That day reminded me just how peaceful and restorative a creative pursuit can be.
Since then I’ve been trying to incorporate more creative time into my schedule, and recently I set aside a whole afternoon to some DIY’ing.
It was SO much fun!
As you know I’m a big fan of any activity which allows you to be present, and centre yourself for a while. For me, creative time is just that. I can get lost in it – it feels meditative.
In order to set myself a goal for my afternoon of crafting, I researched a few home décor DIYs. I wanted to add some pretty decorative details to my home, and luckily I landed on three great tutorials.
Armed with instructions, and a box full of Hobbycraft supplies, I got to DIY’ing for the afternoon.
I am SO happy with the results. I’ve popped links to all of the DIYs below, and my verdict on completing them.
I’ve done a little rating system, in case you want to give them a go yourself.
This includes: my experience, tips and the difficulty level I found them to be on a scale of 1 – 5. 1 being easy, and 5 being tricky.
Tried & Tested: 3 Beautiful Bohemian DIYs For Your Home
DIY Bead and Tassel Garland via A Pair & Spare
Equipment Needed – all available at Hobbycraft ofc!
Unvarnished wooden beads (I used roughly three packs per garland)
Gold-tone wooden ball beads (I used roughly 1/3 pack per garland)
Mixed tassels (I ordered four packs so that I could mix and match colours)
I’ve been a fan of Geneva’s DIY tutorials for years, and I loved this garland the moment I saw it!
I’ve been looking for something similar to this garland for a while, and hadn’t quite found what I was looking for in a shop.
Just my luck that I happened upon this DIY, which allowed me to craft up my own version!
For my DIY bead and tassel garlands, I tweaked Geneva’s instructions slightly and added in some gold-toned beads to break up the natural wood ones. I also experimented with a few different colour variations for the tassels.
In the end I landed on three versions for the tassels: blue/light blue, neon pink/orange and green/dark green.
Each of the garlands has a slightly different feel because of the colours, and they’re now proudly displayed around my home.
In Geneva’s tutorial she mentions attaching gold hoops onto your tassels, and I second that. It made it so much easier to thread the tassels. It’s a little fiddly, but doesn’t take much time and it’s worth it.
I’d say that this is a 2/5.
I found this easy to complete, and it was really fun.
This would be a great DIY to complete with some friends, if you fancy a crafting afternoon altogether.
How To Make A Macrame Feather via TWOME
Equipment Needed, all available at Hobbycraft
Gold plated split rings (you’ll have plenty left over if you’ve ordered a pack for DIY #1 above already)
Keyring – I repurposed one I already had.
I’ve wanted to give macrame a go for ages, and luckily the Hobbycraft team pointed me in the direction of Isabella’s blog TWOME.
Isabella has so many brilliant macrame tutorials you can follow along with. Since this was my first ever foray into the craft, I started with a simple macrame feather. As Isabella’s tutorial shows, you can use the feather on a keyring or on a simple piece of wood.
The process of knotting is SO satisfying. Seeing my first knot come together felt like such a big triumph, and as I progressed with each knot I was more and more excited to see the results.
The completed feather was pretty spot on I think!
I reused a keyring which had previously been attached to a handbag of mine for this DIY. It gave the overall result a slightly luxe feel.
For me, this was a 2.5ish/5?!
Having never tried macrame before I had to concentrate hard, but it was VERY doable and once I got into the swing of things I completed the feather quite quickly.
The longest part of the process was brushing out the string, but I think that’s something which will feel more natural, the more macrame projects I complete.
Faux Earthenware DIY via Cupcakes & Cashmere
Equipment Needed, all available at Hobbycraft
Masking tape (I didn’t end up using this, but you’ll need it if you want to leave an un-painted band on your flower pot)
If you were to visit my home you’d see a LOT of pots and plants. I love having greenery around me, and equally I love having lots of little trinkets.
This pretty earthenware DIY looks so professional, despite the fact that it’s incredibly easy to complete. Plus it’s quick!
I felt pretty fancy having a little painter’s palette, and the process of applying the colour was so relaxing.
1 – I let the white coat dry overnight, and then applied the paint splatter in the morning.
2 – I had to buy smaller cacti than I had anticipated, since I didn’t leave any room for potting the first time round. It was an easy mistake to fix, but it would be worth taking one of your pots with you to the garden centre/florist to measure up your cacti in advance.
3 – Make sure you lay newspaper down all around you, since the flicking motion can create quite a bit of spray. If anything gets on your clothes don’t worry because the paint is water based, but it’s easier to avoid it altogether.
A VERY achievable 1/5!
This is a DIY anyone can complete, and yet the results look so professional.
Next up I wanted to experiment with some more colours. I’m thinking that a fun neon hue would look amazing against the white. What do you think?!
One afternoon of creativity was such a welcome ‘pause’ in my week. I absolutely loved spending some time working on a handful of craft projects, and I am so happy with the results too!
As my Mama often says, if you are a creative person, taking time to do something arty ‘feeds your soul’ and I couldn’t agree more!
Hobbycraft has a HUGE array of supplies if you fancy giving a DIY of your own a whirl. You can peruse Hobbycraft online here, or head to your local store.
If you need some inspiration to get you started, I hope that these DIYs can do just that!
What’s Your Take?
Have you tried any home décor DIYs? If so, how did they turn out?
Will you be giving any of these a go? I’d love to hear from you!
Love, Monica x
Photography by Charlotte Bryer-Ash
This post was created in collaboration with Hobbycraft