5 Creative and Crafty DIY Home Decorating Ideas

Print Block Toothbrush Holderscrafts-toothbrush-holders
Rebecca Proctor offers a novel take on this sink-side necessity in her book Recycled Home . With a drill bit slightly larger than the thickness of your toothbrush, drill vertically into the mark, 1½ to 2 inches deep. (If needed, drill additional holes on either side of your mark to widen it.) Once your toothbrush fits inside, use a smaller drill bit to make a hole in the bottom of the block, directly beneath your first hole. Drill enough so that the two holes meet, allowing water to drain through the block. Finally, protect the wood (inside the holes, too!) with a coat of spray-on resin

Découpage Trayscrafts-decoupage-trays
These DIY trays recall the wares of artist John Derian—only ours cost just a few bucks a pop.

Step 1: Download the image of your choice (originally from here. Each image is presized to fit the glass trays shown here . Use a laser printer to print out the image, at home or at a copy shop.

Step 2: Flip your tray upside down. Spray with glass cleaner and wipe down to remove any fingerprints or residue. With a sponge brush, spread a layer of Mod Podge over the tray’s back side  Place your image, right side down, atop the Mod Podge, then quickly flip the tray right side up and gently center the image. Smooth the paper against the glass, then place the tray wrong side down again. With a clean wine cork, roll out any air bubbles until the paper fully molds to the glass. Let dry 30 minutes.

Step 3: Use Mod Podge to adhere a plain white piece of paper atop and flush against the back of the image. Let dry 30 minutes.

Step 4: Cut away any excess paper around the tray edges with a craft knife. Then, seal the white piece of paper with another layer of Mod Podge. Let dry 30 minutes.

Step 5: Following the instructions of Speedball’s three-part gold-leaf kit, apply adhesive, gold leaf, and sealer to the tray’s back side; then trace around the edges of the tray with a gold-paint marker  Let dry.

Step 6: Use your tray to gather trinkets, or mount it, as we did here, with a plate hanger.
Basic Pillow To Button-Cute Cushionbuttonpillow
Blogger Shelly Leer devised this nifty trick for transforming a round pillow . Center a 12-inch dinner plate facedown on the empty case; using a pencil, trace the shape. Within that circle, repeat with a 9-inch salad plate. Using a ruler and chalk, divide and mark the inner circle into equal quarters. Within each quarter, center a 2½-inchdiameter juice glass; using a pencil, trace the shape. Trace over all six pencil-marked circles with a red, chisel-tip fabric marker . Let dry for two minutes, then slide the pillow insert inside the case. Run a long needle threaded with embroidery floss through the center of each of the four small circles twice, to create tufting. Securely knot the floss on the pillow’s back side; clip excess and dust off chalk marks.

From Ho-hum Headbands To Ooh-La-La Accessories
Elevate inexpensive fabric headbands  in just minutes by hot-gluing on adornments.  where we bought this vibrant straw flower and braided frog closure. Let the glue dry, about three minutes, then don your crowning achievement.

 Plain Paper To Customized Notepad notecards
Step One: Select one or more photos and use a program like Photoshop to silhouette and size each image so that it measures about 2 1/2 inches high. If desired, apply a filter to achieve a colorful tint, like the red at left. Place one image in the bottom right corner of a horizontal Microsoft Word document. To create two notepad pages per sheet, align a duplicate of that image (or use a different one) along the bottom edge of the document, just left of center, according to your on-screen ruler. (Repeat on separate pages, as desired.)

Step Two: Print out enough 8 1/2″W x 11″L sheets (at least 20) to make a pad; stack, then cut in half. To form a backing for the pad, cut out an 8 1/2″W x 5 1/2″L piece of cardboard.

Step Three : Stack and align the pages with the cardboard piece at the bottom. Clamp the stack together on the left and right sides, near the top, with binder clips.

Step Four: Using a paintbrush, apply a thin layer of Aleene’s Tacky Glue across the top of the notepad, making sure to completely cover both the paper and cardboard backing. Let dry for two hours before adding a second layer. Let dry again, then remove clamps before using.
Backyard Stone To Playful Photo Displayphotoholder
Danny Seo, author of Upcycling , created this rocksteady holder with an 18-inch-long piece of floral craft wire . Tightly loop one end of the wire around a stone; then wrap the wire around itself to secure. Stand the remaining length of wire upright, twisting the top inch or so into a flattened spiral circle (as shown). Insert a postcard or snapshot for a picture-perfect effect.

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