Most of us all love a little DIY every now and again, although at times it can be a little daunting as not all of us are “Bob the Builder” type of people!

Thats why we have put a few DIY ideas together for you,what we love most about DIY’S is the fact there are so many easy simple DIY ideas out there that ANYBODY could do it! You want to know what the best part is? You probably already have 99% of the equipment in your home already!

Lets get right to it shall we?

First we have a real easy one for the beginners at DIY, Frame Key Holder

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Things you will need:

  • A frame.
    • It’s quite easy these days to find neat vintage or upcycled frames at antique stores. You can either find one already upcycled for you, or simply buy a frame from anywhere and paint it to your likings. I happened to have ordered some already painted frames off Etsy that I hadn’t put to use yet, so this is one of them.
  • A screw driver with appropriate size screw (the box of screw hooks will tell you which size).
  • Screw hooks.

What to do:

  • Take your frame and plan out where you’d like your hooks to be placed. I decided to use four hooks for my frame.
  • Once decided, drill correct sized holes into the frame.
  • After holes are drilled, screw in each hook, and you’re ready to mount on wall and hang keys!

Yes, it’s that easy!

 

DUY TYRE CUSHION OPTION 2

Looking for a little bit more of an exciting project? This one is going to blow your mind, are you ready?

What you need: Tyres, interior spray paint(Your choice on what colour), spray paint, staple gun, padding, stuffing and varnish. Got it? Okay let’s get started!

The how to’s:

  1. If the tyres you have have been used on a car, we suggest cleaning it first(Bleach and detergent will do). Nobody want’s a dirty bum!
  2. Allow them to dry for 2 to 3 hours… (Maybe play same Xbox games in the meanwhile)
  3. Spray paint each tyre.Do 3 coats and allow a drying time of an hour between each coat.
  4. Spray paint varnish onto each tyre. We recommend doing 2 coats with a drying time of an hour between each coat.
  5. Cover the wood with lots of stuffing so it stays in place or simply just glue it. Then place the padding on top.
  6. Cover it all with fabric, use a glue gun to keep the fabric in place. Not sure how? Take a look here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3vwFkrtBgg .
  7.  Wala! You have your very own tire seat!

LAMP ROPE

Lastly we have a lamp covered in sisal rope, decorating with natural fibers adds warmth and texture to your existing décor and using sisal rope is an easy and inexpensive choice.

We want to show you how to take a boring, plain lampshade and transform it into a custom Sisal Shade.

For this project you will only need a few items:

  • A lamp shade (new or old)
  • 1/4 inch sisal rope (approximately 2 rolls)
  • a hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Rolls of sisal rope can be found at most hardware and big box stores. Sisal rope sometimes will have a strong smell to it. I suggest unwinding the rope a bit and setting it outside to air out for a few days. The smell will fade out over a few months naturally anyhow, but getting it aired out first will really help if you’re sensitive to the scent.

Let’s get started making our Sisal Shade. Find the back seam of your lamp shade. This is where you will want to start. You may choose to start at the top or the bottom of the shade. I chose the bottom. Apply about 3 inches of hot glue along the seam and press the sisal rope into the glue.

It is important that your first row is aligned evenly along the seam and that the seam is not showing under the rope. All your other rows of rope will be based off of how straight you glue that first row.  Some have asked if the heat of the lamp will melt the hot glue. You shouldn’t have this happen unless you are using too high of wattage for the size of the shade. This shade is 16” in diameter and has a 75 watt bulb in it. If you are covering small chandelier shades, you could always use a high temp hot glue vs. regular hot glue, if you’re concerned about temperature.

Continue wrapping the sisal rope around the shade, gluing as you go. Pay attention to where the end of your sisal rope roll is. If you are nearing the end, then simply cut the rope so that it will line up at the back seam. This is where you will start again with your second roll of sisal.

Finish gluing the sisal rope, ending at the back seam. How easy was that? In just a short period of time, you’ve created a custom sisal shade which will add interest, texture, and softness to your table scape!  Think of other shades you might try this out on, like mini chandelier shades or a drum pendant. How cute would that be?  You’re only limited by your imagination!

Creativity is intelligence having fun- Albert Einstein

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