Easy DIY projects to re­fresh your home decor

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Real Estate - — BPT

When you look at your fa­vorite in­te­rior spa­ces, are you crav­ing a re­fresh? If your home decor is dated, drab or you’re just bored with it, an update is in or­der.

For­tu­nately, you don’t need to hire an ex­pen­sive in­te­rior de­signer or completely redo rooms. With a few key DIY projects, you can eas­ily give each room a facelift with­out spend­ing a lot of money. Bet­ter yet, this gives you the opportunit­y to per­son­al­ize your decor so it’s one of a kind and truly re­flects who you are.

Whether you’re a savvy DIYer or just have al­ways wanted to per­son­al­ize your own projects, con­sider these sim­ple home decor ideas i to update your home and bring new life to your fa­vorite spa­ces:

ADORABLE UM­BRELLA WREATH

Add cheer to your front door or any­where in your house with a home­made wreath that can be con­structed in min­utes.

Use an um­brella as the base of the wreath. Pur­chase a new one in a bright hue or use one from around your home. You’ll want one with a hooked han­dle, as that will be how you hang this spe­cial wreath. Turn up­side­down and open slightly.

Then tuck into the top open­ing silk flow­ers of your choice that you can find at your lo­cal dol­lar or craft store. Tie the mid­dle of the um­brella with a bow to se­cure flow­ers in place and al­low the um­brella to be hung se­curely.

Then, simply use the han­dle to hang on your front door’s wreath hook or any­where else in your home where you de­sire to add sea­sonal color. PINEAP­PLE PAPER VASES

Think out­side the box when de­cid­ing on ma­te­ri­als to use for your project. While vases are of­ten made out of glass or porce­lain, how fun would it be to update your space with paper vases?

Op­por­tu­ni­ties are lim­it­less with the Cri­cut Maker that al­lows you to cut hun­dreds of ma­te­ri­als quickly and ac­cu­rately, from the most del­i­cate paper and fab­ric to chip­board and leather. Pineap­ples are a sym­bol of hos­pi­tal­ity and are an ideal design for warm-weather months.

You can use the Cri­cut Scor­ing Wheel to create stun­ning geo­met­ric Paper Pineap­ple Vases (pic­tured) in a va­ri­ety of sizes from 3- to 10-inches tall. Add silk flow­ers (or make your own!) to these vases for a splash of color in any room, from the van­ity in the bath­room to the kitchen ta­ble. PER­SON­AL­IZED AC­CENT PIL­LOWS

Dec­o­ra­tive pil­lows add pops of color to couches, chairs and other furniture. New pil­lows can be costly, so con­sider up­dat­ing the ones you have with iron-on ap­pliques that you create your­self.

Use the Cri­cut Maker to cut words, silhouette­s and other fun de­signs with Cri­cut’s Everyday Iron-on, which comes with a StrongBond guar­an­tee so you can en­joy it wash af­ter wash. Af­ter cut­ting your de­signs, weed the iron-on and ap­ply us­ing the Cri­cut EasyPress, which pro­vides pro­fes­sional re­sults in 60 sec­onds or less with­out the guess­work of tim­ing or tem­per­a­ture set­tings.

What de­signs are trend­ing this year? Man­dala de­signs are great for a va­ri­ety of home aes­thet­ics, and words and phrases are al­ways pop­u­lar and can be completely per­son­al­ized. HEART­FELT WOODEN SIGNS

Rus­tic chic is a top design style, and wooden signs are a per­fect ex­am­ple of this trend. Wooden boards per­son­al­ized with mean­ing­ful say­ings, mono­grams and other cus­tom el­e­ments are pop­u­lar, but you won’t have to pay an artist to create one for you. In­stead, go to your lo­cal craft store and buy an af­ford­able board in the shape of your choice.

To save money, go through scrap lum­ber you might have and sand a piece to pre­pare it for paint. Start by cre­at­ing an outline of what you want to paint us­ing a pen­cil, so it can eas­ily be painted over or erased.

If you’re not good at free­hand de­signs, use a sten­cil to create your pre­ferred design. A pop­u­lar design is to write out your last name and then un­der it put an es­tab­lish date. For ex­am­ple: “Nel­son” fol­lowed by “est. 2005.”

These sim­ple home decor projects will get the cre­ative juices flow­ing and help you re­fresh your home and per­son­al­ize your spa­ces. With fresh color, fun de­signs and per­son­al­ized el­e­ments, you’ll en­joy these one-ofa-kind dec­o­ra­tions for many years to come.

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Use a Cri­cut Scor­ing Wheel to create stun­ning geo­met­ric Paper Pineap­ple Vases in a va­ri­ety of sizes from 3- to 10-inches tall.

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