Decorating Quick Tip | Picture Frames Turned Terrarium

Quick Tip #56: Old Picture Frames Turned Terrarium

Today we continue our “cool stuff to do with old picture frames” Decor Quick Tip miniseries. As I mentioned in our last Quick Tip post, we found a stack of clever and unusual picture frame DIY ideas. These tips are so quirky and playful – perfect weekend projects! In case you missed the first part in this miniseries, be sure to check out the previous picture frame tip, “Old Picture Frame Turned Jewellery Organizer”.

#56  Looking for a quick and budget-friendly weekend craft project? Why not recycle some spare picture frames into a lovely new home for your indoor plants. To make this faux terrarium you will need a selection of picture frames – it can even be cheapies from the local “China” shop. Spray-paint the frames in your desired colour and let dry. Use a glue gun or a drill and screws to fix your painted frames together to form the “walls” and pitched roof of your mini greenhouse. Pop the finished terrarium over your choice of potted plants and position close to a sunlit window. Your new picture frame terrarium will also double as a stunning decorative feature.

Follow the DIY instruction linked in the individual image captions or watch the video below…

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Decorating Quick Tip | Old Picture Frame Turned Jewellery Organizer

Quick Tip #55: Old Picture Frame Turned Jewellery Organizer

Last year we shared four playful Decor Quick Tips all relating to old dresser drawers. The tips illustrated how unwanted drawers could be transformed into handy wall storage, quirky trays, stylish tables and convenient under-the-bed storage. We love sharing these fun and creative DIY ideas – they are so charmingly off-beat.

And, with that, I think it is high time for another decorating quick tip miniseries! I have found a good few crafty ideas about awesome things to do with old picture frames. It will be enough to keep us knee-deep in interesting tips for a good few months! So, without further delay, here is the latest quirky tip in our new “cool stuff to do with old picture frames” Decor Quick Tip miniseries…

#55  Searching for a practical yet beautiful way to store and display your jewellery? Why not repurpose an old or unused picture frame into a quirky and attractive upcycled jewellery organizer. Insert a backing into the frame – it can be a wooden board, cork sheeting or even chicken wire! For added interest, you can wrap your backing board in fabric or lovely decorative paper. Attach cup hooks or pins to your backing board – you will use this to hang your jewellery from. You can even fix additional hooks into the frame itself to provide extra storage. Mount it to the wall or, if the frame has a stand or folding support, display it on your dresser or vanity. Use one big frame or a collection of smaller frames. The beauty of this concept is that you can match your frame to the style of your interior – from vintage, ornate or shabby chic to sleek, modern or contemporary. In essence, your jewellery becomes framed art!

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Decorating Quick Tip | Old Drawer Turned Wall Storage

Quick Tip #54: Old Drawer Wall Storage

Let’s continue with our “cool things to do with old drawers” Decor Quick Tip miniseries, shall we? As mentioned previously, this is but one of the many clever and quirky dresser drawer DIY ideas we’ve stumbled across. We are really enjoying this playful series! Be sure to check out the previous drawer tips, “Old Drawer Turned Table”, “Under Bed Drawer Storage” and “Old Drawer Turned Tray” … just in case you missed it.

#54  Looking for a fun way to add additional storage to your space? Why not repurpose an old and unwanted dresser drawer into upcycled wall storage. Attach the bottom of your drawer (or a grouping of drawers) to the wall to create a quirky and eye-catching wall shelf. You can use it to display decorative items or as a catch-all storage for everyday things like keys and letters. To further enhance your drawer’s appeal give it a lick of bright paint and apply an attractive wallpaper or wrapping paper to the inside of the drawer bottom. For a slightly different effect, attach the back of a drawer to the wall to create a cantilevered wall box – drawer front and handle facing out. Use it to store and display books, plants, or even toiletries and towels in the bathroom. It can even serve as quirky bedside storage (as shown above).

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Decorating Quick Tip | Old Drawer Turned Tray

Quick Tip #53: Old Drawer Turned Tray

Today we continue our “awesome stuff to do with old drawers” Decor Quick Tip miniseries. As I mentioned previously, we have found many of these clever and unusual dresser drawer DIY ideas. These tips are so quirky and playful, we are really enjoying the series thus far! Be sure to check out the previous drawer tips, “Old Drawer Turned Table” and “Under Bed Drawer Storage“… just in case you missed it.

#53  Looking for a quick and easy DIY weekend project? Repurpose an old and unwanted dresser drawer into an upcycled storage tray. Both functional and decorative, it is perfect for creating a decorative coffee table vignette or to serve as a quirky drinks tray. Choose your drawer wisely. For this particular DIY undertaking a shallow, box-like drawer (i.e. a drawer without an overlapping drawer front) will work best. Give your drawer a bright lick of paint or leave it natural or distressed if you prefer a rustic or Shabby Chic style. Add an interesting knob or handle that will complement your chosen style. 

