A do it yourself project for spring

 Unfinished treasure box by Amazon.com

Spring is almost here and it is the perfect time to start some spring cleaning. If you have any project that needs warmth and fresh air then spring is the perfect time to do so too. I wanted to try a new fun project this year and plan to buy some unfinished wood crafts to paint. They are an excellent way to get creative with colors and patterns and it also keeps you engaged. All you need is some paint and a paint brush and you can let your creative juices flow.

If you have kids then you can also get them involved by buying them interesting unfinished wood crafts such as the unfinished treasure boxes. This project also makes a great spring break project for them.

Here is what you need:

How to do it:

  1. Wipe the unfinished treasure boxes with a dry cloth to make sure there are no particles in it.
  2. Let your kids get creative with the design and patterns they want on their boxes using the wood markers.
  3. They can also use self-adhesive jewels to make it look authentic and attractive.
  4. Finally, you can give them fake pirate coins to fill their treasure boxes with loot.

This project also makes a wonderful activity for a kid’s birthday party.

7 Redecorating Ideas For Your Home

There is no need for you to go out and start searching for the most in demand interior designer or designing firms for your new home. But then just sitting there and hoping that everything is going to pan out just as you thought might not be helpful as well. If you don’t want anything to add on to your anxiety and pressures of making your place look beautiful, you need to make some changes in your attitude. Take control of your home décor for once and you will discover what all magic you can do on your own.

 

There are plenty of ideas that you can pick out of the almost countless options that surround you. If you think that making your home look chic and tasteful is not possible without expert designers lurking around your premises 24 / 7, think again. Home redecoration or interior designing is not as difficult or complicated a task as you think.

 

  1. Color Your Home

It is very important for you to create a particular theme for your home as it sets the mood for further additions and creativity from your end. If you decide to choose random colors and objects, your overall look will be haphazard and would confuse the onlooker. We don’t want that especially when everyone around us values appearances so much. Sticking to similar kind of colors prevents you from purchasing random furniture and fixtures and complicating your living space.

 

Redecorating Ideas For Your HomeThe interior in the style of Provence which creates spring mood and consisting of green tables with two coffee cups, tulips and elegant table lamp

  1.  Center Of Attention

This is very important because usually even all our furniture is pointed at our TV. Not that we suggest you put a large revolving LED in the middle but every room in your home should have a point of emphasis. This could be a piece of furniture or a unique item or painting or a handmade vase for that matter. Now that you have selected the piece of your choice to be the center of attention, you can easily pick out stuff that will compliment it and will not hopefully crowd your room. Do not overdo it by placing multiple main pieces though as it will end up looking like a pottery barn advertisement in a magazine.

 

  1. Light It Up

Illuminating your room does the trick every time and thus it important for you to not settle upon one lighting fixture for your room. In order to show all of the room and the different sections in it, the lighting has to be really good and for that you need to invest in a robust lighting system. This helps you in highlighting the different levels of the room and would add more texture and depth to it. If you do have enough natural lighting already, make sure to place mirrors strategically across the room to amplify it.

 

  1. Stencil Art

We all know that stencil art is not really a new concept in home décor. It is an important part of wall designing because of its immense popularity. If you have plain walls, there are ready-made stencils that are easily available in the market. These can be used to add designs and patterns to your walls according to the theme of the room. If you seek something that is more you in terms of design, then, you can take a cardboard sheet, trace the design of your choice, cut it out carefully and paint the texture and patterns of your liking on your walls the way you want to. It is that easy.

 

  1. Handmade Paintings

Today is the time when everyone seeks individuality and uniqueness. Handmade paintings are a way to do that and they are widely available online. These are completely made by hand and can also be painted to your specifications. Handmade paintings are becoming a more unique and much sought after means of redecorating one’s home. They look beautiful with their colors and designs and easily become your center of attention as well.

 

  1. Handmade Glass Art

Glass art is nothing new. In fact handmade glass art is quite in fashion these days especially with the current scenario where everyone prefers being environmentally green. Handmade glass art is ideal for home décor and is aplenty in the market right now and becomes your obvious choice when you want to add that much needed pep to your home interiors.

Vase closeup in nicely decorated living room

 

  1. Mirror On The Wall

You want a more spacious room? Add mirrors to your walls. This changes the dynamics of the room phenomenally as they are available in various shapes and sizes. Some people who want a better illusion of a bigger space prefer big mirrors. You can even go for the ones that cover the entire wall or ceiling if you are a little fancier than others. The mirror on the wall, opposite to a window adds brightness too as a bonus. So, let the creativity flow and redecorate your dwelling like never before.

 

Author Bio

Hi, I am John Miller. I love and live for everything artistic. My only crime is that I observe too much and then make sure to write it down before I forget all about it. I am a quality manager at Artisna Marketplace (https://www.artisna.com)

How to craft the perfect Valentine’s Day frame

DIY Valentine's Day frame "My Beautiful Heart Frame" by Joamm Tall (http://www.flickr.com/photos/joamm_tall/5668790888/) via Creative Commons

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and there’s no better time than now to start planning your homemade present. This Valentine’s Day, I was thinking of putting a collection of my photographs together, shot from a Canon EOS Rebel T21 Digital SLR camera. At first, I wanted to purchase a couple picture frames for this project when I thought “why not make them myself?” For elaboration, you can draw, paint, or incorporate some scrapbook embellishments you have laying around and insert a nice picture/s of you and your significant other. You can go for something as creative as beach themed pictures frames or even a heart themed frame in honor of Valentine’s Day.

What you’ll need:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Wooden picture frame (normally $1 at craft supply stores)
  • Paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • Small cutting knife
  • Crafts glue
  • Cutting board

What to do:

  1. With your foam brush, paint the back side of the picture frame along with the outer edges as well as the inner edge of the picture window. Be sure to select a color that’ll compliment your scrapbook paper. It’s best if you keep your frame elevated on objects such as cans while you’re painting in order for it to dry properly.
  2. Take your scrapbook paper and cut it down to the exact size of the frame. You don’t have to be precise here, but leave a little extra paper on each of the sides to be safe (these will be trimmed in the later stages). Once you’ve cut the appropriate size, set your scrapbook paper aside for the time being.
  3. Apply your crafts glue to the front of your frame.
  4. Place your scrapbook paper faced down (blank side facing up). You’ll want to take your frame and press the front area (glued side) up against the paper so you’re gluing the two together. Press down firmly.
  5. Turn the frame over to where you’re now seeing the front of the frame. Take the edge of a credit card and smooth out any bubbles that may be trapped between the frame and paper and allow the frame to dry for a couple minutes.
  6. Place the frame on your cutting board and use your small knife to trim the extra scrapbook paper that might be hanging off the frame.

Nothing captures the spirit of Valentine’s Day more than a unique gift made out of love. With these tips, give your partner a sweet and heartfelt gift this Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank!