Perk up Your Home Accessories

1) Decorate your curtains with ribbon trims

Use fun pom-pom trim and colorful ribbons to update an inexpensive pair of ready-made curtains into a custom decoration for your rooms.

Materials Needed:

  • Pair of white ready-made curtains
  • Fabric glue
  • Pom-pom trim (6x the width of one curtain)
  • Three kinds of ribbon (each length should be 8x the width of one curtain)
  • Scissors

Lay one curtain on a flat surface. Put a line of fabric glue on the curtain 5 inches from the top edge. Stick the pom-pom trim onto the line of fabric glue.
Add a line of fabric glue a few inches down from the previous ribbon. Add the ribbons in a random pattern on each curtain. Stick on a fun, patterned ribbon onto the line of glue. As you move down the curtain, push the top up on the table into a bunch. Keep adding lines of glue and ribbons until you reach halfway down the curtain.
The random pattern of the colorful ribbons and pompom trim create a fun and whimsical look for any room.

2) Pompom blanket
Give your blankets a fun look with attaching pompoms on every corner.

Materials Needed:

  • extra thick yarn (about 5 skeins for 10 pom-poms)
  • 5-inch embroidery hoop
  • upholstery thread
  • sharp scissors

Wrap extra-thick yarn vertically around a 5-inch embroidery hoop about 15 times. Tie a knot of upholstery thread around the center of the yarn. Keep wrapping yarn around the embroidery hoop—another 25 times—and tie a second knot of upholstery thread around it. Repeat another 25 times and tie a third knot of upholstery thread around the yarn. Later cut a 12-inch piece of yarn, wrap it around the upholstery thread and tie a knot on one end so most of the yarn is free on one side. You need this to attach the pom-pom to the blanket.With sharp scissors, cut the yarn along the hoop. When the pom-pom is free, it will look acorn-shaped. Trim the top and bottom to make it round. The last step would be to attach the pom-pom to the blanket by threading the long piece of yarn through an opening in the weave. Loop the yarn under the center knot of the pom-pom, through the blanket once more, then tie securely at center knot to finish.

3) Vintage Book Planter

Turn an old book into a one-of-a-kind planter by cutting a hole into the book, lining with plastic and adding your succulent.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 leather bound book
  • White glue
  • 1 small succulent
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • X-Acto knife
  • 1 Quart-size zip-top bag
  • ScissorsGlue Book Pages Together

Glue the pages of your book together by squiggling glue along the sides and gently pressing it into the pages with your fingers. Make sure not to glue the pages to the cover. Let dry completely, about 20 minutes.

Determine how wide of a space to cut for your succulent; you want at least 2 inches around the circumference of the roots to promote growth. Measure and trace the area you need to cut on the top page of your book.Using your X-Acto knife carefully cut into the box you just drew. You will only be able to cut about 30 pages at a time, so you’ll need to repeat this step until you’ve created a hole deep enough for your succulent. Line the box you just cut with your plastic zip-top bag, making sure the bottom and sides are covered.Arrange your succulent on top of the zip-top bag. Be sure to transfer enough soil from the original planter, along with the plant itself. Using your scissors, trim the excess plastic bag around the edge of your succulent, leaving just enough of a plastic liner to keep water from running into the pages of the book when you water it.

4)Wallpapered Dresser

Find an inexpensive dresser with flat-front drawers at a thrift store or discount retailer, and spice it up with your favorite patterned wallpaper.

Materials Needed:

  • Inexpensive, flat-front dresser
  • Sample roll of wallpaper
  • Wallpaper paste or heavy-duty spray adhesive

Find Wallpaper Samples

Track down some wallpaper that tickles your fancy. Cut rectangles of wallpaper the exact size of the front of each drawer by placing the drawers face down on the wallpaper and carefully tracing them.

Attach Wallpaper

Use wallpaper paste or heavy-duty spray adhesive to attach the wallpaper to the fronts of the drawers, following the directions on the container.



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