4 Super Easy (And Sophisticated!) Home DIY Projects
"Easy as a grade-school craft: Coat with adhesive; sprinkle with glitter. What I love most about a sparkly pendant is that you get a wow moment every time you flip on the light." — DIY blogger Marisa Mangum, Marissa Makes
- pendant shade
- foam brush
- Mod Podge
- glitter in any color, enough for two coats (we used one 16-ounce container for this 25-inch-diameter shade)
Lay out newspaper to cover your work surface. Brush a layer of Mod Podge onto one-third of the pendant shade’s interior, top to bottom, all the way to the wire-rimmed edges.
Sprinkle on a thick layer of glitter. Shake off the excess. Repeat the Mod Podge–and-glitter process on the remainder of the shade, one-third at a time. Let dry for about 1 hour.
Apply a second coat of Mod Podge, followed by a second layer of glitter (again, section by section). Shake off the excess. Let dry. Hang and light up!
“'Decoupaging' is a quick, affordable makeover move. It’s traditionally done with paper, but you can use the glue-and-seal technique with fabric, too. You don’t even have to cover the whole piece. Just doing the seat of a chair or the panels on dresser drawers is impactful.” — DIY blogger P.J. Mehaffey
- hard-surfaced side chair
- 1 to 2 yards cotton fabric
- sharp scissors
- 2 medium-size wall paintbrushes
- Mod Podge
- sharp X-Acto knife
- water-based polyurethane (such as Minwax)
Place the fabric over the chair seat and cut out the general shape but larger, leaving about a 2-inch overhang. Set aside.
Brush a thin coat of Mod Podge onto the chair seat, all the way to the edges.
Lay out the cut fabric on top, from the center of the seat and out to the sides. Firmly press a clean, dry paintbrush over the surface to smooth out any air bubbles. Let dry for 5 to 10 minutes.
With an X-Acto knife, cut away the fabric along the seat’s perimeter. Trim any fraying with scissors. Repeat steps 1 to 4 with the chair back.
With the dry paintbrush, apply a coat of water-based polyurethane onto the adhered fabric. Let dry for at least 2 hours. Repeat, then let dry completely overnight.
“Color blocking makes plain baskets look high-end. The weave is imperfect, so it’s not really noticeable if you paint a little outside the lines.” — DIY blogger Sherry Petersik, Young House Love
- woven baskets
- sturdy paper plate
- acrylic paint in up to 3 colors
- flat-bristled paintbrushes narrower than the width of one woven row in each basket, one for each color (ours were ½ inch wide)
Lay out newspaper to cover your work surface. Squirt a golf ball–size dollop of each color onto the paper plate.
Apply the paint, following the line of a woven row. If you’re using more than one color, choose two neutrals and one deeper shade, like our gray, white, and blue combo. (No need to get into the creases, but it’s fine if you do.)
Let dry for at least 1 hour.
“A leather border makes anything from a terra-cotta pot to a traditional mirror, like the one shown here, instantly fresh and modern. Choose a neutral, like gold, gray, or black, to keep the look upscale.” — DIY blogger Mandi Gubler, Vintage Revivals
- round mirror with a thin frame (or no frame)
- ½ yard leather or faux leather (available at fabric and craft stores)
- sharp scissors
- craft glue (such as Magna-Tac)
Cut the leather into 1½-inch-wide strips, then measure off and cut into squares. (Ours were 1½ inches, and our mirror was 19 inches.)
Snip the squares in half diagonally to create even triangles.
Lay the triangles on top of the mirror to determine the placement that you like. (Cut extra triangles if necessary.)
On the suede (or faux suede) back of a triangle, place small dots of craft glue in each corner, about ¼ inch from the edges (to prevent oozing). Press in place on the mirror securely.
Repeat, moving clockwise from the first triangle, until the border is complete.
Let dry for about 5 minutes.