Needlework for the house: 13 simple and stylish decor ideas
Handwork is always appreciated for its uniqueness and originality. It is such home-made decorations that give the house a special atmosphere, create a feeling of warmth and coziness. At the same time, there can be a lot of options and interpretations: for a long time you have not had to limit yourself to materials and ideas. And we are ready to share some interesting and step-by-step master classes with you!
1. Garland with balls of thread
Garlands with balls of thread several years ago captured interiors around the world. To make them, a simple transparent Christmas tree garland, balloons, PVA glue, needles and threads are enough. The main thing is to take cotton threads - they absorb glue better, which means they will keep their shape better.
Choose a thinner needle, thread a thread into it and pierce a jar of PVA through it so that the thread is impregnated with glue. Inflate the balls to the desired size and start wrapping them with this thread. Do not overtighten so as not to deform and not burst, but do not loosen, otherwise the winding will not dry.
Leave the workpieces to dry completely: this is a minimum of several hours until they harden completely. Carefully pop and get the balls, find wide gaps between the threads in each ball and insert garland bulbs in them. Done!
2. Ice staining
Using this technology, you can dye pillowcases, bedspreads, tablecloths, and any other home textile. Each drawing will be unique, because it is especially impossible to repeat natural stains. You will need a canvas, a metal grill and a container over which it can be placed, gloves and ice.
Wet the fabric and stretch it along a grate laid on the sink or above the basin. Crumple the canvas to make the drawings even more interesting and heterogeneous. Randomly spread the ice cubes on top and sprinkle everything with ordinary detergent mixed with dye. Wait until the ice has melted, several times dip the fabric in cold water to fix the color, dry, and voila - you're done!
3. Patchwork technique
Bright and colorful patchwork technique is suitable for making decorative pillows, bedspreads, blankets, plaids, carpets, coasters and panels. Best of all, it fits into eclectic and ethnic styles, boho or provence.
Choose different pieces of fabric and cut them into squares of the same size. You can decorate them on top of other geometric elements or hearts. Connect triangles, rhombuses or trapezoid - the form is completely at your discretion.
Make a layout in advance to check how your patchwork-style canvas will look. This is especially important if you need clear dimensions: for example, for a decorative pillowcase. Gradually stitch the elements together into a single fabric and do not forget to trim the edges. If you want to make the product stronger for carpet or bedspreads - use it on a solid base from a denser fabric.
4. Panel of dried flowers
You will need a canvas for work, paints, a stencil for painting and any dried flowers to your taste. First process the canvas on a stretcher with different acrylic paints. You can mix matte with glossy, ordinary with pearly - so you get a game of textures.
Put a stencil on the canvas and carefully spray the paint with a spray can or apply it with a dry brush. You do not need a dense coating, but rather - the effect of antiquity. It is more convenient to lay out the composition of flowers with tweezers, but the main thing is not to overdo it and not make it too bulky.
Glue all parts with PVA glue, starting with the largest ones, and do not forget to press them with tweezers. After that, you can paint the flowers on top, make a light silver or golden spray, just cover the panel with varnish.
5. Wicker decorative pillowcase
Felt braids look warm, comfortable and resemble winter sweaters. Decorative pillowcases in Scandinavian interiors look especially elegant in this format. But by the same principle you can sheathe any other products.
For the pillowcase, cut two main parts and many long strips, the total width of which is equal to the width of the base. Take the length of the strip with a margin, because it is from them that you will weave the “braids”. Stitch the strips from the top to the top of the workpiece and begin to cross them together.
If you like a pigtail more freely, stitch only the edges to the base. If a more dense option seems more practical to you, fasten a line with each new round. Hide the edges of the braid in the inner seam when you will cut the halves of the pillowcase, or just tuck it in for flat parts.
6. Macrame pots
Macrame pendant flower pots look light, airy and elegant. They do not have to be too complicated, and a minimalistic option can be done in just 10 minutes. Start small and gradually master the knitting of more complex and specific knots.
For the simplest suspension you will need a metal ring, 3 cords 2-3 meters long and a glass ball-pot. Pull the ropes through the ring to the middle and fasten so that you have six identical free ends. Tie a tight and strong knot right at the ring and hang it on a hook or tie it to the door handle to fix it for a while.
Separate the cords in pairs and tie a knot in each pair at a distance of 40-50 cm from the ring. After that, take the neighboring ends from different pairs and repeat, only the distance will already be less - 10-12 cm. Continue to create a zigzag pattern until you reach the end. And there, tie all six ends into one knot, pull it up and cut the excess thread.
7. Carpet of pompons
Voluminous fluffy carpets are able to make any room brighter and more comfortable. It’s not necessary to spend money on them, because there are enough materials at hand: the remains of old woolen threads, scissors and a mesh base or a regular bath mat. On such a rug you can even dissolve old unnecessary sweaters and scarves.
