The holidays are around the corner and soon you’ll have your house filled with guests.
Friends and family, from near and far, come together to make this gathering a memorable occasion.
Your friend texts, “Hey, there! I can’t wait for the party, I wanted to ask if it’s okay to stay the night after the party ends.
I’m heading out for a road trip and thought that your house would be a great starting point in the morning.”
You reply, “Sure thing! I’ll have the guest room ready when you arrive.” As you hit send on your phone, you realize that you haven’t really designated that spare room in your home as a guest room.
Today, we’ll discuss a few do-it-yourself tips to welcome your guest to your newly designated guest room.
DIY Unique and Decorative Pillows
You arrive back home and take a look at the spare room. All you have in there is a bed frame, a few empty boxes, and an old nightstand. First things first. A guestroom will need a mattress.
You search the Internet for a mattress sale and find the perfect budget-friendly mattress.
The mattress arrives and you lay it on the bed frame. “It looks a little bare,” you think to yourself.
Here’s the first tip. To entice your guest, create layers of pillows similar to beds made at many upscale hotels.
Depending on the size of the bed and mattress, you may want to start with a pair of square pillows (euro pillows) in addition to the two standard pillows for the bed.
The DIY approach to this, and if time permits, is quick and simple.
You will need to purchase plain white-colored euro pillows and some fabric paint.
The color is up to you. You can print out patterns or simply create your own.
Use the fabric paint and paint directly on the pillow using your chosen pattern.
Be creative, you can even just paint words unto the pillow.
Voila! You have just created a unique and delightful welcoming décor for the otherwise plain and boring bed.
Your guest will certainly appreciate the added detail when entering the guest room.
DIY Welcome Basket
Do you remember the feeling you get when being greeted with a welcome basket in your hotel room?
Create the same effect without breaking the bank. See those empty boxes in the corner of the guest room?
Grab one of them, because we’re going to make a DIY welcome basket.
You will need some rope (how much will depend on the size of the basket you will be making), a hot glue gun, and some fabric (old pillowcases or unused t-shirts are fine).
To make, cut the box to the size you’d like your basket to be.
Next, wrap your cardboard box with rope using the hot glue gun.
Do this until you have reached halfway up the box. Cut off the remaining rope.
You should be left with a box that is covered halfway with the glued rope.
For the upper portion of the box, you will be using the fabric to cover it.
Ideally, using a large pillowcase would be easier as it would essentially serve as the lining for the basket.
Otherwise, you can cut any other fabric to size. Pat yourself on the back, you have just created a welcoming basket.
Now, you can fill it up with a towel, a bottle of water, and maybe some bathroom essentials that include a toothbrush.
You will certainly recreate that feeling of excitement as you lay your DIY welcome basket on the bed, in front of your DIY decorative pillows for your guest to see.
DIY Wall Art
Remember, less is more. With that said, you may not have time to repaint your new guest room walls a different color. However, you feel as if the walls are just too plain.
You want your guest to feel comfortable without feeling bored looking at the bare wall. So ask yourself this, why not make your own DIY wall décor?
For this project, you can use any spare box, preferably a clean cardboard box.
Essentially, you will cut the box so that you can use one side of the box as a canvas.
Additionally, you will need a glue stick, any kind of printer, a free online poster maker or wall art generator, and an image or pattern of your choosing.
I have used blockposters to create a printed wall mural with good results.
The first thing you will need to do is measure your cardboard canvas.
Next, head over to the online poster maker of your choice and upload your desired image there.
Select the size that closely matches the measurements of your cardboard canvas.
Next, download your image that has been converted into a poster. Print. To assemble, glue the pieces of your poster together unto the cardboard canvas.
Once you have completed the project, you will realize that you have just made a decorative piece of wall art.
You can now display your DIY wall art in the guest room for your guest to enjoy.
These are only a few DIY tips to save you money when decorating your newly designated guest room in your home. Your guests will feel comfortable and cozy in your stylish yet welcoming guest room.