The gingham check pattern has been around centuries, adorning everything imaginable and exuding a country flair. If the country look is the interior design that is desired, try some of these simple DIY home updates that will add country flair without costing a lot of money.
Add Gingham Ribbon to White Café Curtains
An inexpensive set of white cotton café curtains can be updated with a country look by adding gingham ribbon. This is a no-sew DIY project that anyone can do.
Purchase three to four in wide gingham ribbon in the needed amount of yardage. To determine how many yards of gingham ribbon is needed, measure the bottom of each curtain and total the inches. If curtain tie backs are desired, add 12 inches for each tie back. For each 36 inches, purchase one yard of gingham ribbon and one yard of iron-on fusible web.
Attach the gingham ribbon to the bottom of each café curtain panel with the iron-on fusible web according to package directions. Cut 12 inch lengths of the remaining gingham ribbon to use as curtain tie backs (no fusible web needed), loop around the center of the curtain and hold the end in place with a thumb tack pushed through the gingham ribbon and into the wall.
DIY Gingham Lampshade
Turn a plain white lampshade into a country gingham lampshade with gingham ribbon and a hot glue gun. Choose a width of gingham ribbon that matches the scale of the lampshade (one inch wide ribbon for small lampshades, three-to-four inch wide for larger lampshades) and hot glue the gingham ribbon to the top edge and bottom edge of the lampshade. Gingham ribbon can be hot glued on flat or pleat the ribbon while gluing it onto the lampshade.
Add Gingham to Antique Saucers to Create Country Wall Art
Several styles of antique saucers have dainty cut-out designs around the edges. Narrow gingham ribbon can be weaved through those cut-out designs, then suspended from the wall to create country wall art. Leave several inches of gingham ribbon on each end after weaving it through the saucer cut-outs. Tie the ends of the gingham ribbon together to form a loop for hanging the country wall art.
DIY Gingham Fabric Décor
A few yards of gingham fabric can be made into napkins, table runner and/or throw pillows to add country flair to home decor.
Cut strips of leftover gingham fabric remnants with pinking shears and attach the fabric strips to edges of open shelving with craft glue.
Create mats for picture frames by cutting gingham fabric to fit the picture frame. Use craft glue to glue the gingham fabric onto the picture frame’s cardboard back, then place picture of choice in the center of the frame for an instant country look.
A little gingham here, a little ginger there, provides a simple DIY home update with a country flair.