Shoeboxes definitely fall into the category of Things I Keep Because They Might Be Good For Something Someday, but a good use has always escaped me...until now! Paint your shoeboxes and make stylish shelves to hold lightweight decorative items. Check out the tutorial here.
And while we're on the subject of shoeboxes...keep the lids, too! You can cover them with fabric or decorative paper for a super easy way to bring some color into a room. Also, they're super lightweight, so you don't have to worry about putting nails in your walls if you're renting.
Follow this tutorial to make flower medallions out of newspaper (just make sure you've finished reading it first). Instead of newspapers, you could also use book pages, scrapbook paper, or magazines...or a little bit of everything!
Is it just me, or does every house have like 10 of these wicker paper plate holders stacked in a cupboard somewhere? Add a little paint and slap 'em on your walls to take them from kitschy to classy. (The trick is to leave some space unpainted ”” that's how art works.)
Can you believe that some people go to hardware stores to get, like, actual lumber? It's ridiculous, because these paint sticks are usually free. You can use some of them to recreate this sunburst mirror (apparently sunbursts are big these days. Who knew?).
It looks like wrought iron, right? But it's not! It's a rubber doormat that's been painted and scuffed a little with sandpaper to give it an antique look. Not only is this a cool example of repurposing, it's also probably a lot safer to hang on your wall than actual wrought iron.
This project is super versatile, and also basically free, so it gets two thumbs up from me. Spend some time out in nature collecting sticks and twigs, then spend some time inside turning them into art for your wall! Sounds like the perfect day, right? Check out the tutorial here.
Washi tape is another perfect decorating material for those who are renting and can't paint. Also for those who are just too lazy to paint. Stick it onto your walls in any design you desire to instantly elevate the space. It comes off easily, too, so you can change the look as often as you'd like.
Okay, so maybe you don't have yarn or corks lying around your house, but everyone has toilet paper! You can cut the TP tubes into small loops and create fun designs for any room in your house. Might we suggest the bathroom?
Everything looks cozier when you add yarn, including the walls of your home. Cut out a word or fun shape from cardboard and wrap it in yarn for a quick and easy piece of artwork that's fun to look at and touch.