If you have an old set of metal tray tables, or happen to stumble upon a set at a garage sale, here’s a quick way to spruce them up. Purchase spray paint to make sure the entire tables are smooth looking and match. After the tables have dried, measure the top of the tables and cut out wallpaper, wrapping paper, or scrapbook paper to size. Adhere the paper to the tops of your tray tables, using a metal ruler to smooth out any creases or bubbles. Add a layer of contact paper on the top of the paper to make the surface easy to clean, again using the ruler to smooth out the creases and bubbles.
These twig push pins and wall hooks are actually pretty simple to make. And even easier to look at!
What you need for this DIY craft: twigs, a hand saw, hammer, small t-pins for the push pin craft, small finishing nails for the wall hooks craft, hammer, superglue, needle nose pliers with a cutting end, and safety goggles of course.
What you do: First of all, you need to cut your twigs into little nubs. For the push pin craft you’ll need half-inch nubs, for the wall hooks craft you’ll need 2-inch long nubs. Now, using your pliers, snip off the tops of your t-pins or your finishing nails. Place your pins or nails into the center of your wood and hammer them into the wood, making sure to keep the sharp points pointing towards you and not the wood. For the wall hooks, hammer the nail in and then take back out. Add a dab of the superglue in the hole and place the nail back into wood.
And you’re finished! Use the push pins to display your things on a bulletin board, and use the wall hooks to display art work in a natural way. And if you’re feeling especially adventurous, use super glue to attach small magnets on one side of the wooden nubs to create natural-looking magnets for the fridge.
Instead of throwing out old/broken brooches or letting them collect dust in a jewelry box, superglue small magnets on the backs of them and display them on your refrigerator. If you have any brooches from family members, there’s no better way to show them off than with unique magnets. Display these gems in your kitchen or dorm room.
For this cute DIY craft, you just need some bottle-caps, magnets, and a hot glue gun. First, gather up your bottle-caps. You can find some vintage bottle caps at flea markets and antique stores, or you can start saving some from your favorite beverages, or bottle-caps from vacation trips. Then pick up some small magnets from your local crafts store and hot glue the magnets to the bottom of the cap. And for those of you with college students in your life, beer caps work well too!
I don’t have to tell you all of the awesome potential that old window shutters have. Here’s yet another great way to utilize an old window shutter. Simply paint the shutter to match your décor (or leave it the way you found it to bring a nice vintage feel into your room), stress the wood with sandpaper if you’d like and hang on the wall vertically or horizontally. The slats create a great space to hold photos and postcards.
Cut diamond-shapes from sentimental pieces that are near and dear to you and your family to create a unique personalized collage. Wedding invitations, book covers, book pages, or postcards can be cut into small diamond-shapes and applied to your collage. If you want to create a patterned look, you can use designer postcards, scrapbook paper, or scraps of fabric/material to create a collage that will match your décor. Make something for that college student in your life with scraps of beer cases, ticket stubs, and take-out menus.
I don’t have to remind you guys how close Valentines Day is, but just in case you’re scrambling about for some last minute ideas for that romantic evening with friends or loved ones, here’s a great one!
Take some paper globes (can be found at craft stores, Wal-Marts, and party decoration stores) and attach them with a ribbon in a long line. Use enough ribbon to allow you to hang from the ceiling. Then open the paper globes and secure with the closure tabs provided in the packaging.
Use these as wedding decorations, shower decorations, or party decorations.
Create an elegant centerpiece with these flowers made from tissue paper! Take 8 pieces of tissue paper in any color and cut out one three-inch circle from each page. It’s better if your circles are not perfect, but more rough around the edges or wavy.
Place your eight circles on top of one another and poke a hole through each center with a safety pin. Now take a twisty tie and pull off the paper coating along the top half. Insert the bare wire through the hole in the center and twist the tie along with the paper, curling the paper with it.
Then, just gently tug at each layer of the tissue paper to make the paper flowers “bloom”. These look great scattered around a table, on a tray, or in a dish and would made a great addition a wedding, party, or shower.
All you need for this art is some peel and stick circles, mat board, and some modern picture frames. Choose circles in the colors that match well with your décor to coordinate your look. And voila! This looks great anywhere: bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen, dorm room, office, or classroom. It’s easy, affordable and looks great.
Add a bit of funky twist to a blank wall in your home with some candleholders! These already had holes in the bottom and were easy to hang on the wall using nails. Add a pop of color to these, or keep them a neutral color with a bright wall. It’s cheap and looks great.