Have you ever had a time when you’re really in the mood for some sort of change in your home but your budget just won’t allow for it at the moment? #raisedhand Well, this is where our geometric door decorations come in handy. For the price of a roll of Washi tape (About $3.00) you can have an awesome looking closet door in 15 minutes or less. And it’s a pretty sizable statement piece to boot! Plus, it’s easily removable, which makes it perfect for rental homes or if you’re the type of person who likes to change things frequently.
Speaking of cheap ideas with big effects, we’ve also got another Washi Tape idea that will blow you away. It’s our Huge Wall Calendar. You’ll also notice a really large $100 bill decor item. That was an upcycle made from a piece of throw away foam that comes in furniture. (Waste not, want not!) You can get the pattern and instructions for that Cash Statement Piece Wall Decoration Idea Here.
Geometric Door Decorations Supplies
NOTE: DO NOT USE ELECTRICAL TAPE. It does not work. It stretches and falls off. This comes from experience. Ü
We suggest using a piece of paper and drawing out your design ahead of time and then just copying it with your Washi tape onto the door. Placement does not have to be exact.
We made this cheap wall decor lightning bolt from a piece of foam that came packed in some furniture but the foam board you buy at the store works just as well. Most Dollar Stores, Craft Stores and Walmart carries it. You could literally make any design but this one went in our daughter Amy’s chic office and the lightning bolt fit her decor perfectly. This is one of those upcycles or basic crafts that costs next to nothing but looks phenomenal! If you’re looking for more great inexpensive ways to decorate, check out our DIY Cash Statement Piece and our Anti-Bad Vibe Shield, both made from foam board!
Lightning Bolt Cheap Wall Decor Supplies
- 40mm round gold sequins (we purchased ours at Hobby Lobby for 1.99 a pack)
- Foam board, 22″ x 28″ or any size you want your lightning bolt.
- Hot Glue Gun
- X-acto Knife or utility knife
There are three patterns. One is just a small example to look at so you can draw your own large one. The other two are larger version you can print out and tape together and use as an actual pattern.
Example to Copy 18″x11″ 24″x15″
Gather your supplies.
We upcycled a piece of foam packing that came in a small piece of furniture we ordered.
However, foam boards you buy at most stores will work fine also!
Trace your lightning bolt onto your foam board whatever size you like then cut out with an X-acto knife.
Begin at the bottom and add the sequins overlapping each row slightly. Try to cover all your foam.
Continue until all the lightning bolt is covered.
This particular lightning bolt was hung in a fun chic grouping in my daughter Amy’s office.
Don’t throw away that old furniture! All you need is a little paint and, in this case, you’ve got a Modern Geometric painted dining table. Pretty amazing transformation isn’t it? This is part of our “Buff Your Stuff” series whose sole purpose is to inspire you to transform old things into new! Or even new things into different things! The key word here is “transformation”. And boy did we accomplish that in this case. So look at all the photos below and get inspired! This project was completed by our daughter Amy whose home is a masterpiece filled with before and afters! Check out some of her other spectacular ideas such as How to Turn a Working Console TV into a Piece of Art , DIY Cash Statement Piece Wall Decoration Idea and Refurbishing Furniture with Modern Colors.
Painted Dining Table Photos
This is the table as it was purchased from a thrift store.
First thing we did was add some yellow to the metal bottoms.
Next we painted the legs and edges of the table black. Then the side boards teal. The triangles you see are cut from black Washi tape and stuck on. Done!
The two chairs were purchased from Hobby Lobby. They are very sturdy, just make sure to buy them on sale. Everything at Hobby Lobby rotates on sale. Plus every week there’s a 40% off printable coupon on one item! You’ll see it at the top of their site here.
Just a quick before of the dining room area.
And an after photo complete with wall decor. The pug painting was also purchased at Hobby Lobby.
This shows our first attempt at using thrift store chairs. It was a FAIL. Ü
Depending on your age you might remember having a console TV when you were growing up. They were big televisions with a wood case built around them and were considered a piece of the furniture. Times and TV’s have changed but you can still find these at thrift stores, which we did. This one was $20 and it worked! We decided to give this old TV a modern look for our living room. It’s used solely for gaming. This is part of our “Buff Your Stuff” series where you take old things and make them new! You might especially enjoy our makeover, Refurbishing Furniture with Modern Colors.
