15 Aug 2016

Eat, sleep, craft, repeat: five DIY decor ideas

Get your glue sticks at the ready with these five DIY room decor ideas.

2017 will be a mega year for Hull. With an estimated one million visitors planning to make the journey here from around the world – throughout next year and beyond – many of you will be playing host to friends, families, cats, dogs, pet parrots (and more). That said, they’ll need a fabulous pad to kick back and relax in while they’re enjoying Hull’s year in the spotlight – and this is where you guys come in.

Whoever you’ve got over, you’ll want to make their stay in Hull as exciting as all the cultural activity taking place all over the city. Even if you’re not planning on inviting guests, you could make a bob or two by renting out your spare room to visitors wanting to stay with real Hullites who’ll show them everything ‘ull has to offer.

Wherever they’ll be staying, you’ll need make it a special retreat for those making the journey by getting creative and crafty. So to get all those creative juices a-flowing, here are five DIY projects that’ll be sure to say everyone back to ours.

Bed canopies

Regardless of how old you are, you can always rely on a bed canopy to make you feel happy and cocooned in your very own private bed nest. A few metres of fabric can bring the dullest of bedrooms to life and you can pick it up pretty much anywhere.

If you’re on a tight budget and don’t fancy splashing the cash for a grand one, you can always get creative and craft together your own. Just grab some thin lightweight fabric, some LED lights, command hooks, safety pins, a tape measure and hey ho, there you go.

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial by someone who’s clearly loving it:

Rope mirror frame

This one is dead easy and will look top if you’re going for a seaside/beach look. All you need is a mirror, rope a hot glue gun, a knife and some masking tape. Using a utility knife will give you a cleaner cut on the rope.

Here are some handy step-by-step instructions:

DIY wine-cork letter

Get on the DIY word-art craze and customise your very own letter of the alphabet on a piece of wood. It’s no wonder these bad boys are so popular considering the amount you can do with them. Choose between a range of decorative ideas including glitter, sequins, glass, flowers, beads, pebbles, shells or pom poms.

Another unique way of decorating them is by using wine-corks. However, please don’t feel you need to drink yourself into oblivion to finish this project, make it easier for yourself and grab a pack of wine corks from Ebay or your local craft shop.

Macrame curtain

Originating in the 13th century, macrame curtains are environmentally friendly and can be used in a variety of ways around the home, including floor runners, mats or wall hangings. They’re also making a serious comeback and will make an elegant touch to any home.

The fun doesn’t need to end there though. You can use macrame to make plant baskets, jewellery or if you’re feeling extra creative, hammocks!

Here are a few ideas to get you started and a useful guide to making a macrame curtain using colourful yarn.

Wallpapered dresser drawers

Another way of revamping your room is to give your dresser a mini makeover. You can take the most bland of dressers and give it the life it needs by simply adding a touch of wallpaper. It’s super simple and quick and anyone can give it a go. Just stick on the wallpaper and use a nail to poke through holes when adding handles or hardware.

Check out this handy tutorial using a used dresser and patterned wallpaper:


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