Four Easy Home Decor Ideas
Now that winter has firmly taken hold, we’ve been spending a lot of time inside staring at our walls, which happen to be rather bare and naked.
If you need a little decorating inspiration like we did, read on for four super-easy DIY ideas to spruce up your walls, without breaking the bank.
Keep a camera in a spot in your apartment (or office) where the light is good and you like the background. This is important. If the camera’s not where you expect it, you’re liable to forget or give up. Every time somebody comes to see you, drag her to that spot, make a dirty joke and snap the picture while she’s laughing. Once you have the photo (using a Polaroid or printing out a photo immediately), slap it on the wall with double-stick tape or removable adhesive. Keep at it, especially when you have parties, and pretty soon your entire wall will be filled with friends!
Artist Christine Schmidt of Yellow Owl Workshop included this quick and fun DIY project in her book Print Workshop. The best part is that this project is unique for everyone.
- Digital image printed to desired size
- Contact paper
- Mod Podge
- Flat brush
- Acrylic Paint
1. Take a photo of yourself in profile and print it out. Cut a piece of contact paper the same size.
2. Use Mod Podge to adhere your image to the matte side of the contact paper.
3. Weigh the glued papers with a heavy flat object and let dry.
4. Cut around the outline of the image.
5. Peel the contact paper from the adhesive sheet and place it on the surface to be decorated.
6. Apply paint to the entire surface. Once dry, peel the contact paper stencil away.
- Six pairs of chopsticks
- Clock kit
- Paper plate
- Hot glue gun
- X-acto knife
1. Use the glue gun to affix the chopsticks to all twelve time positions around the backside if the paper plate.
2. Use the knife to make a 5/16 inch hole in the center of the plate.
3. Assemble the clock mechanism and mount through the center of the paper plate.
4. Hang your clock on the wall. Tell time.
- White canvas
- Tubes of acrylic paint: black, white, and color of your choice
- Large brush
- Medium brush
- Fine brush
- Two sheets of white paper
- Colored pencil or felt-tip marker
1. Paint the canvas black using the large brush, leaving a small white border around the edge. Cross your brushstrokes so the canvas is covered evenly.
2. Draw speech bubbles on a sheet of paper and cut them out. Arrange them as you desire and trace them with the colored pencil or marker. Paint the insides of the speech bubbles white using the medium brush. Apply a second layer of paint if necessary.
3. Write your choice of words and phrases in pencil or marker inside the speech bubbles. Using the fine brush and your choice of paint color, paint whimsical motifs inside the bubbles