DIY Home Decor
Since I have been spending every other weekend at the lake home, I have been having a blast making my own decor. I forgot how much I love doing crafts and how relaxing it is to listen to music and let the creative juices flow. I recently posted about making pillows out of placemats, and I have made several more to match the colors in each room. I didn’t want to spend much money redoing this bedroom, so I opted for handmade decor for a new look!
For the upstairs guest room, I bought a placemat with several colors in it, as I was intending to pull all of the colors for the room out of this one placemat pillow. I ended up pulling two colors and didn’t use the placemat at all, but it did help guide me when decorating the room.
The walls are a bright but pale yellow/cream. At first I didn’t like the color at all and considered painting it. But once I started adding decor, the color is just fine.
Handmade half quilt
Where do I start? Since I bought a plain comforter for the bed, I wanted to spice it up a bit with a half quilt. I have no experience sewing or quilting, so this was definitely new territory for me. I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased a thick fabric (approx. 2 1/2 yards) and some batting. I spread the batting out in a single layer, then folded over once and cut out the size I would need for my half quilt. I used a fabric glue around the edges and held them together with clothes pins. I am so pleased with the results and it makes the room “pop”.
Pillows from placemats
I made three pillows (one green, one purple, one multi-colored) out of placemats, and also purchased two round pillows at Ross ($7.99 each).
Wall art from scrapbook paper
I have been having a blast with decoupage, and have made several pieces to go in the room. I purchased large and small square white canvases from Michael’s, as well as a couple of books with sheets of scrapbooking paper. I used decoupage glue and cut out pieces of the paper to size for both size canvases. I also found these cute little bitty easels at Michael’s, which I used for the small canvases, after I painted them with a blonde bronze paint:
I found this basket and decided to turn it over and place at an angle on the night stand to add a little color, and added some draping flowers (found at Pier 1).
Here is a larger canvas (there is one on either side of the bed). They could also be used in groupings, if desired.
Picture frames to match
I found some $1.00 wooden frames (just bare wood) at a craft store, and painted them with a bronze color, then I cut more scrapbook paper to size and put in the frames. I chose small green and purple butterflies for these:
I also found a set of small hanging frames – the squares attached by small chains. I painted these the same bronze color, and cut more scrapbook paper to size to fit in the squares:
The finishing touch – flowers
Finally, I purchased a tan and muted purple pot, and found some artificial flowers that matched perfectly. I arranged the flowers and added them to the pot, which made a perfect centerpiece for the dresser.
Not only was it fun to create all of my own decor, there is a sense of pride when I walk into the room and know that my handmade decor for a new look turned out beautifully, and it was also very inexpensive!
I am currently working on the other two guest rooms (and the master, but that is a little more difficult), and will share those with you when they are complete as well!