20 Totally Free Ways to Decorate with What You Already Have

Rearrange Furniture

A fresh perspective can totally change how you look at a room. Experiment with different furniture arrangements to transform the space without swapping out any of its elements. Try flipping the living room sofa to face the other direction, or rotate chairs around the room until you land on the ideal placement. If you don’t like the final layout, you can always move the pieces back.

Turn Objects into Wall Art

Turn Objects into Wall Art

You don’t need to splurge on expensive art to create a striking wall display. Gather a collection of objects you already own, such as baskets or hats, and mount them on the wall to form one statement-making arrangement. Consider it a unique spin on the gallery wall.

Frame Family Pictures

Frame Family Pictures

Print out family photos and other favorite memories to hang in a personalized wall display. Gather up the frames you have and paint them the same color for a unified look. Here, basic black frames with white mats lend this gallery wall a polished look.

Repaint Furniture

Repaint Furniture

Paint is a must-have tool for budget decorating, but this versatile medium is not restricted to walls. It can also be used to give dated furniture and accessories a much-needed lift. Try repainting wood furniture in a splashy color to instantly modernize an aging piece.

Hang Curtains Higher

Hang Curtains Higher

If your drapes have enough length, consider moving the curtain rod closer to the ceiling to give the room a greater sense of height. Before you make the move, measure your curtains to make sure they will still graze the floor if you reposition the rod. If you need a little extra length, try hanging the curtain from drapery clips.

Recover Pillows

Recover Pillows

Pillows can be pricey, and if you’re getting tired of yours, try swapping out the cover instead of buying new. Using the old pillow as an insert, zip or button it into a different cover for a fresh look. If you’re handy with a needle and thread, consider making your own pillow covers. You can even use a sweatshirt or T-shirt for fabric.

Add Pattern to Shelves

Add Pattern to Shelves

Upgrade ho-hum shelves with a boldly patterned backdrop. Wallpaper, fabric, and wrapping paper remnants are all perfect fodder for lining the backs of bookcases or built-ins.

Display Jewelry

Display Jewelry

Take your bracelets and necklaces out of hiding and hang them along a bedroom wall. Mount simple hooks or hardware knobs inside an empty frame to define the arrangement. The colorful jewelry will add visual interest to your walls and keep items from becoming tangled.

Fill Your Fireplace

Fill Your Fireplace

Spruce up a non-working firebox with an eye-catching fireplace filler. Using books from your home library, line the inside of the firebox with a stacked arrangement. For a streamlined look, wrap the volumes first in white paper. Birch logs make a rustic, farmhouse alternative.

Accessorize with Collectibles

Accessorize with Collectibles

Embrace eclectic style by bringing a few family treasures out of the attic. Thoughtfully select one or two interesting pieces, rather than an entire curio cabinet. Too many collectibles can read as clutter, but a few prized pieces integrated into your existing decor will come off as charming.

Repurpose Glass Bottles

Repurpose Glass Bottles

Display a collection of bottles, vessels, or vases in a similar colorway for vintage-style appeal. Instead of sending glass bottles straight to the recycling bin, check to see if they have an interesting shape or color. Clean them out and save them until you have enough to create a pretty ensemble for a centerpiece or mantel.

Display a Poster

Display a Poster

Skip the frame and use a wooden pants hanger to display a poster instead. This hanging technique works well with smaller posters that are just slightly wider than the hanger itself. Wider posters may flop over at the corners.

Add a No-Cost Cushion to a Bench

Add a No-Cost Cushion to a Bench

Try this trick to soften a wooden bench and instantly add style. Fold a colorful blanket over the seat to use as a cushion. Secure belts around the seat to hold the blanket in place.

Bring Outdoor Decor In

Bring Outdoor Decor In

Move outdoor pieces inside for an easy addition to your indoor decor. Garden stools work just as well indoors as they do on patios and porches for extra seats and surfaces. Bistro chairs and other outdoor seating can also relocate inside.

Remove Cabinet Doors

Remove Cabinet Doors

Remove doors to turn basic cabinets into open shelving. Check inside first, as they may need a fresh coat of paint or a good cleaning. Remove doors and fill any holes with putty, and paint or stain to match the cabinet box. Display favorite dishes, utensils, and cookware or large jars filled with pantry staples, such as flour, pasta, and rice, inside the newly exposed cabinet.

Decorate Your Coffee Table with Books

Decorate Your Coffee Table with Books

Books are good for more than reading. Bring hardcover books off the shelf to create an interesting tablescape or mantel arrangement. Removing dust jackets can reveal a beautiful cover with eye-catching colors or designs.

Dress Up Basics

Dress Up Basics

Even decorating basics can look extraordinary with a little embellishment. Wrap rickrack trim around a lampshade, hang picture frames with ribbon, or attach decorative veneers or trim to plain bookcases. Here, vertical stripes of rickrack dress up a plain white table lamp and lengths of rope draw back curtains.

Display Your Finds

Display Your Finds

Incorporate mementos from vacations or special occasions into your decor. Dig out these small treasures from storage to create a meaningful display that integrates your personality and life experiences into your home. Whether it’s a collection of shells from a beach vacation or a framed wedding invitation, even the simplest of items become display-worthy when they recall a special memory.

Beautify Office Supplies

Beautify Office Supplies

Turn office staples into accessories you actually want on display. Wrap file boxes or magazine holders with small scraps of wallpaper or wrapping paper to add a quick dose of color and pattern to your home office. This trick also works with desktop items like pencil holders.

Hang Kid's Art

Hang Kid’s Art

Kids’ finger paintings, construction paper creations, and carefully colored drawings are cherished works of art. Instead of stowing away these masterpieces, put them on display in pretty frames. Change up the gallery occasionally with fresh artwork or rotate a few favorites.

