I never thought I was one of those “crafty” people. I do not sew, and do not scrapbook. Not that there is anything wrong with doing those things, that is just what I associated crafting to be. Once we purchased our home and I wanted to have it decorated, I realized the fully decorated home costs money. At the time we were a really young family, in the throes of pregnancies and babies, and Dale was new in his career. So I began making smaller crafts to help me decorate my home without costing a lot of money. That is what these 20 simple crafts are.
Overtime we stopped having babies, which mean those painful hospital bills slowed down. Dale became established in his career and our finances improved. But my need for decorating our home was still present and growing! I sneak in simple crafts everywhere in my home.
I have graduated to larger scale DIY’s like furniture redos, new builds and even bathroom renovations. But those tinier projects and decor is what helps me layer my home, have it looking decorated from top to bottom. The tiny trinkets, wall decor, or items to place on bookshelves. All of it adds up to me saving a ton of money.
Making simple crafts also allows me to create a fully custom home. Even though we are done have babies, I still have three kids worth of schedule to keep up with. I do not have time to store hop (even if it would be so fun to do) searching for the perfect decor pieces. If I see something I like in store and think it will work in my home of course I will purchase it. Only now the struggle is looking at an item in store and thinking “can I make that on my own for cheaper?” “Maybe I want it in blue, I can just make my own” The DIY struggle is real people!
Creating the smaller decorative items on my own helps me create a cohesive look, and one that is unique to my home. Even when I share the projects here on my blog I hope to inspire others to make their own. But I do not expect the steps to be followed completely. Just like I do, you and your home has it’s own style and feel. Taking what I create and altering it to your aesthetic is exactly how it should be.
I have taken the theme of DIY and simple crafts and elaborated on it in my home, from the living room and into the kids bedrooms. Now that they are older I also have the fun time of including them in the process. The boys bedroom and my daughter’s room are beautifully decorate, by heavily dictated by them. I like to add touches that are perfectly them, and a lot of times that works out to be craft projects for them to help with. Either creating DIY wall art, or a complete gallery wall, all of that helps them put their own stamp on their rooms. It also allows me to decorate their room without breaking the bank!
Over the years of us living here, and the last three of me with this blog I have made a ton of small crafts and DIY projects. Most of the time they are sprinkled into my home in a way that many people ask on social media or even by email where I got certain decorations. A lot of times they are ones I made on my own. Since I have three years of content for my blog and almost 10 years of decorating my home, that means a lot of projects can slip through the cracks. So this is me sharing 20 simple crafts of mine. I know this is a favorite for a lot of people, my easy to make crafts always get circulated a lot on Pinterest and typically are my higher views posts. I think it is because, yes a whole room renovation is nice to see most cannot do it. However, wrap rope around a tin can, everyone can do. Now we all have cute vases to hold flowers in. These are the things we all can relate to. Wanting to decorate our home, without stressing the household budget or spending forever shopping for a perfect decor item. Just make it!