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DIY Home Decor Ideas for Your Home

DIY Home Decor

It’s kind of like there are two phases to moving into a new home: making it functional, and making it yours. Once you’ve got your basics covered and the furniture arranged, it’s time to really start decorating. If you’re not the type to go for some off-the-shelf decoration scheme, we’ve got some great ideas to help you personalize your space with unique DIY home decor that is all your own. Have a look.

Pallet Coffee Table

Before you start scouring Craigslist for a decent coffee table, why not make one yourself? Then you can stain or paint it to match the rest of your existing furniture and build it exactly to your specific needs. The best part? As long as your pallets are in good shape, you don’t even need power tools. Just some sweat equity when it comes time for sanding! Here’s a little video to show you how to take on this simple furniture project.

Action Figure Lamp

What are you going to do with those action figures from your childhood? Make them into a lamp, of course. A little glue, a straight-bottomed lamp, some gold or silver spray paint, and some creativity can make a boring lamp look so much cooler, and give you the chance to display your collectibles in a more “adult” way.

Chalkboard Paint… Anywhere.

Chalkboard paint can make just about any wall, cupboard, or even dresser drawer front more fun. This isn’t just for kids, either – imagine a place to leave notes for yourself or your spouse, or even just a fun place to doodle. The possibilities for DIY home decor crafts are endless with a paintbrush and this stuff. Hint: it comes in both black and green, and the pros recommend a couple of coats for durability.

Rustic Floating Shelves

This project is more complex than the pallet table, but since floating shelves are in style you might be feeling ambitious! Give your new kitchen or office some additional storage without sacrificing the rustic feel, and without spending more than $20 on this DIY home decor idea. You will need a power drill, but we think you can handle it. Here are the instructions – have at it!

Fabric Canvas Art

If you’re looking for large, statement pieces of art for your walls but don’t want to spend a fortune, canvas is the way to go! Choose a bold fabric that compliments your aesthetic and use it to cover a blank canvas. Pinking shears will ensure that the edges don’t fray, and a staple gun will secure it to the frame. Then fasten your choice of picture hanging hardware to the back, and you’ve got a brand new piece of DIY art for your dining room.

Yarn Lampshades

This is a good DIY home decor project for the kids. Using either a balloon or a playground ball, a ball of yarn and a lot of school glue, you can create some pretty cool looking lampshades.

Draw a circle around the bottom where you’ll keep an opening for your light, and keep a small opening at the top for the cord. Then mix equal parts glue and water in a bowl, and submerge your ball of yarn in the gluey mixture. Use your sticky yarn to wrap the ball or balloon in interesting patterns, around and around, until you feel like it’s covered! Place the lampshade on a durable surface and pour the rest of the glue over the shape. After it dries for about two days, you can deflate the ball or pop the balloon – and voila. Funky lampshades! Thread your lightbulb through the hole in the top, and hang it somewhere for the kids to enjoy.

Keep in mind – you don’t have to decorate everything! These days, the minimalist trend has shown us just how far a single accent piece can really go.
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