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When creating art, I love adding dimension and repurposing items I already have. When it comes to the laundry room, you can find a million odds and ends that will look way better on the wall than they currently do scattered on top of the washer.

Button Up

Do you have a jar of buttons that you intended to use for some sewing project or salvaged from an old shirt? Use them to create an adorable grid of color-coordinated buttons. This easy piece of art is a smart way to incorporate a color scheme and will emphasize your laundry room’s purpose.

Via Sarah Richardson Design

Pants and Pictures

Have a few extra pant hangers you no longer use? Turn them into the easiest DIY picture hangers ever. Add a cute washboard to the arrangement and you have a personalized wall of art for your laundry room.

Via Thrifty Artsy Girl

Clothespins for the Win

Although not all of us still hang clothes up on the line to dry, we all still seem to have clothespins around the house. These handy, multi-purpose tools have another unsung ability: becoming works of art! There are some seriously amazing DIYs out there using these little guys.

Via Sweet Something Designs

Ironing Board Inspiration

Old ironing boards are just blank canvases waiting for a cute quote! This fun DIY showcases a lucky theme (St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, folks). However, feel free to try out your own favorite saying or add a single word, like a “Laundry” label or cheeky “Irony.”

Via My Creative Days

Basket Case

Sometimes you just need a way to make laundry less of a chore. With one of these graphic DIY laundry baskets, I would actually get excited about all that washing and folding (well… more excited). And though this isn’t art you’d hang on the wall, it’s functional art, which is all the more fun.

Via Studio DIY!

With just a few DIY ideas, you can make your laundry room look fresh again. Take a look around and use what you already have to create clever and cost-efficient art.


Stylish home accents don’t need to cost a pretty penny. You can achieve your desired look with a little bit of time and one craft supply that is easily attained. Although paper isn’t always considered for DIY projects, you may just change your tune after looking at some of our trendy examples of paper home decor.

1. DIY Geometric Bowls

Who says organizers can’t be pretty? And what’s prettier than pattern scrapbook paper? If you want some cute geometric bowls to hold your odds and ends, all you need is some glue and a few folding skills. Jennifer shows us all the tips and tricks over at her blog, The Craft Patch.

Image Via: The Craft Patch

2. Ombre Paint Chip Wreath

An inexpensive project, this wreath is perfect for year-round decor and is so easy to make. The Hipster Mum has a great tutorial on how to use free paint chips and a few common craft supplies to make your own ombre wreath. If you don’t own a cutting machine, don’t worry. You’ll just need to cut the leaves by hand instead.

Image Via: Hipster Mum

3. Gold-Tipped Feathers

Lia Griffith’s gold-tipped feathers have so many uses: holiday ornaments, fall garlands, and year-round works of art. Lia supplies you with three downloadable feather templates for both a cutting machine and scissors. Cut up a variety of your favorite color feathers, then take a gold paint pen, or acrylic gold paint, and color the tips with metallic magic, string them up from a fun branch or bar and hang for all to enjoy!

Image Via: Lia Griffith

4. Crepe Paper Petals

Oh Happy Day contributor Ashley created this beautiful faux flower wall art inspired by traditional Indian flower torans. A quick trip to your local crafts supply or hardware store should land you with everything you need for this pretty crepe paper project. She provides a template for the petal shapes as well as tips and tricks on how to create the art quickly and beautifully. See the tutorial here!

Crepe Paper Petals Wall Hanging | Oh Happy Day!

Image Via: Oh Happy Day

5. Hexagon Wall Art

Geometrics and metallics: hot and hotter. Combining both into wall art is the best decision you can make. This project is easiest with a large hexagonal paper punch but can also be done by hand. Use a combination of glitter, foil, and heavyweight paper or cardstock to cut your hexagons, then use craft glue to stick your shapes in place on a stretched canvas. Wall-safe tape can be used to scatter any extra shapes along the wall.

Image Via: Tara Dennis

6. Rainbow Paint-Chip Wall

Here’s another project from the world of free. Don’t bother with a gallon of paint! Pick up a variety of paint swatches and use them to color your wall instead. Blue painters tape adheres these paint chips to the wall. You might even have a roll laying around so this project won’t cost you anything but time.

Image Via: Poppytalk

7. DIY Paper Dahlias

Beautiful paper flowers have never been easier — or larger! 100 Layer Cake has lovely images of these fun paper dahlias as well as a step-by-step tutorial. Where will you put this simple and elegant DIY paper decoration?

