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There’s so many great ideas I don’t even know where to begin! Guess there’s no better place to start than with number one!
1. Shadowbox Wall Vase:
Transform a shadow-box photo frame into a miniature planter to create an organic 3D work of art. The shadow-box can be a home to your favorite flowers or plant trimmings. Pictured in this example are leucadendron blooms. To complete this look, group two or three frames together. You can also use one for tabletop display. Lovely idea!
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2. Tabletop Twig-scape:
This is a great idea if you like more rustic and organic centerpieces. It’s like a mini-forest, except it’s way more refined and sophisticated.
Create a mini forest for your table from elegant branches and twigs.These twigs are fastened to a bed of green pebbles in the center of a 30-inch piece of redwood. Ideas, ideas!
3. Easy Eco Table
Eco friendly designs are all the rage when it comes to interior design these days. To make this, it’s simple. You might even have the ready-made base in your home already.
To make this look, use the 22-inch square top from the LACK Table at IKEA
A ready-made base makes this side-table project especially simple: Just add your own top.
For our base, we selected a small side table with a 22-inch-square top from IKEA’s LACK series (from $7.99, available in 13 colors; 800/434-4532). Then replace the service with an environmentally friendly plywood like product. pictured is the Kirei Board from Japan (kireiusa.com or 619/236-9924 for dealers).
4. Painted Party Glassware
Glass is an amazing decor. Ranging from glass sculptures even to just hand blown dinnerware. Glass is amazing! I love these geometric art glasses. If you can’t get your hands on some hand blown goblets, you can find these style wine goblets at so many places.
Designer Sarah Caska used enamel paint and a fine tip black marker to make these Frank Lloyd Wright inspired goblets. All you need is some enamel paint, fine tip permanent black marker, and a stencil/template.
5. Fake a Roman Shade:
In a room where privacy isn’t a necessity these faux Roman Shade window treatments really give a whole new look to the window. The best thing about this DIY is that you don’t need a lot of fabric so you might be able to use some of those fabric scraps you’ve been dying to get rid of.
6. Galvanized Metal Table
If you’ve been looking for extremely stylish patio furniture, look no further. To make this table, you’ll need to do some woodworking, but it’s pretty simple.
To make the tabletop, start by edging a rectangular piece of plywood with 2-by-2s. Take it to a sheet metal fabricator and ask the shop to make a covering that fits over it like a shoe-box lid. Then glue the metal top to the plywood, sand and wax it, and add a set of ready-made legs.
7. Make a Personalized Paperweight
Love this idea because if you want it to, it’ll require you to go outside and explore! Go find some smooth river rocks. Big enough to fit in the palm of your hand (or buy them, pshaw to that). Then all you need to do is get white rub-on transfers and a magnet to stick to the back. So simple and easy enough to do with the kids, especially for finding those rocks!!
8. Artful Lampshade
Sure, you can leave your lampshade as is, but chances are it’s not minimalistic, it’s boring! Adding a paper design to the inside of the lining is a perfect way to artfully enhance your lampshade.
It’s also kind of a secret. The design isn’t detectable until you turn the light on. So adorable. You can get the template at Sunset.
9. Reinvent Thrift Store Candlesticks
This is an amazing idea for so many reasons. I love that you can customize the color so that it works for you, but the even better part… you can turn mismatched candle sticks into a really stylish set.
Here’s how you do it:
1. Remove any wax or paint thinner residue with a cloth.
2. Mist the candle sticks with spray paint according to the directions on the can.
3. Once it’s dry apply one or two more coats of paint. Make sure it’s all cohesive. Also make sure you stand back, this prevents your paint from dripping.
10. Make a Truffle Box
These intense, cocoa-dusted truffles are actually simple to make ― so simple, in fact, that their flavor depends entirely on the ingredients you start with. A good-quality chocolate is worth the expense; choose one you would enjoy eating on its own.
Then wrap it in a truffle box you can make in 3 easy steps.
11. Etch Glass
Etched glass is gorgeous. It’s the perfect way to create a design or label on a plain clear piece of glass. The key to etching glass is etching cream! Don’t you just love the results?
12. Paint a floor canvas
Believe it or not, you can take a floor covering turn it into a painted canvas! It automatically adds a visual impact to the room.
13. Nature’s Stained Glass
In these hurricane candle holders,Chinese pistache leaves were used. You can use any leaf though. All you need to do is press them in a book overnight (this prevents crinkling) and then take glue and put small dots on the back of the stem and glue them in place to the glass! It’s really that easy!
14. Make over a dresser
Transform a drab, dull, and maybe even beaten up dresser into something beautiful. All you need is some paint, wood putty, a few new drawer pulls (handles) and some detailing.
This dresser was found on Craigslist. Look at the transformation!
15. Make a message board
Chalkboard paint is the absolute best thing created in the entire universe end of story. Anyone who says otherwise… well we won’t go there. Just kidding!
But really, chalkboard paint is amazing and so useful. It’s the perfect way to creatively stay organized. Making a message board is a great way to leave notes for family members and to keep in touch!
This board consists of chalkboard paint, magnetic paint, and cork. Yup. It’s so so so so so easy!
What did you think of these projects? Like’em? Hate’em? Tell us why! Make sure to check out the top 15 of the 30 home decorating projects over at Sunset! Check back with us for more awesome DIY projects!