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DIY home decor items for a stylish home: Mirror vase

Create cool and stylish diy home decor items using stuff from your kitchen

You can make your own diy home decor items with a little bit of imagination, and a few things that you may already have at home.

This tutorial, for example, is perfect to make with friends. And it is so easy to put together it’s almost embarrassing. But it looks cute, it’s very inexpensive, and super quick to make.

If you want to learn how to make your own, keep on reading.

Materials

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  • A clean glass jar
  • Krylon’s mirror glass spray paint
  • Twine

Tutorial: DIY home decor items for less

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1. First, spray the inside of the jar with the spray paint.

If you want to, you can use gloves to prevent the paint from staining your hands (I didn’t and I ended up with a nice metallic hue on my fingertips).

Make sure to apply as many coats as needed to cover the entire inside uniformly. This part can be a bit tedious because you will have to turn the jar continuously until the paint dries.

Do not worry too much if your jar does not appear to be covered uniformly at first; with enough coats you will eventually achieve the mirror finish that you want.

Make sure that you only spray the INSIDE of the jar, otherwise your vase won’t have a “mirror” finish, but rather a more matte silvery finish (feel free to experiment, you may love what you end up crafting).

2. Next, let your jar dry fully. You can place the jar upside down on a utility sink that you don’t mind ruining with paint, or somewhere that you can clean afterwards.

Finishing touches

I decided to go with a rustic feeling for this diy centerpiece. If you also want to achieve that popular rustic look in your home decor items, then twine and burlap are your best friends.

I wrapped some twine around the top of the jar; and, to bring a delicate touch to the the project, I placed some white fake flowers that I made with tissue paper (post coming soon! I am not all that satisfied with the way the look, so I need to experiment some more until I craft something I love).

What is going to make for a nice home decor centerpiece is how you style your mirror vase. For example, I wanted a monochromatic look, so I placed my mirror vase on a silver trey that I had around the house. Mine was a thrift store find; I always find it very easy to find silver metal serving trays at thrift stores.

Then, I paired my mirror vase with a recycled wine bottle in a similar color palette. I also made sure to tie it in with the mirror vase by using the same twine on both items. Finally, I placed a silver owl that I also had at home. Since it’s in the same color palette as the mirror vase and the tray, it works.

Some other options that you may want to explore include putting a white candle on the wine bottle. And you can also coordinate the flowers and the candle using whichever colors you like best.

To finish with a nice, delicate touch, you can place pearls, crystals, petals, feathers, or a combination of any of these items on the tray, either in white, or using whichever colors you like. The nice thing about silver being a neutral color is that it coordinates quite well with most colors.

I hope you like it! Feel free to leave a comment; let me know how you make your own diy home decor items.

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DIY home decor: Cactus Pincushion tutorial

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I made this diy cactus pincushion a while ago after discovering this wonderful arts and crafts site, and I was so happy with how it turned out that I decided to make a new one. But this time I wanted to make a diy home decor item for one of my friends. I also wanted something that had an industrial feeling to it, hence the silver spray paint and the black yarn.

If you like it, you can make your own by following the instructions below.

Supplies

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  • Yarn in two contrasting colors
  • Knitting needles (check your gauge)
  • Darning or yarn needle
  • Polyester fiber fill
  • Pins (not pictured)
  • Small clay pot and plate
  • Spray paint
  • Lace
  • Fabric glue
  • Hot glue (not pictured)

Instructions

1. Cast on enough stitches to knit a square that would fit inside the small clay pot in the following pattern:

ROW 1: k1, p1 till the end.

ROW 2: purl the knit stitches, and knit the purl stitches. Repeat these two rows until you achieve whichever length will fit your flower pot best.

This first knitted rectangle will be the base of your cactus, and you will be sewing the first section onto it.

2. Next, cast off and make a ball by joining the four corners together and filling it in with fiber fill.

3. Now, you can knit several rectangles of different sizes following the same pattern.

Cast off each rectangle and sew the longer sides together to create a cylinder.

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diy home decor | homemade gifts | cactus pincushion tutorial

4. Next, fill in each cylinder with fiber fill and attach the longest, thickest one to the base of the cactus. This will be your “trunk”.

Now you can sew the rest of the cylinders to the trunk of your diy home decor cactus. You can also attach different segments to other sections to create ramifications and interesting shapes.

5. And now, it’s time add some flowers to your diy project.

FLOWERS

1. First, check your gauge and select the appropriate crochet hook. Then, use the magic loop method to begin and knit 6sc in the loop.

