DIY and crafting are bigger than ever, and many creatives have picked up on one or two (or ten) of the classics. You might have noticed you always have a painting, bath bomb, or cross-stitch project in the works. However, after a while, always turning to the same projects can put you in a creative rut.
To get the creative juices flowing and test the right side of your brain in a new way, try these unique craft ideas for your next project.
Paint your favorite book
While it may seem like sacrilege to “deface” one of your favorite books, painting its cover can make for an exciting project that you’ll be proud to display on your shelves.
What you’ll need:
- A naked (sans-dust jacket) hardcopy book of your choice
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- Painter’s tape
- A good old-fashioned pencil
- And, the imagination that your favorite book originally ignited!
Chances are you don’t want to try your luck by painting your original copy of Harry Potter, so your best bet is to scout out your local used bookstore. More often than not, you can find hard copies of what you’re after for a good price. When you’re searching, be mindful of the type of hard copy you pick up—those with an unadorned matte surface will hold the paint much better than one that’s glossy and already printed over.
Before painting your book, use the painter’s tape to cover any of the title or author’s name that you want to keep visible on the book, instead of working around it. We also recommend painting a base before getting started, that way you have an even canvas to work with. Once you’re all set, use your pencil to map out your design, and get painting.
After your piece is dry, stand it up on your bookshelves, maybe take a #bookstagam photo or two, and admire your own creativity!
“Dirty Pour” a piece of furniture
Remember that old end table you purchased at a yard sale that’s been sitting in storage for the past couple of years? Time to breathe new life into it. “Dirty pour painting” has become increasingly popular as of late, and a flat-surfaced piece of furniture makes for the ideal canvas.
What you’ll need:
- A piece of furniture, with a flat surface, that you are looking to jazz up
- Plastic cups
- Acrylic paint (at least three colours)
- Pouring medium
- Wooden craft sticks
- A thick drop cloth to make sure you keep your work area clean
- And, a sense of whimsy and excitement for the unexpected!
Before you go nuts and drop paint on your desired piece of furniture, make sure its surface is sealed and primed. If it isn’t, that’s step one! Once you’re ready to paint, mix your acrylic colours with the pouring medium, stir it up, then transport them all into the same cup. The medium will help the colors from running together. Carefully place the cup down on the flat surface you’re painting, gently lift, and watch the colours flow.
The great thing about paint pour projects is that no two pours are the same. So, you can transform your old side table into something you know no one else will have!
Embroider some vintage denim
Looking for something to embroider outside of your bamboo hoops? Then hit up your favorite vintage store, pick up a jean jacket and get crafting! You know what they say—everything old becomes new again, and the trend of 90s embroidered denim is back in full force. Instead of paying a fortune for something that looks vintage, try your hand at creating your own unique look.
What you’ll need:
- A vintage (or vintage-inspired) article of denim
- Embroidery needle
- Embroidery floss
- Embroidery hoop
- White fabric marker
- And, the channeled spirit of your grandmother who would embroider anything they could get a needle and thread through!
If the denim is new, be sure to wash and dry it so any shrinkage is out of its system before you start embroidering. Employ the use of a sturdy embroidery hoop to prevent any shifting or gapping as you embroider. Once you’ve mapped out your design with your fabric marker, you’re good to start putting the needle to the fabric.
One of the perks of embroidery is that there is no drying time, so once you're finished, you can immediately rock your new look!
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