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A couple of handy tips when applying upholstery pins
There are some upholstery projects that can be fiddly and can quickly get you feeling frustrated. One of those is using upholstery pins or nails to decorate or add decorative nailhead trim to upholstered furniture. We found a couple of handy tips that will make the task easier. 
DIY basket chandelier
Hard to believe that this modern chandelier is made using a secondhand light fitting and a couple of wire baskets. You could also using plastic hanging plant baskets, or chrome vegetable baskets to make your own chandelier and then finish it off with Rust-Oleum Universal metallic spray paint. 
Make a simple yet decorative fireplace screen
Having recently featured a couple of articles on fireplaces, and one in particular that looks at how to block out draughts using a fire screen, I was so glad to stumble upon this project that shows how to make a simple yet decorative fireplace screen.
Home decor that costs you cents!
The other day I was cleaning out old drawers and stumbled upon a jar of one and two cent pieces... remember those! Since this old currency is now useless, I didn't want to throw it away but had no idea what to do with it. How's this idea for vamping up an old vase using cent pieces.
 
Colourful winter table centrepiece
It might be winter, but that doesn't mean you can't still add a colourful centrepiece to brighten up a table or room. This zesty lemon and lime arrangement is a wonderful way to lift the spirits and bring fresh aromas into a home.
 