Console TV Makeover Supplies
- White and yellow paint
- Silver paint for handles
- Painters tape
This is the $20 TV we found at Salvation Army.
We chose our colors and then taped off areas. The main console was white and we used yellow as a contrast. The gold handles were removed and painted silver.
This is how it turned out!
It’s the perfect gaming TV.
We made this classy upcycled $100 bill statement piece out of a piece of foam board used as packing in something we ordered. Total Cost? ZERO. However, you can also buy sheets of foam cheap. The “frame” you see around it is actually a piece off of an old coffee table. But you could easily make a wood one or just hang it as is.
The fancy cupboard you see underneath of our cash art? That’s one of our “Buff Your Stuff” series where you take items you already own and give them a face lift. Check out our Refurbishing Furniture with Modern Colors post!
Cash Wall Decoration Supplies
NOTES ON FOAM SHEETS: Our foam sheet was in a box from a shelf we ordered. It was used as packing. We used it the size it came (24″ wide x 12″ tall and 1″ thick) and it had a nice texture. When buying foam sheets just make sure they are firm. We link to some below on Amazon but have not used them ourselves and our unsure of the texture. We suggest finding a sheet at a craft store or possibly Walmart. You can make it any size you want.
- Foam Sheet (please read notes above) Sheet 1 Sheet 2
- Black Paint
- Teal Paint
- Paint brushes
- Sharpie Marker
- Purchased Enlarger, Enlarger #2 (Uses light to enlarge images to then trace)
- X-acto Knife & Tape (if your do a stencil)
Enlarging or Stenciling the Graphic
You can either enlarge a smaller copy of the bill using a projector of some type or you can print out the larger 24″ bill and make a stencil.
ENLARGING WITH A PROJECTOR: If you have an enlarger you can place a small graphic underneath it and then it shines it up on the wall for tracing. You would hang your foam and then align the lighted graphic and trace it with a Sharpie marker. Then taking black paint, paint inside the area traced. We have an older model of this model projector. Its very handy for things like this.
STENCILING: You can also print out the 24 inch version provided. It will print on 3 sheets which you cut out and tape together. Then cut out the black areas with an X-acto knife. Lay the stencil over your foam and trace inside the cut out areas with a Sharpie marker. Remove the stencil and paint in the areas you traced with black.
Small size bills for using a projector. (pdf)
Large 24″ bill. .
This is one of the foam sheets that came inside a shipping box as packing. It was just the right size for our $100 bill. (24″ wide x 12″ tall and 1″ thick)
To stencil on your graphic print out the large 24″ dollar bill.
Cut the left and right margin off the middle piece.
Take the right and left pieces and match them up. The paper prints with a small overlap. Tape the pieces together across the entire back seams.
This is the fully taped bill.
Cut out your bill, then using an X-acto knife but out the stencil as shown. You will remove all the white parts.
Paint your foam board. We used a teal to match the decor. Take a black Sharpie marker and trace your graphic onto the board using either a projector or a large stencil as discussed above. Then paint in the black areas you traced on with a small brush.
We framed ours only because we had a piece of wood from an old coffee table that was the perfect size. We painted it gold.
Then we hung them on the wall. Instant glam and great money vibes! You can see how we created that beautiful cupboard from an old piece of furniture in our post Refurbished Furniture with Modern Colors.
Refurbishing furniture can be as easy as giving it a new coat of paint. And when you pick bright contrasting colors you’ve got a gorgeous statement piece! This is one of our “Buff Your Stuff” series where we take things we own and give them a whole new look. And what a dramatic difference this one is! This is an older unique piece of furniture, that in all honesty, we have no idea what it was originally meant for. But as you can see, with a little sanding and some paint and a few extras it became a lovely storage piece. Our tutorial for a $100 Bill Wall Decoration Idea was the perfect accent piece to place above this piece as you’ll see below!
Refurbishing Furniture Supplies Used
- Sanding paper or tool (We used this great little sander)
- White paint
- Teal paint (links are not exact brands we used)
- Gold paint for accents
- Metal corner brackets
- New knob (We purchased ours at Hobby Lobby)
This is the original piece.
The top flips up for more storage.
We did a quick sand.
Then we decided how we were going to paint it. We chose a vibrant teal and white.
We used some basic hardware to spice it up, painting the corner brackets gold. This shows the final knob we chose after testing out another style you can see below.
We painted the bottom portion of the feet gold.
