Tired of spending your weekends lounging at home watching the same old shows? Stuck inside with nothing better to do?
Instead of booting up Netflix for the nth time, use your precious free time to get crafty! You can keep yourself productive with these fun DIY projects, all while knowing that you'll be rewarded for your efforts in due time.
We know it can be hard to come up with ideas from scratch, so we've put together four fun and easy projects you can do this weekend.
Let's take a look!
1) Paint a concrete vase
Do you want to make your living room look extra cosy with some custom-made decorations? If so, a concrete vase can be the perfect item for the job. This project puts you in a painter's shoes, but instead of stroking your paintbrush on a blank canvas, you'll be doing it on the vase's cylindrical shape.
The beauty of this project is the degree of flexibility you possess at your fingertips from the get-go. Not only can you select a vase based on your own personal preference, but you can also custom paint it however you like.
If you want to emulate a minimalist approach that complements your other home decor, you can! Simply go for a single colour with light brushstrokes. Or, if you're feeling extra bold, you're totally free to try your hand at a more eccentric, head-turning design.
To start this project, you'll need the following items:
- A plastic bottle to recreate as a vase
- A tube to create the vase's hole
- 2 cups of quartz sand
- 1 cup of cement mix
- 1 cup of water
- Cooking oil
- Masking tape
- Artist set (paintbrush and paint)
First, rinse the bottle thoroughly. Once it's washed, brush the inside of the bottle and the outside of the tube with some oil. This is so that the concrete mix will be easy to remove later on.
Now it's time to make the mixture. Simply mix the aforementioned measurements of quartz sand, cement mix, and water together. Adjust accordingly depending on the size of the bottle. You don't have to fill the bottle all the way, just make sure there's enough of an opening for it to be considered a working base. (usually, 75% from the top is a good estimate)
Then, put the tube inside gently. If the cement mix swells at the top, top it off again with the mixture. Fix the tube in place with some tape and let it sit untouched for 30 hours for the concrete to set.
Once 30 hours have passed, gently pierce the plastic bottle's neck area with a pair of scissors. Then unwrap the plastic slowly. Remove the tube gently as well. After leaving the vase for another day or two to dry, you can start painting on it!
2) Make hanging shelves
Does your wall feel a little bit bare? Do you have an excess of trinkets you want to display, but don't have enough room for?
If so, then consider making some hanging shelves over the weekend. This simple DIY project requires you to buy just a few things: a sturdy wooden board, a rope cord, some scissors, a saw, a drill, and a metal ring.
Cut your board to the desired shape (24" is good) then drill it at its four corners. Then cut 2 pieces of 40″ cord. Afterwards, hang the metal ring and tie the cords to it using the Lark’s Head knot. Put the loop on top of the ring and fold the cord in half. Then place the folded portion beneath the ring, wrap it around the metal ring, and pull the remainder of the cord through the loop.
Separate the two strands and insert them through the drilled holes. Make any last-minute adjustments, cut the excess cord, and you're ready to prop up some of your favourite items!
And if you don't have anything to show off just yet, view Spotlight's latest catalogue for some decor ideas!
3) Party with ping pong party lights
This easy DIY project can spruce up the living room and bedroom unlike any other! You'll only need four items for this one: Christmas lights, several ping pong balls, a drill, and some glue.
First, take the ping pong balls and make a small hole at the top of each one using the drill. Then, put some glue and spread it in the newly-carved opening. Once each ping pong ball has a decent layer of glue, start threading the lights through each hole.
The number of ping pong balls you add depends on the number of lights you have in your Christmas lights. Once you light up the string of lights, the ping pong balls will emit a soft and calming glow that can act as a viable light source to illuminate your room.
4) Set up a rustic accent table
If you don't want to spend a lot of money on a new end table, then consider making one on your own! It's a surprisingly easy and enjoyable task that you can do in one sitting.
You'll need the following:
- Hairpin legs
- Tape measure
- Pan head wood screws
- Wood top base
With the wood base beneath, invert the hairpin legs so that they're pointing upwards from the wooden base. Then drill holes from inside the hairpin leg's own holes. If you want to be extra careful, you can use a sharpie to see what you'll end up drilling.
The holes must be equally distant to keep the table stable. Once these holes have all been marked in the wood top base, attach the head wood screws with the screwdriver. Flip it over, and believe it or not, you're done!