Did you love our first instalment of DIY shabby chic home décor? Well, we certainly did; so, we’ve dug around and found a couple more DIY shabby chic home décor items that you’ll love to make (we hope).
DIY Shabby Chic Home Décor:
DIY Level: beginner
- Old crochet doilies
- Wallpaper glue
To begin with, you’ll need to lay down some form of protective equipment because it’s going to get messy.
Next, when you’re ready to get started, you’ll need to lay your doilies on a plate and soak them in wallpaper glue. While they’re resting, blow up a couple of balloons to your desired size.
When your balloons are ready, place your glue-soaked doilies onto the bottom of each balloon. Depending on the size of your doilies and balloons, you may need to use a couple of each. If you do, make sure that they are overlapping or the candleholder will fall apart.
Lastly, when satisfied with your candleholder, attach a bit of string to the balloon tie and allow them to hang and dry. The thickness of your doilies will determine the length of the drying process, but anything up to 24 hours is normal.
When your doilies are dry, use a knife or pair of scissors to pierce the balloon. You should be left with a fabulous DIY shabby chic home décor item – voila your very own candleholder!
Make Your Own Bunting!
Next up on the DIY shabby chic home décor list is homemade bunting. Bunting is another home décor item that simply never goes out of fashion; it is simple to make and has a huge visual impact.
Level: basic (a little bit of sewing machine knowledge is necessary)
- A sewing machine
- Fabric (patterned or plain, your choice)
- A pen
- A tape measure
- Iron and board
- Bias binding tape
To begin you’ll need to cut your fabric into an oblong shape. Ensure it measures 40cm in height and the length will be determined by how many triangles you want to make. To make 10 triangles, you’ll need a height of 40cm by a length of 135cm.
[Feel free to alter the measurements to make different shape triangles that suit your style; we’re just using these measurements as a guide!]
Next, fold your fabric from top to bottom, making sure the fabric edges are aligned perfectly. Gently smooth the fabric completely to remove any kinks (ironing at this stage is also a good option).
Cut along the folded edge. It should now be TWO identical pieces of fabric that measure 20cm x 135cm. You can further neaten your edges by trimming any frays (however this will be the inside of your bunting triangle and not visible so it’s not essential).
NOTE: if you’re using a one-sided fabric that is patterned or coloured, this side must be folded IN – so when cutting your fabric the rough/plain side should be facing you.
Now take your measure and pen. Make a mark 11cm along the top of the fabric and every 22cm from there until you reach the end. Starting from the bottom left corner, mark every 22cm along.
Now, take your scissors and cut up towards your first 11cm mark and from there back down to your first 22cm mark; make your cuts as straight as possible. Continue this all along the fabric making triangle shapes. You’ll need to discard your first and last triangle.
Tip: If you find this measuring system too difficult to get right, you can always make a triangle of your desired shape and size on a piece of cardboard. Then use the card as a template along your fabric.
Before moving your triangles, pin them together. Next, using a sewing machine, sew the freshly cut bottom edges of your triangles together – leaving the top open.
Snip away the excess fabric on each freshly sewed triangle tip (to enable a better tip later), as well as any excess thread.
Now, turn your triangles inside out and use your scissors to push out the point.
Lastly, you’ll need to sew it all together onto bias binding (or any tape of your choice).
Tip: to make this step easier, iron your triangles completely flat on both sides before continuing.
Decide whether you’d like your triangles on the bunting next to each other or with a space in-between. Once decided, pin them in the desired place along the bias binding ensuring to fold the binding tape over the rough/open edges of your triangles.
Tip: make sure to leave 20cm of binding free at each end, this will allow you to tie your bunting to objects when you want to hang it!
Now, sew along the bias binding, closing your triangles and fastening them to the tape.
And hey presto! Your DIY shabby chic home décor item is complete – the only thing left to do is throw a party to show it off.
If you’d prefer to watch a video to talk you through the process, check out this how-to guide on Youtube:
If you enjoyed making these DIY shabby chic home décor accessories then watch this space, we’ll be following this article up with even more guides!
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