Cheap Rugs For Home – DIY

area rugs - do it yourself

Use area rugs to highlight and accentuate different locations in every room. Use colorful rugs and carpets in your living room, bed rooms and study to add a dash of color and creativity. These are available in a wide range of colors, textures and materials in the market. However, if you have a creative bend of mind and love Do it yourself crafts, then opt for these super frugal area rugs made at home. Listed below are some funky ideas for cheap rugs made of recycled material.

Floor Rugs

Towel Area Rugs

area rugs - do it yourself

Buy two cheap thick towels from an economy store. Stitch them together at all the four ends. Make yarn flowers of another complementing color. Stitch these yarn flowers in the center of the towel in different designs. Also make a border of these yarn flowers to hide the stitches.

Video – Make pretty yarn flowers

 

Cheap area rugs made of  T-shirts

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Reuse old t-shirts. Cut 3” by 3” strips of different colored t-shirts. Fold and stitch each strip in half. Then stitch together all these folded strips in varying colors to make a larger cover. For the base, cut 2 or 3 pairs of old jeans, old thick bed sheets or any other thick material into short, broad pieces. Stitch these together. Place the other piece of stitched t-shirt pieces over the bottom thick base and stitch them together at all the ends, leaving one end open. Fill in scraps of cloth to make the rug thicker. Finally, stitch the last end securely. Your t-shirt floor rug is ready.

Pom Pom Floor Rugs

area rugs - do it yourself

Make tiny pom poms with yarn in different colors. Stitch them together. Make a large round layer of tiny yarn balls. As in the t-shirt rug mentioned above, stitch this layer over another layer of thick material, leaving one end open. Fill this with cloth scraps to make the rug thick.

 

Area Rugs – Benefits

Colorful rugs add warmth and color to any dull looking room. Placing trendy accent rugs to define different areas, is a wonderful idea for people renovating their homes. This is a cheaper alternative to changing everything from furniture to accessories. A single area rug or a couple of floor rugs placed together can cut down unnecessary expenditure during home renovation especially if you are looking forward to change the flooring which is in good condition. An area rug can be an attractive focal point of a room. It is a soft, warm antidote for tired feet after a days hard work.

Area Rugs – Placement

area rugs on wall - do it yourself

Place area rugs in your dining area, living room seating area or under the center table. Use cute, colorful floor rugs in your kids bedroom to highlight activity area or play areas. A great home décor idea is to hang area rugs as wall hangings as seen in the picture above. I have seen this trend in a few in a few designer boutiques and home décor stores. This can be used for highlighting walls in passages leading from your living room to the inner areas of your home. Use beautiful wall hanging accent rugs or modern area rugs on your balcony walls or front porch.

Using Area Rugs – Top Tips

1. When using more than one area rug, make sure they are not of the same size. Same size area rugs make the room appear divided and smaller.

2. Use area rugs which complement each other. For example, use colors that complement each other, or patterns which match like a small navy blue dot pattern goes well with a medium light blue dot pattern. The trick is to avoid patterns and colors that are disgusting to the eyes.

3. Floor rugs must be in sync with walls. For wallpapered and textured walls with intricate designs, the area rugs must be in plain or subtle colors. If the walls are plain, the area can have intricate designs, oriental patterns and interesting colors.

4. Use easy to clean area rugs. They can cause problems for people with dust and mite allergies. The easy to clean aspect is a must for people with small kids and pets.

5. Rectangle is passe. Enhance your apartment therapy with different shapes of area rugs like oval, round, triangle or let your rug be shapeless with an amoeba like form.

6.Experiment with different materials found at home for making cheap rugs you can use on the floors. Use egg cartons, upcycled clothes or bedsheets, coir, ribbons,old plastic wires, plastic straws, colorful sponges etc. for making good looking floor rugs.

