The DIY current has taken over the whole world. There are two types of people who practice DIY crafts: the ones who want to save money by replicating decorations that they otherwise could not afford and the ones who simply view crafts as a hobby or an art. Regardless of the reason why you are passionate about crafts, one thing is for sure: DIY decorations are a lot more charming that commercial decorations. They are a great way of decorating your personal space in an unique way, thus turning a dwelling into a home, decorated in your own personal taste. Today, we are going to present you with a few adorable DIY decorations that anyone can make.
Painted river rocks
Whether placed on a mantel or in a tray on a coffee table, painted river rocks are beyond adorable. They add a touch of color to any plain decor and you can paint them however you want. You can recreate designs that you see on the internet or you can make your own doodles. All you need for this project are some river rocks, the flatter they are the better, several shades of acrylics and a thin paint brush. You can use these rocks in numerous ways. You can put them on a tray on a coffee table, you can put them in a bowl and create a unique centerpiece or they can be put in a transparent vase in order to add a touch of color. If you coat them with a good lacquer, big painted river rocks can even make for great garden decorations.
The decoupage technique can be used for basically any material, be it plastic, wood, ceramic or even textile. The technique basically involves gluing printed paper napkins on various objects. What you need for it is an acrylic primer and a special decoupage glue (Gesso is your best option). Choose an item that you want to decorate, like a plain wooden box. Coat it with primer and allow it to dry properly (or use a blow dryer in order to speed up the process). Next, take a printed paper napkin and take apart its layers. You will only need the top layer, the one with the print. Next, coat your chosen object with Gesso and quickly apply printed napkin. Try not to make any paper wrinkles (use a sponge to softly tap the napkin and eliminate wrinkles and air bubbles). When the glue is dry, apply another layer of Gesso as a finishing coat (you can also use a finishing lacquer as a top coat). This technique can get as sophisticated or as easy as you want it to be. For example, using this technique on textiles is slightly more complicated, but the basic steps are the same. You can use this technique in order to decorate bottles, flower pots or any plain item that you have around the house. Needless to say, this technique is great for reconditioning old furniture.
Mixed media art
Even if you are not an artist with a degree or you don’t know any painting techniques, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make your own art. There are plenty of step by step tutorials on the internet that teach you how to make your own wall art. However, keep in mind that if you want your home to be unique, you should not copy other people’s ideas. However, you can copy their techniques. Mixed media paintings are very popular at the moment and very easy to do. You start with a plain canvas (you can find framed canvasses at art supply stores). You will also need a primer and different types of glue. For starters, we advise you to buy decoupage glue. Coat the canvas with primer and allow it to dry properly. Now, all you have to do is find inspiring magazine cutouts, cute printed paper napkins and cute small objects that you find around the house (coins, antique spoons, metal keys or beads). You can use acrylics in order to give your canvas a nice background. However, you can also create the background from napkins or cutouts by using the decoupage technique that we mentioned above. Proceed to decorating the canvas with anything that you find cute such as ribbons, buttons, vintage brooches and so on (the heavier the decorations are, the stronger the glue should be).