DIY Project: String Pendant Lamp

This slow, meditative project is an excellent way to brighten up your room. Hanging lights are in vouge this year, but having them professionally installed can cost a lot of money. This project requires just a few materials, some patience, and around $15. Here’s what you’ll need:

 

Materials:

  • Ball or balloon (exercise balls work well)
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Disposable globes
  • Vaseline
  • Wallpaper paste
  • Yarn (around 360 yards for a 31″ ball)

 

Instructions:

Blow up your balloon or exercise ball and secure/tie tightly. Mark a 6″-7″ circle off-center—this will be for your hand when you need to change the bulb. Cover your workspace with plastic trash bags (this will get messy) and put on your disposable gloves. Rub a liberal amount of Vaseline all over the ball; this will prevent the yarn from sticking to the surface once the glue is applied.

Scoop your wallpaper paste into a large bowl. Begin to unravel the ball of yarn, dipping it into the paste to saturate it completely. Working with small amounts prevents the yarn from tangling, but it is more efficient to submerge the entire ball.

Begin wrapping the glue-saturated yarn around the ball, randomly covering as much of the open space as possible. Take care to not cover the drawn circle. Depending on the size of your ball, this will take a significant amount of time. Call a friend, listen to music, or put on a podcast! Once the ball is wrapped, allow it to dry for at least 24 hours.

Once your lamp is dry, deflate the ball or balloon carefully. Once deflated, pull it through the circle opening with your hand.

 

DIY Project: Leather Organizer

Every bedroom (and home, for that matter) could do with a bit more organization. From incoming mail and change to makeup products and pens, devising an organizational system is a great way to clear space, allow the room to look larger, and freshen up the space with pops of personality and color. This leather organizer is a great place to keep anything from postcards to bedside reading. To complete this project, you will need:

 

Materials:

  • Wood plank (However large you want the organizer to be)
  • Leather (Etsy is a wonderful place to source leather scraps)
  • Brass nails (or escutcheon pins)
  • Utility knife
  • Ruler
  • Cutting surface
  • Pliers
  • Hammer

 

Instructions:

Depending on the size of your plank and leather, you may need to cut your leather to size. Use your utility knife, ruler, and cutting surface to cut your leather into the correct shape. Allow for at least one inch of border between your leather and the edge of the wood; if your plank is 8″ wide, cut your leather to 7″.

Begin to attach the storage pockets. Lay the first piece of leather face down around one inch from the top edge of the plank. Hammer a brass nail into place at the top center of the leather. If you want to avoid smashing your fingers, hold the nail in place with your set of pliers. Then, fold the leather in half so that the bottom edge lines up with the top edge you just secured with the nail. Secure each of the top corners with nails

Repeat this process with as many pieces of leather as you want. Be sure to allow for space between the pockets. Voila! That’s it!

DIY Project: Personalized Gemstone Mirror Frame

This adorable DIY endeavor is a great project to do with friends. Mirrors make excellent statement pieces within your bedroom, but decorated and designed mirrors can be expensive. This simple DIY hack will help you build the wall mirror of your dreams without harming your wallet. You’ll add both color and shine to your living space. All necessary materials are listed below.

 

Materials:

  • 11-inch round wood clock face
  • 10-inch round mirror
  • Crystals (purchased from local craft store)
  • Super glue
  • Silver spray paint
  • 2 small eye hooks
  • Wire

 

Instructions:

To get started, spray paint both sides of the clock face. The back of the clock face will be the front of the mirror. When spray painting, be sure to do so in an open, well-ventilated area, and don’t be afraid to get your workstation a little messy. Allow the paint to dry for several hours. When it’s ready, glue the mirror to the clock face and press the surfaces together. Allow to set for thirty minutes.

You should now have a mirror with a small, silver border. Once you’ve allowed the glue to set, you can begin gluing the crystals to the frame. Using a generous amount of glue, attach crystal pieces around the border of the mirror, allowing some to overlap the mirror edge in order to conceal it. Once you have made your way around the frame, set aside and allow the glue to cure overnight.

The following day, attach eye hooks to the back edge of the wood. You can do this with superglue or by pre-drilling holes in the clock face. Thread a wire through the eye hooks and twist to tighten; allow the wire to be taut and invisible from the front. If you used superglue to attach the eye hooks, allow to dry for several hours.

There you have it! An adorable, cheap, and totally personalized mirror perfect for brightening up your bedroom space.

DIY Project: Upcycled Sweater Pillows

This is one of our easiest and favorite DIY projects. A throw pillow can spice up any room or piece of furniture, but they are often very, very expensive. This is an excellent way to save money, give your old sweaters a new lease on life, and add some color to your living space. The requried materials are listed below:

Materials:
– 1 old sweater
– 1 pillow (Newly purchased at Target or IKEA or recycled from another use)
– Sewing kit (needle and thread)
– Scissors
– Marking tool (pen, pencil, marker… anything, really)

Instructions:
To begin, turn your sweater inside out. Set on a large, flat surface, such as the floor or a kitchen table. Place the pillow onto your sweater and measure around, leaving a small margin to use for later sewing. We like to reserve at least an inch and a half just to be safe. Use a tool to mark the sweater, then cut along the lines. Repeat the process using the back of the sweater; you should have two identical swaths of fabric.

Sew these two pieces together but leave space to slip the pillow into the pocket. When you’re ready, insert the pillow and continue stitching until the fabric is completely closed. Nearly all of the sewing in this project can be completed with a sewing machine, but we recommend hand-stitching for those last few inches.

And… you’re done! It’s as easy as that! Depending on your sewing skills, this project shouldn’t take more than an hour of your time.

DIY Project: Spring Display Board

Hey there! Sarah and Hannah here. We’re going to test out a new series of posts designed for the budget-friendly consumer. We know a lot about bedroom design, but we also know a lot about building necessary components. We want to pass this knowledge on to you, our dear readers. So, welcome to our DIY Project series! First up: turning your old mattress spring into a display board.

This is, in part, inspired by Melissa Urban’s project on Shabby Love. Below, we have listed the essential materials you will need.

Materials:
mattress spring
– clothespins
– zip ties
– pictures, knickknacks—whatever you want to hang

Instructions:
To begin, simply remove the spring board from your old mattress. This works best with smaller mattresses, such as twin beds and padding used for cribs. The removal method will vary according to the mattress, but the basics will be: use a sharp scissor or knife to cut along the seams of the mattress. Remove excess material until you uncover the springboard underneath. We recommend doing this in a large area—there will likely be a lot of material.

Once you’ve removed the spring board, the hard work is over. If you want to paint it a specific color, now is the time to do so. If not, it’s time to start decorating! Use the zip ties and clothespins to attach anything from pictures and notes to clocks and letters. Don’t add too much weight to the board, however—you don’t want it to fall.

Once you’ve decorated the board, find the perfect spot. This is where you can really get creative. For minimalists, simply lean the structure against a wall and—voila!—you have a new, custom-made decorative piece. You can also give this a bit of utility—use it as a headboard, in place of a corkboard, or as a place to hang important kitchenware. The world is your oyster!