The wood bar under the lid was also painted gold as were the metal brackets.
We also have a tutorial for the $100 Bill Wall Decoration Idea!
Here’s a fun piece of statement jewelry you can make for very little! This chunky good vibes necklace is sure to turn heads. What a great gift too! Its’ made from inexpensive Shrinky Dink sheets that are colored with permanent markers.
Even as an adult I find Shrinky Dinks’ a little magical. Color, cut them out and then pop them into an over for 1 to 3 minutes and watch in awe as they shrink up and leave these tiny charms. Attach them to a chain and you’re styling in no time. One thing is for sure, all of us can use more good vibes!
Good Vibes Necklace Supplies
- Shrinky Dink sheets
- Permanent Sharpie Markers
- Flat spatula for flattening if needed.
- 1/8″ Hole Punch Jewelry requires this smaller size punch or the hole will be too large.
- Chain We used this exact one.
- Chain clasp (if needed) What ever works for the chain used.
- One pair of small needle nosed pliers Bent Tip Straight Tip (We used both because we happened to have them.)
Pattern and text pdf
IMPORTANT: DO A TEST RUN: It’s always a good idea to make a test heart first. This lets you know how they will work in your oven and how long it should take. It also lets you make sure the hole placement is correct for the chain used. You don’t want to do them all at once and find the hole should have been in a different spot!
This is the brand we purchased. It was $6 for 10 large sheets.
Lay a clear sheet over the heart and color it in with permanent marker of choice. These need to be lighter colors. (We had to redo the purple hearts as they were too dark once they shrunk up.) Color nine hearts.
After the ink has dried lay the hearts over the pattern again and outline them in black. Then lay each one over the letters and color them in black. FYI we used hand drawn letters for ours. The letters on the printable will be a little different.
Cut out the hearts.
The hearts are ready for punching holes into. As mentioned, we ended up redoing the purple hearts because when they shrunk they were too dark to read.
Using a 1/8″ hole punch, place a hole on the side of a heart. Use this heart as a template to mark the others as shown below.
Lay the first heart that is punched over each of the others and make a dot where the holes will be. This assures they are all lined up exactly. Heat an oven to 325 degrees. It MUST be preheated before placing the hearts in. Lay the hearts out on foil spacing them apart from each other. Place them in the oven and watch them through the oven window if possible. Otherwise take a peek every minute. They will curl up at first but flatten out towards the end. It only takes 1 to 3 minutes. Ours took the full three minutes to shrink completely and flatten. FYI Some might still have a curve to them. We’ll show you how to correct that below.
This is right out of the oven. They shrink up about 2/3rds on size and become very thick.
As soon as they come out of the oven take a spatula and press down quickly on any that are curled. This must be done before they cool, otherwise they will crack if pressed on. Guess how we learned that? Ü
A variety of chains can be used. We chose a larger loop and used the links themselves to attach each heart.
Using small needle nosed pliers bend apart the chain links to attach the hearts. We placed two chain links between each heart.
Looking for a more modern plastic bag holder you can make? We’ve got two of ’em! These Mid Century Modern bag dispensers (the ones you get at the grocery store) are made from a 2 liter soda bottle and a DVD or CD. Add spray paint and a few stickers along with our free label below and you’ve got not only a modern function piece to hang on the wall or inside a cupboard but also a great upcycle.
Plastic Bag Holder Supplies
- 2 Liter Plastic Bottle
- 1 CD or DVD
- Spray paint of choice (For the geometric shape we used Krylon Maxx Sea Glass Satin)
- Iron (optional, to round top edge of bottle)
- Utility Knife
- Hot Glue Gun
- Command Strips (optional, for hanging)
- Spray adhesive (optional, for applying cut out label)
- Dry erase marker (optional, for marking your bottle)
- Goo Gone (optional, for removing label residue)
- Circle stickers, washi tape or electrical tape
- Label below
We’ve got a pdf label you can cut out or a .studio3 file if you have a Silhouette cutting machine.
2 liter plastic soda bottle with the label removed.
Measure for your bag opening. You want about a 2″ opening. We use a dry erase marker for marking our bottle as it wipes off easily.
Cut along the lines you made.
Cut the bottom of the bottle off at whatever height you want your container. Our bottle had a natural line on it so we followed that. WE made our second dispenser shorter to allow it to fit inside a cupboard door.
Trim the ends with scissors to even them out if needed.
