When you’re a retired senior citizen, you’ll find that you have more time now than when you were younger. And this can cause boredom.
Luckily, there are still many things that grandpas and grandmas can do to keep themselves busy. One of which is a DIY home decor project.
Suncatchers are small reflective, usually hanging ornaments that catch the light. They’re incredible decorations on your porch or hanging somewhere in the garden.
What You’ll Need:
- Pony beads (Translucent)
- Any old metal baking dish (cake pan or muffin tins are good)
- An outdoor grill
- Power drill
- Kite string, or any string
- Arrange your pony beads to be the design that you want in your baking dish. Use a cake pan if you want a large one or the muffin tins for several smaller suncatchers.
- Melt the beads together by putting the baking dish on your outdoor grill. You should do this outside because melting plastic is not good to breathe in!
- Leave them to cool. Please don’t attempt to get the suncatchers out of the baking dish until they’re cool. Once they’re cool, they’ll pop right out of the dish.
- Drill a hole on the suncatcher and loop the kite string through it or whichever decorative string you may want to use on it.
- Hang it up!
2. Floating bookshelf
Do you have books lying around that you want to keep but don’t want to install a shelf? At Cleaning Exec Cleaning Services NYC, our advice to many homeowners is to maximize vertical space. That way, you can keep your clean organized without occupying too much floor space.
That said, creating a floating bookshelf illusion that will be eye-catching and a good storage solution for your books.
What You’ll Need:
- 4″ x4″ corner/angle bracket
- 1″ inch screws
- Velcro tape
- Put velcro tape at the bottom of your angle bracket.
- Place the angle bracket where you want your floating bookshelf to be and mark the holes with a pencil to know where to place the bracket.
- Screw in the screws to keep the bracket in place.
- Stick the inside of a book’s back cover onto the velcro tape that’s at the bottom of the angle bracket. It’s best if you use a hardcover book on this one. It should also be a book you don’t mind damaging. This step should make the book hide the bottom of the angle bracket as the spine faces outwards.
- Add more books on top of the book. You now have the illusion of a stack of floating books on your wall.
3. Wall art
For an effortless DIY home decorating project, the Internet has plenty for you in-store in terms of wall art. Invest in a perfect picture frame and print out a large wall art that you can frame. Now, you’ve got yourself some wall art to hang.
You can even print a series of art and create a gallery of sorts out of them by getting several similar but different-looking frames.
4. DIY coffee station
Instead of leaving all your coffee-related paraphernalia in separate places, why not consolidate them?
Dedicate a space to them, like on top of a cabinet or a free area from your countertops. Get some kitchen countertop organizers, matching jars, a basket or two, and your coffee mugs.
You can put your coffee beans in non-translucent jars and label them. Place your mugs in the countertop organizers and put your coffee machine in a wooden basket to make it look more appealing. Now, you have a dedicated DIY coffee station.
5. Picture ledge
Want a picture ledge but don’t want to whip out tools to get it done? Buy a no-tools-required floating shelf.
These floating shelves have a template that you stick to the wall and attach the shelf onto. You can then start to decorate it after installation.
Remember to use picture frames that match the theme of whichever room you install them in. Also, it’s best to get picture frames that don’t match to make the picture ledge look more attractive.
6. Reversible table runner
If you’re someone who’s into sewing, you might want to take on this reversible table runner that you can make by hand. It’s great because you can create two table runners with different moods in one.
What You’ll Need:
- Two pieces of fabric, each ½ yard
- Needles for hand-sewing
- Cutting Mat
- Rotary cutter
- Wash your pieces of fabric and iron them.
- Measure your fabric and cut out the excess until it’s in your desired dimension. It would be ideal to measure your table first to know how long you want your material to be.
- Make the right side up of the two pieces of fabric face each other. Pin them together that way.
- Create pointed ends on the fabric.
- Mark the center of your fabric’s width.
- Mark four inches from the side of the fabric.
- Draw a line connecting the side mark to the center mark.
- Cut the part of the fabric outside of the line you created. That should make a pointed end.
- Sew the fabric together and allow a ¼ inch seam allowance. There should be a five-inch opening on one of the long sides of the runner.
- Backstitch the beginning and end of your stitches.
- Trim the excess fabric around the corners of the runner. Be careful not to cut the stitch you made.
- Turn the runner inside out through the five-inch opening that you left.
- Iron the seam. First, iron it with the seam open and in the middle of the two fabrics. Next, fold it right at the seam and iron there to create a sharp edge.
- Stitch close the five-inch opening with an invisible stitch.
- Topstitch ¼ inch from the runner’s outer edge for the final touches.
The DIY home decor projects listed above are an excellent way for our retired grandparents to stay productive. Plus, it lets you spruce up your home, which is a win-win!
Moreover, grandpas and grandmas can do projects that they can do.
If your granddad feels like he can still do woodwork, then let him do a floating shelf. If your grandma is feeling artsy, give her a canvas and some paints.
You will never know what our senior citizens can do to help us have a cozy and inviting home.
This guest post was graciously provided by Meredith Davis.