Vases – collectibles & centerpieces for home decor

Japanese Vase - collectibles

Some History first!
You can trace the origin of vases back to several centuries B.C. Initially meant for holding cut flowers, they went on to be a part of  home decor in the homes of both, the affluent as well as the middle class. Vases have been used as collectibles and centerpieces in ancient China, India, Greece, Egypt, England and across many other cultures.  Artists have used vases  to depict various scenes from ancient mythology. In fact,  in ancient Greece, they were often decorated using the red and black figure technique, depicting Gods and mythological heroes. In ancient Egypt, they were made of clay – usually silt from the river Nile and were often symbolic, adorned with figures of animals, birds, Egyptians and sometimes with hieroglyphs inscribed on them. Ancient Indian vases were royally crafted from precious metals like Gold, Silver and embellished with precious stones. Intricately carved, these ones had designs of deer, horses, swans, beautiful women, Maharajahs and their courtesans, flowers, royal gardens etc.

Choose the right vase for the right place

porcelain vase-wrought iron stand

Make your living room corner lively with a simple porcelain vase arrangement on a designer stand made of wrought iron. Put in a few long stemmed fresh flowers or artificial ones, with colors complementing your wall and furnishings. If the vase is light colored, place it against a dark background and vice versa.

Types of Vases

 

cermaic vases Photo Credits: dinnerseries

ceramicvase

Photo Credits: bulldogpottery

ceramic  vase Photo Credits: bulldogpottery

Stunning ceramic vases like the ones above are available in different shapes and colors. Pick one that best suits your wall or room decor.

Japanese Vase - collectibles

                    scandinavian wooden vase Photo CreditsPlanetutopia

If your home decor is mostly traditional and Asian, go for intricately carved traditional vases, like Japanese, Indian or Chinese – designer wooden vases, you also get Chinese ones with lacquer finish.

  metal vases   Photo CreditsFlyskyhome

metal vase  Photo Credits MattGibson

japanese vases,glass vases Photo Creditsgeishaboy500

glass vase Photo Creditsficusdesk

tree vase Photo Credits: Mararie

In modern living rooms, most often, a neutral color scheme is implemented with colors like off white, grey,beige etc. In such cases, use stylish glass and metal  vases with modern designs and abstract shapes, with colorful flowers or fillers like colorful beads, jelly balls (in case of glass vases) to stand out against the plain background.

DIY Vases

diy vases from old bottles Photo Creditstinytall

diy vases,milk bottle vase Photo Creditsjdickert

Check out the reused milk bottle vase above.

recycled vases,diy vases Photo Creditscuttlefish

This vase is made of a reused rum bottle.

multicolored diy vase Photo CreditsKoekiehaas

Check out a thrift store nearby for some pretty containers or antiquities that double up as flower vases,  to adorn your living room corner. Make good use of old wine bottles, glass pen stands, painted tin cans, paper mache containers, rum and milk bottles. Decorate them with 3d outliners, acrylic colors, colorful fabric etc. to make your very own DIY vases.

A vase is a must have accessory in every home. You can make the dullest of all interiors come alive with this simple accessory. Vases let you experiment with their contents – You can put in dry stems, colorful flowers, paper mache flowers, reeds, pebbles and what not. And most important – it does not burn a hole in your pocket.

 

 

 

Paper mache bowls-Best out of waste

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This is a quick paper mache project for kids from best out of waste. We all have old newspapers to spare at home.  Using paper mache, you can make a wide range of crafts. A paper mache bowl for holding knickknacks is one of them. You can even use this bowl as a home fragrance accessory – Just put in some potpourri and you can place this paper mache bowl on your living room center table.

paper mache-bowl-best out of waste ideas

How to make a paper mache bowl

1. Old newspapers or waste paper (preferably thin)
2. Glue and water mix
3. Acrylic colors
4. 1 Balloon
5. Scotch tape and a plastic cup
6. Flat brush – size 15 or above

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Inflate the balloon to a size you want your paper mache bowl to be. Fix the balloon to the plastic cup with scotch tape – The mouth of the balloon goes into the cup. Make a glue (Fevicol) and water mixture – 3 parts glue and 1 part water. Cut newspaper or waste paper to 1 inch by 2 inch strips.  Apply the glue water mixture to a paper strip and paste it evenly on the balloon, leaving no room for air bubbles. Continue doing this, till you get a layer of newspaper strips pasted on the inflated bottom of the balloon. Let this layer dry. Then repeat the procedure. Do this till you have 9 – 10 layers of paper strips firmly glued to the balloon.

