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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.


Why settle for an overcrowded fridge when you can stylishly show off your kids’ artwork with these cool new ideas? Decorate your walls in modern style, top your coffee table with a curated collection of your little ones’ works, or try one of these other innovative ideas.

Inspired Art Gallery

Kids’ art is usually pretty colorful, so if you’re wanting to create a gallery wall of their creations, consider using a neutral wall color. Then incorporate a few pops of color throughout the room, making sure they coordinate with the pieces displayed.

Via Sawyer | Berson

Curate and Condense 

Photobooks are becoming super popular for family photo albums, but they can also be used as a fun way to curate a collection of your little one’s art. Bonus: photographing artwork means you won’t feel bad about not saving EVERY picture your kid draws (your cabinets can only hold so much)! Plus, you’ll have a cute way to look back at how your child and their art have grown over the years.

Via Paislee Press

Artistic Collaborations

Do you love to make art as much as your child does? Then consider a collaboration! I love the way this mother works with her daughter to create one-of-a-kind pieces that showcase both of their artistic styles.

Via The Mischievous Mommy

Soft Side

Doesn’t every child dream of making his or her artwork come to life? These plush creations based on children’s artwork may not actually be alive, of course, but how awesome would it be to have a beloved drawing become a favorite toy?

Via Child’s Own

Combining Portraiture and Art

If you have some basic Photoshop skills (or have a friend who does) this tutorial is an amazing way to create a beautiful picture of your child adding their artwork to the world in a magical way. I’m obsessed with how the creative spirit of this little girl is captured in such a unique way by combining her portrait with one of her works of art!

Via Ali Brown Studios

There are many innovative ways to display your kids’ artwork, and it is so lovely to add that personal touch to your home. For more fun ideas, look here, here, and here. I dare you to be as creative as the little artists in your life!


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


Create or curate expressive 3-D art that is guaranteed to never fall flat! Every gallery wall should include at least one piece that breaks the mold. Choose dramatic artwork that pops, or try making your own with these DIY 3-D art ideas.

Flower Power

If you love having a vase of flowers in your home all year long, this DIY is perfect for you. Combine a canvas and faux flowers to make a one-of-a-kind work of art. Whether you go with a simple painted look or a fun and trendy chalkboard style, this artwork will make your guests do a double take.

Via Lily & Val Living

Via Lily & Val Living

Subtlety in 3-D 

Are you a little nervous about adding another dimension to your walls? Dip your toes into the waters of this trend with a minimal and elegant approach. I love the way a wreath and monogram add style to this neutral wall, creating a cozy and stylish atmosphere.

Via Craftberry Bush

The Art of Overlap

When I’m arranging collages or digital scrapbook pages, it seems obvious to overlap different images. However, it never occurred to me to try this on the walls! When done right, the trend is super innovative and not at all cluttered. I love the way the lake house theme of this gallery wall uses sever types of layering. Not only does one painting overlap the edges of three others, a propeller peeks around the corners of other artworks.

Via The Lettered Cottage

Hoop to It

I’m so happy that embroidery has made such a comeback! Vintage and crafty, embroidery hoops are pure rustic-chic perfection.

Via BHG

Statement Piece

Sometimes all you need is one work of art to draw attention and interest to a wall. Incorporate the colors of your room into this cute geometric DIY made from wood circles for an artwork that’s sure to impress.

Via Curbly

Don’t Forget About the Kids

3-D art is such a fun trend, and it’s also perfect for decorating your kids’ rooms. Including repurposed toys and an innovative 3-D nursery tree, these sweet works are perfect for the little ones in your life.

Via Homemade Ginger

Via Project Nursery

 


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

image transfers made simple by snazzylittlethings

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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Skip the expensive rolls of wrapping paper this year. We found some awesome DIY ways to personalize your gift wrap, boxes, and bags. How many will you try?

1. Glitter Gift Box

Wrapping isn’t easy for everyone. Sometimes a nice gift box is a better option for those of us who aren’t wrapping-inclined. Distract from the lack of paper with a glittery gift box — tutorial courtesy of For the Makers. To assemble, use your favorite color of holiday glitter (or a combination), kraft paper boxes, and glue. Finish off your box with twine and a coordinating gift tag; a sprig of pine polishes the look!

