homediys

Stamped Clay Bowls | Gathering Beauty

Aren’t these gorgeous?! And seriously, the process is so easy to follow, you’re going to have a stack of these bowls in no time. What to do with all your bowls? Keep them on your bedside table or near your front door for your keys/jewels/watch. Put it in your bathroom with some pretty soaps in it or just use them as decoration anywhere in your house. Plus this would make a really lovely gift - you should be able to get a few bowls from a packet of clay, meaning you’ve got a cheap gift that looks a million bucks!

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Pallet Swing Bed | The Merry Thought

Hammocks? Uh, so hard to get into (and harder to get out of!). Swinging chairs? Not the easiest thing to lay on. Day bed? But it doesn’t swing! Pallet swing bed? Best of all worlds! It looks so comfortable too. This is more than a one day project, and you need something sturdy to hang it from, but I’m sure the idea of spending your Summers laying on this, reading a good book, drinking an iced tea and napping will keep you motivated! I’m going to show this project to my dad and try to convince him to make one for me…

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Instagram Projects

Don’t let your amazing Instagram pics sit on your phone, bring them to life with these three amazing projects! I have to say I’m in love with that little Polaroid necklace (interchangeable pics, so cute!)

Big Display Ideas For Instagram | Dot Coms For Moms

Tiny Polaroid Magnets | Ambrosia Girl

Polaroid Necklace | Dot Coms For Moms

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DIY Inspiration

At Home With Jen Lula | A Beautiful Mess

While browsing the Beautiful Mess blog, I spotted this amazing wall art in Jen Lula’s home. I’ve featured string & nail wall art before, and it’s such a fun and creative way to add colour and texture to your place without a ton of effort. The nice thing is that it’s always going to be unique depending on the string you use, the size of your letters, etc. I think I might need to go and buy some nails and wool tomorrow!

Handwriting Statement Wall | A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess is like the place to go for amazing statement walls! This time it’s in the form of a phrase, repeated over and over - and if I’ve learnt anything from watching every season of Design Star, it’s that when you repeat something over and over it has a big impact. But as you can see, it’s best to keep everything else relatively neutral so your room doesn’t get too busy. You could also paint your wall in one colour and then do your writing in a shade lighter or darker. A big impact that’s incredibly original!

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10 Clever Spray Paint Ideas | Curbly

Spray paint has a bad rep. Back in the day it was oily, toxic and only available in colours like black, brown, red and browny red. But as you can see, spray paint has changed with the times and comes in a myriad of colours, types and textures. Curbly has rounded up a fantastic set of projects using this overlooked product, in lots of different ways. Personally I adore those gold letters (formerly plastic blue, yellow & red!) and the gold/pink book ends. Click through for all the links!

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Favourite Home DIYs of 2011

So I’ve gone back through my archive and picked out my most favourite DIYs that I blogged this year. I still haven’t done any of them, but now I’m all excited about them again after ‘rediscovering’ them. I think I need to make that terrarium with the little man though.

Top, L-R:

Foam Deer Head | Chronicle Books;

Pallet Reading Bed | Ashley Ann Photography;

Cross Stitch Family Portrait | Martha Stewart

Middle, L-R:

Jewelry Bust | Design*Sponge;

Butterfly Dome | Stylist Home

Tea Shelf | Design*Sponge

Bottom, L-R:

Dressed Up Dresser | Lena Corwin for How Tuesday

Profile Bulletin Board | Country Living

DIY Terrarium | Intimate Weddings

Threaded Heart Wall Art | Handmade Charlotte

Not only do I love this colour combo of yellow & grey, I love how easy this art is to create! If you want the heart to be a bit more ‘round’, just hammer in more nails. If you are a renter and your landlord isn’t keen on you hammering nails into your wall, get yourself a piece of wood and hammer in to that (plus you get to take it with you!)

Storage Compartment Book | Drifter & The Gypsy

I am a sucker for secrets. Not the ones you have to keep from other people, but fun secrets like this! If I had the money, I would build a house with lots of secret passages, stairways, and rooms. I love caravans with their secret compartments, their pop out beds and hidden cupboards. And then there are secret books. A great way to store things you don’t want anyone else to know about - a set of keys, jewelry, cash… gold?! Go to your local second hand bookstore and get a nice hardcover book to create your safe. Just make sure it’s not a book that anyone is going to want to borrow!