Everything about owning a home is expensive. From buying it to furnishing it, it seems like the expenses never end. Prior to moving out, everyone looks forward to decorating their home the way they want to in their own personal style. Until that is, a trip to the home furnishing store reveals the true price of a single throw pillow. At this point, you’ll probably opt for the basics and slowly work your way up to the things you truly want.
There’s nothing wrong with this and actually, this is the approach most people take. That being said, you don’t necessarily need to wait, nor do you need to spend a small fortune. If you have the time and the patience, you can make your own home décor accessories. Here are some of the easier ones for you to try.
Chunky Knit Throw Blanket
One of the biggest home trends of recent times is the chunky knit throw blanket and for good reason. Throws always look effortlessly chic and are the perfect way to make your living room or bedroom look cozier. In fact, if you’ve ever delved into the depths of the home section on Instagram, you’ll be used to seeing throw blankets draped everywhere; from bath stools and dining benches to vanity chairs and ottomans.
There’s no denying throw blankets look beautiful and stylish, but the issue is, they can carry a hefty price tag – especially chunky knit blankets. The good news is, you can make your own relatively easily, and here’s how:
- First, buy enough chunky wool. For a medium size blanket that is 40×80 inches, you need around 8lbs of wool.
- Next, unravel the ball of wool on the floor.
- Begin your first stitch. Follow this guide for an easy-to-understand visual reference.
If you have a spare afternoon, you can make good progress with your chunky throw blanket. The best thing is, you will end up with something that not only looks great, but that didn’t break the bank, either.
Cushions have always and will always be on trend for home décor. Everyone makes jokes about having to discard 30 pillows from their bed before they can get in it, but you can’t deny pillows look great. For a more minimalistic approach, have two larger throw cushions and a round bolster cushion.
If you have the filling, you can easily make a new cover. You will need to choose a fabric of your choice – a thicker material like velvet will give a more premium finish – and cut the fabric to size. You’ll need to attach the two pillow ends to the end of the fabric and connect the two longer ends, making sure to leave a space for the zip.
The whole process should take no more than one to two hours, but the end result will last you for years to come.
Metal Wall Art
If there’s one thing that’s really taken off lately, it’s the introduction of metal into the home. Making DIY metal wall art can be as complicated or as easy as you want it to be. If you know how to cut sheet metal and have metal shaping skills, you can make something more intricate like a clock. If not, you can easily transform tin cans into hanging planters with nothing but a bit of paint and some rope.
Don’t be disappointed if your DIY project doesn’t turn out 100% perfect the first time around. These things take time, especially if you’re new to them. Even if your project is slightly askew, you can take comfort in the charm of a handmade item and the fact you’ve saved lots of money in the process! Thanks to all the companies linked above.