Do you love retro or vintage interior decoration? Then you’ve come to right place! DIY shabby chic home accessories are extremely popular because they never go out of fashion, they are (for the most part) easy to make, and the materials required are relatively inexpensive.
If you’re looking to update your home with a few new accessories but don’t want to break the bank doing it; or, you just love the shabby chic style and want to try your hand at a few DIY projects – these DIY shabby chic home accessories guides will have your Sunday afternoons sorted.
DIY Shabby Chic Home Accessories:
Doilie CandleholderDIY Level: beginner
- Old crochet doilies
- Wallpaper glue
To begin with, you’ll need to lay down some form of protective equipment because it’s going to get messy!
Next, when you’re ready to get started, you’ll need to lay your doilies on a plate and soak them in wallpaper glue. While they’re resting, blow up a couple of balloons to your desired size.
When your balloons are ready, place your glue-soaked doilies onto the bottom of each balloon. Depending on the size of your doilies and balloons, you may need to use a couple of each. If you do, make sure that they are overlapping, or the candleholder will fall apart.
Lastly, when satisfied with your candleholder, attach a bit of string to the balloon tie and allow them to hang and dry. The thickness of your doilies will determine the length of the drying process, but anything up to 24 hours is normal.
When your doilies are dry, use a knife or pair of scissors to pierce the balloon. You should be left with a fabulous DIY shabby chic home décor item – voila your very own candleholder!
Make Your Own BuntingNext up on the DIY shabby chic home accessories list is homemade bunting. Bunting is another home décor item that simply never goes out of fashion; it’s simple to make and has a huge visual impact.
DIY Level: basic (a little bit of sewing machine knowledge is necessary)
- A sewing machine
- Fabric (patterned or plain, your choice)
- A Pen
- A tape measure
- Iron and board
- Bias binding tape
To begin, with your pattern facing down, you’ll need to cut your fabric into an oblong shape. Ensure it measures 40cm in height and the length will be determined by how many triangles you want to make. To make 10 triangles, you’ll need a height of 40cm by a length of 135cm.[Feel free to alter the measurements to make different shape triangles that suit your style; we’re just using these measurements as a guide!]
Next, fold your fabric from top to bottom, making sure the fabric edges are aligned perfectly. Gently smooth the fabric completely to remove any kinks (ironing at this stage is also a good option).
Cut along the folded edge. It should now be TWO identical pieces of fabric that measure 20cm x 135cm. You can further neaten your edges by trimming any frays (however this will be the inside of your bunting triangle and not visible, so it’s not essential).
NOTE: if you’re using a one-sided fabric that is patterned or coloured, this side must be folded IN – so when cutting your fabric the rough/plain side should be facing you.
Now take your measure and pen. Make a mark 11cm along the top of the fabric and every 22cm from there until you reach the end. Starting from the bottom left corner, mark every 22cm.
Now, take your scissors and cut up towards your first 11cm mark and from there back down to your first 22cm mark; make your cuts as straight as possible. Continue this all along the fabric making triangle shapes. You’ll need to discard your first and last triangle.
Tip: If you find this measuring system too difficult to get right, you can always make a triangle of your desired shape and size on a piece of cardboard. Then use the card as a template along your fabric.
Before moving your triangles, pin them together. Next, using a sewing machine, sew the freshly cut bottom edges of your triangles together – leaving the top open.
Snip away the excess fabric on each freshly sewed triangle tip (to enable a better tip later), as well as any excess thread.Now, turn your triangles inside out and use your scissors to push out the point.
Step 5:Lastly, you’ll need to sew it all together onto bias binding (or any tape of your choice).
Tip: to make this step easier, iron your triangles completely flat on both sides before continuing.
Decide whether you’d like your triangles on the bunting next to each other or with a space in-between. Once decided, pin them in the desired place along the bias binding ensuring to fold the binding tape over the rough/open edges of your triangles.
Tip: make sure to leave 20cm of binding free at each end, this will allow you to tie your bunting to objects when you want to hang it!
Now, sew along the bias binding, closing your triangles and fastening them to the tape.
And hey presto! Who knew DIY shabby chic home accessories could be so easy? The only thing left to do is throw a party to show it off.
If you’d prefer to watch a video to talk you through the process, check out this how-to guide on Youtube:
Glass Bottle and Tin Can RepurposeDIY Level: beginner
- Glass bottle and/or clean tin can;
- Glass suitable paint;
- Sandpaper, steel wool or scour;
- Old towel or newspaper;
- Ribbon or string twine;
Thoroughly clean and dry your chosen glass bottle or tin can, you’ll need to lay an old towel or newspaper down to create a protected working surface.
Coat the object in your chosen paint (a duck egg blue, or any pastel colour, will fit nicely with the shabby chic theme) and leave it to dry. If you’re short on time, you can use a hairdryer to speed up this process.
Once the paint is completely dry, use sandpaper, steel wool or even a scour to ‘distress’ the fresh paint. Start very gently – you may find the paint removes easier than expected!
Top tip: for an authentic look try to distress places that would naturally wear down; this means corners, edges, rims and the bottom.Personally, I think they look great just like this, but you can add a ribbon or string around the neck of the bottle. Alternatively, you could use some superglue or hot glue gun to affix a decorative item. To find this item, you can either raid your old jewellery box for things that are never worn or simply pick up a cheap broach at your nearby charity shop.
Voila! You’re now on route to a house full of DIY shabby chic home accessories!
Shabby Chic Chandelier (or Wind Chime)DIY Level: beginner
- Embroidery hoop;
- Large keys (or similar item to hang);
- Ribbon/pearl strands/decorative items;
Start off your chandelier project by knotting the tail end of your wool to the embroidery hoop; the metal mechanism is a good place to start. Then, simply wrap the wool around the embroidery hoop until it is completely covered – wrap a couple of loops of wool around the metal fixture to disguise it slightly.
Next, loop your wool through your first key. Pull the tail ends of the yarn through the loop you created so that the key is caught in the loop; then tie your tail ends to the embroidery hoop.
Repeat this process with all your keys, varying the length of your yarn and the spaces between each key fixture.
Now you’ve got the basics done; you can add some more decorative bits. It is where you can tie different things like ribbon or pearl strands (like shown in the picture) – use whatever you have to hand!
You’ll need to create a hanging element for your chandelier. To do this, cut 9 pieces of wool the same length and place them in groups of three. Fold these pieces of yarn in half and use the same technique to attach the groups to the hoop (loop around, pulling tail ends through the loop, etc.).
Now plait the three pieces of wool in each group and use more wool to fasten the end (or wire for a more secure finish).
Pull these three plaits upward and fix them together.Your chandelier should now hang by itself!
Top tip: to create a hanging point leave a loop of material when securing the three braids.
Hey, presto here’s your retro, chic chandelier – the perfect addition to your garden!