If you’re looking to revamp your entire house, but you don’t have much to spend on fancy new furnishings, I have the perfect solution! The best furnishing revamps are not only DIYs but also DIYs that make something extraordinary out of something quite ordinary- take a piece of string or a coil of rope for example.
Here is a fool proof way to dress up your house almost instantly using string or rope and a handful of other fairly cheap and accessible materials.
N U R S E R Y
MULTICOLOURED TASSEL GARLAND
For the newborn in your life, why not brighten up a bare wall with an array of soft pastel colour and make a this tassel garland by Twinkle Twinkle Little Party-made out of just tissue paper, scissors, twine and glue- it is that simple!
TIP: This works pretty well in a teenagers bedroom as well. If you are not Tumblr saavy, this garland trend is hot right now for young girl teens.
Equipment list: strips of coloured tissue paper // twine or string // scissors // glue
B E D R O O M
YARN LIGHT SHADE
The next DIY was featured in a kids bedroom, but there is no reason why this Yarn Light Fixture by Honest to Nod can’t be added into an adult’s bedroom. The great thing about yarn is its ability to be changed into any colour you like, simply by using spray or pot paint. Since these fixtures require the use of balloons and Mod Podge, this is definitely a project the kids might want to get involved with!
TIP: You don’t have to use one big light fixture; why not make a dozen little ones, thread white fairy lights through the centre and hang them across the ceiling?
Equipment list: cord kit // foam or bristle brush // cotton yarn // Mod Podge // balloons
B A T H R O O M
HANGING ROPE SHELF
Taking a shower and reaching for those all too important items would be a lot easier if you erect a Hanging Rope Shelf near your bathtub. Sara Walker has a great example on her blog and was inspired by a home decor magazine.
If you already have stain and wood, this DIY will cost under $10. This project requires the use of some nifty staining and drilling skills, but promises a clean and chic storage solution.
Equipment list: 3 shelves // 6 dowels 4″ long // Rope // 1 strong hook // 2 brackets // Wood stain // Paint brushes // Power drill
S T U D Y
NEON INSPIRATION BOARD
Organise your head and work space with a vibrant inspiration board; Michelle from Envato Tuts has got hit the nail on the head with her simple “it-takes-less-than-10-minutes” Neon Hoop Board tutorial. You can store your favourite photo memories, memos, inspirational quotes and even those pesky hair ties/ bobby pins on this one.
TIP: When it comes to creativity, anything can be called art! If you re-create this, your board doesn’t have to be a “perfect” shape- in fact, making a web out of your string is probably more effective! Plus, no-one’s head space is that organised anyway!
Equipment list: Neon string // Washi Tape or masking tape // Mini craft pegs // Wooden or foam hoop
D I N I N G R O O M / K I T C H E N
COLOUR BLOCKING ROPE COASTERS
Finally, a small decor element, but one that is guaranteed to get you a few compliments from guests at your dinner table.
Natural rustic styled rope coasters are the way forward- again a staple find on Tumblr and a pretty easy DIY that doesn’t require a sense of style. Bettina made her bright and beautiful Clothesline Painted Coasters to be kid-friendly and with a sewing machine, so this one requires some skill and maybe a few trial runs to get a perfectly flat looking coaster.
TIP: If you can’t use a sewing machine, cheat! Buy some foam, cut into circles and glue a coil of rope on top of the coasters, paying more attention to glueing the string to each other than to the coaster! You may want to secure with Mod Podge and some kind of sealant on top as well. Then, once it is completely dries, gently ease it away from the foam template and-tada!
Equipment list: Clothesline // sewing machine // Masking tape // Acrylic paint // Brushes // Dish for paint // Scissors