lazy Days Coral Fabric Fat Quarters pack to 12in x 17in rectangles and iron. For each mat, cut two 12in x 17in rectangles from sheets of vinyl and iron a piece onto each side. Finish by neatening up the edges with pinking shears, like the pair from Creativ, and embrace the spills.
Illuminate a set of nesting bowls with this super easy DIY project that can be completed in under an hour. Start by using tin snips to cut a hole in the bottom of each bowl, wide enough to fit the end of a light cord. Insert the cord through the hole, screw in a ring attachment and bulb, attach to a power source and hang.
If you’d like to gaze upon sentimental photos every time you turn out the light, or need to see your to-do list without nailing a corkboard onto an unblemished wall, make a cork lamp. Simply trim a length of cork, such as a 35cm x 45cm Cork Sheet, to the height and circumference of a cylindrical lamp base and notch a small hole at one end for the wire to poke through. Wrap the cork around the base of the lamp and use a hot glue gun to secure, then cut and glue a cork circle to the top of the cylinder..
Flour sack towels make for practical decorations, and can be easily embellished to spruce up your kitchen. Simply use fabric paint, or craft paint enhanced with a fabric medium, to ink up a rubber stamp of a rustic or floral design (try the Tim Holtz Cling Mounted Stamp Set - Flower Jar) and print a design onto the tea towel. Alternatively, work with a stencil, applying the paint using a sponge brush like Viva Decor’s Stippling Set of 4 Sponge Brushes. Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours and then heat seal with an iron and display.