Don’t limit your style just because you’re limited on space. These fun and simple projects are perfect for apartment dwellers because they add a pretty punch of summer without taking up a lot of space. They’re all easy to recreate, as well. The next time you have a little spare time give these decor projects a try:
- Painted Picture Lanterns
Family photos make perfectly poignant decor. Easy to frame and display, there’s no end to the unique projects you can create using your favorite snapshots — like these pretty picture lanterns. Easy and affordable to craft, these lanterns use a flameless candle to create a centerpiece. The steps for recreating these lanterns are few:
- Use painter’s tape and newspaper to cover the glass panels, or remove them if possible.
- Add one to two coats of spray primer to the lantern frame.
- Follow up with one to two coats of your favorite paint color. A project this small provides the perfect opportunity to use scraps of leftover paint from other projects.
- Measure glass panels, and print and cut photographs to fit. These lanterns use all black-and-white images for a more cohesive look, but don’t be afraid to add your own spin by printing photos in full color or in sepia tone.
- Carefully tape the images to the back of the glass panels and pop a flameless candle inside for a little dash of drama.
- Balsa Wood Planters
Wood is another medium that’s easy to work with — especially balsa wood. Thin enough to cut with regular scissors, this versatile rainforest wood is quick-growing and eco-friendly. These easy balsa wood planters for succulents are perfect for placing all around your apartment:
- Purchase balsa wood in strips that measure 3-inches wide, and then cut the strips into 3-inch squares. You’ll need five squares to make a single planter.
- Use hot glue to form each set of five squares into the shape of a small box, adding the glue to the inside of each seam.
- Decorate your planters accordingly. These ones use paint and foil tape, but the possibilities for design are nearly endless.
- Add soil and succulents. It’s a good idea to protect the inside of each balsa wood planter from water damage. Fiber pots, like the ones used here, are a good option. Simply plant each tiny succulent inside the biodegradable pot before sinking it into the soil.
- No-Sew Watermelon Wreath
What says good times and warm summer fun better than watermelon? This easy-to-make watermelon wreath for your front door! It has all the appeal of a peaceful picnic in the park without all the sticky clean up. Plus, the instructions for making it, found at Confessions of a Plate Addict, will surprise you with their simplicity:
- Purchase a 16-inch foam wreath form and felt in four colors: hot pink, light green, dark green and black.
- Cut pink and green felt into strips that measure 2 inches by 18 inches and tie them to the wreath form using double knots.
- Cover the bottom half of the wreath form in alternating light and dark green felt, and cover the top half in hot pink.
- Cut seed-shapes from the black felt and use fabric glue to adhere them randomly to the pink felt strips.
- Tie a length of twine around the top to act as a hanger.
Summer is here, and with it, the opportunity to craft a whole new season of fun. Start yours off right by trying a few of these favorites that fit apartment life perfectly.