DIY Trends Making a Comeback
A trend that goes back centuries, marbled paper looks as fresh as it did hundreds of years ago -- and the technique is presumably just as easy. Lexy from the DIY blog Proper offers two ways to marble paper, one of which is to simply dip paper in water colored with spray paint. Her easy-to-follow tutorial also includes steps to create your own marbled notebook covers. Get details on Proper.
Woven Wall Hanging
Like their macrame cousins, woven wall hangings are finding their way into back into the modern home. A celebration of color and texture, weaving is a craft so easy to master that kids as young as 5 can learn. These petite wall hangings were actually made by girls ages 5 to 7 at Bar Rucci's art camp, so imagine the stylish weavings you could create! Get details at Art Bar Blog.
Embroidery has a history of being more kitsch than cool, but modern makers are working hard to change that perception. Jeran of Oleander and Palm, for example, proves that less is more with this minimalist cross-stitch pillow. The simple throw pillow makes a statement with basic X-shape embroidery stitches in an oversize grid pattern. Get details at Oleander and Palm.
Cardboard Bead Necklace
At first glance, we thought these colorful baubles were painted noodles and wondered if Rachel from The Crafted Life was sharing a macaroni necklace tutorial. To our surprise, they're actually corrugated cardboard beads, Rachel's clever twist on the hand-rolled paper beads we used to make at summer camp. Crafty, jewelry-loving grown-ups will get a thrill out of bright, textured beaded necklaces of their own design. Get details at The Crafted Life.
Shibori Tea Towels
Tie-dye is trending again, but it doesn't look like the multicolored psychedelic designs of the 1960s -- or even of the 1990s, when hippie style made its first comeback. Thankfully, today's tie-dye looks more like the subdued and sophisticated patterns of these indigo tea towels, hand-dyed by Erin of Francois et Moi using traditional Japanese shibori techniques. Get details at Francois et Moi.
God's Eye Ornaments
Combining two popular trends -- color blocking and yarn crafts -- is it any wonder these God's eye ornaments from sisters Sara and Melissa of Alice & Lois caught our eyes? Generations of campers spent their summers wrapping string around sticks, but luckily, sitting around the campfire isn't a prerequisite to making God's eye yarn weavings. Hang one or more wherever you could use a small pop of color. Get details at Alice & Lois.
Macrame Wall Hanging
Modern macrame is no longer an oxymoron. Hand-knotted wall hangings, which had their heyday in the 1970s, are being reimagined for the 20th-century aesthetic. The macrame wall hanging tutorial on A Pair and a Spare, for example, features an asymmetrical design and unexpected pops of neon. Warning: Knotting experience and patience are needed for this bohemian-inspired DIY. Get details at A Pair and a Spare.
Macrame Hanging Planter
The resurgence of the 1970s knotting craze goes beyond wall hangings. Macrame hanging planters are also making a comeback thanks to their space-saving design and ability to bring texture and greenery to any room. Plus, they're relatively easy to make: If you can tie a knot, you can make a macrame hanging planter, especially when you follow Ladylike's video tutorial. Get details at Ladylike.
Potato Stamp Pillow
Plan a trip to the produce market, because you'll want to stock up on spuds after checking out this knock-off throw pillow tutorial. Using potato stamps and fabric paint, Rachel of Urban Acreage easily re-created the half-moon repeating pattern from a favorite designer throw pillow. She even sewed her own pillowcase using an old curtain panel. We think adults should play with their food more often! Getdetails at Urban Acreage.
Eraser Dot Tablecloth
The secret to perfect polka dots? A pencil eraser! With her trusty No. 2 pencil, Sarah of Sarah Hearts stamped sophisticated blue-gray circles on natural cotton twill fabric to create her Kate Spade lookalike tablecloth. Eraser dot art might be most popular among the preschool crowd, but the technique works equally well for grown-up crafts.
Get all the details at Sarah Hearts.
Macrame curtains and room dividers have come a long way from hippie hangouts and groovy dorm rooms of the '60s and '70s. Clearly, a macrame curtain can't fully conceal anything, but it can add eye-catching texture and dimension, especially in small rooms. DIY blogger Lidy hand-knotted a curtain to camouflage the stacking washer and dryer in her hallway, then painted its ends bright blue to add extra personality to the neutral space.
Get details on her blog, Hello Lidy.
Perler Bead Bowls
Forget the fusible bead kits and put away the pegboards. Some of the coolest things you can make with heated Perler beads are these small bowls, perfect for holding soap or air plants (the tiny holes allow air to circulate). Let your kids lay claim to the rainbow-color beads for their projects; we prefer the minimalist look of these graphic black-and-white bowls by Heather of Make + Haus. Get details at Make + Haus.