Image Via: 100 Layer Cake

8. Contact Paper Accent Wall

This is the perfect home accent for apartment dwellers. When no paint or nail holes are allowed, how do you make the beige walls of your home more interesting? Katie of Mountain Modern Life has the solution for you. Although it might look like geometric stamps of cream-color paint, this funky accent wall is actually designed with contact paper. It doesn’t leave a residue behind, and you can complete an entire wall for under $3.

Image Via: Mountain Modern Life

With just a sampling of paper decor projects, I can tell I’ll have enough DIYs to last me awhile. Share some of your favorites with me! In the meantime, I’ll be comparing prices on cutting machines, scissors, and paper varieties.

Until next time,

~Bri


I’m Jeanette, and I’m the DIY enthusiast and writer behind SnazzyLittleThings.com. I love to decorate with industrial elements in a classically-styled backdrop with a little touch of farmhouse thrown in.

My grandfather was an antiques “picker” — he loved to repurpose items back to their original glory. He’d sometimes refer to his creations as “snazzy little things,” so naturally I had the perfect name for my blog! I didn’t realize then how much influence he had on my ability to see the beauty in what some would consider junk. I’m so honored that Better Homes & Gardens chose one of my projects to feature in the January 2017 “I Did It!” section of the magazine. And my sheltie, Buddy, made his debut as well. What a thrill!

My DIY journey began in 2012 — I was a single parent living in a brand new builder-grade home. The housing market had just started to rebound. My circumstances forced me to keep an open mind and improve my home on an extreme budget. My DIY skills were developing at best. Today I’m sharing affordable high-impact projects that I’ve tackled to make our home look luxe for less.

And the best part? A DIY newbie can do them, too!

Add Wainscoting + Trim:

I wanted my home to make a good first impression, so I focused on the foyer during my first year of DIY. After painting the walls a dark, dramatic color, I craved the classic design elements found in my previous 1930s-era brownstone apartment. When I built this house in 2005, I knew that I would add crown molding and wainscoting one day. The foyer wainscoting project significantly upgraded the overall appearance of my home and it only cost about $750. The alternative would have been to pay a builder thousands! This project is how I got hooked on power tools!

Pergo wainscoting foyer reveal by snazzylittlethings.com

DIY Wainscoting Tutorial

Paint Doors:

Interior and exterior doors can be used to anchor a color scheme or to create even more drama and contrast. My front door was not immune to change during the foyer upgrade project, and choosing black was such a good decision. Eventually I painted all of my interior doors a darker color as well. If black isn’t your preference, go for any color that complements your aesthetic. After all, it’s just paint!

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 I often wonder what happened to my other boot in this picture :)

Black door paint tutorial

Embellish Kitchen Cabinetry: 

In addition to paint, your cabinetry might need a little embellishment to enhance their aesthetic. In my case, I added trim first then painted our oak paneled cabinets. I followed that with more trim at the ceiling and the bottom to close any gaps. Then I added new hardware and even removed some wood panels and replaced them with faux leaded glass. As you can tell, it was a process that evolved over time. Finally, adding wreaths during the holidays made the cabinets look even more luxe for less!

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 Tips for embellishing your kitchen cabinets

Curate and Collect:

Mixing older collected pieces with new decor is a fun way to add sophistication and character in your home. Many of the antiques I’ve rescued and repurposed have become my favorite pieces. It takes considerable time to curate a special collection, but the payoff is gorgeous and it demonstrates a well thought-out space.

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Victorian table tutorial

 

Be Resourceful:

Being thrifty is great, but being resourceful has saved me thousands of dollars. Honing your painting expertise or learning how to repair broken furniture are both valuable skills. Learning to decoupage has enabled me to create my own art. Although it might not be an expensive masterpiece, it can certainly be made to look that way. It’s worth it to push yourself out of your comfort zone to learn a new craft to create decor with a high-end look. The way in which you repurpose a thrift store treasure is important; it can look like a craft or you can make it look elegant. And it’s not just about learning how to use power tools.

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How to make your own wood trim

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Image Transfers Made Simple

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Vintage art made with decoupage

Choose a Versatile Wall Color with Staying Power:  

The question I’m asked most often is, “What color is your wall paint?” I’ll let you in on a little secret — it has been the same color for ten years! Wall color was a huge decision for me, and it was a spur-of-the-moment choice when I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. Other than a few touch ups, I’ve had no reason to update it because it works well in our space. It’s a warm tone during some seasons and cool in others. I can get funky and add crazy patterns and textures, or I can buy trendy chairs, art, or pillows to give my rooms a new look. It’s fun knowing that I can change my rooms simply by swapping out a few accessories.

