Now is a great time to be super productive at home, right? You’ve got unexpected time there and rather than worry constantly or veg out on Netflix all day, why not use that time wisely and even try to have fun with it?
No doubt, everyone’s biggest concern right now should be their own health and the health of others. As I said in my post on Tuesday, we can combat that most effectively and do the most good right now when we stay at home.
Keeping all that in mind, I’ve created a list of crafts, DIY projects, decorating ideas, curb appeal projects and even a couple cleaning tips to fill your time at home right now.
The materials needed for these projects can all be ordered online and delivered straight to your door! However, I’m willing to bet many of you already have lots of these project supplies on hand already. Like electrical tape, construction paper, scrap fabric and other similar items. I’m right, aren’t I? I knew y’all were craft supply hoarders like me. 😉
Crafts and Home Projects to Beat the Boredom
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Some of these are perfect for kids!!
Have the kids help with these Easter Bunny Vases. Guess what? Easter isn’t canceled! Everything to make these cute little simple bunny vases can be ordered online – I’m willing to bet you also have most of the supplies on hand though! Follow that link above for the supply list and tutorial.
Use electrical tape for nothing it was ever intended for. I’m willing to bet you’ve already got a roll of electrical tape lurking around in your garage, toolbox or maybe a junk drawer. Am I wrong? Here are seven simple, cute crafts that use electrical tape. The kids will have fun with some of these too!
Duck Tape Crafts. Speaking of tape, every American should have a roll or two of duck tape stashed away, right? Here are 20+ duck tape crafts for adults and kids to do.
Hide wall sconce cords in style. If you’ve got even just a piece of pretty scrapbook paper, wrapping paper or wall paper hanging around and a touch of Mod Podge, the only thing you’ll have to order to disguise cords in style is this basic cord cover which is the base for this project. Here’s the tutorial for how to hide cords in style.
Make beautiful silhouettes of your family. What better time than now to make silhouette portraits of your kiddos? If you’ve got black construction paper on hand, you’re ready to go! If you don’t, order some here, then use this tutorial for DIY silhouettes. This one would be fun for the kids too – let them make your silhouettes!
Recover a lamp shade. Update a boring old lampshade with a fun print or pattern. If you don’t already have fabric on hand, you can order it online from Fabric.com or Online Fabric Store, then use this tutorial for recovering a lamp shade.
Make faux crystals. And then turn them into magnets, lamp finials and more! The faux crystal tutorial is here and links to everything you need!
Make mason jar lanterns. Another fun one for the kids to get in on here. I made glitter mason jar lanterns, but you could also use craft paint for yours! And they don’t have to be lanterns, they can be vases, pencil holders or fill them with citronella in the summer for bug repellant!
Make pretty finials for your lamps. These agate slice lamp finials are incredibly easy to make and in my opinion are the icing on the lamp.
DIY Home Projects You Can Tackle Now
Make a cowhide rug. A faux one that is! Just order this faux cowhide or another one of your choice and follow my faux cowhide rug tutorial!
Make a bottle lamp. If you have a cool old bottle lying around (or say you polish off a bottle of Jack during this time 😉), you can easily turn it into a lamp with a bottle lamp kit you can order online. Follow this tutorial for how to make a lamp out of a bottle to put it all together.
Makeover a piece of furniture. Have the paint shipped straight to you! My favorite furniture paint, Velvet Finishes will ship their paint and other furniture painting supplies straight to you. Velvet Finishes is also a small business so you’re helping to support them during this tough time. If you’re a newbie to the world of painting furniture, I’ve got lots of tips, tricks and info for ya on my Painting 101 page. If you’re an old pro at painting furniture, maybe one of my previous furniture makeovers here might inspire your next project!
Paint an accent wall. For this accent wall, all you need is a sample pot of paint. Did you know that you can order sample pots online, but I’m willing to bet lots of you will already have a sample pot or two just hanging around.
Paint your cabinets or a bathroom vanity. Again, you can have paint delivered straight to your door from Home Depot, Velvet Finishes and other online retailers. Here’s a guide to the best paint for cabinets and here’s a post about when I painted my kitchen cabinets to create a navy and white kitchen.
Switch out your handrail. Ditch the dated handrail for a glam and modern lucite handrail. You can order everything you need, rail included, and have it delivered straight to you. Bonus – the acrylic rod for the handrail comes from a small business!
Give your countertops a makeover. Order a can of chalkboard paint and you’re halfway to creating faux stone countertops.
Refresh and Update Home Decor
Refresh Your Bedding. Did you catch my recent bedroom refresh? The pink walls are gone, replaced by blue and the bedding is begging for spring weather to arrive!
Update and/or Add in Color with Runners. Bring a little more interest and pattern to your flooring by throwing down one of these cheap runner rugs. All are less than $30.
Switch out your pillows. Freshen up your throw pillows with one of these affordable pillow covers. Available in all sorts of colors, patterns and prints. P.S. That list links to lots of pillow covers on Etsy which equates to supporting more small businesses!
Working from home? Treat yourself to a new comfortable, but still stylish desk chair. You won’t believe how good a desk chair can look.
Order fabric samples to inspire your next project. Now’s the perfect time to plot out a new room makeover. You can order fabric samples from Fabric.com or Online Fabric Store . Here’s a list of some of my favorite cheap fabrics by the yard.
Make a design plan. Once you’ve got those fabrics chosen, here’s how to make a moodboard to plot out your entire design.
Have fun accessorizing. Not with your daily outfit, but with your home decor! Trade out accessories in rooms, pull out treasures you’ve had stashed away. Mix it up and have fun! Here are my tips for accessorizing a space without over accessorizing.
Work on Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Install or replace old dated shutters on your home. Simply measure and order online. These are the ones we put on our house a couple years back. Here’s a guide for how to hang shutters on brick.
Make a flower garden. You can order seeds from Burpee and use my cut flower garden guide for beginners to get you going.
Refresh your outdoor furniture. Most outdoor furniture can easily be painted with a few cans of spray paint. Home Depot has their entire line of spray paint available for purchase online. And here are 12 ideas to redo lawn furniture!
Clean all Those Things You’ve Been Putting Off
Polish it up. Copper, Brass and Rusted Chrome are no match for Bar Keepers Friend. Here’s how to use it to clean your copper, clean tarnished cabinet hardware and remove rust from chrome.
Preserve your upholstery. Grab a can of Thompson’s WaterSeal FabricSeal and go to town (well, actually just your living room or dining room) on your upholstery. Here’s how I use it to protect and waterproof upholstery fabric.
Read a Good Book
Don’t forget the power of a great book. As corny as it may sound, you can escape to a different world! Here’s a collection of my favorite books!
What projects are you tackling at home right now?
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Susan the Farm Quilter says
Been cleaning! I stocked up on things for my dad to eat and drink so I wouldn’t have to go to the store for a few weeks, at least. He joined my mom and brother in heaven on Wednesday, so I gave a lot of food to a friend’s daughter and granddaughter. Now I am trying to wade through all his legal files, which are in deplorable condition. Ugh, but it has to be done and the sooner the better. I’m obviously not going anywhere soon. You stay safe and healthy!!
Oh Susan, I’m so sorry to hear about your father. I know you’ve stuck by his side and taken care of him for a long time now. You were certainly a wonderful daughter to him. I’ll be thinking about you. You stay healthy as well and be sure to allow yourself to take plenty of breaks!