Confined and confused? Here are some DIY things to keep you busy.
Being at home while the world comes to a steady halt can be stifling but it is a privilege nonetheless. With nothing but time on our hands, perhaps we can make sanctuaries out of our homes while we flatten the curve?
Now seems like the perfect opportunity to take cues from tidying up queen Marie Kondo and be grateful. Although chances to properly renovate seem slim to none right now, there are a number of small steps you can take to make your space feel anew.
1. Organise Your Wardrobe
If you haven’t worn it in a year I suggest you say thank you, next and move on
A daunting task for many, wardrobe cleanses can be difficult but can dramatically alter the time it takes one to get ready. This is a good opportunity to reflect over the things you own and the things you really don’t need. If you haven’t worn it in a year I suggest you say thank you, next and move on.
2. Change the Layout
Working from home? Maybe move the table closer to a window
Sometimes the easiest thing to uplift a room is to simply rearrange the furniture. Working from home? Maybe move the table closer to a window or use the art of Feng Shui, which aptly enough seeks to transmit good vibrations throughout a home.
3. Homemade Candles
The options are endless and it makes for a great activity for the entire family
Candles are an easy way to bring light and cosiness into any space. There are a variety of methods you can try out at home to create one that’s perfect for you. From adding essential oils to layering colours, the options are endless and it makes for a great activity for the entire family.
4. Decoupage Table Top Art
Gluing paper (or fabric, or gold leaf) to a surface drastically alters the look of any household item
Decoupage, French for ‘to cut out’, sounds – and looks – fancier than it really is. The artistic pursuit of gluing paper (or fabric, or gold leaf) to a surface is a unique way to drastically alter the look of any household item. Print out images you would like to incorporate or use any old books you have lying around.
5. Vintage Cabinet
Use a wall paper, leftover fabric or paint to spice up a cabinet
Bring new life to a vintage cabinet by backing its shelves with colour and pattern. Use a wall paper, leftover fabric or paint to spice up a cabinet, making it the focal point without overpowering the room. Style your shelves accordingly and keep your colour palette in mind to really amplify the look.
6. Let’s Talk Greenery
Being cooped up indoors makes it a good time to embrace your green thumb
Nothing says good energy like fresh plants. One of the simplest things you can do to uplift any space is to bring in some nature. Being cooped up indoors makes it a good time to embrace your green thumb and perhaps is the closest thing to strolling in the park. You can repot your indoor plants or even paint planters to complement your room.
7. Wall Murals
Opt for geometric shapes or painting your favourite lyrics on to a wall
Netflix is great and all but after watching Friends for the hundredth time might we suggest getting a little artsy? Murals may seem like a tough feat but there are several simple ideas you can execute without destroying the entire wall. Opt for geometric shapes or painting your favourite lyrics on to a wall to reduce the room for error.
8. DIY Jewellery Dish
Grab some clay, get your kids to join in and create some personalised jewellery dishes
You know what’s frustrating? Having to take off your jewellery every time you wash your hands and now that that’s become an hourly ritual, a jewellery dish sounds like a good investment. Grab some clay, get your kids to join in and create some personalised jewellery dishes. Polka dot it, monogram it or stripe it, either way, it makes for a great table top accessory.
9. Upcycled Jars
Mason jars can be revamped in a matter of minutes
If you’ve cleaned out your pantry and stumbled upon some mason jars there are a number of things you can do to make them a beautiful new addition to your kitchen – or any other room for that matter. A popular choice amongst DIY-ers, mason jars can be revamped in a matter of minutes. Our favourite methods include painting them ombre style, dipping them in glitter and/or adding fairly lights inside.
10. Macramé and Knitting
There are several décor accessories that can be made easily such as macramé hanging planters
Knitting and macramé aren’t exactly quick and easy but once you get the hang of it the result can be very rewarding. While most of us aren’t cut up to sit still and stich an entire blanket, there are several other décor accessories that can be made fairly easily such as macramé hanging planters and tapestries. If your quarantining with your grandmothers, take notes.