Every once in awhile I like to share some of the home decor DIY projects I find around the web. Even if you don’t think you’re particularly creative or skilled with a sewing machine or paintbrush, these are projects anyone can tackle. I think having one or two handmade things in your home adds personalization and personality. With spring just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to tackle something to get your home out of the winter blahs.
Many of the projects are photos I found but didn’t come with instructions. I’m sharing how I would tackle recreating the project but it certainly doesn’t mean it’s the only way. Use your own skill set or interests to interpret the project for your home.
Home Decoration DIY Pillows
This pillow is the perfect example of an easy DIY. Take any solid color pillow you already own and add a band of color with ribbon or trim of your choice. Tack it with needle and thread or use fabric glue or fusible webbing. The best part? You can easily change the trim seasonally or whenever you change your color scheme!
Another version of adapting a ready-made pillow – again add a band of ribbon but this time embellish it further with buttons to add some texture. If you sew even a little, you can make the whole pillow using 2 contrasting fabrics for maximum personalization.
For the bedroom or a girl’s room or if it’s just your style, add bands of lace trim to spice up a ready made pillow.
Try thinking outside the box when considering the material to use to make a pillow. This gal repurposed a bath rug! Cut it to fit your pillow form, allowing a little space on 3 sides to stitch it together, fold the rug in half and stitch around 2 sides, add the pillow form and stitch closed. Instant texture and the look of a very expensive pillow!
These pillows were made from a cloth napkin and an embroidered hand towel. If you don’t stitch, use iron on fusible webbing – it works great! Haunt the thrift stores and yard sales for vintage linens or just anything fabric that can be cut up and repurposed to make truly unique accent pillows.
The final 2 pillows are variations on a theme and may be the most difficult. In order to get the envelope or overlapping edge look of these pillows, the top just needs a little extra planning. Instead of cutting a square for the top, it will be cut in 2 pieces – when planning the sizes, make sure to allow several inches of overlap and an extra 1/2 inch or so to fold back raw edges. Close the envelope with a button (or three).
Home Decor DIY Spring Projects
I love this fresh idea for your front door instead of the traditional spring wreath. While these look like real tulips, that wouldn’t be practical and it’s so easy to bend the stems of silk tulips to create this free flowing design. I’d use a child sized umbrella, fill the umbrella folds with moss, quilt batting or something soft and then glue in the little eggs and fill with flowers. Who’s going to try this one?
Kimba at A Soft Place to Land shared this spring wreath tutorial recently and it fits all my DIY criteria – easy, inexpensive, unusual, attractive. Using yarn and paper (colors of your choice of course!) and a couple dabs of glue you too can have a pretty new wreath for your door or kitchen window.
How about updating an old lampshade? Add some style with glued on ribbons and ribbon roses for a sweet look.
In my last couple of trips to the craft store I noticed an abundance of press on stickers/decals in a range of designs, sizes and colors that would be great to use to update a lampshade. There were some pretty monogram letters that would personalize a shade for a bedroom or animals that would work in a child’s room. You don’t have to be stuck with those boring plain- jane lampshades anymore!
This shade is covered in fabric (drum shapes are easier than ones with sharp tapers because the fabric will fit without much trimming). This particular shade cover is held on by narrow strips of velcro and then multiple shade “sleeves” were made to change up the look seasonally. It’s a painted thrift store base. Clever!
Hopefully these ideas will get your creative juices flowing. What little, easy, inexpensive project can you tackle to make a change for spring? I have a couple planned for my home that I’ll be sharing in the next couple weeks (assuming I get them done as planned). Do you have a project that you’ve completed or are working on that you’d like to share? We’d love to share it with the rest of our readers, so send us a couple of photos and tell us all about it. We’ll share it on an upcoming Wednesday Reader Day.