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Frugal Accessory Decorating Tips
If you have expensive blinds, with strings, and the strings
break, don't go out and buy new blinds. You can try to fix them yourself, but if
you can't, there are shops that specialize in fixing them. Ask at your local
hardware store. They should be able to steer you in the right direction.
Here is a fun idea for leftover beads, either from used
clothing you are discarding, or thrift store finds. Use them to decorate the
strings on your mini-blinds. Attach them to the end of your drawstrings on your
mini-blinds. Be sure and knot the end of the string securely so the beads won't
fall off. Mini-blinds are suppose to be out-of-style now, but I think most of us
still have at least one in our home. Have fun with them. Personally, I still
find them quite useful.
Here is one way to frugally make your home smell good, and
to use every bit of your scented candles. When you have just little bits of
candle wax left, cut them into little pieces. Place them in a bowl, and put them
in a window sill where the sun will shine on them and spread a wonderful scent
throughout your home.
Make good use of every bit of wax from your candles. Rather than trying to
scrape out leftover bits, put the candle (when cool) in the freezer. Once
frozen, it will be easy to remove the wax and recycle it.
Diffusers make your house smell wonderful, they last a
long time, and they don't even require an electric outlet. Diffusers are nothing
but scent in a bottle, drawn up by a wooden wick. You can inexpensively
make your own diffusers by using your own scent in a bottle, and using wooden
skewers to lift it up into the air.
You will save a lot of money on living plants if you buy
them when they are small. You want your plants to look healthy and be
well-formed. Be sure and rotate them, so they get sun on every side. If you
don't rotate them, they will lean in the direction of the sun.
Here is another budget decorating tips for you- and
something to keep an eye out for when you shop at garage sales. Old ladders,
made of wood, can be fixed up and used for decorative purposes. Here are some
things you can do with them if you just prop them against the wall:
- You can use them to display magazines
- You can display quilts.
- You can hang towels from them in the bathroom.
- You can use them to dry clothing in the utility area.
Here is a fun way to both add lighting to your home, and some
character to reflect your family's interests. Buy a lamp with a glass base. Fill
it with something of meaning to your family. You can fill it with small items
picked up from vacations, like\ shells or rocks, or with items you like to
collect. In a child's room you might put little cars, marbles, or trains. In a
hobby room, you could add spools of thread. In an office, colored paper clips,
nickels and dimes, or perhaps writing utensils.
In the 80's, gold tone metal was
popular. Then came pewter, brushed nickel and silver. Whatever it is, you can
easily give the metal on your furniture and cabinets an update with a can of
metallic spray paint. It is a small thing, but it can make a big difference in
the appearance of your room.
Many people think that when you have a picture
you want to frame, you must use a frame and mat the exact size of the picture.
If your picture is an irregular size, both the frame and mat can be hard to
find, and custom framing is very expensive. There are other ways to frame
a picture that are very economical. Pictures can be placed on top of a piece of
mat board instead of under it. Find a frame with a mat you like, and then
then glue the picture on top of it. If you like, you can cover the mat
board with special paper or fabric.
Here's a project for the sewing challenged. A
fast and easy way to make a decorator pillow is to use napkins. Find two napkins
that go with your decor, and put them right sides together. Sew around all four
edges, but leave about 4-6 inches free on one edge so that you can turn the
square right side out and insert the pillow when you are done. You can either
insert a pillow form, or stuff your pillow with fiber.
Silk flowers are wonderful accessories.
They last for years and you can't kill them. Keep your flowers clean by spraying
with Lysol, putting in a paper bag with a little salt and shaking them, or
buying one of the new retail cleaning spray cans designed to clean them. When
you get tired of an arrangement, you can pull everything apart and rearrange it,
switch containers, or switch rooms. You can get even more use out of your silk
flowers by using them on tables as part of the centerpiece for special
occasions. Choose your flowers carefully. If you really like them, you will
use them over and over.
Tablecloths are very easy to sew. If the
piece of fabric is large enough, it is just a matter of cutting the fabric to
the size you need, and then hemming the sides or adding trim. Fabric can be
expensive. However you can find some beautiful fabric at an economical price by
shopping ebay and thrift stores. Check out the drapes. You can easily recycle
these into tablecloths. You can find them in fabrics like damask and cotton.
Many make a great shabby chic look.. If you have fabric left over, you can make
additional placemats, napkins, or even pillows. The more fabric on the table,
the more luxurious it looks.
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