Creating Decor

There are few things more relaxing than crafting. I have mentioned before how I enjoy painting, knitting, and crochet. Today I want to talk about using your talents to decorate your home.

Earlier this week I bought yarn to see if I could make a coaster. I have never crocheted anything round so I thought it would be super challenging! You can see it below.

It’s not perfect, but it works and I think it’s pretty. I didn’t even use a pattern (Mainly because I can’t read them). The best part, I learned a skill that I can use to make more things for our new home. What can you make for your own home?

  • Sewing: Curtains, tablecloths, coasters, quilts, pillows, reupholster favorite furniture pieces, etc.
  • Crochet/Knitting: Tablecloths, coasters, blankets, pillowcases, dishcloths, doilies, etc.
  • Wood burning: Coaters, plaques, make designs in existing furniture, etc.
  • Painting: Pictures, plaques, change up your current wooden decor pieces, etc.
  • Cross stitch: Pictures, plaques, etc.
  • Pottery: Bowls, pitchers, mugs, tea pots, etc.

This is obviously not an exhaustive list, but I think it’s a good starting point. I love going to Pinterest for ideas because there are so many! If something piques your interest, but you don’t know how to get started, YouTube is my favorite resource. I’m studying wood burning to see if it’s something I might enjoy and my husband is learning about pottery.

You may not save money making things yourself, but there’s a feeling of accomplishment when you complete a project that you don’t get buying stuff at a store. It also feels good when someone admires something in your home and you can say, “I made that.”

I do genealogy in my spare time (haha more like every minute I’m not doing something else) and I love when I get to read about something one of my ancestors created. One of my great grandfather made Windsor chairs.

Windsor chair

I found the one above on Pinterest and it says that it was likely made by Joel Brown, my fifth great grandfather. I may not have the skills and knowledge to make something like this, but I can make something and I’m sure you can, too. 

Today I want to encourage you to learn a new skill or try a new pattern. Or make something without a pattern. When we create it connects us to our Creator.

Have a great weekend, y’all!

Published by Dawn McDonald

I'm a Christian wife, mom, and so much more. I enjoy remodeling, decorating, genealogy, reading, and knitting.

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