Image Via: Style Caster

2. Chalkboard Wrap and Instagram Tags

Black kraft paper and white paint pens give the effect of chalkboard mesasges. Bonnie from Going Home to Roost made a collection of sample “chalk” doodles you can print and try on your own chalkboard-esque packages. She’ll also let you download her photos to make Instagram-inspired gift tags. Just print on sticker paper, and you’re ready to go!

Image Via: Going Home to Roost

3. Glitter Wrapping Paper

Sarah Dorsey contributed this idea to C.R.A.F.T.S. Following her step-by-step tutorial, you’ll use painters tape, adhesive spray, glitter, glue dots, and pom-pom yarn to master this gift wrap. Feel free to add a layer of decoupage medium or acrylic finishing spray to hold the glitter down!

Image Via: C.R.A.F.T. (Creating Really Awesome Fun Things)

4. Confetti Gift Bags

Stop buying expensive, decorative bags. This simple project is perfect for small presents, hostess gifts, and cookie-exchange treats. On plain white paper bags, apply a thick stripe of decoupage medium across the middle — like blogger Shannon did here — or create a favorite pattern or shape. Sprinkle on confetti, and let dry. Apply a second coat of decoupage, and let that dry, too. Your confetti gift bag is now ready for use!

Image Via: Mod Podge Rocks

5. Marbled Gift Wrap

Love marble crafts and decor? Here’s a new one for you: Marbleize your wrapping paper! Pick a few colors of nail polish (designer Kathryn suggests the cheaper the better), white kraft paper, water, a large container, plastic gloves, a coffee stirrer, and gift wrapping essentials like scissors, tape, and ribbon. Pour, dip, dry, and wrap!

Image Via: Ruffled

6. Chic, Simple Style

Almost Makes Perfect creator Molly brings us four different looks to personalize your gift-wrap style. If you plan to go simple and chic, these looks are for you. Choose one design and paint the entire roll of wrapping paper at once, or wrap each of your gifts individually, then paint, label, and twine with your own unique touch. See Molly’s tutorials here.

Image Via: Almost Makes Perfect

7. Santa Pillow Box

Pillow boxes are perfect for small office presents, such as candy, treats, and gift cards, and for family gifts, like stocking stuffers, jewelry, or makeup. Whatever you’re gifting, it’s always better to use a stylish gift box. Rachel has a great downloadable pattern for your pillow boxes this year; give everyone the gift of Santa along with your present.

 

Image Via: Let’s Wrap Stuff

8. Holiday Stitches

Jazz up basic wrapping paper with embroidery floss. Laura, creator of Made Peachy, shows us how to add cute detail to photopaper gift wrap. Using tracing paper, black-and-white photos, her templates, and an embroidery needle,and thread, you can give a reindeer a scarf, a polar bear a bowtie, or a penguin a snowy background. See her tutorial here.

Image Via: Made Peachy

9. Map Wrap

In the age of digital media, paper maps and atlas’ have less purpose. Although some are special mementos or keepsakes, an atlas book from 1998 probably doesn’t hold too many near and dear memories. But don’t let these old books and maps gather dust! Use them as unconventional wrapping paper. Friends and family will love the unique touch added to their gifts. Check it out here! Plus Elsie and Emma will show you how to DIY a pipe-cleaner bow.

Image Via: A Beautiful Mess

10. DIY Gift Bag

Don’t bother with store-bought decorative gift bags. Make your own with leftover wrapping paper, kraft paper, or even an envelope! Ebony Bizys, the mind behind Hello Sandwich, shows you how to fold and tape your way to a personalized gift bag. See her tutorial here!

Image Via: Hello Sandwich

With even just one of these DIY gift wrap ideas, you’ll be sure to impress your loved ones this holiday season. The best part? You can change up the colors and patterns as you please to use for gifting thoughout the year! Happy birthday, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and, of course, merry Christmas!

Until next time,

~Bri


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