Crafting homemade items for your home is an inexpensive–and fun–way to create just the right look in your decor. You can choose the perfect colors, the exact size and the best style to use in your home. You can create simple crafts for any room in your home and tailor them to exactly what you need. Simple crafts can be made as decorations or to be useful and decorative. Check out a few of these ideas to gussy up your home with your handiwork.
A simple and useful craft can be made for the kitchen out of a square potholder and a dish cloth. Fold the potholder in half so that the hanging loop is at the center. The hanging loop will fold over and become a button loop after you attach a button to the opposite edge of the potholder.
After folding the potholder, mark the center with straight pins. Fold the dish cloth in half then use a needle and thread to make a running stitch along the fold, then gather so the dish cloth is an equal length to the folded center of the potholder. Pin the right sides of the dish cloth and potholder together then sew with a machine. Add the button. I button these cloths to my oven handle for a handy hand drying towel.
Plastic Bag Holder
Most of us have an overabundance of those plastic bags we bring home from the grocery store. Keeping them in some sort of order so they can be reused is always a trick. This simple craft can help keep them organized, out of sight and ready for use.
Sew the two side edges of a decorative dish towel together into a tube. Sew a length of ribbon for a hanger on one end of the towel. Use a needle and thread to make a running stitch around the other end of the towel then gather to make the opening smaller. Hang this up and stuff plastic bags into the top hole then pull them out one by one from the bottom.
Wine Goblet Candle Holder
If you are looking for a nice table centerpiece or an accent on a fireplace mantle or end table, check out your kitchen or local thrift store. Grab a wine glass or three (a nice touch is varying sizes of wine glasses grouped together) then fill them one third to halfway full of plain sand or colored sand. Push a votive candle down into the sand. Leave the wine glasses just like this or add an accent to the base of the stem. Twist fake flowers around the stem or tie ribbons, raffia or some other type of decoration on the wineglass stem. Change or rotate the stem decorations depending upon the season or special event.
Do a variation on this idea with a more country flavor using canning jars. This is an especially pretty decoration when you use a blue Ball or Mason jar.
Tin Can Votive Holder Luminary
Don’t toss out all of those used tin cans after you’ve made supper, turn them from trash into treasures!
Rinse out the cans then use a bit of sandpaper to sand the inside edges where the can was opened. If you have a drill and small drill bit this craft is easier to make but if you don’t, a hammer and a nail will work fine.
Use the drill and bit or hammer and nail to create a pattern of holes on the surface of the can. Create a star or a snowflake for a Christmas craft or an arrangement of holes that suits you.
Add a votive candle to the can and enjoy.
These votive holder luminaries can be made using any size can. Like the wine glass candle holder, these cans can be used in an arrangement of various-sized cans. These cans also make great gifts so make a few and delight your friends and family with your great sense of style!