Arts & Crafts

How to paint a roman blind or curtain
I am definitely into painting crafts at the moment and the next item on my list is to paint up some Roman blinds for my kitchen. You will find easy instructions for making your own Roman blinds on Home-Dzine, and I mention in the article that the most difficult part of making your own blinds is finding the right fabric. So, if you can't find fabric you like you could consider painting your own fabric!
Have fun with painted pebbles
Painted pebbles are a fun way for the whole family to get involved in crafting. It's also a crafty idea if you are looking to keep the kids occupied during school holidays. You can buy a small bag of pebbles at your local garden centre or nursery, or collect them at the beach on your next holiday vacation.
Biscuit tin turned into vintage sewing kit
Turn a plain biscuit tin into a wonderful decor accessory or sewing kit using a few bits from your sewing box. This simple project shows how easily you can transform everyday items that would normally be thrown away into something useful.
Add floral stencil design to plain wall
If you have  plain wall that needs a bit of interest added, making a stencil and adding a pretty design is an easy and  affordable way to dress up a bare spot with flair. Choose a paint colour that complements your existing colour scheme, or go for a colour that really pops.
Food colouring = Wood stain
Some of the wood stain colours that you find on the shelf these days are boring and old fashioned. Any easy way to make your own colourful wood stain is to use food colouring. In this article you will find out how easy it is to stain wood in any colour you want - easy and affordably. Grab some PAR pine blocks to practice on and start mixing up rainbow shades of wood stains.
Easy painted panel headboard
Turn 12mm PG Bison SupaWood panels into a colourful headboard with paint. Have 12mm supawood cut to size at your local Builders Warehouse and then paint in colours and pattern that match you existing decor. You can add as many 300mm-wide panels to create a headboard for any size bed.
Spray or paint your serviettes!
I have done a lot of things with spray paint, but making serviettes is definitely a first, although I have use spray paint for quite a few fabric projects. With a Rust-Oleum conference coming up I decided to show the many ways - other than the obvious - to use spray paint. The serviettes are cut from canvas drop cloth and the edges are frayed, although you can fold them and sew if you prefer a neater finish.
Stencil a canvas cushion or pillow
I have been using Rust-Oleum spray paint on fabric for ages, since way back in 2005 when I first discovered that you can! I sprayed a chevron pattern on my cushions, made striped Roman blinds for the bathroom, and a tablecloth and serviettes. Using a stencil to create unique designs on canvas is a fun and affordable way to add your own personal touch to a room.
Create polka dot kitchen cannisters
Rust-Oleum chalkboard spray has so many uses, but to tie in with our Colourful Kitchen article, I sprayed two glass jars (R39.99 at Mr Price Home) with chalkboard spray and added colourful designs with Bostik glass deco paints. Just one of the many ways to transform affordable decor accessories into unique pieces for any home.
Nail varnish dipped plant pots
Forget about paint dipped pots. This project shows how you can use nail varnish to add a colourful dipped effect to plant pots, or anything else for that matter. Buy a few bottles of inexpesive nail varnish in your choice of colours and experiment.
Lace and spray paint for furniture
Some years back I posted an article on using lace and spray paint to dress up the top of a cabinet. This technique has resurfaced all over the Internet and there are beautiful examples of lace spray painted furniture. It's an easy way to dress up a dated piece and put a new twist on old furniture.
Wall mural painting technique
Imagine being able to paint any design as a wall mural - creating wall murals for a childrens bedroom or nursery. The DIY Divas are proud to present a Wall Mural Painting Workshop in conjunction with Kaylynne Thompson-Jagga, graphic designer and artist extraodinaire.
Painted canvas placemats
I have discovered many uses for canvas dropcloths that I buy from my local Builders Warehouse, and this is a great project for using up any leftover scraps that you may have lying around.
Create one-of-a-kind accent furniture
Painting furniture is a wonderful way to update old furniture to fit into your space, as was the case with this old credenza. A stencilled design transform the cabinet into a stylish piece that now fits nicely into a guest bedroom.
Simple yet stunning faux metal picture frames
Making a plain picture frame is simple, but adding texture transforms a plain picture frame into a stylish frame that would normally cost big bucks. Use offcuts or PAR pine to make these picture frames and then add a distinctive faux finish.

back to top

Paint a custom area rug
Painted rugs have become a trend as people realise how easy it is to do. If you use a quality paint and brush it into the pile of the carpet, a painted rug will last reasonably well depending on the amount of traffic, and you can clean by wiping with a lightly damp cloth.
Paint on ceramics
Using ceramic or glass liner pens and paints allows you to transfer designs onto ceramic and porcelain crockery to add a touch of your own personality to plain items. You will find ceramic or glass liners at craft and hobby stores, and they are available in a range of colours.
Painted cushions inspired by art
Over at the cavender diary a set of cushions are given an art-inspired paint treatment that transforms them from plain to unique. No special paints involved, these cushions were splashed with everyday household paint leftover from various home projects.
Cake stand made from plant pots
Dress up some plant pots with spray paint to create this charming cake stand. Easy to make, you can add your own personal touch to this cake stand to match your table decor or party theme.
How to paint and distress old furniture
I love discovering old piece of furniture that can be painted and distressed, especially when you pick them up for practically nothing because people don't want them anymore. But even searching online classified can sometimes result in finding hidden treasures, or vintage pieces that haven't been cared for.
Metallic zebra print rug
I have been longing for a zebra print rug for ages and finally bought myself a large piece of canvas dropcloth and some Rust-Oleum Universal metallic in pure gold so that I can make my own zebra print rug. Once you've got the design done, painting and finishing your own zebra print rug is quite easy.