Leave it to dry. Once this dries up completely, prick the balloon. Once the balloon pops, you have the neatest looking paper mache bowl you’ve ever seen!

Now you just have to trim a little bit off the edges and color it.

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Also, the paper mache bowl will not stand alone. It needs a base. Cut a round piece of cardboard from an old cardboard box. Cover it with strips of paper like you did with the balloon. Let it dry.

acrylic colors - fevicryl

Now comes the coloring part. Use acrylic colors for coloring the paper mache bowl instead of poster colors. Acrylic colors are  plastic like colors, are permanent and last long just like oil paint. I mixed red and violet to get  dark pink, purple and wine shades. My little one calls this paper mache bowl the strawberry cream milk shake bowl!

paper mache bowl - best out of waste ideas

paper mache-bowl-best out of waste ideas

Now color the round cardboard base with acrylic colors on both sides. When the base is dry, just paste it to the bottom of the paper mache bowl with glue-Fevicol. Highlight the bowl with golden or bronze acrylic paint  designs like spirals or motifs. Or better still, use sparkling 3D outliners to give an embossed effect. Let the paper mache bowl dry completely.

paper mache-bowl-best out of waste

Use your creative paper mache bowl to hold sketch pens, crayons and other art and craft material. You can use it to hold dry perfumed petals or potpourri on the center table or side table in your living room.

A very important thing is practicing patience with kids when they attempt to do this. My little boy was a bit slow and clumsy while coloring the paper mache bowl. So much so that, I was tempted to stop him and finish it all by myself. This is an attempt to let kids learn creativity. So let them do it all by themselves with only a little guidance and supervision from you.

 

DIY-Repurposed furniture-old tires and magazines

recycled tyre furniture - best out of waste

Looking for some cool wacky DIY furniture made of old tires, magazines and other recycled materials? Well, there are a lot of  repurposed furniture ideas for those on a small budget, that you can easily assemble at home, in a jiffy. Make a list of things lying around plus a list of things that you will need to fix these things together like Super glues, adhesives –  Fevi Bond or Fevi Quick or a glue gun, left over ropes etc. Then get going. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

DIY furniture ideas

diy furniture from recycled materials DIY Magazine living room chair set with center table

Magazines – We all have dozens of them lying around. Why not put them to good use – Make affordable, cheap chairs and center tables for your studio apartments or home offices or even PG accommodations.
For the chairs
– Collect a lot of magazines of approximately the same length.The number of pages can vary. Roll each magazine tightly and bind it using strong transparent adhesive tape. Arrange all the rolls vertically to form a seat. Bind it together tightly with rope.

Now for the back rest, cut waste PVC pipes. The length of these pipes must be measured from the base of the magazine seat till the desired height. Roll them in newspapers. Close the open ends with round cardboard pieces. Tie these PVC pipes together using rope. Next, bind the magazine seat with this PVC pipe backrest. And you have a strong chair made of recycled magazines and PVC pipes.

Place a few fluffy round seat cushions on the chair seats to make them comfortable.

The center table also has magazine rolls bound together with rope. You can get any old glass sheet cut from a local glass shop or by using a glass cutter yourself. Use heavy duty velcro straps for binding the glass sheet to the magazine base. Stick one side of of the velcro straps with super strong glue to the magazine base and one under the glass sheet. And then just press them together.

