3 Affordable DIY Window Decoration Ideas

iyGiving the window areas of your home some life doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.

Why not add some little features in obvious areas? You can beautify your home with these window treatments without the usual expense…

Tie-backs

An often overlooked but very easy way to personalise your window decorations, the tie backs that curtains usually come with tend to be fairly boring.

So why not replace them with…

  • Antique door knobs. Only basic DIY skills required here. Add some boutique doorknobs to pull your curtains back behind. Stylish, and affordable.
  • Gold or silver chains. But without the cost of the real precious metals obviously! Buy some heavy chains to use as ties, and spray them the colour of your choice.
  • Leather belts. Use some old leather belts – as long as they’re not too frayed around the buckle. Or in fact, even if they are! It all depends what look you’re going for.
  • Neck ties. Got a whole bunch of gentleman’s ties knocking around? Here’s a possible use for them. This can be a great option because there are lots of patterns readily available.

Valance

If you’re not down with your curtain-related terminology, “valance” is the decoration that hangs along the top of your frame. It often serves to hide the curtain rail or any other mechanism that you’ve got up there. They’re also sometimes known as “swag.”

Instead of expensive shop-bought valances you can try…

    • Pennants or small flags. This is particularly easy in the US, where most sports team, camps, and societies seem to do their own little bunting flags. There’s no need to sew these together to make a valance. You can simply tie them up in a row, possibly with a little bit of ribbon if they don’t come with attachments of their own. Great for kids’ rooms.

 

  • DIY with fun fabric. This will require some basic DIY skills again. All you really need to do is make a long and flat U-frame to shape the valance. Polystyrene is a good option for a lightweight material to use for this – you can get it in the form of ‘insulation panels’ from most DIY stores. You can pick up some interesting fabric (you won’t need very much after all!) for surprisingly little too. Then all you need to do is wrap your fabric around your carefully measured A-frame and pin it in place. Make sure the pattern is straight!

Curtains

New curtains can be horribly expensive – especially if you’re trying to match existing d├ęcor. So why not make your own matching sets for a fraction of the cost of buying them new?

How about…

  • Re-purposing old bed sheets. You’re going to need some basic sewing skills for this one, but the world is then your oyster when it comes to plaits and ruffles.
  • Printing designs on plain linen curtains. Saving you the expense of pricey patterns, is this fun solution. The easiest way to do this is with stencils and spray paint. But you could also make a stamp out of a sponge for easy repeat patterns.

DIY Projects You Can Do At Home

fDo-It-Yourself projects are fun to do. From simple things you can find at home to something more useful and fun, it could turn to be an instant home decoration spree that everyone can admire and follow. Moreover, Do-It-Yourself projects can bring out your creativity and resourcefulness. Engaging yourself into this kind of activities also hones your skills, making you improve in the craft that you are inclined to do.

What is good about Do-It-Yourself projects is that you can customize and make it more personalized depending on your preference. You can improve your creative skills and make use of the materials that are no longer useful at home. You get to recycle and create something from the things that are left unnoticed inside your home.

In accordance, here are some of the best and must-try Do-It-Yourself projects you can try at home:

Wall Art

In putting up your own home wall art, you can make use old artworks framed beautifully or even make your own frame depending on what complements your wall. You can also hang some old photos of your family members or places you have been to to give a more personal touch. For creative artists who would like to up their ante, creating a mural on the wall itself would be a challenging yet fulfilling DIY project to do at home. You can start with small symbols like hearts and clouds or go wild by painting a whole wall with a safari themed painting. The kids’ room is a perfect place to test your drawing and painting skills.

Upside-down Planter

Turn your used soda bottles into something more useful. Cut the bottle in half and turn it into a pot. You can also try to add some strings if you want it to be hanged or put some pebbles for more attractive looking planter. Customize it by labeling each planter the name of the seed or the plant you are growing. Herbs would also look lovely inside these make-shift pots. You can hang several of these just by your kitchen window.

Sharpie Mug

Make your coffee and tea-time fun with your loved ones. Plain white mugs can turn into something personalized. Use a Sharpie to add names or messages on the cups. Also, unleash your creativity by drawing some of your favorite artworks on the cups and turn it to some good artisans. Sharpies come in different colors too so you’ll practically enjoy drawing different artworks onto your favourite mugs at home.

Nail Polish Key Covers

Stop the confusion of what key is for what. Paint the head of the key with a nail polish in various colors so you can fully remember what key is for what door. In this way, you can save more time on finding what key would fit on the door hole. You can even use glittered nail polish to make old looking keys look stunning.

Colorful Window Shutters

Old wooden shutters may look outdated but with a splash of paint or varnish, the total look of your shutters will greatly improve. Bold colors like bright yellow and orange will be a hit for 2016. You can explore these colors when renovating and updating the look of your window treatments at home.

Recycled T-Shirt Tote Bags

Turn your old shirts into tote bags that you can use when doing the groceries. Customize the cut-outs of your shirts; put on some designs and statements if you prefer to. You can sew them by machine or by hand then add trinkets like buttons and gems to make it look fabulous. Old pants can also be converted into nice and sturdy tote bags, too.

