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4 Easy DIY Home Decor Ideas!

4 Easy DIY Home Decor Ideas!

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I hope you had an enjoyable weekend! Our was okay, but a bit marred by illness, so we stayed in for the most part. The good news is we had the opportunity to increase our quality time as a family and get our hands dirty with a few (inexpensive) crafts. Now, full disclosure, I don't consider myself to be particularly gifted when it comes to do-it-yourself projects, but lately, I've been wanting to challenge myself to dive in and appreciate the experience, whether the end result is "perfect" or not. Learning a new skill and stretching beyond my comfort zone is important for personal growth, y'know? That being said, I'm excited to share these 4 easy DIY home decor ideas with you because if I can do it, anyone can! (Note: My husband did all the spray painting, while I did the clay containers. Baby steps, people. Baby steps.)

1. Spray A Beer Stein Blue (or any other unexpected color!)

We found this stein at a super-cool consignment store in Phoenix called Zinnias At Melrose. Originally, it was beige, similar to this one, but we wanted to jazz it up a bit. Since it belongs to my husband, he chose the color and I couldn't be more pleased with the results! It's Rust-oleum Paint + Primer in Deep Turquoise, Gloss finish. It's a bit more green in person than the picture appears, FYI.

2. Get Psychedelic With Your Succulents

I originally saw these DIY clay containers in this incredible video by Andrea Brooks of AndreasChoice. She used them as holders for jewelry, but I immediately wanted to use them as a base for our succulents. I mean, look at the color of them! They deserved to have a little more excitement than just a run-of-the-mill plastic planter. I love the way the bases turned out and I can't wait to do more projects with this oven-bake clay from Sculpey. 

3. Elevate Basic Family Silhouettes to Art

When we moved, we got rid of a ton of picture frames because we knew we wouldn't have the space to hang so many. Also, we wanted to move away from the usual array of family photos in favor of showcasing more art. This simple project fulfilled both of our goals, and didn't cost us more than a couple bucks (if that). We had everything we needed except the craft paper, which happened to be on sale at our local Hobby Lobby. Using profile pictures I'd taken, my husband uploaded them into Photoshop, he traced each image with the pen tool, filled it in with black, and printed it out. Then, he cut out each outline, traced it onto the back of the scrapbook paper, and cut it out. This video by Andrea Brooks illustrates a similar technique. 

I love the finished product as is, but my husband wants to experiment with the white background. If we do change it up, I'll be sure to post another photo. 

 4. Revive a Thrift-Store Mirror

I've been wanting a mirror for Joy's room for quite some time, but I couldn't find anything that matched my aesthetic and budget. That's why I was so doggone excited to spot this lovely mirror in Goodwill the other day! It had a few small chips, but I knew that wouldn't matter because I wanted to paint it. We used the same color on this mirror as we did on the beer stein, Rust-oleum in Deep Turquoise, and it took two coats to get the desired opacity. Initially, we put this on the front of Joy's crib, which looked wonderfully-unexpected. Unfortunately, she loved it a little too much and managed to use her baby might to wrench it from the crib and chip a couple pieces off the bottom. (In hindsight, we probably should've seen that coming, but, I mean, who knew a one year-old could be so strong!) It has since been moved to the wall, where it hangs proudly and safely out of her reach.

I hope you enjoyed these 4 easy DIY home decor ideas! If you see any you like and decide to give one a try, please let me know. I'd love to see your work and cheer you on! Know someone who wants to spruce up their place? Share this post to give them some budget-friendly ideas! 

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