back to top

Dress up a chest of drawers with geometric designs
This project shows how easily you can transform a chest of drawers, or any piece of furniture, into a wonderful show piece for a home. This plain chest of drawers is finished with a geometric design in aqua hues.
Dandelion triptych
I have been wanting to make a dandelion triptych for ages and a recent experiment using relief paint and aluminium foil to make a picture frame got me to thinking about the perfect idea. My dandelion art is on SupaWood and uses relief paint, which is then covered with Rust-Oleum titanium silver spray paint. I love it...!
Make a hand painted rug
I found this stunning project and this is definitely one I want to try... when I find the time, as I need a couple of rugs for various rooms in my home and just can't find what I'm looking for. This painted rug is quick and easy to make and you can customise the design and colour to fit in with your decor.
rust-oleum gloss apple red console table
Make your own embellished letters
Take a look around your home and you are bound to come across odd pieces of broken jewellery, single earrings, buttons and other items that you can use to create your own embellished letters. It's so easy...
Handy storage rack for craft paints
Here's a nifty way to make a craft storage centre for all your craft paints. You can also use this craft storage centre for glitter, nail polish and lipstick, or cotton thread. In fact, there are so many ways to use this craft storage centre. Hang one in a child's bedroom for storing crayons, pencils and kokies.
Get creative with the humble potato
As a young girl I remember cutting up potatoes to make my own stamps for projects. Potatoes were always readily available and easy enough to cut into shapes for stamping onto card and fabric. Today there are other options, but why fork out hard-earned cash when you can still use potatoes for creative stamping.

back to top

So many ways to use Rust-Oleum spray paint
You know I love Rust-Oleum spray paint. I have used it for so many projects here on Home-Dzine. Rust-Oleum is not your average spray paint, far from it, and you need to grab a can or two from your local Builders Warehouse to give it at try and see for yourself. Here are some projects that use Rust-Oleum spray paint to get those creative juices flowing...
Old headboards become a daybed
What to do with a pair of headboards picked up at a bargain price? These solid Imbuia headboards are to valuable to ignore and it's amazing to see what can actually be done with a pair of old headboards.
Make a chalkboard menu or notice board
I find chalkboard menu boards very useful. You can hang them in the kitchen to remind you of groceries to buy, or what's for dinner, hang them in the laundry or home office, or make one for the kids to use. Grab a can of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard spray paint at your local Builders Warehouse and start spraying...!
How to paint a headboard
Easy DIY magazine recently commissioned me to design a couple of quick and easy headboard projects for future issues. I put my thinking cap on for this, and one idea that immediately came to mind was to paint a headboard.
Reuse or repurpose old with a new coat of paint
Sometimes all you need is a can of paint and you can transform dated or mismatched decor accessories easily and quickly.
Easy art with Rust-Oleum Universal - pure gold
Here's an easy way to make your own art with Rust-Oleum Universal - pure gold - spray paint and canvas frames. Repurpose old canvas art and transform them using masking tape and Rust-Oleum Universal spray paint in pure gold.

back to top

Painting ceramic, melamine or glass plates
For children's birthday parties you can easily decorate a few paper, melamine or ceramic plates for the occasion. Marie at makes and takes has a project to make a painted party plate can be used over and over again.
How to do block painting onto fabric
Block printing is a fun and affordable way to create your own unique fabrics using nothing more than your own printing blocks and paint. If you use matt acrylic paints your designs are washable and you can design an unlimited selection of fabrics.
Create art with Rust-Oleum spray paint
It doesn't take much for me to find ways to use spray paint. Having previously tried my hand using an artist's spray gun, I found it fun to grab a couple of cans of Rust-Oleum for my 3-seasons apple tree art. This art signifies spring, summer and autumn. I would have added winter but didn't have enough room on the wall!
Vintage ceiling tile clock
Although these aren't tin ceiling tiles, you can easily paint modern plastic ceiling tiles to look vintage, and then transform into an antique finish clock. In this project we show you how to paint plastic ceiling tiles to look like vintage tiles, and then make your ceiling tile into a clock.
More paint dipped plant pots - the easy way!
I have originally posted on paint dipped decor and how it's becoming quite a trend. I came across this project that shows an easy and simpleway to apply a paint dipped finish.
Paint your way to unique fabrics
Instead of forking out your well-earned cash on expensive fabric accessories, why not get creative with fabric and fabric.
Get creative with paint
There are so many creative ways to have fun with paint and provide practical solutions for home decor. We have included a couple of projects that show how easy it is to use paint to highlight a feature on a wall.

back to top

Make a burlap table runner
This charming table runner features flowers that give it a contemporary touch. The runner is made from durable burlap fabric that’s covered in fun stencilled patterns.
Paint dipped decor

I accidentally stumbled upon some images of paint dipped baskets and thought that this was a great way to add interest to baskets, flower pots and other home decor items. Although, if you are planning to do this, make sure you collect together more than one item to paint dip, as it can otherwise work out very expensive.

