Spruce Up Your Home: DIY

The trend of DIY has skyrocketed, from doing your own home renovation to decoupaging jars to making homemade chocolate gifts. DIY is huge. However, it definitely can be intimidating taking on a project on your own. Sometimes it’s best to wade into something new one small step at a time.

Here are a few DIY ideas to help decorate your home, allowing you to join the DIY movement without going native… yet!

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DIY Placemats: Is it just me or are placemats either super expensive or just plain ugly? Why now make your own then and have them look exactly how you want! All you need is some heavy “home decorating” fabric with a pattern or image of your choosing, some iron-on vinyl topping (found at most fabric stores) and some pinking shears. Cut the size of your placemats for the fabric and the vinyl, iron the vinyl on both sides of the fabric (one of the from, one on the back), and trip the edges with some nice pinking shears to five your new mats a nice finish. Now you have beautiful placemats that are functional and fancy! photo: aliexpress.com

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DIY Studded Furniture: If you’re looking to add some pizazz to an old wooden chair, table or bench or you don’t want to spend money on ornate furniture? Head to the hardware store or a fabric store and get some upholstery tacks! They come in many different sizes and finishes and are very easy to add to a number of wooden pieces. Just push or tap them in along an edge for a nice, shiny detail. This will add a bit of life to an otherwise bland piece of furniture. photo: matthewizzo.com

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DIY Striped Refrigerator: This is a simple, easy way to completely change the look and feel of your kitchen. You can do this multiple ways: with washi tape, spray paint, or metallic duct tape. Regardless of the method you with you use, you’ll want to use a pencil or washable marker to map out where your material will go. Either way, it’s going to make you love your kitchen even more than you already do. photo: theeverygirl.com