By: Bea Racoma
Get off your laptop and create something with your own hands!

Nothing beats how empowering it is to design items that you can use and display in your own home. Whether you’re an art aficionado or a budding hobbyist, adding personalized touches to your living space will let you boldly express what you believe your house — and thus, your life — should look like.

Envision the life you want to have by spending your weekend hitting up your nearest AllHome, rolling up your sleeves, and trying out one of these quick, fun, and low budget DIY projects.

1. Driftwood accessory holder

If you’ve ran out of vanity space for your necklaces and bracelets, hang them on your walls! Driftwood, which you can get from aquarium stores and online shops, will be your base for this project. You can also repurpose any thin slab of unused wood. For the “hooks”, use small, ornamental knobs — those from old drawers are perfect. Drill holes into the wood, insert the knobs, and screw the backs with locknuts. Attach a sawtooth hanger or string to the back to hang it.

2. Sea glass storage jars

Immortalize the tranquillity of waves with containers in the same minty tint. All you need are glass jars, vinyl letter stickers, and a can of Krylon Sea Glass Finish Sea Foam or another frosted glass spray paint. Label your jars with the stickers, which function as stencils, then spray them with three gradual layers of paint. Afterwards, take off the stickers, and fill those jars up!

3. Paint chip calendar

Stylishly keep track of your time with this convenient calendar. Create it with a large picture frame, 35 paint swatches, tape or glue, scissors, and a dry-erase marker. Alternatively, use thick specialty paper or print your own chips. Cut the swatches into smaller rectangles, and arrange them into seven by five color-coordinated rows and columns on the frame’s inner board. Tape or glue the swatches, and reassemble the frame. Write on the glass to start using your calendar.

4. Marbled mugs

Nail polish can beautify mugs, too! Get started with white ceramic mugs, non-quick dry nail polish, toothpicks, and a sizable container full of hot water. Pour the polish close to the water’s surface, and swirl the lacquer around with toothpicks to achieve the marble effect. Quickly dip your mug into the water, and let it dry upside down. While the mugs aren’t dishwasher or microwave safe, you can better maintain your artworks by coating them in an acrylic sealer.

5. Floral hangers

Add vibrant patterns to your closet with these garden-bloom hangers. Grab some plastic hangers, floral fabric, scissors, and tape (double-sided is best). Cut the fabric into thin strips, secure the first part with tape, then wrap the rest of it around the hanger. Repeat until you’ve covered the entire hanger in cloth.

6. Fairy garden

Plant parents, spruce up your babies’ homes with fantasy-inspired miniature gardens. You need a large flower pot, plants, and decorations. To preserve the garden’s compactness, use plants that won’t overgrow the pot — herbs, grass, and succulents are good choices. For accessories, let your imagination fly by using both existing and unconventional decorations like pebbles, tiny toys, wine cork, and metal cupcake cups. Fill the pot with soil, place your plants, and decorate to your heart’s content.

Whatever activity you do will definitely bring out your creative spirit. After all, pouring your heart and soul into DIY home accessories will show the world the kind of person you are and the wondrous life you deserve. So go and craft yours now!

The COHO Living Team.