Pergo Flooring Dining Room Transformation View from Living Area by SnazzyLittleThings

Dining room at SnazzyLittleThings.com

DIY projects reward those who are patient, and I’m glad that we took this longer road. Tastes and styles change, and I firmly believe you need to live in a space for awhile before your vision becomes clear. We could have hastily made decisions five years ago that we might have regretted later. Each project was done purposefully and was carefully curated to match our current tastes. We now can say that our home has evolved into exactly what we want.

I hope you will visit me at Snazzy Little Things where we share our latest creations, including free art downloads, furniture plans, and DIY tutorials. We are continuing our DIY journey, one small project at a time.

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If you’re anything like me, you’re a little late with the Halloween decor. So late, in fact, you’re worried about being able to put out any curbside or porch indicator telling costume-clad kids they’re totally welcome to ring your doorbell on the 31st. The clearest sign for the little monsters, Avengers, pirates, witches, and Minions is a cool or creepy jack-o’-lantern shacking up on the front stoop. No time for carving? Me neither. Let’s shoot for one of these pretty, no-carve pumpkin styles instead.

1. Metallic Mod Pumpkins

Taryn has the chic candy-giver in mind. For these dripping, shimmery metallic pumpkins, she explains that no design skills are really necessary. Just some paint! She used faux pumpkins, but the process will work on regular pumpkins, too. Pop over to her blog Design, Dining and Diapers to see how she did it (and some pumpkin styling ideas from some other great blogs).

Modern Painted Pumpkins

Image Via: Design, Dining and Diapers

2. Melted Crayon Pumpkin

Definitely nix the standard orange-and-black theme this halloween, and try this splattery rainbow effect on your pumpkins. Allison contributed this idea — melting crayons over a white pumpkin — to the blog Mom Spark. Special tip: glue down the crayons before you start. This helps avoid burnt fingers between the wax and the hair dryer!

The kids are going to love making these melted crayon pumpkins. So fun!

Image Via: Mom Spark

3. Glow-in-the-Dark Pumpkins

Why have I never thought of replacing the candle inside the pumpkin with textured light on the outside? Glow-in-the-dark puff paint for the win! Alisa Burke has this tutorial on her blog, as well as a dozen other no-carve, painted pumpkin ideas. For the best glow, prime your pumpkins with a base coat of paint first!

Image Via: Alisa Burke

4. Office-Supply Pumpkins

This is truly the simplest no-carve pumpkin idea ever. If you check out the tutorial on A Subtle Revelry, creator Victoria Hudgins will show you a couple cute designs for decorating pumpkins with colorful push-pins and brads. Older kids can help you with this one (the kids that won’t put point objects in their mouths) and you’ll be done in 30 minutes or less.

DIY confetti pumpkin with colorful brads

Image Via: A Subtle Revelry

5. Spooky Splatter-Paint Pumpkins

Another child-friendly project — you prime, and they splatter — Homey Oh My creator Amy spray painted some craft pumpkins before going to town with some contrasting colors. The result? A look that’s creepy enough for your porch but sophisticated enough for a tablescape centerpiece. Check out how she made these splatter-paint pumpkins here!

Image Via: Homey Oh My

6. Woodland Creatures Paper Pumpkins

Dress up your pumpkins in a family-friendly format this Halloween! Rebecca and her daughters made a series of cute, woodland creature no-carve pumpkins this fall. They used faux pumpkins, paint, cardstock, and felt to make fox, owl, and racoon pumpkins. Feel free to use real pumpkins instead! Instructions — found here at Simple As That — are the same either way.

Cute fox woodland no-carve pumpkin.

Image Via: Simple As That

7. Studs-and-Spikes Pumpkins

This edgy craft come to us from blogger Julia, creator of Cuckoo 4 Design. Covering the pumpkins with some fun-color chalk paint is the perfect first step to creating these gold, pointy decorations. The matte colors make the metallic tips shine that much brighter! Some rub and buff gold powder on the stems and a bit of twisted gold wire are the perfect accents to complete the look. Check out Julia’s studded chalk-paint pumpkins here!

Annie Sloan chalk paint pumpkins by cuckoo4design

Image Via: Cuckoo 4 Design

8. DIY Watercolor Pumpkin

After a few trial-and-error projects, Rachel landed on this to-die-for watercolor pumpkin design. She started by spray-painting her pumpkins white, then used a wet sponge to spread and dilute the colors she placed on the pumpkins. As the paints dry, use a paper towel to spread the color around as you see fit. Be sure to finish with a sealant!

