Archive for April, 2013

Decorate a Bare Refrigerator With DIY Magnets

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Magnets are one of those little touches we don’t realize how much we miss when they aren’t there. Over time, magnets have become much more purposeful than the mere refrigerator decoration to uphold family photos and schoolwork. Some of the first refrigerator magnets came in the basic rectangular or cylinder shape and have since transformed into small works of art accentuating your kitchen. We really like these DIY magnets to adorn your fridge in a temporary location and provide a respite from impersonal accessories.

DIY cork magnet

Go eco with these mini gardens made using wine corks. A simple and quick creation will add beauty and life to your kitchen with just a few items; corks, a knife, glue, magnets, and a screwdriver. You can even make these once you’re in your new location and store them in an empty travel mug when it’s time to go back home. Start by carefully carving out the center with a knife and finish creating the hole using the screwdriver. Glue the magnet to the back of the cork. Fill the hole with dirt and a small plant. Use plants that don’t require a lot of care and have a long life.

DIY tree branch magnets

Sticking to the “green” theme, we found these unique tree branch magnets. Using a small branch (preferably found on the ground), you can add an earthy theme to your décor. Customize the branches by painting patterns or initials on them. Short inspirational quotes would be a good way to start your day each morning. We think there would make great coasters too! (If you missed our DIY coaster post, check it out.)

 DIY bottle cap magnets

The blog How About Orange has created mini mod clocks using bottle caps. Of course, you can paint the caps in any design you prefer. Add a theme or mix it up. Due to the depth of the caps, it is important to glue something thick to the inside, such as a piece of cardboard, prior to adding the magnet. This way the magnet can effectively attach to the refrigerator or magnet board.

 DIY memo magnet board

Magnets have moved beyond the kitchen and into the office or living areas. Create a personalized board for the office using a large sheet of metal, some fabric or patterned paper, and a large wood frame. Supplies may be purchased from craft stores, found around the house, or for a unique find, check out yard sales and thrift stores.

 DIY magnet photo frame

Our final DIY magnet project is created in a similar fashion to the memo board, but on a smaller scale – a magnet photo frame. What a perfect way to switch out photos quickly without all the fuss of removing the layers from the back of the frame and constantly checking to make sure if the photo is straight prior to sticking the cardboard back in. Plus, this way, you don’t injure your fingers trying to pull up on those little metal tabs every time.

Get creative and don’t forget to share your projects with us! We can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with.

Images and instructions courtesy of Shelterness, Man Made DIY, How About Orange, Thrifty Decor Chick, and Shanty 2 Chic.

Creative DIY Vases

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Vases are one of those items that make a room feel more warm and inviting, but sometimes a vase just isn’t available when it’s needed. Vases are sometimes left out of basic furniture packages because renters view them as unnecessary. We beg to differ! Using items that you’ll already have or can purchase for a fairly low price can turn all sorts of objects into a vase.

With a little creativity and a few tools you can create an elegant and personalized set of vases.

DIY Vases

If you have some natural talent of your own, you can go above and beyond by trying your hand at a project like this one. Individuals under the name of Custom Bottle Art by Celano Painting & Design, have created their business in which they sell their masterpieces. Using empty liquor bottles, the company paints just about any sports teams’ logo or player onto the glass. With lights added inside, you have a truly unique lamp that your friends are sure to envy.

DIY vase within a vase

 

A vase in a vase? Now that’s original, such a simple yet unique idea. This is the perfect solution to any odd numbered sets you have due to one breaking or getting misplaced or wanting to display a certain flower in a wide mouthed vase. Mix up colors and shapes for a variety of options. Fill in the empty space of the large jar with Christmas lights, marbles or colored glass, shredded magazine pages, or whatever you may have around that you aren’t using for some added personalization.

DIY painted vase

It’s easy to remake a crystal bottle or vase that you’re not too fond of with paint. Choose a glass paint that matches your decor, pour it inside and turn the bottle until all sides are covered. If you intend on using water inside the vase, make sure to choose a paint that is waterproof. Reusing cans create the ability to up cycle in a similar way:  slightly squeeze an empty and cleaned soda can to create a unique shape. Spray paint the cans and use for smaller, single flowers for an artistic look. Leftover food cans can also be artfully repurposed by gluing ribbon or rope around the can, covering it completely and adding a small jar of water in the middle.

Let your imagination run wild and don’t forget to share your ideas with us!