If desired, you can use an iron to round the top edge. Set the iron to high and press the top end against it for about 15 to 20 seconds until it starts to round. Only do this to the larger opening.
Heating the end gives it a very nice rounded edge.
Spray paint your bottle.
For the first bottle we applied a Silhouette label.
We used black electrical tape to make the triangle shapes.
Spray paint a DVD or CD. Glue on a small piece of ribbon to use for the hinge.
Attach your lid.
For the second dispenser we used a cut out label.
Spray adhesive was used to apply the label.
For the confetti design we used colored dot labels.
Paint the CD.
Apply the ribbon hing.
Sticky two sided Command Strips work wonderfully to attach your holder to the wall. You could also attach a ribbon to each side and hang it up or use a hole punch to hang it on a nail.
Fill your dispenser with plastic bags.
Completed plastic bag dispensers!
This trendy Star Wars lamp is easy to make and costs very little. All you need is an old lamp, spray paint, Mod Podge and some Star Wars material. Check out our other Star Wars crafts page including our Star Wars Boots and a Star Wars T-shirt. This project is courtesy of our daughter Amy Grace. She’s a phenomenal artist and you can find her work at her various online stores.
Star Wars Lamp Supplies
Spray paint your lamp base if desired.
Make a pattern of your lamp shade. This is very easy to do using a piece of butcher paper or newspaper. After you’ve traced it allow 1/2 inch extra on the top and bottom to allow for the fabric to fold over the top and bottom of your shade. Cut out your material then coat the shade with Mod Podge and smooth your fabric over it. No overcoat is needed. Use a small amount of Mod Podge inside the top and bottom rim and fold the fabric over into the inside.
Create and wear a Star Wars T-shirt with pride! Grab a shirt, a scrap of Star Wars material and some fabric edging. You can use fabric glue or sew it on. Being trendy was never so easy!
Check out our Star Wars Boots which make a great set with your new shirt. You’ll find this and more on our Star Wars craft page. This project is courtesy of our daughter Amy Grace. She’s a phenomenal artist and you can find her work at her various online stores.
Star Wars T-Shirt Supplies
Grab a T-Shirt
Cut your material into any shape you want. Measure your border.
Glue or sew on your patch.
Glue or sew on the border.
Do you own a pair of leather type boots? Are you a Star Wars fan? Then before you know it you can be kicking it Star Wars style! Star Wars boots are simple and inexpensive to make. All you need is some Mod Podge and some Star Wars fabric. (You can of course use any type of fabric you want, but why would you?)
Looking for more Star Wars stuff you can wear? Check out our Star Wars T-Shirt Applique. You’ll find this and more on our Star Wars craft page. This project is courtesy of our daughter Amy Grace. She’s phenomenally creative and you can find her artwork at her various online stores.
Star Wars Boots Supplies
Mod Podge is not water proof so you will need to be careful where you wear your boots.
Take some paper and lay it over the area of the boot you will cover, then trace it as best you can. Cut your fabric out making it a little larger to allow for trimming as needed for a perfect fit.
Coat your boot area with Mod Podge and lay the material over it, Coat again over the material.
We suggest giving it several coats allowing it to dry in between. Remember, Mod Podge is not water proof so be careful where you wear your boots.
Have you ever looked at your Nerf basketball set and thought “That thing sure is drab…” Well… we’ve got the answer! With a little paper, some glue and scissors you can revamp it into something less boring and it’s super easy to do.
You can use anything for your backdrop from a colorful design with shapes to a character like we used. Coloring books can many times have very simple images that would work great as ideas and patterns. This Nerf basketball makeover comes courtesy of our daughter Amy who chose Patrick from SpongeBob for her design.
- Nerf Basketball Set (or something similar) The one we did is the standard 16″ x 11.5″ but any size will work.
- Construction paper, scrapbook paper or cardstock. The large square 12×12 size scrapbook paper is best for the larger set as it covers the most space. We still had to cut it into pieces to cover the back.
- Mod Podge
Gather your supplies.
The fastest way to make your solid background pattern is to trace your backboard onto a piece of newspaper. Decide what you want to put on it. You could find a simple image that you want to trace and use. Patrick from SpongeBob was our choice. He was super simple to make! Plus he covered the seam up the middle nicely.
After you cut out your pieces, glue them onto the background. Mod Podge works great for this. You can also give the whole thing a coat of it. If you think you want to change it out later don’t do that though.