Although you could head out to your local home store to buy decor and accessories for updating your home, it’s much nicer to go down the DIY route. More and more parents are saving themselves money by making their own DIY decor for their homes.
The fantastic thing about becoming a crafter is that most, if not all, of your projects, can be done with the help of your little ones. Kids love crafting and love helping mummy, so what could be a better way to spend an afternoon or two than by creating your own DIY decor and accessories? Just think of the fun that you and your little one could have.
Believe it or not, going down the DIY route with your home decor and accessories is actually much easier, more enjoyable, and less time-consuming than you would think. So even if your spare time is limited, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have time to get crafty with your home decor and design.
To help you get started and to give you some ideas and inspiration, below are some DIY decor project ideas.
Make your own bunting
Bunting is ideal for adding a little extra style to any room in the house, from the kitchen to your child’s playroom. If you have been thinking about buying bunting, think again and go DIY with it. Honestly, bunting is so, so easy to make, and it’s super quick and fairly cheap too. A lot of people buy bunting, but it’s much better to make it as that way you can design it to be a perfect fit for the space it’s going in, as well as the perfect length. Say, for instance, you want bunting for your kitchen, you could pick fabric that matches the design of your floral printed chopping board or your pretty lampshades. Making your own bunting is simple, all you need is some pretty fabric – ideally two different ones, a needle and thread, and a piece of half an inch wide string. Then all you do is cut out triangle shaped pieces, sew them onto the piece of string, and voila you’ve got bunting. It’s that easy.
Design your own cushions, curtains, and throws
Buying matching accessories, such as cushions, curtains, and throws can be expensive, which is why it’s worthwhile taking the time to make your own. The great thing about going DIY with accessories like this is that it’s actually a lot of fun and is something that you and your child (if they’re a keen sewer) can work together on. When it comes to choosing the material for your project, be choosy about what you select. Don’t just pick the cheapest material, look at high-quality options, as you want the pieces that you make to stand the test of time. For example, by paying a little more for prestigious curtain fabrics or higher thread count material, you can ensure that the pieces you create are of a high quality. You might need to pay a little more but it’s worth it as not only will the finished curtains, cushions, and throws look better, they will last for longer and be more child-friendly.
Create a patchwork quilt
Patchwork quilts are something that can be incredibly expensive to buy but are much cheaper to make. The great thing about patchwork quilts is that you can use all of your odds and ends to make them – you don’t need to buy material especially for your quilt, as you can stitch together any old pieces. That being said, ideally, you want to pick material that matches in terms of the colour of it and the style, as well as the print or design. Something that has become popular with a lot of parents recently is turning their children’s old babygrows or t-shirts into a patchwork quilt as a keepsake of when they were little – these can look beautiful. To create a patchwork quilt, as well as material to create the patchwork effect, you also need a large piece of material to back the quilt with, to make it thicker and more versatile – make sure to pick a colour that matches the material you’ve used for the patchwork effect.
These are just a few ideas for getting crafty with your home decor and design; there are lots of other things that you can do. From creating your own unique wall art to weaving your own rugs out of unwanted material, there are plenty of DIY projects that you could try. For more ideas, Pinterest is an amazing resource.