10 Simple Ways To Make Your Home More Awesome
1. Wine Cork Trivet : If you’re a wine-drinker who likes to save your corks, figuring out what to do with the leftovers can be a dilemma. Luckily, Alyssa & Carla have a great idea for a dead-simple project: Assemple your corks into an ombre trivet! Since they’re already naturally blushed, no painting is necessary—just trim them to an even height and hot-glue them together.
2. Funky Switchplates : Standard beige switchplates are so boring. Swap them out for something more exciting. Follow this tutorial at The Plumed Nest for a quick and easy update, using nothing but crafting paper, an x-acto knife, glue, and a paint brush. Either update your current plates, or buy cheap ones at your favorite hardware store and switch them out as your mood dictates.
3. Upgraded Medicine Cabinet : Is your medicine cabinet getting a bit disorganized? Don’t worry: The Merrythought has your back. After giving the cabinet a thorough cleaning, follow her tips to reorganize.
4. Coffee Perch : Even if you’ve got an abundance of side tables, it can be nice to have a place to hold your drink immediately at-hand. Striped wooden drink perch fits neatly over the arm of your sofa, and is a great project for first-time woodworkers.
5. Bead Window Pulls : Why settle for the dull white plastic pulls that come with your blinds? These beaded curtain pulls from Hello Natural are ten times cuter, and you can customize them in whatever colors work for you and your home. Neons? Woods? Whatever you prefer, it’s easy to make, and the project itself is a fast way to bring your own personality to a drab room.
6. IKEA Bar Cart : Not everyone can afford the time or money to hunt down the perfect bar cart, but thanks to Sugar & Cloth’s clever IKEA hack, you can stop searching. The KALLAX bookshelf is only $35, and with a set of flashy brass casters, some golden hardware, and a foiling pen, it makes a beautiful space to store all of your bar necessities.
7. Painted Lightbulb Vases : These inventive, itty-bitty lightbulb vases are so easy to make—and a great place to display small blooms. This project will take less than an hour, and we can’t disagree. All you need is nail polish, tweezers, a burnt-out lightbulb, and a perforator, if you’d like to create designs.
8. Wooden Computer Stand : Hunching over to stare at your screen can hurt your back and neck, but elevating your monitor can help address some of these problems. A New Bloom offers an easy and inexpensive way to create a cute wooden stand that will look great on your desk and make your neck so much happier.
9. Ponytail Pillow : Speaking of neck pain: How annoying is it when a ponytail prevents you from getting comfy with a pillow? If you want to rest your head against something while you read, but don’t want to mess up your ponytail, this is surprisingly easy. If you’ve got thicker hair, feel free to add in a little more padding.
10. Tablecloth Weights : Weighing down your tablecloth is particularly useful outside, but adding some weights to your indoor table is useful, too, adding charm to your tablescape. These gemstone cement weights are made using a silicone mold, but you can use anything you’ve got, like ice cube molds, to make them.