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Quick and Cute Crafts with One-Stop Shopping

21 Apr

Have you ever been in a crafting mood, but you just don’t feel like running to five different stores to find all the supplies? Well, I have three, count it, THREE different crafts that will make your life easier (and cuter) that you can find all of the supplies at your local hardware store, whether it be Home Depot, Lowes, Sears, or your local entrepreneur. (Support of the small business owners is highly recommended!) AND they’re pretty easy on the budget.

Mail Sorting

I have two roommates, and we all obviously receive mail, but we never know who’s checked it. I found a quick and easy craft from the blog, Just a Little Creativity, where she painted a three-slot mail sorter. She found her mail sorter at a thrift shop, but I’m sure you could also find it at a hardware shop. Pick a color you like and give it a coat of paint or two. If you have a steady hand, you can paint your names, or in her case, ‘his,’ ‘hers,’ and ‘theirs.’ If you don’t have a steady hand, they carry stick-on letters in the mailbox section, or use your own. SO CUTE! Check out her picture below!

MailSorter

Bracelet Holder

Cuff bracelets have been a trend for what seems like the longest time. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it is such a pain to find a place for them. Who would have thought that a toilet paper or paper towel stand could be so useful!

Decide which stand has the design that’s right for you, and give it a coat of paint. I think spray paint would probably work best for this project since they tend to be metal or plastic.

Note: If you use spray paint, make sure you do two things: 1) Spray in a well ventilated area so you don’t subject yourself to the fumes as much. 2) Put down newspaper or some sort of drop cloth unless you want the outline on your driveway or sidewalk.

Make sure you let the stand FULLY dry before you bring it in your house. You also may want to let it sit out over night so your house doesn’t smell like spray paint. (Yuck!)

Bracelets_ToiletPaper

Hot Tools Holder

I always feel like such a slob whenever I leave for work in the morning, especially when I use hot tools on my hair, such as a flat or curling iron and a hair dryer. PVC pipe in the plumbing section is PERFECT to hold your hot tools so they’re easy access and somewhat out of the way.

All you need to do it pick up a piece of PVC pipe in the shape of a ‘Y,’ and spray paint it the color you want. It’s as simple as that. Set it on your counter, set it under the sink, or put it wherever you want. Quick, simple, inexpensive, and practical.

Note: As mentioned before, if you use spray paint, make sure you do two things: 1) Spray in a well ventilated area so you don’t subject yourself to the fumes as much. 2) Put down newspaper or some sort of drop cloth unless you want the outline on your driveway or sidewalk.

Plumbing

As always, let me know if you have any suggestions, new crafts, or challenges. I would love to hear what you all are working on! Thank you for reading!

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DIY Curtain Headboard

9 Feb

Curtain Headboard

If you ever been or currently are a college student, you understand what I mean when I say I don’t stay in one place too long. I’ve slowly acquired furniture when I can get it cheap (or free). In the meantime, I get by with what I have, which means not purchasing a headboard. Since it’s not a necessity, I’ve never bought one, but I feel like my room looks so plain without one.

One day while taking my usual Pinterest study break, I stumbled across a blog. The author suggested using a sheer curtain and a curtain rod behind a bed to create the illusion of a bed to create the illusion of a headboard (genius!) It takes up that bare, empty-looking wall space. Not only is it pretty, especially with the ambiance with a string of lights, it’s not bit and bulky like a wood headboard. When I’m in between living arrangements, I won’t have to find a place to store a big hunk of wood. However, the best part about it, it costs less than ten dollars It’s easy on the wallet, easy on the eyes, and incredibly  easy to recreate.

What you’ll need:

–       Sheer curtain – $5

–       Curtain rod – $2

–       String of lights (optional)

–       Hammer

–       Measuring tape

–       Pencil

Getting Started

To get started, I adjusted the curtain rod to just beyond the width of my bed. For my full-sized bed, I stretched the rod to 55 inches. With the tape measure, I measured one inch from the ceiling and 55 inches across then marked each spot with a pencil. Hammer the rod anchors in the wall on the marked spots. My anchors had two different spots for nails. I lined the top nail into the markings.

After securing the anchors, if you choose to hang a string of lights, now would be the best time to do so. A couple of thumbtacks or small nails would do the trick. If you don’t want to put more holes in the wall, I’m sure Command strips would work just as well.

Next, arrange the curtain on the rod. I got a sheer curtain from Big Lots for five dollars. I also think it would be pretty to use an opaque curtain that compliments your comforter.

For a more bunched, fuller look, I would use two curtains. Now, fix the rod to the anchors. You may need to adjust how the curtain is arranged on the rod after you hang it.

Other Options

If a curtain as a headboard doesn’t interest you, there are other cute and creative options that use minimal space, minimal effort, and minimal cost:

  1. Picture frame: Find an inexpensive frame with as much detail that interests you. Put your favorite fabric in the frame or even a collage of your favorite photos. The blog I Heart Organizing shows framed fabric that would look nice above a bed!
  2. Fabric or scrapbook paper on canvas: Using canvas or foam poster boards, mod podge your favorite fabric or scrapbook paper. Better Homes and Gardens shows an idea to take some of your favorite fabric and spread it over some canvas. Arranged correctly, even a bunch of small canvas would look great over a bed.

Good luck creating your headboard!

 

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