Everyone loves to create a bit of mess now again and what better way to do that than to get stuck into a interior design project? There are lots of expensive items that you can recreate in the comfort of your own home, and that will cost you a fraction of the price. Read on to find out what they are and how to make them.
Tissue Paper Garland
Make a simple, quick and easy garland like this, which is bang on trend this season. All you need is some brightly colored tissue paper, some decorative twine, a ruler and a pair of scissors.
Take your sheet of tissue paper and fold them over into a rectangle shape. Then fold them in half. Take the ruler and mark lines on the outer edge of the tissue paper, the one that is furthest from the fold you have just made. Mark them a one cm apart and about ten cms from the top. Then use the scissors to cut along the lines.
Open the tissue paper up so there are fringes on both top and bottom. Then tie the twine around the middle, where the folder is. Fluff up for maximum volume then repeat with the other colors of paper.
When the garland is finished, you can use it as a party decoration or make it in the colors of your room and display all year round.
Bunting continues to be ever popular thanks to the shabby chic interior design movement. But the price and quality of bunting that you buy can vary widely. To solve this why not get involved and make your own.
The are several ways of doing this. The first is to get a bunting sewing pattern from the internet and use fabric and a sewing machine for the most professional finish.
If you are not so keen on sewing, then try the second way. Which is to use some decorative card, or strong paper and thread these onto pretty twine. Remember that this, while perfect for parties can only be used indoors as it will not stand getting wet.
A brilliant way of saving a fortune on art for you home is to create your own abstract canvas. Creating it yourself not only can you save a fortune but you can also make sure that the colors match your scheme exactly. In fact, many people choose to use leftover walls paints in their abstract.
Buy a stretched canvas and hammer in the stretchers so the material is nice and taught. It's best to get one that is already primed to save you some time and effort. Then you can let your creativity run wild.
If you're not too keen on the art and crafts side of things, why not just get a paint tray big enough for the canvas to sit in? Then you can pour in your selection of paints and swirl. Then dip the canvas in face down and pull out and they you have it, your own personalized abstract art piece!
Another way of personalizing your home that you can do yourself is to create window stickers with glue guns. Now you can get glitter and color glue too there are even more looks that you can easily create.
All you do is heat the glue in the gun as normal and then pipe the pattern straight onto the glass. The clever thing is that as it dries it becomes like sticky plastic so it will adhere to the window but be easy to remove come the time you want to be rid of it.
Lastly, a decorative and useful item that you can create for you home is a pin board. You will need heavy duty board, wadding, fabric, elastic, a glue gun and some pins.
Firstly attach the padding to the board with the glue gun. Make sure that it is evenly distributed. Then beginning on the back side, attach the material over the board. Fold in at the corners as if you were making a bed to get a neat finish.
While you are waiting for this to dry. Cut the elastic into six equal lengths. Fix each end of the elastic to the back of the board, so it forms a diamond pattern. This will be perfect for tucking documents behind.
Lastly cut a piece of fabric that covers the entire back of the board. This is to cover any loose ends. Then fix that with some hot glue, wait for it to dry and hang in you choose and place.
, by Jessica Wong