Since our furniture and belongings have been in a storage unit for the last six months, I look forward to the day that I can get everything out and move into a house. At the same time, I look forward to putting up the decor that my family made – from our ten-year-old to the oldest.
Our new house, from the moment we move in, will be filled with memories of a life we have lived and excitement of the life we still have left to live, transforming it into a home.
Here are some decor ideas that get me even more excited for that special day:
Cozy DIY Home Decor Ideas
1. Measuring Up
My culinary classroom already has a cabinet with a spot for the measuring spoons, and I can tell you they are worth their weight in gold!
Having the measurements readily available is nice as well. Simply open the door, and the information is at your fingertips.
2. Awkward Corner
This project is super cute and easy enough you could potentially have it finished in a couple of hours. Merely purchase boxes that are the same and arrange them in a manner that works well for you.
Add things to the boxes that means something to you and needs a place of its own.
The full details are found over at DIY Ideas.
If you are as excited about spring as I am, you can use these faux flowers and add some lemons or oranges to the bottom to keep your dining room or kitchen bright and cheery.
Better yet, you can change this vase throughout the year to cater to the season.
4. Throw Pillows
Domino has a large selection of throw pillows that you can make, so if pop tart pillows are not your thing, there are other ideas as well.
I chose this picture because I like the soft blanket and thought the pop tarts are perfect for a teen/tween girl's room.
I fell in love with the Heidi Swapp letters, but these are easy enough to make if you don't feel like having to pay for all the different things separately.
The total cost for this project is about twenty dollars, and now you will be able to use Christmas lights all year long! The detailed tutorial can be found at Home Talk.
You can take boring old boxes and decorate them up just by using a yard or less of fabric.
I like that they added the place for writing what is in each box.
If you want a box to hold items but don't want it looking bad, here's a way to solve that. The full tutorial can be found at In My Own Style.
7. Garden Chic
I fell in love with this picture almost immediately. If you have a cute garden area, this beautiful bike would be a sweet thing to add to the front of it.
The entire bike has been painted, and the flowers could be stick-on which you could paint over with a clear vinyl coat. Adding the welcome box to the front with flowers in them is a great way to help people understand they are coming into a place to feel cool, calm, and collected if only for those moments.
See the full tutorial at Infarrantly Creative.
8. Spring Wreath
I have fall and winter wreaths but no spring or summer wreaths. This tutorial is neat because not only are you using fake flowers that are plastic but cloth as well.
I would think this would look bad, but the author over at Cleverly Simple does a great job of making it look cute enough to proudly display on your door.
9. Sliding Barn Door
Sliding barn doors are all the rage right now and I can see why. Getting a chance to change up from the normal swing out style door is pleasing in many ways.
I like the style of this door as well, with the opaque window and darker color wood.
To get the full details, check out My Repurposed Life.
10. Sweater Rug
If you have some sweaters that have met their day and you just can't bear to get rid of them, why not turn them into a rug?
Soft and cute, this rug is sure to turn heads, and you get the pleasure of being able to say, “I made that myself.”
I knew I'd hook you with that one. To get the details, head over to Pillar Box Blue.
11. Placemat with Silverware Setting
Having a cleaned table with placemats ready to go for any meal, complete with silverware, makes most people feel better about their home.
Burlap is pretty easy to work with, and the pockets can be color coordinated for the time of the year.
The game plan is impressive but easy. Get the instructions over at Premeditated Leftovers.
12. Book Pages Wreath
This book wrapped rose wreath would look good inside the house, encased in a frame.
It's amazing what a little bit of craftiness and time can do for making a house look more like a home.
To recreate this adorable design, check out Brassy Apple.
13. Love Rope Sign
I love this love sign. I think it fits perfectly with the tablecloth she is using. This is a simple, elegant tutorial that is sure to turn heads.
Get the details at This Worthey Life.
Where would you put it?
I just had to add the teepee because it's easy to take apart and put up. When you have little ones, giving them a place of their own makes them feel special.
You could pick a different fabric, naturally. I plan to make this sometime in the next year because my niece will be spending a few weeks with me over the summer and I want her to be able to use it.
I do plan to change the size though, making it big enough for the two of us to hang out comfortably!
This tutorial can be found at Divine Lifestyle.
