Since moving into my new house I have been on the look out for budget friendly decorating tips. I’ve been scouring antique malls for solid inexpensive furniture and searching the internet for inspiring tutorials to personalize and refurbish my furniture finds. Decoupage with favorite fabrics and card stock and Mod Podge seems like one of the most inexpensive, fun ways to make over furniture. Here are some of the best tutorials for projects I’m excited to try out.
I was reluctant about setting up my office and filing system until I found this great tutorial on making over metal file cabinets. What a brilliant idea, and a great way to inspire me to keep up with my paperwork.
Every year, about this time, I start thinking about what on earth I’m going to pull together for classroom valentines this year. With kids at two schools with varying rules for what is and what isn’t allowed, dark hints from my older child that things need to be “cool” and my own ever pressing desire to do something new and exciting, I’ve been on the hunt for some new and improved Valentines ideas. Here are some of my top contenders.
Some of the classrooms at my daughter’s school are strictly no treats, even for Valentines Day, so this tic-tac-toe Valentine is a good no-candy option. And since kids always love new pencils, the inclusion of a new, heart themed writing instrument will be quite the bonus!
I love using mirrors to create dynamic decor in small spaces. Small mirrors are inexpensive and fun to work with. Here are some new ideas for getting crafty with small and mid sized craft mirrors in your home.
Driftwood has become very popular in home decor lately, and I’m a big fan of this trend. I love any decor that incorporates natural elements, especially beach related, into my home. This driftwood mirror brings a touch of the seashore home.
This tutorial is so useful! I have a few broken platters and pieces of china that I’ve been saving to use in a crafty way. This platter to mirror would be a lovely addition to my stairway mirror collection, or in a nursery or guest room.
While it’s tempting to remember about feeding birds only when the weather is warm and you are spending plenty of time outside, it’s now, when the winter has well and truly set in, that the birds really need your attention. Brighten up your outdoor space from its dreary winter look and offer your neighborhood birds some much needed feasting with one of these fun DIY bird feeders!
These teacups stuffed with suet and birdseed are a lovely colorful addition to your winter garden and will please the birds to no end. Be sure to look for sturdy cups that can withstand a little pecking and tie them securely to your trees!
Coffee Filters are one of those everyday items that can be turned, with just a little creativity, into amazing things. My coffee making habits don’t even use filters but you can be sure that I keep a big pile of traditional, basket style filters around the house, just for crafts! Here are a few of my favorite coffee filter crafts to get your creative juices flowing!
Looking at these pretty flowers, you’d never guess that they are made primarily from coffee filters! I’m totally tempted to whip up a few of these for my living room, especially since it’s been pretty devoid of real flowers this winter!
I love button crafts! Maybe it’s because I love hot glue, or maybe it’s because buttons are so easy to work with. I just think buttons are some of the most friendly, pretty, versatile crafts materials to work with. I’ve used buttons to create quirky wreaths, adorn felt ornaments, greeting cards and scrapbook pages. I’d like to dedicate this post to button crafts I’ve never tried – and I’ve tried a lot. Hopefully there’s something here that will inspire you to get creative and use buttons in ways you haven’t thought of.
This artist created a new look by smashing her old buttons and layering them. I just love the effect. These smashed buttons make unique jewelry, but I think they’d be great for purse making and mixed media projects as well.
It’s a new year and with it comes new trends in the world of crafting. Working at CreateForLess, we see brand new products come through the site and watch for crafting trends on blogs, Pinterest, and through other media outlets. We’ve seen brand new ideas for all sorts of crafting types, old techniques re-emerging, and products and crafts that all skill levels can enjoy. Keeping on that trend, we’ve got a few predictions for crafting in 2015.
Hand Painted/Watercolor Projects
We’ve seen a lot of bold design lately, from geometric shapes to color blocking. I believe that in 2015, we’ll see prints and patterns begin to soften up a little bit. The look of 2015 is going to be all about brush strokes! I absolutely adore the soft look of an object painted with watercolors, light pastels and undefined shapes are a real breath of fresh air after seeing so many bold chevron and geometric patterns. I also think we’ll see a lot more hand painted objects this year, brush strokes galore!