10 DIY Craft Projects to Start Out the New Year
It's getting close to that time of year when we start coming up with New Year's resolutions or ways to try to improve our lives in the coming year. There is something about a new year starting that makes us want to start fresh in some way.
That can mean different things for different people. Maybe you plan to refresh or remodel a room in your house, organize your kitchen or craft room, or just be more organized in general. You could have a goal related to health or fitness, or you may want to start a new hobby or spend more time reading or journaling. Whatever your plans are, the following posts offer some ways to make it fun.
Here is a cute valance to make using your Cricut machine and some iron-on vinyl. You could personalize it any way you want. Maybe there's a favorite family phrase or motto that you could use. If you don't need a window treatment, you could put the banner on the wall above your cupboards or almost anywhere. I would like to make a smaller version to put on the wall above the top of my stove. I know just what it would say.
Here is a unique way to make a T-shirt using infusible ink pens. I love that you can draw your own design or create one in Design Space. A common New Year's resolution is to start a new diet and/or lose weight. It's always a good idea to give yourself little rewards for each milestone you reach. How about making a shirt in a size down that you can wear once you reach your first goal? Or maybe one for every milestone if you're really ambitious!
I don't know about you, but I have tons of fabric at my house. As a sewer, I always keep my fabric scraps but don't use as many of them as I'd like. Then there's the fabric I've purchased for projects that I never got around to making. I'm sure no one else has ever done that. Here is a perfect way to use up some of that fabric and add some cute décor to your home at the same time. Create a new pillow for your bed, a chair or your couch to spice things up.
Here is a project video that shows you how to add labels to canisters or other containers for your kitchen. It allows you to use two different kinds of vinyl and layer them for a unique look, which is a great way to add some extra color. This might be a way to get motivated to go through your cupboards and get rid of things that have expired or that you just won't use.
Do you keep your calendars after a year is completed? I sure do. Not only because of the beautiful artwork, but because I somehow think that I might need to refer back to a particular date some day. (I think I only did that once). I would love to use the pictures for a journal like this. What a great idea! Now I want to think of other ways to use my calendar artwork. Time to get my thinking cap on.
Need some new artwork to look at in your home or workspace? Here is an inexpensive project that won't take much time. All you need is a thrift store frame or maybe an old one you have on hand that needs a facelift. Just choose a design to go with your décor theme and paper in colors that compliment it. I personally love the polka-dots, but perhaps you would like something else.
How about updating your bedroom? This is a fantastic idea! I don't have a headboard, and I love the way this dresses up the wall behind the bed. The trim added to the closest door looks great, too. What part of your room needs a little something to perk it up? You are limited only by your imagination.
I want one of these for my kitchen! This project is presented as a way to create a gift for someone, which is a great idea, but we can also make things for ourselves. The look of the split image with writing in the middle is so cute. I think you could even do this with glass trivets, if you can find some. And who wouldn't like a personalized cutting board?
How cute is this glittery hair comb you can make and wear for New Years or any other time you want to be sparkly? It doesn't take much to make it, but it sure looks fun! I'll bet a young girl would just love one of these.
It is easier to make a New Year's resolution than it is to keep it. Sometimes we need a daily reminder of our goals. You could make a sign like this, using up some of your vinyl scraps and encouraging yourself at the same time. Use this same quote or come up with one more specific to your goals or one that will better motivate you. I think I might need one in every room.
That's all for today. Did you find a project here to create for the New Year? I know which one I'm going to do. The Kitchen Valance with Iron-On will be perfect for the window above our sink. Or maybe I'll make the faux leather headboard for our bedroom, or use a thrift store frame to make some new wall art, or some vinyl labels for my kitchen canisters. Oh dear, this is getting out of hand. I'd better start with one project and go from there.
Happy New Year and good luck with your resolutions! I believe in you.