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Rock the boat: cheap home decor

diy cheap home decor does not have to look cheap!

I love making home decor and wall decor items because they are usually super quick and easy!

This cheap home decor item is the perfect weekend project for those cold, rainy days were you can’t go outside.

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

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Supplies

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  • A picture that you don’t like anymore
  • A picture that you do like
  • Paint in whatever colors you like
  • A sponge brush
  • Mod podge
  • A brush

Instructions

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1. First, get your base ready. The old picture that I chose to replace was a piece of paper that had been glued to a wood plank, so it was very easy to peel off with a little bit of hot water. You may choose to sand yours, or paint on top using white paint as a primer.

While you wait for the wood plank to get dry (if you had to use hot water to prep it), get your new picture ready.

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2. I chose a picture from an old calendar, so I had to cut the edges. You may be able to skip this step if your picture does not have any uneven edges to get rid of.

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3. My picture was narrower than the wood base; I chose that on purpose because I wanted to have a pop of color rather than just the picture.

To make sure the picture would be centered, I measured the difference between the picture and the wood base, and divided it by two so that each left and right edge would be symmetrical.

Then, I painted each side with white paint first, and then with cobalt blue.

If your picture measures the same as your base, you may be able to skip this step.

4. Last, cover your base with mod podge using a sponge brush. Lay your picture on the center of your base, and press firmly using a wiping motion from the center of the picture towards the edges. Doing this will prevent air bubbles.

Wait until it dries, and you are all done!

I hope you like my tutorial. Leave a comment and let me know how your projects turn out!

Enjoy 🙂

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cheap home decor, diy wall decor, mod pdge tutorial
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Wine bottle crafts: Incense burner

BEFORE

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AFTER

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Create unique home decor items with a few simple wine bottle crafts and ideas.

This diy tutorial is so easy and fast, it can be done in a day!

Now you can recycle and upcycle your empty wine bottles with a few simple steps and a couple of arts and crafts supplies.

Keep on reading if you want to know how you can make your own home decor items or homemade gifts and also recycle some glass bottles 🙂

Supplies

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  • An empty wine bottle
  • Gold spray paint
  • Mod Podge (or some type of glue)
  • Glitter
  • A sponge applicator or a brush
  • A gold ribbon or trim (optional)

Directions

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1 .First, make sure that your wine bottle is clean and dry. Spray the empty wine bottle with the gold spray paint and let dry (it dries really fast!).

2. Then, you are going to lay some old newspapers on your work area and start applying the mod podge to the bottom of the wine bottle. I used a sponge applicator, but you can also use a brush.

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3. Now, sprinkle the gold glitter all over the glue. When you are done, shake the bottle to get rid of the extra glitter that did not adhere to the bottle.

You will have A LOT of fall out! Make sure to put it back in your glitter container using the newspaper as an improvised funnel.

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4. You are almost done! That is one of the nice things about wine bottle crafts: you can completely transform a glass bottle in a few minutes!

If you want to, you can tie some ribbon or trim in a color palette that complements the gold, like I did.

And you are all done!

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I hope you liked my upcycling tutorial.

Keep an eye open for more wine bottle crafts! Leave a comment and let me know about your projects 🙂

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If you are wondering why my wine bottle has a hole it’s because it’s an incense burner. This is how it works: you will need to make a hole in the bottle for the smoke to come out.

This can be done quite easily with a special drill attachment for glass and ceramics; here are some instructions on how to drill glass.

Then, you need a key ring to hold the incense while you are burning it. Make sure the ring is big enough to be placed on top of the bottle when you are not using it.

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Baby Gift Basket DIY

Surprise your loved ones with beautiful homemade gifts

Surprise your friends and family with thoughtful, personalized homemade gifts that let you express your creativity. All you need is some time, patience, and a BellaV’s tutorial 😀

With a little luck, you already have most of the supplies at home. This not only saves you money, but also helps keep our fields free of unnecessary waste.

If you want to know how you can recycle some things while crafting some beautiful homemade gifts, keep reading! Make sure to click on either the pictures or the titles for detailed instructions and pictures.

You can easily make this butterfly with a few kitchen and beauty items that you already have at home (like nail polish and a plastic bottle).

Don’t let the final product scare you away, I promise you it is very easy to make.That’s one of the nice things about homemade gifts: you can easily achieve a polished look by a adding a few details here and there.

Click on the picture or the title to find out what you need to make your own, and how. Have fun crafting!homemade gifts can be made to look polished and professional by adding a few “trade secrets” and details here and there.

