Yes, we love all things shiny and new – just look at our site! And, who isn’t counting down the days until they can 3D-print a sculpture of their beloved puppy? But it isn’t always the latest techno-fad that gives us the biggest thrill.
Lately, we’ve been loving the trend for utilitarian materials and surfaces. For us, it’s all about finding crafty solutions that add a bit of beauty to the practical and everyday. We know we’re not alone when Chanel makes a supermarket the setting for its most recent runway show!
Maybe you’re the same? Here are four classic DIY trends that combine the functional and the creative for a fresh look. Which ones give you a thrill, and a spark of inspiration, just in time for the warmer days of summer?
Chalk It Up
Formerly known mostly as a tool for teaching (or for sharing the special of the day) the chalkboard is enjoying its moment in the sun as a major trend in home décor. Chalkboard paints and chalk markers make creating and decorating easy and mess-free, and fun, and you have your choice of surfaces: frames, crates, canvas and Mason jars. You can even buy chalkboard tags and paper to get your message across!
Lightning in a Jar
Have you been to a wedding lately that didn’t have Mason jars? There’s a reason for this handy container’s enduring popularity – it’s an organizer, drinking glass and terrarium all in one. Its smooth glass surface is perfect for applying tints, paints, fabric, glitter or ribbon. Of course, you can always leave the sides clear to see what’s stashed inside. Mason jars aren’t only practical. Turn them into lanterns to create a romantic ambience for summer evenings. Just add LED votives to light up the nighttime sky.
Rough Around the Edges
Nothing creates a warm, homey feeling like the natural fibers and neutral color of burlap. This inexpensive fabric is sturdy and biodegradable, but also versatile enough to serve as a staple of home décor. It’s ideal for creating wreaths, banners, table runners and place settings, but there are so many options you can try – stencil it, stamp it, embroider it or frame it. Its rustic appeal is a great fit for almost any event.
Just Name It
Every former school kid remembers the best part of shopping for back-to-school supplies – inking your name in Sharpie on folders, glue and that awesome new backpack. There’s something special about the act of putting our name on something to make it our own. The growing trend for beautiful lettering is all about adding that personal touch, in a thoughtful way, to every kind of surface. Whether you’re creating a framed initial, charm necklace, monograms on cake pops, calligraphy-inscribed T-shirt or a hand-lettered message of love, as always, it’s your thought that counts.