Get crafty

Quick tips from local designer Roberta Wagner for do-it-yourself decorating

  • Jazz up your shades: Get some ribbon and dress up plain lamp shades. Wrap the ribbon around the shade and tie in a bow, or use multiple colors, and hot glue stripes.
  • Design your own frames: Buy inexpensive frames or use old ones you have around the house. Use a hot glue gun and add buttons, shells, beads, or hard candies onto the frames. 
  • Make your own pillowcase: Purchase iron-on transfers at your local craft store and personalize away.
  • Painted pots: Shop around for inexpensive terracotta pots and then paint your hand to make handprints all over them.
  • Channel your inner artist: Buy an artist canvas and paint away.
  • Create your own throw pillow: Scan a favorite photo and copy on iron on transfer paper, sold at your local craft store. Iron on fabric of choice. Sew and stuff.
  • Cork it up: Purchase an inexpensive cork board at your local office store. Hot glue ribbon, or fun accessories to make it your own. You can also purchase sticky pins for some extra pizzazz.