2. Now, make 2 dbc and 1 slc in EACH of the 6 stitches. When you are done, fasten off.

3. Last, sew your flowers to your cactus.

Finishing touches

All you have left to do now to finish your diy home decor item is simple and fast!

1. First, glue the clay pot to the plate using a hot glue gun.

2. Next, spray paint the outside of the pot, making sure you get the inside of the plate. Wait until it’s completely dry; but don’t worry, it shouldn’t take long. The nice thing about spray paint is that it dries fairly quickly.

3. Once your flower pot is dry, you can glue your cactus to it using the hot glue gun.

4. Your new awesome cactus is now ready to get some pins in place.

5. Finally, you can glue a small piece of lace to the rim using fabric glue. And you are all done!

Enjoy your new cactus pincushion, or gift it to someone you care about! Don’t forget to leave a comment, let me know how your projects turn out!

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DIY gifts: Pencil holder tutorial

Make your own diy gifts

As you know by now, I love finding new uses for old items. And not just for my personal use, but also to present as diy gifts to my family and friends.

One of the challenges of making diy gifts and other homemade presents is to make them look polished and professional. But that is not the case with this pencil holder. On the contrary, this homemade gift has that store-bought look that I like my diy gifts to have.

If you want to make your own, keep reading…

Materials

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  • A clean, empty can (mine had coconut milk that I used to make some delicious Thai food)
  • A glue gun (I finally learned my lesson, teehee)
  • Twine
  • Trim
  • Buttons

Instructions

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1. You are going to start by using a little bit of glue to secure the end of the twine to the bottom of the can. Your goal is to wrap the twine around the clean, empty can. Once you have secured the end of the thread to the can, start wrapping it around the can until the whole surface is covered. Make sure to also wrap the twine around the base of the can a couple of times to ensure it’s not going to become undone. Use a tiny drop of glue to secure the end in place and make sure it stays there. This little details are what make your diy gifts look polished and professional!

2. As you wrap the twine around the can, make sure to do it evenly. When you are done covering the whole can with twine and after having secured the twine to the can, measure the diameter of the can and cut a piece of whichever trim you like best.

3. Glue the trim to the top edge of the pencil holder, and add some buttons.

4. Fill your new diy with your favorite pencils and enjoy. Since they are fast, easy, and cheap to make, these pencil holders make the perfect diy gifts to give out as birthday favors.

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diy gifts | pencil holder tutorial | crafts for kids
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DIY backyard decor: mini bucket bird feeder

Make your own diy backyard decor recycling household items

My first homemade bird feeder is attracting a lot of birds, so I decided to create another diy backyard decor tutorial to show you my new bird feeder.

Like the first one, this new bird feeder is also very easy to make, but it takes a little bit longer. The good thing is that you can also recycle some stuff that you already have at home.

If you want to know how to you can make your own, keep reading!

Materials

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  • Clothespins
  • 1 clean, empty can (tuna cans are the perfect size)
  • A hot glue gun
  • Twine
  • Spray paint (optional, I didn’t use any because I like the natural look of wood)

DIY backyard decor: instructions

1. First, clean your can well with soap and water.

2. Then, pull the clothespin apart. If you are working with kids, you should do this part yourself to avoid domestic accidents.

3. Next, apply glue to the back of each clothespin glue them around the can until the whole surface is covered.

If you use superglue, you will have to make sure you press the clothespins against the can firmly until the glue dries a little bit. But if you can, use a hot glue gun instead; it dries in seconds and the glue works better on metal surfaces.

Another advantage of using a hot glue gun instead of super glue is that it’s not toxic, so you can use in do-it-yourself projects that you make with kids. On the other hand, kids may burn themselves if allowed to use a hot glue gun unsupervised, so make sure there is an adult helping them at all times, or even doing it for them if they are too small.

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4. This step only applies if you use superglue (don’t): you’ll have to let your do-it-yourself craft dry overnight. However, if you use a hot glue gun (do!), you can skip this.

5. Last, you can decorate your bird feeder with some twine, for example. I didn’t, but I think it’d look nice.

And you are all done! You can now hang your new diy bird feeder from a tree or from your porch (preferably in a shaded area) using some rope. Or you could also place it on your windowsill.

Enjoy the birds! Leave a comment and show me your own diy backyard decor projects 🙂



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diy backyard decor, bird feeder tutorial