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Ten Cheap Items to Help Any Decor

Anyone can, if they have the money, go out and purchase all new decor, but for the less fortunate, there’s a few things you’ll want to keep around the house to help you maintain your decor – or create new decor. Here is a list of 10 items that are cheap but will help you in many ways:

1) Fabric Glue

Fabric glue costs only a couple of bucks but there’s so much you can do with it. If you have no sewing machine fabric glue is the answer to your problems. Fix hems, repair a tear, or just use the glue to make table runners or simple curtains.

2) Decoupage

Decoupage is a type of glue that works well for attaching fabric or paper to all sorts of surfaces, such as wood, metal, ceramics or wallpaper. Cut out cartoon characters from fabric and attach them to your child’s walls, cut and decoupage a fabric piece to cover a scratched dresser top, or use a fabric pattern to cover a small hole in a wall. Spread a little of the decoupage on the intended surface, apply fabric, then spread another layer of decoupage. You’ll love the results!

3) Sheets

Flat, twin sheets are inexpensive at a discount department store, yet there are plenty of decor projects you can do with them. Use them to make curtains, table runners, pet beds, throw pillows, child tents, or just use one to cover an ugly piece of furniture.

4) Masking Tape

You normally don’t think of masking tape as a craft or decor item but there are many decorative uses for ordinary masking tape. Tear it into small, odd-shaped pieces, then stick the pieces onto table tops, dressers, cabinet doors, vases, baseboards and other household items. Stain the masking tape, then give it a couple of coats of high-gloss, clear enamel and the item will look crackled and antiquated.

5) Nail Polish

As things around the house lose their sheen, use clear nail polish to brighten them once again. The nail polish works great on things like wire baskets, some door and drawer knobs, various crafts and more. Colored nail polish can give a quick-fix to chipped paints on plant pots and picture frames, or you can use the polish to make small designs on crafts and existing decor items.

6) Fabric Paints

Although fabric paints suggest that they’re only used for shirts and such, they’re actually quite useful in many ways. Use them, along with a rubber stamp, to decorate walls, headboards, doors or window frames. The paints are also good for ceramics, wooden items and other decor.

7) Cardboard Boxes

Whether you receive boxes in the mail, or you’ve just purchased something new in a box, there’s many decor projects you can do with the cardboard pieces. Paint a small box with flap with fabric paints, then attach pictures from magazines or cards. These little trinket boxes are cute and cheap, but make great gifts. Attach velvet or satin to the inside of a cardboard box, then arrange miniatures for a beautiful shadowbox like no other. Use the boxes to make holders for kitchen utensils, bath and body products, and other household items.

8) Picture Frames

Inexpensive picture frames can look very costly with a make-over, and the frames can be used to decorate everything from headboards to cornices to fireplace mantles. The frames don’t have to contain pictures of your kids; they can hold sand art you’ve made using a coloring page as a pattern, slick photos from magazines, or just a fabric swatch in a Victorian pattern. Add a little punch to the frame itself by using new metallic or pearl-look paints.

9) Wrapping Paper

If you find wrapping paper on sale, snatch it up, because there’s lots of things you can do with it. Wrapping paper can be used like paper mache, attaching it by the strip to vases and other items. You can also use the paper with decoupage. Cut a piece and use the decoupage glue to attach it to a table top. Stain the top if you want an antique look, or just give it a high-gloss sheen with shellac. Use decorative tacks to outline the perimeter of the paper for a really expensive look to an old piece of furniture.

10) Paint Markers

Paint markers are a godsend. There are types that look like stain, for covering scratches on wood, metallic types that allow you to quickly decorate an old lamp or vase, and glitter types that make it easy to do holiday crafts with things you already own.

Beside all these items you can also stock up woodworking tools that you can for repair purposes. These tools will save a lot of money in the long run making it a really smart investment. There are many ways to jazz up your decor, but not all of them have to cost a fortune. You can make your home look like you’ve poured money into the decor, when in actuality, you’ve spent very little. Try some of these must-haves in your own home – they’ll definitely come in handy!


Paola Garcia lives in Jakarta Indonesia. She is an associate professor in University of Indonesia and also managing Scoopinion at the same time. She is also fond of watching theatrical plays.

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