 

diy furniture - recycled tyres- best out of waste DIY seat made from recycled tube tyres

Now for DIY furniture from tube tires – we do not have tires at home. But just go over to the nearest car mechanic or dealers of tires or scrap dealers. They would not mind giving away a few tires for free or even for a small fee. Get three of these tube tires. Make sure they are in fairly good shape with proper air pressure. Get some old pieces of fabric. Cut 10cm wide long strips. Stitch these strips together to form a really long strip of fabric. Now wrap each tube tire with such long strips. This will form the first layer of fabric covering. For the next layer, you can buy some cheap, soft, colorful terry towel fabric. Cut long strips and stitch them as mentioned earlier. Then wrap these strips around the tires.

Place two tube tires one over the other. Bind them together with a small strip of terry towel, from the proposed back side of the seat. Fill in lots of old pieces of foam and fabric. Stuff in nice round seat cushions at the top.

Now for the backrest – Bind the remaining terry towel wrapped tube tire to the base using nylon rope, to form the back rest. Stuff in an over sized round cushion into the back rest, for added comfort.

This DIY furniture made of recycled tires need wall support. The magazine chairs are free standing, though. All in all, a neat idea for  repurposed furniture.

DIY Lamp – Make light fixtures from recyclable materials

recycled lighting

Simply put, ‘Recycled lighting’  is a term defining  light fixtures constructed from stuff lying around your house/basement that you are probably trying to get rid of, but don’t know how to. Now instead of trashing these things, why not just get the best out of recycled materials? Devise creative ideas to reuse a few items of trash lying around  to make stunning lamp shades and other light fixtures. Featured here are several DIY lamps and lampshades that are sure to accentuate your home interiors!

DIY lamp ideas

diy lighting - recycled lighting

Take this recycled lamp shade for instance. It has been artistically made out of  left over yarn wrapped around a metal wire framework to form a spherical shape. And to top it, cute little muffin wrappers have been pasted all over.  Then you put in a zero watt bulb or energy efficient light fixtures like CFL.

diy lighting - recycled lighting

This lovely free standing recycled lamp shade is made of  paper cups glued together. Make good use of left over paper cups from a birthday party or any occasion. You can even place this  upside down to look like a lit up dome.  Spice it up with a few tiny cuddly cushions or other accessories thrown in.

diy lighting - ceiling light

This affordable ceiling light is made of PVC pipe fittings and multicolored zero watt bulbs. All you need to do is cut the pipe fittings and attach them, adhering to a preconceived design. The number of branches in this ceiling light can be increased to form chandelier shades. Lovely ceiling lights for studio apartments, hostel rooms and PG accommodations.

diy lighting - recycled lighting

If you have an old wooden box or crate to spare, go for this neat looking fabric and yarn lamp shade. Remove a few planks of the crate or carve out holes in it. Use multicolored left over fabric, crepe paper or tissue paper to wrap around the wooden box. Add a layer of colored yarn and you have a fabulous looking floor lamp shade to show your friends and all.

diy lighting - accordion lanterns

This accordion lamp shade is made of  a recycled cardboard box  and gateway paper. Cut out a fold-able flap from an old cardboard box. You can even use mount board for this. Cover it with colored paper or decorative material. Cut a hole, small enough to hold a zero watt bulb. Make an accordion with gateway paper. Paste the accordion over the hole meant for the bulb. Turn the light on and voila – you have a nice innovative accordion lampshade . Make pyramids, cubes or any 3d shapes with gateway paper, for lamp shades. You can use these instead of the accordion.

diy lighting - recycled lighting

This one is the simplest  DIY lamp to make. Take an old transparent glass or transparent plastic jar. Make a few patterns with Fevicryl 3d outliners. Fill in these patterns with glass colors. Make a tiny hole at the bottom. Fix an LED light strip at the bottom and pass the connected electrical wire through the hole. Else just drop in some tiny string lights into it. Economical and beautiful, this lamp looks stunning and livens up any corner of your room.

These are affordable, nice and thrifty ways to make recycled DIY lamps, lamp shades and light fixtures. Anyone can make these at home. So get your creative juices flowing and make one this instant!

Note: All the lamps and lamp shades featured here were made by the students of  Interior  Design and Fashion Design  at INIFD, Vashi, as part of their annual exhibition – Saksham 2012.