You don’t need to be a big spender in order to beautifully decorate your apartment. Here are some easy, yet fun, ideas for cool crafts that are sure to add some style to your home:

A Hanging Shelf

This craft is a functional, yet attractive, decoration that everyone can use. You can feature it in any room in your home.

The materials you’ll need are:

  • Poplar wood – 3 feet by 6 inches
  • Paint
  • Drill
  • Macrame cording – 5 feet
  • Pencil
  • Nail, screw, or wall/curtain hook

First, you’ll want to paint the shelf; choose a color that goes with the decor of the room where you’ll hang the shelf. Next, drill a hole through each side of the piece of wood, close to the ends. The hole should be a little wider than the macrame so you can string it through the holes. String the macrame through the holes and make sure you create tight, square knots that secure the shelf. Your next step is to determine where you want to hang your shelf. Hold the cord straight up to see how the shelf looks hanging against the wall. Once you’ve found the ideal location, mark where you’ll put the nail with pencil. Finally, secure your nail in the wall and hang your shelf!

 Wire Photograph Holders

Another great DIY project is a wire photograph holder. These look cute in any home and are often something you may find in a boutique.

The materials you’ll need are:

  • Small wooden block – about 2 inches all around
  • Heavy copper wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks

Cut a fairly long piece of wire. Ensure there’s enough to form to wire hearts at the top of the wire. Take your pliers and create your first heart. Wrap the end of the wire around the base of the heart and then create a second wire heart flush against the back of the first. Twist the wire around the bases of both hearts a few more times to secure them. Then, straighten the remaining part of the wire. Next, take the small, wooden block and drill a hole through the center of it. However, make sure you do not drill all the way through the block. Apply glue to the cut ends of the wire and insert it into the hole in the block. Fill any remaining space in the hole with glue and make sure the wire is propped up until the glue dries. Once it dries, you can place a photo in between the wire hearts!

Fabric Art

Fabric is a cool concept that requires next to no actual nitty-gritty work. You just need time and great taste to make it work.

The materials you’ll need:

  • Four large frames in different shapes (square, rectangle, circle)
  • Four different fabrics that coordinate, but don’t match
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Four nails

Take each frame and remove the cardboard. Cut ⅛ of an inch off of each piece. Trace around the cardboard pieces onto the fabric, adding about 2 inches on each side. Cut the fabric. Once cut, wrap the fabric around the cardboard like you’re wrapping a gift. Run the hot glue gun along the edges to secure it. Put the fabric-wrapped cardboard in the frames and use your nails to hang each frame.

So, there you have it. Three simple crafts that can actually be classy decorations to spice up your home. Try these DIY projects today!