Click on the picture or the title to find out what you need to make your own, and how. Have fun crafting!

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Much like the other homemade gifts in the basket, the teddy bear is fast and easy to knit. Even if you are a beginner knitter, you will be able to make this toy with a few directions and some patience. And your finished teddy bear will also look polished!

Click on the picture or the title to see how you can knit your own toy and what you need. Maybe you already have some spare yarn left from other projects that you can use.

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This rattler also looks much more complicated than it actually is and you can probably repurpose a few things to make it.

Click on the picture of the title to find out what you need and how you can crochet your own bee rattler. And don’t worry, even if you don’t have the supplies at home, they are very easy to find, and very inexpensive too!

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If you have been reading my posts, this basket should look very familiar. It is the same upcycled aluminum can that I used to craft my birdfeeder and several pencil holders.

However, I’ve been experimenting with different ideas to make my mini buckets look a bit more clean and polished. If you follow the link, you can find out how you can add a few extra details that will make this basket look like you bought it at the store.

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Upcycled Butterfly

Recycle plastic bottles into beautiful butterflies with this diy tutorial

Why buy crafting supplies when you can recycle what you already have? With this diy tutorial, you can make your own beautiful butterfly using a plastic bottle and old nail polish.

You can use this butterfly to decorate a homemade gift, like I did, or as a hair ornament if you glue it to a bobby pin, for example.

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

Supplies

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This is what you need for this diy tutorial:

  • An empty plastic bottle
  • Sharp scissors
  • Old nail polish
  • Plastic rhinestones
  • Strong glue
  • Wire
  • Beads
  • A sharpie or black permanent marker
  • Pattern making paper (smoking papers will work too, it just needs to be thin paper)

DIY tutorial: Step by step instructions

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1. First, cut a piece of the plastic bottle. Make sure the plastic is flat and smooth and there are no indentations or patterns.

2. Then, find a free butterfly clip art (I used my phone) and trace the drawing on the thin paper.

If you are good at drawing, you can draw the butterfly yourself. If not, simply place the thin paper on top of your phone screen, and trace the butterfly.

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3. Now, place the butterfly drawing BEHIND the plastic and trace the butterfly with a sharpie or any other black permanent marker.

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4. Using the old nail polish, paint the butterfly.

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5. When you are done painting the butterfly, cut the shape.

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6. Now, trace the black lines using black glittery nail polish (or whatever color you like or have).

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Make sure to trace both sides, it’ll look nicer.

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7. Now, glue some plastic rhinestones to the body of the butterfly.

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8. Next, cut a small piece of the wire, fold in half, and glue one bead to each end. Finally, glue the antennas to the butterfly.

And you are all done!



I hope you like this diy tutorial to make a plastic butterfly recycling a plastic bottle and old nail polish.

If you make your own, please leave a comment and show me how yours turns out!

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diy tutorial upcycled butterfly, recycling plastic bottles, diy butterfly with plastic bottle
diy tutorial upcycled butterfly, recycling plastic bottles, diy butterfly with plastic bottle
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Easy crafts to do at home: Mini bucket

Find easy crafts to do at home with your kids

I love it when I come up with easy crafts to do at home that look store-bought, like this mini bucket.

After making several pencil holders and bird feeders recycling cans and other household items, I’ve discovered a few simple tips to make them look more polished.

Keep on reading if you want to know what I did.

Materials

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This is what you need to make this mini bucket:

  • A clean tuna can
  • Clothespins
  • A hot glue gun (not pictured)
  • Twine
  • Gold spray paint
  • 1 sheet of construction paper
  • One craft foam sheet

Easy crafts to do at home: Instructions

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1. Clean your can with soap and water and let dry.

2. Then, pull the clothespin apart. If you are making this with kids you should make sure to do this part yourself.

3. Now, glue the clothespins around the can until the whole surface is covered. Depending on the type of glue that you use for crafting, you’ll have to press the clothespins against the can until the glue sets a bit.

I made the mistake of using super glue the first time around. Don’t do that because you will have to hold the clothespins to the can forever until the glue dries a little bit. Use a hot glue gun instead, it’s easier to apply and it dries in seconds.

If you are making this with kids, you should either glue the clothespins yourself, or supervise your kids carefully to avoid accidents.

Finishing touches

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You can get your homemade crafts and gifts to look like you bought them at the store just by adding some simple finishing touches here and there.

