Every month or so, I feel the urge to create something for my room. Usually, this involves a massive reorganization and stressful piles of materials scattered around on my bed. Eventually I give up and shove it all under my bed, because I had bit off more than I could chew. However, I never want to stifle that urge to create, to explore my creativity, and to manifest an exciting finish product. I want to encourage that sense in everyone I know.
A lot of DIY art tutorials can portray themselves as “easy”, “simple”, “10 minutes of work”, and then leave you in your room 2 hours later surrounded by a toolbox and tissues for your angry crying (I recommend #pinterestfails). To combat this, I have scoured the internet and found 5 DIY art tutorials that are actually easy. Yes, they may mention a screwdriver (which personally scares me), but these tutorials give amazing, simple instructions. What I like most is that each of the tutorials leave you with a gorgeous finished product that often has a second, functional purpose. So, to all of my fellow craft warriors out there, you can put away your war paint and relax with these 5 fun simple activities.
Follow this awesome instructional video from Youtuber LaMadelynn to make adorable pins to adorn jackets, backpacks, or whatever you like! In honor of National Women’s Month, LaMadelynn gave her pins a fun feminist twist, which I (of course) highly recommend! While the process is easy, you will need these specific materials:
-Shrink Plastic AKA Shrinky Dinks
-Glitter Finish + Gloss Enamel Finish
-Gold Leaf / Felt (optional)
Painted Burlap Jewelry Hangers
These adorable organizers add a nice vintage flair to any design, and are so incredibly easy to make! All you have to do is find a painted piece of burlap (you can find at most craft stores), a frame you like, and then voila! You can use your creation as a piece of art or delightful jewelry organizer. I recommend following this tutorial for specific details, if you want your creation to look exactly like the image above.
Doodle Laptop Stickers
If you’re an avid bored doodler like me, it’s really easy to have your creations just exist within your notebook. But why not get them made into stickers so you can show them off to the world? This is super easy with a website called StickerYou. The picture above shows two notebook doodles of my own that I had made into lovely laptop stickers through this website! Just take a picture of your doodle or feel free to color them in Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator if you regularly create graphic designs. You just have to upload your jpeg to StickerYou, and you can format the size of your stickers, and aspects like glossiness, matte, etc. You will have to pay a fee for the service and shipping, but I’ve found that the site is affordable (especially for bulk orders) and the stickers are of very high quality!
Rectangular Wall Fixtures
While this picture shows large wall art from a blown-up photograph, it’s really easy to make your own huge wall art with just fabric and a piece of styrofoam. All you have to do is go to a craft store, find a fabric you like, and then wrap it around the front of a rectangular styrofoam board. Then, staple the ends of the fabric to the end of the board. You can then hang up the board with pins or strong command strips. Your creations shouldn’t fall to easily because of the lightweight of the styrofoam! This is a super cheap and easy way to make large fixtures on your wall that imitate large blown up pictures.
Shoe Box Displays
Got extra shoe boxes or other cardboard boxes laying around? Finally put them to use with these adorable wall displays. The sturdier the box, the sturdier your creation will be. Feel free to get whatever spraypaint color or fabric sheet you would like for your design! I recommend following this tutorial from Cremedelacraft, especially if you get confused around screwdrivers. However, have no fear! Only two screws are involved in this project.
Don’t underestimate the power of a simple craft to help your mood after a rough day. I always feel a little better after I create something, knowing that I put energy and work into a finished product. It would also be so easy to give each of these products an empowering twist with feminist graphic design fabrics and your own original feminist doodles. Finally, don’t fear if you have failed with DIY construction before. If you spill a little hot glue, or become aggravated with a screwdriver, try, try again!