If the chilly weather and lockdown are making you feel decidedly gloomy, we have the perfect solution to help you brighten up your digs! Our homemade decor ideas are fun and colourful and budget-friendly too. So without further ado, let’s DIY your digs!
1. Silk flower wall
You’ll need: a selection of fake flowers with long stems, a hot glue gun, wire cutters, nails or hooks, clear fishing line.
Cut your flower stems so that they are all the same length. Use the wire cutters if your flowers have wire stems (if they have plastic stems, you can just use ordinary scissors). Put a blob of glue on the bottom tip of one flower stem, then glue it into the centre of the top of another flower.
Continue glueing flowers together until you reach your desired length – about a metre and a half should be good – and then wait for the glue to dry thoroughly. Make enough strings of flowers to cover the area where you want to place your flower wall.
Tie a length of fishing line to the top flower of each string. Place small nails or hooks where the ceiling meets the walls, then hang your strings of flowers from the hooks. Because the fishing line is clear, it will look like your flowers are floating on the wall!
Bonus tip: Wind some battery operated fairy lights through your flower strings for an extra pretty effect!
2. Upcycled succulent holders
You’ll need: a selection of small containers, spray paint, fake (or real) succulents, sand, a hot glue gun.
Search your local junk shop for a selection of small pots and plant containers. It doesn’t matter what condition they are in – you’re going to spray paint everything to make them look new and trendy again!
First, wipe your containers with a damp cloth to remove any dust or fluff. Spray paint in your colour of choice (do this outdoors to avoid the spray paint fumes!).
If you’re using real succulents, all you need to do now is repot them into your new containers. If you’re using fake succulents, fill the containers with sand and use your hot glue gun to glue the succulents into the sand.
Bonus tip: You can turn just about anything into a succulent holder! Search your local junk shop for interesting things like retro phones, typewriters or any vintage tech that you can spray paint and fill with sand and succulents.
3. 3D Flower art
You’ll need: a small white canvas, a selection of fake flowers, a hot glue gun, a black permanent marker.
Take your canvas, and on the bottom half draw a vase or flower pot. Draw in pencil first, then go over using the black marker. Next, arrange your flowers so that they look like they are cascading out of the pot. Cut the stems as required. Use your hot glue gun to glue each flower in place.
There’s so much that you can do with fake flowers and a glue gun – DIY decor is easy and such an effective way to make your digs pretty for spring. Add a few potted plants, bulbs in tins or even a herb wall on the back of the kitchen door. Whatever you do, have fun, and make these ideas your own!