DIY watercolor pumpkins @linesacross

Image Via: Lines Across

All of these projects can use real or faux pumpkins, so choose whichever is more convenient for you to find! Paint projects will do best with a coat of matte-finish paint as a base, but experiment on any of these projects to find a look that suits your needs. They are all simple and pretty and are so much more easier and faster than carving! Even I have time to get one of these done. Be sure to let me know what no-carve pumpkin ideas brought the wizards, princesses, and Jedi to your door.

Until then,

~Bri

 


There’s nothing quite like the onset of the holiday season where spare time becomes increasingly sparse. We’ve rounded up fifteen weekend-friendly projects that require little investment with big impact. From furniture to décor, the Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart will help you achieve an updated look with ease.

This month the BHGLiveBetter Blogger Network was challenged with creating easy décor hacks by using simple techniques such as layering and adding pops of color and texture to make small changes that result in maximum impact. Have a project you’d like to accomplish before the holidays arrive? Read on to source the inspiration you’ll need to get started.

1. A simple color scheme of navy and gold, as featured in the newly designed living room space by Brooke Ulrich from All Things Thrifty, serves as the perfect combination for welcoming bold accessories such as a Ceramic Lamp Base and soft Linen Drum Shade from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart.

2. Maps, globes and Aztec prints! See how Stephanie Watkins of Casa Watkins sourced inspiration from this Global Diamond Print Rug to turn her son’s bedroom into a warm and inviting global-inspired space.

3. Give your kid’s bedroom an instant update. Ashley Thurman of Cherished Bliss opted to include a white Metal Bed Frame with decorative accents for a vintage chic look.

4. Rebecca Lopez from Crafted Sparrow lets us in on a little decorating secret: new sheets (wrinkle-free that is), calls for new throw pillows! Fringed Blue Denim, Faux Hide, Metallic Suede – mix and match color, texture and size for added contrast and comfort.

5. Angie Holden of The Country Chic Cottage shares how a small change can have big impact. Remember, it’s the details that make all the difference and sometimes just one piece of furniture such as a Bedside Table can introduce style and functionality you’ve been missing.

6. Decorating a kids room can be challenging. Take after Ashley from Domestic Imperfection and source answers from your children to inform priorities such as color and theme. Consider introducing a new set of Table and Chairs for creative learning and activities.

7. Create big impact on a small budget. See what important elements Ursula Carmona from Homemade by Carmona incorporates in her entryway and what carefully selected pieces such as this Console Table can help you achieve in a space.

8. Snag a few tips from Heidi Ferguson of Honeybear Lane and expose your guests to an inviting and functional entryway all season long. Textured, natural, traditional and warm, swap out existing accessories for hyacinth baskets, galvanized bins, decorative pillows and more!

9. From seasonal decorating to stylish storage solutions, Liz Latham of Hoosier Homemade shares helpful tips on the multitude of uses her new rustic oak 5-Shelf Bookcase serves.

10. Destiny Alfonso of Just Destiny adds a touch of timeless style to her daughter’s bedroom with a Wingback Upholstered Headboard, for an updated look.

11. Simple is sometimes best among a room full of bright color. See how Chelsea Coulston of Making Home Base incorporates white Quilted Euro Shams from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart to balance color and introduce depth to her daughter’s comfy bed top display.

12. Cassity Kmetzsch of Remodelaholic incorporates quick bedding updates to brighten the look of her master bedroom. The Reversible Quilted Bedding Set used in this space is styled as a solid piece but can also be used to achieve a layered look.

13. Presenting ample storage in each of its six drawers with detailed metal knobs, this weather finished Crossmill Dresser selected by Ashley Phipps of Simply Designing compliments the look of her industrial styled bedroom makeover.

14. It’s a color party with Jennifer Hadfield of Tatertots & Jello! Jazz up your front porch and introduce equal amounts of color, height and texture by incorporating live goods, bold planters and accessories at the exterior entryway of your home.

15. Amanda Jerkins of Whoa, Wait. Walmart? guest bed display affirms just how decorative pillows can serve as the finishing touch of a well-made bed.

