Craft: 10 Quick Weekend Craft Projects For a Simple Makeover
Brandish your paintbrush and glue gun and give your home a few stylish updates
Two-tone furniture and fabrics are still on trend for interiors. Simply take an old chair or stool, paint halfway up the legs in a vibrant colour, such as the yellow on this stool, and a bland piece suddenly becomes a modern work of art!
Sometimes there is nothing easier than hanging up a string of colourful bunting to pretty up a room – and making your own is really simple. Use brightly coloured thick paper or card or old scraps of fabric and stick or stitch them to a length of wide ribbon. I guarantee smiles all round…
Stencils might seem slightly old hat, but look how fresh and modern this welcome sign is. By spraying a few bold, graphic letters or words directly onto the rough floor, your home will take on a thoroughly modern edge from the moment you step through the front door.
Check out these innovative ways to use typography
If you love vintage furniture and well-worn finishes, revamping an old piece with some spare paint is just the project for you. Choose any colour you wish (although sorbet shades and pastel colours work particularly well) and simply paint over any marks, cracks and imperfections. Nothing needs to be too perfect with this look, which makes it a brilliant craft idea for beginners.
Transform old crates into modern, modular shelving using a mix of bold paint and paper. Choose a vivid print for the back of the boxes and paint the sides in a single colour – or be brave and plump for a series of different shades.
For some reason, I have always been mildly fascinated by the paint cards and swatches you can pick up in-store. Now, the glorious spectrum of colours, shades and hues can be displayed to amazing effect by attaching them to the wall to create a huge piece of abstract art. And the more colours you use, the better, I say…
Photographs don’t always need a frame to make great wall art. This original idea is very easy to re-create: attach a small bulldog clip to each picture and then pin to the wall in a slick, linear sequence to create an eyecatching statement for peanuts.
Utilise leftover scraps and swatches of wallpaper to create a bespoke patchwork panel. This plain sliding wardrobe door has been transformed into a pretty vintage feast for the eyes using all sorts of colours and prints.
This is probably one of the simplest ways to pep up a bare staircase, and use up old paint dregs and tester pots at the same time. You don’t even need to painstakingly sketch out or stencil any specific design – literally pick out your fave shades and brush them on in any random sequence for your very own rainbow at home…
See ideas for staircase flooring
Old tea towels and tablecloths can be put to so many brilliantly creative uses. Hang at a window for the prettiest curtain, line glass cupboards for a vintage touch or hide plumbing and pipework underneath a bathroom or kitchen sink.
Have you recently finished a craft project? If so, share your tips and photos in the Comments below.