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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Do It Yourself Arts and Crafts for Your Home

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By Anjali Kundra

Great art and stunning accessories don’t have to come from a fancy furniture or design store. In fact, with a little resourcefulness, innovation and even technology, you can have your own spectacular originals.

Easy DIY Projects You Can Create With The Kids!

Make the kids put their best arts ‘n crafts smocks on, because they will be getting to work with you on these. It might get messy, so you might want to have the kids sit at their own play table.

3D Abstract Art FramesDYI Arts and Crafts for the Family


  • Kids (optional)
  • Colored Tissue Paper
  • Wooden Square Frames
  • Basic Glue
  • Pencil

It’s very simple. Cut the sheets of tissue paper into two inch squares. Take a square and wrap it around the end of a pencil, so it covers the eraser. Dip the end of the pencil (that has the paper on it) in glue, and then adhere it to the mirror/glass part of your frame.

Keep repeating the method until you have covered the entire glass or mirror. Have fun with color! If you would like a cohesive look, create three frames with similar color combinations and hang them next to each other. Of course, you can stick with a single color – white looks beautiful against dark wood. If you want to stay monochromatic, but still want a little variety, you can use different shades in the same color family for a subtle yet dynamic effect.

This project is fun because it’s so easy, you can play with color combinations and the end result looks sophisticated. When you are done, hang your masterpieces together for a dramatic effect. For another angle on this project, glass beads and flat marbles work quite well. Ensure you have the right adhesive for the material you’re using, and if you’re not sure, ask someone at your local craft store.

From Camera To Canvas

Another fun way to add a piece of you into your home is through photography. The great thing about photography is that anyone can use a camera – and while people think they have to be professionals to create stunning pictures, it’s really about finding interesting perspective in the world around you. The most mundane things can translate into intriguing beauty through photography. Just go out there, lose your inhibitions and snap away! You might be surprised with what you can come up with.

Once you have a collection of photographs, there are so many ways to get creative. Skip the traditional collages and do what the pro’s do – transfer your work on to canvas. Many companies are offering consumers a chance to transfer their own pictures onto customized canvas - you can play around with color, composition, special effects, and even order your canvas in multi-panels for a high-end feel.

The next time you have friends come around, show off your work! They will definitely be impressed. If you did get some help from your little tykes, don’t forget to reward the minions for all their dedication and talent.

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