The Five Best Easy DIY Decorating Ideas

The Five Best Easy DIY Decorating Ideas

1) Frame fabric for wall art- this is an easy and inexpensive way to have new wall art.  Picture frames of all sizes are plentiful at thrift stores.  All you need is some spray paint, adhesive, and some fabric to make a cool, modern look.  http://www.casacullen.com/2010/03/diy-easy-wall-art-how-to-frame-fabric.html

2) Frost a window- I did this to my bathroom window and it looks fabulous.  Functional and beautiful.  I picked up my window film at Home Depot for only $20.  They have about 10 or so designs to choose from, but if you look online, the selection is endless.  Anyone can do the installation with a squeegee and water bottle.  I recommend applying film to the window when it is dark outside because it is much easier to see bubbles when light is not going through the window. http://www.decorativefilm.com/

3) Make your own "no-sew" curtains- Getting rid of old plastic blinds and installing fresh new curtains is a quick fix that makes your home so much cozier and up-to-date. You can easily make your own custom, no-sew curtains using fabric snapped up at a discount from a fabric store (check online for those 40-50% off ), iron-on hem tap.e, and clip-on curtain rings. Throw them up on your windows with a curtain rod from Target and you're good to go within an hour or two.  This same idea can be used to make your own custom throw pillows.  http://www.younghouselove.com/2010/02/nursery-progress-getting-the-hang-of-it/

4) Repurpose furniture- Dressers, end tables, benches, and chairs are all great to find in thrift stores or on craigslist.  Take that beat up old piece and make it look new with a fun paint color and maybe new hardware.  Be sure to prep properly for painting (ie. sand, clean, primer, etc) to ensure your piece looks great for the long haul.  http://www.bobvila.com/articles/2293-paint-makeovers-an-expert-tells-all/pages/1

5) Transfer a photo onto wood- A unique treatment for photos.  There is a wide range of textures you can play with from rough to super smooth.  Aside from needing access to a laser printer, you will also need wood, gel medium, and a sealer.  Other items needed are common household items.  Display them as wall art.  http://content.photojojo.com/diy/diy-photo-transfers-on-wood/

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