3 creative projects to do indoors to keep busy!

Spring cleaning never fails to uncover unused and forgotten items discarded around the house. But before you donate them to charity or throw them out, stop for a minute. Could they be used for a creative indoor project? As well as utilising them as thoughtful homemade gifts, inventive projects are also a great way to take your mind off the stresses and strains of daily life. So, without further ado, let’s get creative!

Homemade candles

It seems really wasteful to throw away burnt down candles, so wouldn’t it be great if you could make them into brand-new candles? Well you can, with the help of a few household items!

Homemade candles being lit.You’ll need:

  • Microwave
  • Old pieces of candle wax
  • Empty glass jar or mug
  • Disposable cups
  • Lolly sticks (for stirring)
  • Pliers
  • Cotton string
  • Broken crayons
  • Essential oil

Part 1 – Homemade candle wicks

  1. Cut string to size, making sure it’s long enough to hang over the side and reach the bottom of your candle mould
  2. Using a disposable cup, microwave a small piece of wax for 1 minute
  3. Soak the string in the melted wax
  4. Remove the string with the pliers
  5. Allow wick to cool

Part 2 – Homemade candle

Homemade candle in a jar.

  1. Carefully cut large pieces of wax into smaller chunks
  2. Hang the dried wick over the side of your candle mould, making sure it reaches the bottom
  3. Using a disposable cup, melt old wax pieces together for 1/2 minutes at a time, stirring with the lolly stick until smooth
  4. Slightly tilt the mould and carefully pour in the wax
  5. Allow to cool for at least 6 hours.

If you have some colourful broken crayons, you can add a splash of colour to your homemade candles by removing the paper and adding a few small pieces at step 2 of Part 2. If you have lots of crayons at your disposal, have a go at creating striking colour block candles by using the same method above but using one crayon per cup and laying the colours – allowing each layer to dry for 20-30 mins. Don’t forget to add regular wax to crayon wax, otherwise your candles won’t burn very brightly, or for very long.

Scent your homemade candles with essential oil, using no more than 1.5 teaspoons per pound of wax – as essential oils are much stronger than synthetic fragrance oils. Or for an organic twist, you could infuse fresh or dried herbs into the melted wax, such as mint, rosemary or thyme.

Make your own curtains

Whether you’re following a strict budget or simply can’t find the right window coverings to match your décor, making your own curtains could be the project for you. Here are some of our favourite homemade curtain ideas, that are sure to brighten up your home through the tough times and impress your friends and family in the future. All you need is some fabric, a few household items and a bit of imagination to get you going! Click each image for full information.

 

DIY Bleached Curtains

Bleached curtains.

Custom Tablecloth Curtains

custom curtains

DIY Stencilled Curtains

DIY stenciled curtains

No Sew Drop Cloth Script Curtain Panels

No sew cloth script curtain panels

DIY marble mugMarble effect nail polish mugs

Revitalise your plain coffee mugs and teacups and use up old nail varnish at the same time! All you need is a mug, a disposable container, hot water and nail polish to create this stunning (dishwasher safe) effect. Click the image for a simple step-by-step guide.

Motivate yourself with our DIY Projects for Lockdown Pinterest board!

DIY Projects for Lockdown

From Essex to Abingdon, creative home improvement ideas for South East homes

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