For all of these products and more, visit Walmart.com/BetterHomesandGardens


While my taste for glitter, sparkle, and shine never wanes, my particular taste in metallics seems to eb and flow with the seasons. Back in the spring, I couldn’t get enough brass. All summer long I embraced champagne gold, and now that autumn is upon us, I can’t help but drool over anything with copper leaf! These bloggers have my taste in mind. Check out their projects, and shine up your home with some DIY metallic decor.

1. DIY Gold Trim Agate Coasters

Just the tiniest bit of glitz really makes these coasters pop. Jamie Harrington, creator of Totally the Bomb, DIYed her way to these lovely Anthropologie knock-off coasters. Rather than spend $100 on a set, she created her own with some cheap agate slabs and a smidge of gold liquid leaf. Check out how she did it over at her blog.

Image Via: Totally the Bomb

2. Metallic-Paper Boxes

Kristi Murphy contributed this fun mixed metallics project to Brit + Co. These gold and copper contact-paper-covered boxes are ideal for your office space. They hold all your stationary odds and ends without being an eyesore. Paint accents, add decals, or create labels to make these boxes even more stylish and efficient.

Image Via: Brit + Co

3. Copper Cap Container

This is the easiest project you’ve ever done. Promise. I Spy DIY creator Jenni’s copper addiction began when she purchased plain copper plumbing caps from her local hardware store. One look told her they were meant to be lovely copper succulent containers. Plant your succulent in the copper cap, cover with gravel, and enjoy!

Image Via: I Spy DIY

4. Champagne-Glitter Champagne Bottle

For the glitter lovers of the world (like me) this is the perfect way to stylize any bottled beverage, whether gifting or keepsake decor! Jen, the founder of Something Turquoise, loved the look of glitterized bottles, but hated the mess they left behind. Instead of cutting her losses, she found a new way to keep glitter on the bottle — even in the fridge or from condensation! Check out how she does it over at her blog. Choose your favorite glitter, or mixed metallics as Jen does here: rose gold, silver, gold, and champagne!

Image Via: Something Turquoise

5. Rose Gold Polish Frame

This sassy, rose gold gilded frame was painted — with nail polish! The Style Guide expert Sera McDaid took a cheap white plastic frame and upcycled it to something much classier and flashier. The two coats of polish on the outer frame create a lovely rose gold finish while chunky gold glitter over the inner frame gives an extra pop.

Image Via: The Style Guide Blog

6. Silver Leaf Furniture

Racha Moussa – creator

The metallic crafter’s day is never complete until leaf has been involved; and in this case, A LOT of leaf. Racha Moussa wanted to update a worn dresser and decided silver leaf was the way to go. Rather than accenting the top or the drawer faces, Racha went all out and leafed the entire dresser. Check out her great tips for applying, burnishing, and sealing metallic leaf over at her blog My Champagne Taste.

Image Via: My Champagne Taste

7. Pink and Copper Lampshade

German blogger Antonia added the perfect subtle dose of copper to her home. Originally stark white, she painted the outside a pale pink, then toned down the frilly color by coating the interior with a couple coats of copper spray paint. Be sure to translate her blog to English! Otherwise the pictures do a good job of showing the steps for this DIY pink and copper lampshade.

Image Via: Craftifair

8. DIY Golden Globe

Another Anthropologie inspiration, Classic in Gray’s Jessica wanted her own gold accent globe — just without the hefty price tag. For this project you’ll need a globe (she found hers for $13 at a department store) and a variety of paints. First, paint the stand your favorite metallic color (if it isn’t already). Then, use acrylic paints to cover the bodies of water, the continents, and the latitudinal and longitudinal lines. Use the same metallic you used for your stand to write out geographical locations in big, loopy lettering.

Image Via: Classic In Gray

9. Copper Plate Floating Shelves

These copper floating shelves are to die for. Vintage Revivals founder Mandi wanted to add a bit of greenery to her entry and thought copper would be the perfect accent. Check out how to build the shelves and how to case them in copper plating! She’ll give you all the tips you need (and a few quirky mistakes to avoid along the way).

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Image Via: Vintage Revivals

10. Gold Leaf Embellished Curtains

Who knew DIY could be so stylish? I guess Brynne Delerson did. Over at her blog The Gathered home, she shows us how she uses spray adhesive and gold leaf to create these awesome gold and gray curtains. Followed up with a spray sealant, these window coverings will be shining for quite some time!

Image Via: The Gathered Home

Maybe as the months turn colder and darker I’ll fall for something a little more bright. Rose gold, perhaps? In the meantime — as always — I’ll embrace the mix of metallics and enjoy that my favorite color (sparkles) is trending.

Until next time,

~Bri


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