Have some time on your hands? Try these easy DIY projects.
A NIFTY SIDE TABLE
Here are two household items you never thought could work together: metal flowerpot stands and old-fashioned enamel washbasins or trays. With some spray paint, the unlikely pairing becomes a practical side table that is a breeze to assemble. We sprayed the basin, tray and stand in darker shades for a grown-up look, but you can opt for versions with old-style flower motifs if you'd prefer a more nostalgic touch.
The plant stands come in a wide variety of heights, so you can apply this idea to any corner of your home for various purposes, too. The plant stands are available at plant nurseries, while the enamel basins and trays can be found at shops selling traditional Chinese wedding supplies.
CREATE A COLLECTION OF VESSELS
Instead of spending money on a statement piece for that bare tabletop, try this easy DIY idea. Gather a collection on vases in various sizes and heights (you can even upcycle empty wine bottles or plastic planters), and cover them completely in two to three layers of matte-black spray paint. Grouped together, they make a dramatic, Baroque-style composition that is both classic and contemporary. Flowers become optional.
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• 5 magazine pages per coaster
• X-acto knife and ruler, or scissors
1. Tear out magazine pages. Cut off the torn edge on each page, then cut each page in half lengthwise.
2. Fold each strip in half lengthwise. Then fold in thirds, folding the cut edges inward first so they’re hidden inside. Fold it in half at the centre to create a “V” shape. Repeat with each magazine sheet.
3. Start a weave by interlocking two strips. This is the bottom left corner of your coaster.
4. Then add another strip that wraps around the outside of the horizontal bottom strip.
5. Continue weaving to create a lattice. Some strips will wrap around the outside of the coaster when you start them; some will begin sandwiched between two existing strips. Keep adding to your coaster one strip at a time, making sure to push the papers tightly together. Check your work at the back to make sure the weaves are all even.
6. When the coaster has five horizontal and five vertical strips, finish the edges by securing the strips that appear on the outside. Trim off one end of the strip so that it’s even with the edge of the coaster. Hide raw ends by folding them over the edge of the coaster and tucking them under the closest weave.
7. Strips that appear from the inside of the coaster can be trimmed off.
Tip: Try this with straws and fabric you wish to recycle, too.
This was first published on Young Parents.
PILLOW COVER, MADE OUT OF OLD SHIRTS
Have an old-shirt that still looks good, but unfortunately no longer fits? Turn it into a pillow cover! This DIY project is so easy to do, you can even do it with your young child!
MATERIALS YOU NEED
• Button-up shirt
• Throw cushion
• Fabric scissors
• Sewing machine (optional)
1. With shirt buttoned and flat on your workspace, measure and mark the area of the shirt to cut. It should be 3½cm larger than your cushion on all sides. If your shirt has a pocket, be sure to include it in the area that will be part of your cushion cover.
2. Next, cut through both layers of the shirt. You should now have a square fabric, with the two sides connected by the shirt’s original seams.
3. Turn the cushion cover inside out, then sew the top and bottom of the cushion cover close.
4. Turn the cushion cover right side out. To insert your pillow, unbutton the case, slip the cushion through the opening, and then button it shut.
Tip: Use the shirt pocket to store knick-knacks – or your television remote.
This article was first published on Young Parents.