To make pompons, use a cardboard blank in the form of a ring with a hole in the middle. Or the option is even simpler - wrap the thread around your fingers, then carefully remove it and tie it in the middle. Cut off the ends with scissors - and you get a ready-made pompom.
Make blanks until they are enough to cover the mesh base. After that, tie them to him alternately with the ends of the same thread, which you tie the balls in the middle. The denser and closer to each other the pompons - the more fluffy the carpet will be.
8. Candlestick made of wooden block
If you have an unnecessary wooden block, using an ordinary drill and stain you can make it an unusual eco-candlestick for Scandinavian interiors. Cut a fragment of the desired length, sand it, mark the holes for small tea candles, think over the interval between them. You can simply place the candles along the bar, as you like, and mark their borders with a pencil.
For holes, use the Forstner drill - a special drill for blind and shallow round holes. To give the tree a more sloppy and aged look, do not remove the bumps, tapping with a hammer on the ends, leave small scuffs. Cover the structure with a stain and dry thoroughly - and the home candlestick is ready.
9. Carpet in the hallway from old clothes
Take unnecessary T-shirts and any other flaps of fabric, scissors, a thread with a needle and duct tape. Cut strips of approximately the same width and thickness and hardly lay them on the table, alternating different colors. Secure the ends with tape so that during operation they do not fidget or slide off.
Begin to tie all the subsequent ones with an extreme stripe until you reach the middle and repeat the same thing in mirror image. When the extreme strips converge in the center, tie them together. Rainbow baubles are woven on the same principle - you may have already encountered each other.
And repeat the process with the following stripes until you reach the desired length of the mat. If the wicker path turns out to be too narrow, make several of them and each other.
10. Decoupage for decor
Decoupage is a universal technique with which you can decorate everything: furniture, refrigerators, paintings, panels, jars, caskets and chests. You will need PVA glue, flat synthetic brushes, a sponge, acrylic primer and protective acrylic varnish. Any paper with the right patterns is suitable, but for the first time you can take special napkins for decoupage.
Degrease the base, especially if you work with rounded glass jars. It is enough to wipe with a napkin and sprinkle with alcohol so that the adhesion is much better. Apply a layer of soil with a wide brush, and one more with a soft sponge-sponge. If there is no special primer, ordinary acrylic paint is suitable.
Paint your base with a brush or sponge, depending on the desired density and effect. Separate the multilayer wipes and select only the top color layer. If you use thick paper, first soak it slightly in water.
Attach the drawing to the desired location and coat it with PVA glue or special decoupage glue. When everything is completely dry, cover the work with acrylic varnish on top, best of all - in several layers with each pre-drying.
11. Hot coasters from a rope
If you have a thick thick cord or rope, you can make stylish kitchen coasters out of it. And depending on the diameter of the cord - even a stand for furniture or carpet for the hallway. To do this, you only need a clerical knife, a glue gun and a round fabric blank.
Find a perfectly flat work surface: table, window sill, wooden floor. Start twisting the cord with a snake until you reach the diameter of your fabric blank. Trim the excess and gently glue the end so as not to shift the resulting "snail".
Go with glue around the entire perimeter and make a few radial rays, then attach the fabric blank to the rope. The result is a pretty solid, non-slip and unpretentious stand or rug.
12. Pillows with buttons on chairs
To renew an old chair, tie a homemade decorative pillow on it. You will need fabric for sewing, ribbon or braid for decoration and ties, a filler and 4 buttons. Stuffing a pillow on a chair can be done with an ordinary synthetic winterizer, synthetic winterizer or holofiber.
Measure the size of the seat and add a few centimeters to the seams, draw a pattern and mark the place for the buttons. In this case, they play not only a decorative role, but will also hold a uniformly distributed filler. Therefore, sew them later to the finished product - through and through.
Round the corners, if necessary, and move on to the ties: cut long stripes and sew them in half lengthwise. If you do not want to spend time on this, immediately take the finished braid and stitch it in the seam. When stitching the pillow, leave a small hole, turn it out, fill it and close it with a hidden seam.
13. Decorative lampshade for floor lamp
To make a classic lampshade, you will need a cardboard template and a piece of fabric of sufficient width. The frame can be cylindrical or conical - at your discretion and under your interior. Cut the fabric with a small margin of 1-2 cm to gently tuck and trim the edges.
If you have a lampshade with a pattern, carefully apply the fabric to the workpiece so that all the patterns match and look where you want to. Attach the fabric to the template with the front side, fasten with pins and mark the places for allowances for the seams. Carefully remove the pins and wrap these allowances inward, and immediately fix again so that the line is flat.
Stitch fabric shade, trim the edges and iron the workpiece well. Apply glue to the surface and wait a little while it is saturated, and only then pull it on the frame. Make sure to cover the seam at the junction with the most carefully processed side.
If you attach a lampshade to a wire frame, you do not need glue. It is enough to pull it and tie it up with thin cotton ribbons. In any other case, first completely dry the product, and only then put it on the lamp.