Photos courtesy of Custom Bottle Art, Between Naps on the Porch, and My Home Look Book.  

DIY Coasters for Your Temporary Corporate Apartment

Friday, April 12th, 2013

One of the great things about corporate housing is the modern, upscale furniture rentals you’ll enjoy. But one of the down sides is being away from the things that make your house your home. With Earth Day quickly approaching we’ve decided to celebrate our environment with some upcycled DIY projects. The kicker is that these ideas are also perfect additions to temporary housing decor because they add personal touches to your home away from home.

When staying in a temporary corporate apartment it is important to keep furniture rental items in the condition in which they were found, thus avoiding any additional fees. We’ve found some fun coaster projects to help protect tables from unwanted rings and stains. Plus, coasters take up almost no space in your luggage and are easy to transport!

The quickest and easiest coaster we found involves just a little cardboard and patterned duct tape. This idea is inexpensive, fun and creative, and if you leave one of these guys behind, you won’t be too disappointed.

DIY cardboard and duct tape coaster

We just love these wine bottle cork coasters. Save the corks from your next wine and cheese night, cut them in half, and glue together in any shape of your choosing and glue a ribbon around the edge. This is a simple, yet classy addition to your coffee table.

DIY wine cork coaster

Martha Stewart is always coming up with creative ideas and this one easy as pie with an elegant flare. Buy plain white tiles, lace, and spray paint. The possibilities are endless and the project is completed within minutes. Other lace options include using decoupage to adhere the lace to a tile for a 3D textile feel.

DIY lace spray paint coaster

The next coaster project brings fun to the table. Utilizing pieces of the classic board game Scrabble, glue letter squares onto a cork board and add felt to the bottom. Letters can be placed randomly, with words hidden, or personalized with names. Create a theme amongst your coaster set and make a game of it when guests arrive!

DIY scrabble coaster

The ultimate in coaster personalization comes with the addition of your favorite photos, wrapping paper, images from magazines, or your most memorable travels; that’s right, use a map! Using print outs or any type of paper, decoupage and tile, you can personalize to your heart’s content.

DIY map coaster

Alternatively, stamps may be used.

DIY stamp tile coaster

Drum roll please……we have found the most creative, Earth friendly, simplistic DIY coaster project for you. Are you ready for it? A cinnamon stick coaster! Just glue some cinnamon sticks together and trim with yarn or ribbon. Not only do you have a beautiful addition to your table which protects it, this crafty piece will make your place smell delightful. And it will certainly be an interesting conversation piece!

DIY cinnamon stick coaster

All of these ideas are a wonderful way to spruce up that coffee table, whether it’s rented or owned. Not only are these ideas great for your home, they make great personalized gifts for the people in your life. Sometimes do-it-yourself projects may seem overwhelming, but with a little imagination and some inspiration, DIY can provide you with a sense of accomplishment. Earth Day is almost here, get started now and share with your friends.

Check our blog often to find out about more projects from our DIY Series! We’ve already shown you our favorite DIY pallet furniture ideas.

Our Favorite DIY Pallet Furniture Ideas

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Finding that unique piece of furniture can sometimes be difficult, but if you’re up for a DIY challenge, anything is possible. With the rise in eco-awareness, individuals are in constant search of the newest “green” project they can find, and there’s one that has caught our eye.

Pallet furniture has been popping up all around, with creations that go further than the mind may have imagined. From couches to tables, shelving units, and even entire houses have been made from pallets! We have compiled a list of some of our favorite pallet designs to share with you along with some fun tips and tricks.

Use two pallets to create a moveable table. Stack the pallets and add wheels for easy moving. Stain the wood and weatherproof it to have a great addition to your outdoor furniture.

Looking to update your garden? Dismantle a pallet, stain the wood, and lay pieces in your garden to create an elegant walking path. This is especially helpful if the pallet you’re using isn’t stable enough for other projects.

Shelving can come at a hefty price, but using a pallet is a cost effective way to update the look of any room. Add pallet shelving to the bathroom, use it in the kitchen as a spice rack, or hang in the dining room to display beautiful china. Paint the pallet and add personal touches of your own.

Simple projects go a long way with the right designs. Start your own DIY with the change in seasons to add variety to your household. Just be sure to select pallets that haven’t been treated with harmful chemicals and are free of any dangerous issues.

Follow our Pinterest page for other DIY pallet furniture favorites!

Photos courtesy of Joy Ever After,  Funky Junk Interiors, and Apartment Therapy