15. Concrete Planters
My husband and I have a bag of concrete we were going to use at our rental home but never got around to it. I plan to make these planters, created by the painted hive, and use them for various things throughout my garden.
I might even see if we can add decorations to them before they dry or paint them afterward, giving my girls something fun to do.
16. Reclaimed Wood Picture Frames
Being able to build your own picture frame comes in handy as most people have them on their wall.
Being able to use products that were supposed to go in the trash makes it better for the environment and could make it cuter than a traditional frame would anyways.
The tutorial can be found at Designer Trapped.
17. Old Dresser Turned Bar
I love this concept and might do it for the coffee shop that my school runs. Having an extra station where everything sits perfectly would do us wonders.
Where the wine glasses are, I will put hooks and place coffee mugs there for the students who prefer their drinks in a coffee mug.
To see how the dresser started out, head over to Hometalk.
18. Pans turned Storage Area
This idea is to take bread pans and turn them into storage areas for vegetables or other items. Again, I think of one of my two homes (the future home and the school) and think about the need to place items such as needles, thread, and more.
What would you put in these pans?
19. Shutters turned Coffee Table
If you have a place that needs a table but don't want to pay a hefty sum for it, purchase a few boards and add the shutter to the top.
You could give it a distressed look too if that is your preference. The shutter console table can be found at HGTV.
20. Outdoor Shower Area
I enjoy taking a shower outside. It is a freeing feeling. This attractive area gives you what you need in most showers – a mirror and a place to put your stuff while you are showering.
To get the how-to, check out Dishfunctional Design's blog page.
21. Old Truck Bed turned Bar
My husband is a big car guy so when I can find something that brings his flair for life into our home; I jump on it.
Although there are no detailed instructions on how to make this, we have made something similar before, and I was amazed as he got it together.
If you are not sure where to start, here is an excellent tutorial on how to build a covered sandbox to get you started.
22. Radio Flyer Shelf
Using the radio flyer as a shelf tool makes it cute and adding the pipes to the bottom makes it more useful. It is the perfect place to put what you need on it.
Don't like the radio flyer part of it? Repaint it! There is enough of the flyer that you can use the wagon twice.
23. Old Windows turned Room Divider
We have looked at several houses that are only a two bedroom. This means our daughters will have to share a room. Giving them a direct way to say “This is my part of the room” is an absolute necessity. These windows are perfect for that.
24. Truck Turned Bed
The baseboard is cute, but my favorite part is the headboard. I could imagine this would take a while to cut up and the grind down to give a soft edge versus the rough side from the original cut.
The pink color is cute with the blue bed. It gives it a homey feel. The full details can be found at Little Things.
25. Wood Pallet turned Planter
The original author created this for the Wood Pallet page. It is a creative way to use the pallets and get a decent amount of produce while keeping them separated.
This is especially important for plants such as mint, which likes to grow wild.
26. Mason Jars Turned Chandelier
Brandi Sawyer came up with several ideas to use the mason jars as lighting. This chandelier is my absolute favorite.
The differentiating heights is a nice touch and would go perfectly over a center bar or rectangular table.
27. Books Turned Knife Holder
Dishfunctional Designs came up with this idea that is super cute.
If you have some old books that you are not using, wrap them together with twine and put your knives in the middle. It keeps them, and you, safe while still looking stylish.
28. Rake Turned Utensil Holder
The rakes can be turned into a holder for a lot of different things- including the utensils or even glasses for wine.
One way you could double repurpose it, is to put the rake in the dresser drawer.
See precisely how Love in a Mason Jar handles this task, head over to their page.
29. Farmhouse Tray
Nik Nak Shack came up with this idea for a vintage tray. This is not repurposed, but homemade. It should be relatively simple to make, and they make it easy enough for you to create your own design.
30. Candle Jars Turned All-purpose Holders
Having jars that are of equal shape and you don't have to go out and purchase are lovely. If you are a big candle fan, this article is for you.
To learn how to clean out your candle maker and add the cute writing and knobs, as well as the painting, check it out at Mommy Suite.
No matter where you are in life, there will be a home decorating project you can do in thirty minutes, in half a day, or more depending on what you want or need doing.
Think outside the box; there are so many different things in your household right now that could be used to make your house a bit homier. As always, come back to Morning Chores for more inspiration!