DIY Decorate: Pieces of Art You Never Knew You Had

Klimt 1Klimt 2I have been trying to bring our little home together, finding a place for everything so everything can be put in it’s place but when money is tight the decorative parts you would love to add to your home fall by the way side as you focus on essentials and necessities. That said it doesn’t mean you can’t decorate at all you just have to be a little bit creative about it. I have recently brightened up a few spots on some bare walls with pieces of art I already had, no purchase necessary and they are beautiful!

Free art in the home

I had a big white wall in my living room above my bookcase/sideboard and knew I wanted some beautiful art to fill the space. My dream would be two quite large posters that had a similar frenchy feel as the huge Parisian theatre poster we have resting on our mantel piece. At the moment I have settle for four square Klimt paintings (frenchy feel, but Austrain really) which are actually from last years calendar. I have always kept my calendar to use for other arts and craft pieces so it naturally fell into why don’t I use them whole as pieces of art, I mean that’s what they were originally intended as.

Craft room art- a page out of a book

Incidentally I used the same calendar to cover the front of cardboard boxes that I use for storage in my craft room, which makes my shelves pretty and organised. (I’m sure you will see them in a craft room tour once I get it organised) The walls were a bit lacking before I added a wall hanging which I use sort of like a pin board but I managed to add extra colour with this beautiful photo of spools. This was a page in a Martha Stewart craft book and since I know I will never give it away (it’s great for inspiration) I didn’t mind cutting a page out of it. The back of the page has some acknowledgements on it, which truthfully I haven’t read so it doesn’t matter to me. Many of us have beautiful ‘coffee table’ books as I call them so why not use them to decorate your rooms, when you can enjoy them all the time out in the open.

newspaper art

Another great place to look for free pieces of art are magazines and newspapers. Sometimes they have big page spreads which you can definitely  use as big pieces but even little photo can be used in small frame. I found this nice little picture of a City of Sheffield sign and I have the perfect frame for it. Nice little edition to our new Sheffield home me thinks

Any more ideas for free pieces of art? please leave in the comments

Lorna

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A Simple Christmas: Recycled yogurt pot lid picture ornament

Today is the start of a little collection of Homemade trinkets and treats you can make for your home this Christmas. You don’t always have to spend a fortune on decorations, or presents for that matter, and sometimes you can’t afford to buy those beautiful big baubles your craving. This Christmas i will be making most of our ornaments because we don’t have the money to build up a Christmas collection straight away and what better way to use my crafty skills. Most of the crafts i will be sharing with you will be made from ‘rubbish’ from around the home. With a few little extra buys you can transform some trash into Christmas treasure, starting with these personal ornaments.

Yogurt Pot hanging frames
You with need: As many yogurt pots as you have/saved/pulled out of the bin, Cotton thread preferably gold or red, A needle, Gold and Red Spray paint (but if you’ve got a different colour scheme then go with what you want), photos of you, family, friends and pets.

1. Make sure your yogurt lids are clean and dry and set up a protected place outside to paint them, ventilation is important!

2. Spray paint the top of the lids, half in gold, half in red and leave to dry for at least an hour

3. Once completely dry, puncuture a hole in the side of the rim on each pot using your needle. Then thread a small piece of cotton through the whole and tie in a knot making sure the knot is visible only at the back (glue if need be). Take another length of cotton that will make a loop as big as you want your decoration to hang down. Slip the longer thread into the loop you have already made on the yogurt lid and tie a knot to secure.

4. Measure the front central dip in the lid, i use different circle objects to gauge the size and use it as a template, for example a bottle or a cup. Trace the same size circle around a photo of loved ones and cut out.

5. Glue the cut out photo on to the center and leave to dry. You are then free to hang it from your Christmas tree, mantel or you could even use them as personalised present tags.

The reason i like this project so much is that:

Its easy and you can make alot in an afternoon, though children will need a lot supervision and help because of using spray paint, needles and scissors.

Its pretty cheap, you just need to collect some lids which you still have time to do before Christmas. The spray paint cans cost me about £4 each and my gold one has lasted me forever so only bought a red one new, Cotton i already had but you can get a reel for pennies and you can use photos you already have rather then let them sit in a album where no ones see them

It is personal, you can have Christmas photos, silly photos or just photos of happy memories. Its a one of a kind ornament for you and your family.

Please share your own Christmas crafts and ideas in the comments, still need a few more ideas myself to fill our little tree up and i promise I won’t say seasons greetings just yet… you’ll have to wait till December

Lorna

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