Makeover an old coffee table

I love making over an old piece. It gives it new life, new potential and in doing so, can totally change the look of a space.

Stencilling tips

Stencils are perfect for DIY decor: easy, economical and fun! You can stencil with a roller or a stencil brush.

Paint a rug with spray paint!
I recently came across a post where a rug was painted with a stencil design. Having used my Rust-Oleum spray paints on fabric and furniture, there's no reason why you can't use it on rugs and mats as well.
How to paint and stencil a table

How to paint a table with a stencilled design. Follow these easy step-by step instructions.

Back to school task board

I stumbled across this lovely project for a task board that the kids (and parents) can use to keep track of what needs to be done on a daily basis. What a great idea!

back to top

Custom art works
I really wanted to find a nice way to add colour to a blank wall and thought it would be perfect to do a stencilled canvas art. All of the art I saw in stores was either too expensive or didn’t go with my space at all, most of the time it was both!
Wetherley Wannabe
I know many detest brochures that find their way into our mail boxes. Even though I complain about them as hard as the next person – I will always have a complete scan of all things nice. And all things are possible with a little determination and imagination.
Painted blanket box
Take a plain, wooden blanket box and transform it with paint into a wonderful treasure for a bedroom.
Colour glass jars
Use paint to add colour to glass jars for a decorative accent in the home.
How to paint curtains
It's easy to makeover a set of plain curtains (or cotton flat sheets) with fabric paint and stencil. There are no fancy techniques involved; simply find a design that you like, cut out the stencil and stencil the design onto the fabric.
"My Art" memo board - reader project
I love giving this project as a gift to my friends' childen, as they love to display their works of art. An affordable but personal gift idea.

back to top

Table makeover with distressed technique
Sometimes older pieces cry out for a bit of TLC to restore them to stunning collectibles. Here's how to create a rustic finish on a wooden side table using paint and a distressing technique.
Vinyl on canvas wall art
If you aren't very good at painting, applying vinyl cut outs to a canvas is an easy way to create your own unique art.
Make your own canvas wall art
You don't even need to be artistic to create your own wall art!
How to make your own stencils
Making your own stencils is easy and you can make stencils in any design you want. Here's how to design and create your own stencils.
How to spray paint
With a can or two of Rust-Oleum 2X or Painter's Touch spray paint you can liven up your kitchen colour scheme.

back to top

Barcode wall art
Use masking tape and craft paint to create your own unique barcode art
Cute picture frames
These frames cost around R20 each at home decor stores, and it takes less than 30 minutes to complete three of them!
Restore furniture with paint
This oak buffet was gathering dust in a garage before being restored to its original glory.
How to decorate a plain blind
Stencils have come a long way; today’s options are sophisticated, easy to use, and offer you endless design possibilities. Combine your favourite pattern and paint colour for a shade that makes a personal statement in a bedroom, bath, home office, or anywhere you want to add privacy.
Discover stamping
Rubber stamping is the latest trend for adding unique touches to a wall, border, fabric, furniture - in fact you can stamp onto almost anything! It's fun, it's easy and it's definitely a fun way to add your own personal touch.
Mock stained glass
Some self-adhesive vinyl, glass stain or Rust-Oleum paint pens and liquid lead are all that you need to create your own stained glass window.
Gilded bottles
Don't throw away empty bottles, transform them with Rust-Oleum Leafing Pens or metallic craft paint.
 
 
Paint a melamine bookshelf
Andrea Vogel, one of our readers, shows you how easy it is to transform a dated melamine bookshelf into a stylish and modern shelf display unit with paint.
Serving tray from an old cabinet door
In this project, we transform an old cabinet door into an elegant serving tray. We designed a classic white tray with black detailing, but you can choose any colours.
Learn how to silk screen
Silk screen printing is a fairly simple printing technique that - with a few essential materials - is easy to master.

back to top

Dresser makeover
A made-over dresser and mirror (along with new window treatments) turn this wall into a glamorous focal point.
Mosaic design tablecloth
Create a mosaic-effect border with a Moroccan flavour for a kitchen tablecloth using one simple stencil and a subtle blue and aqua colour combination.
How to paint furniture
Paint is not just for using on walls. There are so many ways that you can use paint to update your home - and furniture - and save money on replacing items by simply giving them a new look.
How to antique furniture
Transform an ordinary piece of furniture into an antique piece with a little bit of paint and glaze.
Revamp garden table
The secret to painting this faux-mosaic table top? Dot stickers. Plus some white paint followed by a few coats of fabulous French blue paint. Add matching French bistro chairs and an old chandelier, and you’re ready for an al fresco candlelight dinner.
Make your own canvas frames
Whether you want to create and paint your own works of art, or hang fabric as decorative works, here's how to create your own canvas frames ...

back to top


 

Search Home-Dzine