In the age of Pinterest and eHow, we’re all interior decorators. Nowadays, it couldn’t be easier to find fun projects and do them yourself. If you’re looking for ways to start crafting, we’re here to help. Here are three DIY home decor ideas to get your started. As a plus, you can find the majority of the crafting materials you’ll need on Amazon, meaning you don’t even have to leave home. It really couldn’t get any easier. When you’re ready to join the DIY movement, head on over to Amazon to get what you need – and use our Amazon discount codes to save while you stock up.
Scented Candle Vase
You won’t believe what a fantastic – and fantastically simple – idea this is. Everyone loves those heated infusers that spread scent throughout your home. Everyone also loves a beautiful vase. So why not combine the two? This DIY project uses candles, potpourri, and a lovely glass vase to make an unforgettable centerpiece for your coffee table or dining table.
Start by choosing the perfect vessel. It needs to be glass so you can see the candle and potpourri inside. Also, be sure it has a wide enough mouth and stable bottom to fit your candle and keep it secure! Your best bet is a hurricane vase, which is designed to hold all sorts of objects. You can go with something like this ultra-modern Large Lotus Hurricane Vase ($54) or something smaller and more traditional like these Dublin Collection Votive Hurricane Vases ($35).
Next, pick your scents! This example uses the heavenly combination of coffee and vanilla, but feel free to choose your own mix. Amazon has a ton of scented candles and potpourris to choose from. You can’t go wrong with Yankee Candle, whose candles come in thousands of scents and are known to last forever. Their Vanilla Cupcake Votive ($7.37) would smell divine paired with coffee. If you choose to do coffee, just pick up a bag of your favorite whole beans. For other potpourri, Claire Burke’s mixes are amazing. The Claire Burke original potpourri ($22.51) is a great place to start.
Assembling is easy. Just place the candle in the vase, then arrange your potpourri around it. Make sure the potpourri goes only halfway up the candle. Otherwise, it may catch fire! All that’s left to do is light it up, and enjoy your beautiful, sweet-smelling centerpiece. To create a nice motif throughout your home, make multiples. Use our Amazon discount codes to make buying in bulk easy on a budget.
Gradient Chest of Drawers
Color is a super simple way to inject some fun into your home. And, though it’s often overlooked, your chest of drawers is a great place to do something fun. Gradient color and offbeat chests are two DIY home decor ideas that are really on trend. And they’re easy to do, too!
First, you need a chest that isn’t already painted and has removable drawers. Natural wood furniture is great for these projects, because they’re a completely blank canvas, and they’re much cheaper than pre-treated furniture! This Nexera 5605 Alegria 5-Drawer Chest ($187.75) is perfect for the job.
Next, you need to choose your gradient color. Start with a bold base color, and then ask your hardware store to create increasingly lighter shades of the color by adding white paint. You need as many colors as there are drawers. If you want to do a stencil or an outline color like this example, you need to pick out colors for those as well. To save yourself some time, pick a paint that has primer and finisher mixed into it. This means you can just paint on color, instead of treating the wood before and after.
Now you’re ready to paint! Take out all of the drawers, and take off their handles. Apply paint to each door in thin, even strokes. You’ll probably need to do at least two layers. Wait for the paint to dry before doing another layer. The same goes for painting the chest itself. If you do a stencil, tape the stencil in place before painting. If it goes across more than one drawer, make sure it lines up before painting. Then, simply paint and wait for it to dry before removing the stencil. Put all the knobs back on, (Be sure to paint them, too!) put the drawers back in, and you’re done! If you’ve caught the painting bug, Amazon carries a ton of natural wood furniture, so you can indulge as much as you want. Their prices are so much better than local furniture stores, and with our Amazon discount codes, you won’t buy from a big box store again.
Rustic Burlap Curtains
Making curtains is one of the best DIY home decor ideas for beginners. It couldn’t be easier, even if your sewing isn’t that great. Burlap is a fabric that’s super trendy right now, and plays into the rustic-chic look that everyone loves. Did we mention it’s also super cheap?
First, you need to measure your windows. Measure their width and their length. If you want your curtain to reach the floor, you also need to measure the distance from your curtain rod to just above the floor. Now double all those measurements, and that’s how much burlap you need. For most people, a 60-inch-by-10-yard roll of burlap ($32.30) should be plenty.
If you don’t have a curtain rod, you can buy a simple tension curtain rod ($9.41). Just make sure it fits the width of your window. You’ll also need some thread – we recommend Martha Stewart’s Festive Twine ($5.99) to add to the rustic look – and a heavy-duty needle ($4.65).
Measure out your first curtain panel. It should be the width of your window plus 1 inch, and your desired length, plus 3 inches. Since burlap frays, you need to hem the sides and bottom of your panel. Simply fold over a small amount of fabric, and stitch. Make sure the folds are on the same side each time. Now you need to make the pocket for the top. Fold the burlap so that it creates a pocket about an inch and a half wide. Once again, make sure this fold is on the “back” of the curtain with the hems. Stitch. Repeat this process on the other panel. Take off your curtain rod, and bunch each panel onto it. Then put the rod back on, separate the panels, and you’re done! For extra flair, tie each panel with a piece of twine. Besides being one of the easiest crafts to do, this is also one of the cheapest. Especially when you use our Amazon discount codes, the price of these homemade curtains is so much less than what you’d buy at the store.
These three crafts are just the tip of the iceberg. The sky is the limit when it comes to making your own home decor. And as these DIY home decor ideas show, doing it yourself means you can inject your personality into each piece. It’s easy to see why DIY is so popular these days. Make Amazon your craft-supply destination, and you’ll be able to do much more with less – especially when you use our Amazon discount codes.