Dress up a plain interior door
Here's a quick and easy DIY option to dress up a plain interior door. Use pine moulding or trim to add a framed fabric panel to doors. You will find a selection of pine moulding and trim at your local Builders Warehouse, and most fabric stores stock burlap or hessian to add a fabric panel to a door.
DIY vintage picture gallery
I have been wanting to create a vintage picture gallery for quite a while and finally managed to get it done as a project for easy DIY. Although the picture frame is made using 12mm SupaWood, I wanted it to look more like a vintage cottage window frame, with individual panels for favourite photographs. The frame for the picture gallery was painted and then lightly distressed to make it look more authentic.
How to paint upholstered furniture
I know that there are many readers who will find this project interesting. Having previously posted on painting upholstered furniture, and receiving lots of enquiries on this topic, I thought it might be nice to share another painted upholstery project with you.
Decorative lattice frames for plant pots
Every home should have a few potted plants or herbs, but if you don't want to go to the expense of buying fancy pots, we used 6mm SupaWood to make decorative lattice frames for plant pots. Now you can place potted plants anywhere in the home and paint the lattice frames to match your existing decor.
Makeover coffee table with wallpaper
Here's an easy way to give any coffee table and instant makeover... with wallpaper and upholstery nails. A plain white-painted coffee table goes from average to amazing and one-of-a-kind in an hour, and you can do the same with any coffee table.
8 Colourful projects with Rust-Oleum
Rust-Oleum offers an excellent selection of spray painting products that come in an amazing range of colours. Satin, gloss or metallic, Rust-Oleum spray paint offers twice the coverage to make spray painting almost any object quick and easy. You will find the complete range of Rust-Oleum products at your local Builders Warehouse.
Tie-dye cotton bed linen
Although we don't have access to some of the wonderful items at Pottery Barn, I occasionally come across products that we can use for inspiration and copy for our own homes. One of these products is tie-dyed bedding and bed sheets. Tie dye is an easy way to add splashes of colour to plain cotton sheets - and if you can't find dye food colouring works just as well.
Decorative air-dry clay plate
Air-dry clay is so easy to use for a wide variety of projects, and this decorative plate is a quick and easy project. With Mother's Day not too far away I thought it would be nice to share this project by sodapop design, as it would make a nice gift for mom. A nice finishing option for this clay plate is to spray with Rust-Oleum Universal metallics to add a touch of glitz to your decor.
Delicate enamel wire flowers
Hard to believe that this delicate flowers are made of wire and nail polish. Jewellers wire is wrapped to create the shape of the flowers and then filled with a drop of nail polish. While you may need a couple of practice runs to master the technique, but once you do you will want to make lots of these pretty flowers.
Monkey business tree-shaped coat rack
Make a tree-shaped coat rack or hanger out of PG Bison 12mm SupaWood and paint this in your choice of colour for a fun coat rack or hanger for a child's bedroom. Arrange with your local Builders Warehouse to cut half a sheet down to size, or make more than one and give them as gifts.
Wire mesh basket for magazines, towels or veggies
This wire mesh basket is perfect for magazines, storing bathroom towels for easy access, as a vegetable basket, or for general storage in and around the home. The basket is made using wire mesh that you can buy at your local Builders Warehouse, as well as a recycled veneer carton and a piece of cork or plywood for the base. Grab your supplies and make one...
Reclaimed plastic bottle petal lamp
I have seen so many gorgeous petal lamps and definitely wanted one for my TV room. Considering that you can pay anywhere from R800 upwards, once again I decided to make my own (!) and look at how to use plastic bottles to make it. I have done so many projects using recycled plastic bottles that I immediately thought about how to use the bottom part of the bottle for the petals.
Make a pool noodle garland
I have seen pool noodles used in many ways but love this idea for making a garland using pool noodles. A couple of colourful pool noodles and you can create a bold, bright hanging display for a special occasion or party.
Transform furniture with ceiling tiles
Plastic ceiling tiles might look tacky when mounted on a ceiling (!) but they sure do look wonderful when added as accessories to vintage furniture. This two-door armoire / wardrobe was decorated with plastic ceiling tiles painted in silver that add a new dimension to the piece.
Table lamp from plastic and rope
This modern table lamp is easy to make using rope and a sheet of plastic, you can even recycle plastic bottles to make the table lamp.The base of the lamp is a pot trivet that you will find at home decor stores, and you will also need 2-core electrical cable, a lampholder and an on/off switch that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse.
DIY options for pendant lamps
There are so many creative ways to create your own DIY pendant lampshades. Gather your inspiration from everyday home items, secondhand stores, or your local Builders Warehouse. An inexpensive and simple way to make your own pendant lampshades is to use wire, steel or woven baskets, and we took a look at what's on offer at various home decor stores.
Chinese paper lanterns with style!
If you have a China Mall close to you, or a discount home store, you will find inexpensive Chinese paper lanterns . These paper lanterns are perfect for dressing up for a special event or party, and you can even hang them in your home. The paper lanterns shown in this article are styled with decoupage using a few scraps of fabric and craft paint.
Crafty ideas for using wire
Inexpensive and easy to use, there are so many ways to use wire to create your own home decor and accessories. I've scoured the Internet looking for crafty ideas to use wire for craft and decor projects, and have found plenty. Whether your style is uber-trendy or vintage chic, you're sure to find a wire project that you can try.
Framed perpetual calendar
These framed perpetual calendars will help you to stay organised, plus you can use them over and over. You can print out the months on your PC and frame them behind glass. Use a whiteboard marker to fill in the calendar and then wipe clean for the next month.
Woodburn with Dremel VersaTip and VersaFlame
If Santa brought you a Dremel VersaTip or VersaFlame for Christmas, chances are you can't wait to start using them. Here's a very crafty way to use your new Dremel tools to create woodburnt art for a feature wall. All you need are a couple of pieces of timber or board, your Dremel VersaTip or VersaFlame and a couple of picture hangers.
Make your own curtain tiebacks
Love the idea of making my own curtain tiebacks with items that can be found at your local Builders Warehouse - and that won't cost much either. These curtain tiebacks are made using hardware, copper pipe and rope.
Crochet a Mandala floor rug
Even if you have never used a crochet hook before, you're going to want to after seeing how easy it is to make a Mandala floor rug. Mandala means circular, and this large circular Mandala rug is made using t-shirt yarn, so start asking around for old clothes and get started!

 

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