1. Once you’ve finished gluing the clothespins around the can and before you paint it, you are going to use your can to draw a circle on a sheet of construction paper. I chose a color similar to the natural finish of the clothespins.

2. Next, cut the circle and glue it to the bottom of the can.

3. Now, spray the bucket with the gold spray paint and let dry.

4. Wrap some twine around the bucket. Use the indentations on the clothespins to help secure it in place. You can also use a few drops of hot glue to secure both ends of the twine.

5. Then, you are going to use the can again to draw a circle on the craft foam sheet. Cut the circle and glue it to the bottom of the can, on top of the construction paper.

You can choose to skip using the construction paper altogether. I used it because it helps adhere the foam sheet to the mini bucket, and to add an extra detail.

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easy crafts to do at home | diy home decor tutorials
easy crafts to do at home | diy home decor tutorials

6. Last, measure the inside of the mini bucket. You will to measure both the diameter as well as the height.

Following these measurements, cut a rectangle of the craft foam sheet and glue it to the inside of your mini bucket.

And you are all done! I hope you like it, and if you have your own easy crafts to do at home with your kids, post a comment and share your tutorials 😀

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Homemade gift for babies: Bee rattle

A rattle is the perfect homemade gift for a baby

This homemade gift was one of the most satisfying toys that I have ever made. It was my first time making a rattle and I really enjoyed it! I also love that the finished product looks so good. My baby nephew loves it, and the best part is that it cost me exactly $0 because I had everything I needed at home already.

If you want to make your own, keep on reading!

MATERIALS

  • Scrap yarn in yellow, black, and white.
  • A crochet hook (size will vary depending on your yarn, check how to calculate your gauge)
  • Red thread
  • A knitting or darning needle
  • Fiber fill
  • Uncooked rice
  • A ping-pong ball or some small, hollow plastic object (I used this little kid toy that I found at home)

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. First, you are going to fill your plastic, hollow item with rice. If you are using a ping-pong ball, you’ll have to drill a hole in it so you can put the rice inside. Then, seal in the rice using duct tape and set aside. You’ll need it later to fill in the body of the bee.

**Make sure you seal the rice very well to avoid choking hazards!

This will be inside the body of the bee.

2. Then, crochet the bee following the instructions in this crochet pattern.

I modified the original pattern a little bit because I didn’t like the thick, black stripe. Instead, I crocheted alternate rows using yellow and black yarn. Also, I decided to stitch the eyes with black yarn instead of sewing beads because I didn’t want my nephew to choke accidentally.

**Make sure to avoid working with small objects that a baby can accidentally choke on or stick in his/her nose or ears.

3. Last, fill the bee’s head with fabric fill, and place the plastic object full of rice inside the body of the bee. Alternatively, you could place the plastic object in the head of the bee, and use the fabric fill for the body. I decided to use mine for the body because the shape fit the body perfectly.

4. Finally, stitch the bottom of the bee, and you are all done!

I hope you like! Leave a comment and let me know how yours turns out 😀

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Recycle paper: Hearts wall art tutorial

Recycle paper while making beautiful wall art

I love reading and books, but when you come across a book with missing pages, your best option is to recycle paper and make something nice with it.

One of my bedroom walls was looking a bit naked and boring, so I got inspired by this paper mural and decided to replicate it with a slight modification.

If you want to see what I did, keep on reading.

Materials

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  • A ruler
  • An old book
  • A pencil
  • Mounting tape
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • 4 large pieces of foam board
  • An x-acto knife
  • A permanent black marker
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recycle paper diy wall art tutorial

Instructions

1. First, make sure to inspect your foam boards for damaged areas. If you see any light spots, cover them with a black sharpie. Then, paint the sides of each board with the black sharpie.

2. I cut out a couple of hearts in different sizes to see what would look better. Then, I measured the dimensions and divided my foam boards accordingly to figure out how many paper hearts I needed to make (it turns out I needed 100, 25 per board).

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3. Next, you need to cut the back support for each heart. You can recycle paper from a different source if your book doesn’t have enough pages to make all the hearts. I cut strips of 0.5×4.5 inches and folded them into squares. Then, I glued them together before gluing them to the back of each heart.

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5. Next, you need to glue the hearts to the boards. As a guide, you can divide each board into 5×5 squares using yarn and mini clothespins and clips.

And you are done! All you need to do now is hang your new wall art and enjoy it!

Feel free to leave a comment, and if you make your own recycle paper heart wall art, let me know how it turns out!

4. Now, place some strips of mounting tape on the back of each board.

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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 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