Hardware Store Workshops: Helping Kids Learn How To DIY

3aGetting kids active takes work. Helping them learn a skill they can use the rest of their lives can be even more difficult. Thankfully, by checking out your local hardware store, you may find some classes for your elementary schooler to help them learn these important skills.

Teaching Them New Skills

Most schools no longer teach kids how to handle tools safely. These hardware store workshops pick up where schools have failed. By teaching younger children the skills they need to handle tools safely, fewer accidents can occur.

However, these handy workshops are not just about teaching kids how to safely use the everyday tools they may see around the house. It is about teaching them do-it-yourself skills that will last them throughout their lives. Kids get a sense of accomplishment from finishing their projects, even if they do not look perfect. Most stores hand out certificates when the project is completed, giving them even more to be proud of.

Getting Involved

Hardware store workshops know that it is important for parents to be equally involved. That is why they encourage parents to stick around for the class and help. The idea is to let your child do the bulk of the work, but offering encouragement and holding parts while your child hammers in the nails is important. You could even learn a few skills yourself to help you unlock your inner handyman.

Keeping Them Busy

The classes are age appropriate. They are geared towards kids as young as four or five years old and go all the way to 12 years old. The projects are simple enough to keep the little kids from getting frustrated but complex enough to allow the older kids to do the majority themselves while not getting bored.

Releasing their Creativity

These hardware store workshops help to unleash your child’s creativity. Yes, they’ll have to follow the project plans to complete them. However, once the item is built, they can paint and decorate it any way they please. It is fun to see how they decide to decorate their completed project.

Making Keepsakes

Depending on the time of year, your kids will get to make different items, some of which can be used as presents for family members. During May and June, most stores have kids make items that are easy to give to parents for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. In December, kids learn how to create items that are great Christmas presents for family members.

You can find classes for kids in most larger cities. Large chains offer them once a month, usually the first Saturday of the month. Smaller areas may still offer classes. You simply need to check with your local store in order to find out the times.

Hardware store classes are a great way to get your kids interested in learning how to build things themselves. Working with your hands is fun and a great outlet. It can also lead to a new hobby.

16 Green Ways to Recycle Old Memory Foam Mattress Toppers

3qMost memory foam mattress toppers have a lifespan of only 5 years. After that the foam loses the ability to regain shape and gradually start to sag. A lot of people change mattress topper after this period, that means there is quite a bit of waste out there. Instead of increasing your carbon foot prints what can you do something more eco-friendly? The most opted option is to recycle the foam as it can be 100% recycled. Some manufactures also take used toppers, so that’s another way.

But instead of just throwing them away I have some unique ideas that will convert your old memory foam mattress topper into something completely new and eco-friendly.

1. Stuffing for toys

Why not? They make an excellent stuffing material for toys. Cut them into small pieces and use them to stuff toys for your kids. Also you can make toys out of them and even sell on eBay or Etsy!

2. Bean bags

A bean bag can be made more comfortable by filling half of it with pieces of memory foam. Or you can sew a new bag and fill it completely with foam pieces, this will give quite a decoration for your living room.

3. Donate

Donate them to the homeless or shelter homes. Many of them do not have enough beds to accommodate homeless people, donating to them would be a good thing you do for the society.

4. Car seat pads

You can cut the foam and use it as padding for car seats. They can also be wrapped in fabric or leather and used as head support.

5. Wheel chair pads

Resize and give them to a person on wheel chair. They can be used as padding and help the person sit more comfortably.

6. Halloween costume

Your old memory foam topper can come handy during Halloween. A lot of costumes require bulges and this is an excellent choice for that.

7. Cushions for hardwood chairs

Not comfortable sitting on your hardwood chair? Make some cushions out of your ‘to be disposed’ topper.

8. Stuffing for pillows

They can be used to make pillows for your kids and pets. Cut them into small pieces and stuff them inside the pillow.

9. Dishwashing sponges

We use hundreds of sponges a year. Why not cut your topper into square pieces and use them as dishwashing sponges. That is a lot better than just throwing them away.

10. Sell on Craigslist

OK, this is not a DIY project. But definitely I have seen people selling and buying old mattress toppers on Craigslist, may be for their own DIY projects.

11. Floor cushions

Cut them into large square pieces and cover them with decorative fabrics. They will make great floor cushions.

12. Pet bed

I wonder why people often forget this. This is an excellent idea to reuse your old topper. Cut it and make a bed for your lovely pet. Cover it with a waterproof cover, the foam doesn’t go well with pee.

13. Headboard

It is an excellent material to be used as padding for a headboard. If you were longing for a headboard for your bed then this is the right time to get one.

14. Use as an outdoor day bed

Use it on a day bed in your garden or patio.

15. Packing, moving material

They can be used to keep things intact while packing and moving. Vacuum storage bags are a good way to keep them stored till needed.

16. Gardening knee cushion

Gardening is an excellent hobby but all that sowing and weeding can be a little tough on your knees. Your old topper will be an excellent choice to make a home-made knee cushion.