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Decorating Quick Tip | Old Drawer Turned Table

Quick Tip #52: Old Drawer Turned Table

Last year we concluded 2017’s Decor Quick Tips on a high note. For those who can recall, it was the very fun idea of transforming old dresser drawers into quirky under-bed storage units. I have since stumbled upon so many clever DIY ideas on things to do with old dresser drawers – enough to keep us knee-deep in interesting tips for a good few months! So, without further ado, here is the latest playful tip in our “awesome stuff to do with old drawers” Decor Quick Tip miniseries…

#52  Have any old and unwanted dresser drawers gathering dust in the shed? Hold a sec before you toss it! Why not repurpose that old drawer into a quirky side table. All you have to do is attach some salvaged legs to the bottom of your drawer (even the folding legs of a TV tray would work). The style of your upcycled table will take cue from the drawer and legs you choose to use. Attach some tapering wooden cone legs for a Mid-century feel or use metal filing drawers for a more Industrial look. Give your drawer a fresh coat of paint or leave it natural or distressed if that is your chosen style. Choose a knob or handle that will complement your chosen table legs. 

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VISI ♥ DIY

It is no secret that Marica and I are total VISI fans. Naturally, when they approached The Design Tabloid to get the Décor Diva‘s view on blogs, social media and it’s effect on design, for the February 2013 Issue – we were over the moon.

However, the best was yet to come. We found that we had managed to sneak into one of the best issues I have read to date. Brilliant page turner for design lovers such as we are. Seriously – by the time I had turned the last page, I still wanted more – more of those divine VISI-styled images, more news, views, and interviews about the clever local creatives and their products.

This DIY issue even had the unmotivated DIY-er in me going, wanting to get to my trash and make something to boast about with it.

Wanna know what tantalised me most? Here goes…

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1}  Okay as expected – I am going to point you directly to the page that has given The Design Tabloid national print media coverage – Page 14 of the awesome section “32 Reasons to always love smart ideas”.  Altogether now – Whoop, Whoop!!

2}  Dustbin Décor – working with plastic bottles to make a bird-feeder (hubby favourite) and what looks like something so do-able – the Liquid Chandelier.  It just blows my mind that we can create such easy peasy good-looking items from what has always been termed “rubbish”.  You do however need someone with some electrical understanding to stand by you.

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3}  Second Life – I love that there is a trend around taking what would have been considered the unthinkable a good few years ago, and making a creative décor item from it.  Like the pieces made from tyres.  My first thoughts when reading this was “I need a Man Cave to decorate – soon!”

4}  You know how Mosquitoes are not wanted and yet are always around on those hot summer evenings and nights, biting into your flesh.  One of the most effective mosquito remedies I have found is a coil that you burn.  However, the messiness caused by the ash and question “what the heck do I put this on/in?” – put me off that coil.  No more – Catherine Raphaely from Planet Baobab Safari Camp found the perfect solution in a floor polish tin.  Congrats Catherine – I loved the solution. (Page 66)

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5}  Page 84 had a full page image of row upon row of toasters, stretching from what I can only imagine to be the 50s to present time.  That was sobering for me.  Why?  Because I have experienced many of those toasters at one time or another in my lifetime.  NO – who wants to be reminded how many toaster designs you have lived through! Dah.  Just as a postscript here – when Marica and I spoke about this toaster business, she went on to tell me about an awesome lighting project she did while studying design.  It involved one of them toasters.  It sounds totally ingenious, just as she is.  I am trying to get her to write a post on that toaster.  Maybe you can join me in nudging her.

6}  While in the Obsess & Collect section, another truly creative and authentic SA collection by Ekim Falconer of Bone Idol (cool name) was a display of rusted implements, crockery and skulls.  Mostly stuck onto the front of his house!  It blends beautifully into the natural surroundings.  Which is what makes it so clever?  Man oh Man – some people might think that they are “bone idol” but ingenious they are!

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7}  I am not too sure whether it was 2010 or 2011 that I first encountered the “Yarn Bomber” – Cape Town’s own Isabeau Joubert.  She had a field time bombing various iconic statues or public arenas with huge knitted coverings.  There was a time when I knitted some and that is why I was intrigued by this yarn bombing sub-culture.  Read about her on Page 180.

This issue of VISI has once again brought home to me what a plethora of creative talent is to be found in South Africa. Creatives that take our natural and cultural aspects to broadcast our unique South Africa brand. I am reminded that The Design Tabloid came about for this very reason – to showcase SA talent.

My question to you in closing is this: “Have you read the I Love DIY issue of VISI?” If not, why not? JUST DO IT!

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