DIY Shabby Chic Home Accessories: Part 1

Do you love retro or vintage interior decoration? Then you’ve come to right place. DIY shabby chic home accessories are extremely popular because they never go out of fashion, they’re (for the most part) easy to make and the materials required are relatively inexpensive.

If you’re looking to update your home with a few new accessories, but don’t want to break the bank doing it; or, you just love the shabby chic style and want to try your hand at a few DIY projects – these 2 DIY shabby chic home accessories guides will have your Sunday afternoons sorted.

DIY Shabby Chic Home Accessories:

Glass Bottle and Tin Can Repurpose

Aqua bottle jar chalk paint home decor DIY
[Credit: Fox Hollow Cottage]
DIY Level: beginner

You’ll Need:

  • Glass bottle and/or clean tin can
  • Glass suitable paint
  • Paint brush
  • Sandpaper, steel wool or scour
  • Old towel or newspaper
  • Ribbon or string twine

Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned and dried your chosen glass bottle or tin can, you’ll need to lay your old towel or newspaper down to protect your working surface.

Simply coat the object in your chosen paint (a duck egg blue, or any pastel colour, will fit nicely with the shabby chic theme) and leave it to dry. If you’re short on time you can use a hairdryer to speed up this process.

Once the paint is completely dry, use sandpaper, steel wool or even a scour to ‘distress’ the fresh paint. Start very gently – you may find the paint removes easier than expected!

This doesn’t require any method, but for an authentic look try to distress places that would naturally wear down; this means corners, edges, rims and the bottom.

DIY shabby chic home accessories: aqua blue distressed glass bottle
[Credit: Fox Hollow Cottage]
Personally, I think they look great just like this but you can add a ribbon or string around the neck of the bottle. Alternatively, you could use some superglue or hot glue gun to affix a decorative item. To find this item you can either raid your old jewellery box for things that are never worn or simply pick up a cheap broach at your nearby charity shop.

Voila! You’re now on route to a house full of DIY shabby chic home accessories!

Shabby Chic Chandelier (or Wind Chime)

DIY shabby chic home accessories: chandelier and wind chime
[Credit: Can Can Dancer]
DIY Level: beginner

You’ll need:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Large keys (or similar item to hang)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn/Wool
  • Ribbon/pearl strands/decorative items

Start off your chandelier project by knotting the tail end of your wool to the embroidery hoop; the metal mechanism is a good place to start. Then, simply wrap the wool around the embroidery hoop until it is completely covered – wrap a couple loops of wool around the metal fixture to disguise it slightly.

DIY shabby chic home accessories: chandelier embroidery hoop
[Credit: Can Can Dancer]
Next, loop your wool through your first key. Pull the tail ends of the yarn through the loop you created so that the key is caught in the loop; then tie your tail ends to the embroidery hoop.

Repeat this process with all your keys, varying the length of your yarn and the spaces between each key fixture.

DIY shabby chic home accessories: chandelier attach keys
[Credit: Can Can Dancer]
Now you’ve got the basics done, you can add some more decorative bits. This is where you can tie different things like ribbon or pearl strands (like shown in the picture) – use whatever you have to hand!

You’ll need to create a hanging element for your chandelier. To do this, cut 9 pieces of wool the same length and place them in groups of three. Fold these pieces of yarn in half and use the same technique to attach the groups to the hoop (loop round, pulling tail ends through the loop etc.).

Now plait the three pieces of wool in each group, using either more wool to fasten the end or wire for a more secure finish.

Pull these three plaits upward and fix them together.

DIY shabby chic home accessories: chandelier additional elements
[Credit: Can Can Dancer]
Your chandelier should now hang by itself!

Tip: to create a hanging point leave a loop of material when securing the three braids.

Hey, presto here’s your retro, chic chandelier – the perfect decoration for your garden this summer!

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