10 Adorable Fourth of July Decorations You Can Make Yourself

patriotic fireworks garland

Patriotic Fireworks Garland

Hang this paper garland on the mantel, outdoor table, a wall, or on your front porch railing. Choose your cardstock or scrapbook paper with interesting patterns in a red, white, and blue color theme. Fold the paper accordion-style and fan it out, then you can either connect the “fireworks” together with string to make a garland or attach a stick to create a fan.

Photo and idea from I Heart Naptime. Get instructions here.

American Flag Mason Jars

American Flag Mason Jars

If you can’t get enough of mason jars, this is the project for you. Create a centerpiece by painting the flag pattern on a row of three jars. Place them on a tray or rectangular plate and fill with pretty flowers – simple white ones will work best and won’t take away from the flag design.

Photo and idea from Maison de Pax. Get instructions here.

Silverware Holder

Silverware Holder

This silverware holder will complete any place setting. Or if you’re planning a party with a buffet table, you can set these at one end of the table so guests can grab a utensil sleeve before they sit down. You’ll need some thick white fabric, swatches of red, white, and blue fabric, and some basic sewing skills.

Photo and idea from The Merry Thought. Get instructions here.

Fireworks Photobooth Props

Firework Rocket Photo Booth Prop

Nowadays, no party is complete without a photo booth. Set one up and make these “fireworks” for guests to pose with. All you need are old toilet paper rolls, scrapbook paper, rope, and wooden dowels. They can also work as table decor, too.

Photo and idea from Spark & Chemistry. Get instructions here.

patriotic washi tape cutlery

Washi Tape Cutlery

Need a last-minute decorating idea? Take your plain plastic cutlery and add some washi tape in a patriotic theme. You can get creative with mixing and matching the different patterns and colors. It’s a small festive detail that will really surprise your guests.

Photo and idea from Tikkido. Get instructions here.

confetti filled firework straws

Confetti-Filled Fireworks

If you aren’t allowed to light fireworks in your neighborhood, or you have younger kids who might not be ready for that, this is a genius solution. Take jumbo straws (like those used for smoothies or bubble tea) and seal one end with glue. Then fill the straws with confetti and top it off with a small, rolled-up piece of card stock with gold confetti strips attached.

Photo and idea from Handmade Mood. Get instructions here.

Indigo Stars and Stripes Napkins

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Indigo Stars and Stripes Napkins

Personalize some napkins to use for all of your summer gatherings. With bleach pens and 100% cotton napkins, add stars, stripes, or any other favorite patterns. Let them dry for an hour and then rinse them out.

Photo and idea from Earnest Home Co. Get instructions here.

Red White and Blue Tassels

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Red White and Blue Tassels

Can’t get enough of the dip-dyed trend? Bring it home for your Independence Day party. Create a tassel out of yarn and dip it in bleach to create a two-tone, ombré effect. Take another string of yarn and use it to connect the tassels together so you can hang it on your mantel or wall.

Photo and idea from My Sister’s Suitcase. Get instructions here.

Burlap Table Runner

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Burlap Table Runner

Dress up your table with a super-easy, no-sew table runner. Cut slits in the burlap to weave in red and blue ribbons. This vintage, Americana-inspired craft is festive enough for a 4th of July party, but not so flashy that you can’t use it for other celebrations.

Photo and idea from Domestically Speaking. Get instructions here.

Painted Placemat

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Painted Placemat

If you plan on using plain white plates and simple cutlery, make each guest’s place setting even more special with a personalized placemat. Using the American flag as inspiration, take a red placemat and paint white stripes using painter’s tape as a guide.

Photo and idea from Centsational Girl. Get instructions here.

TOP 5 DIY HOME DECOR PROJECTS

These are the top 5 DIY crafts I want to try this week!  With quarantine and all, I think it’s a good time to post some awesome DIY’s I want to try!  Some of them, you can actually decorate with which is an added benefit.  I love it when you can DIY and use the item in your home for some cute decor.  I’m pretty obsessed with BOHO anything.

DIY home decor is a top trend nowadays anyway, it saves money, it’s fun and it turns out to be exactly the way you want it.  It’s totally a win-win. I think everyone has been so creative lately!  I love seeing everyone’s DIY crafts on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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Here are my top 5 musts for DIY this weekend!

 

1.)  I found this on Pinterest and I’m SO going to give this a go this weekend!  I love anything Bohemian!

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2.)  This is one of my favorites!  I absolutely love this!  I am hoping to be able to do this one.  When I do I’ll let you all see it.  It’s so beautiful and it doesn’t look crazy hard, either.

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3.)  I have to do this and I know this isn’t a weekend project.  I think I need a whole lot of twine!  I really love the rugs that are made of twine and the little baskets and things.  I’m going to have to start on this asap.  It’s beautiful!

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4.)  Isn’t this adorable?  I saw this and I have to make it.  Perfect for beautiful DIY home decor, right?  I love it!

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5.) Last but not least, this adorable dandelion picture!  What I was thinking about doing with mine is having my little ones put their small little fingers around it, not only as home decor but also a keepsake!

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DIY Can Lantern

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Good morning my friends! It is Saturday morning, the kids are asleep and I thought I’d share a favorite DIY with you! Can Lanterns! Have you seen them? They’re really cute and it’s fun to do, my kids loved it, too!

What You’ll Need

  • empty metal cans (soup cans or large coffee cans work best)
  • graph paper
  • permanent marker
  • tape
  • hammer
  • finish nails
  • clamp
  • drill
  • 3/32″ masonry drill bit
  • outdoor spray paint
  • wire hanger (optional)

Remove Label

Run label under hot water to loosen adhesive, then remove by gently scrubbing with a sponge or rag.

Sketch Out Design

On graph paper, mark the top, bottom, and sides of the can with a permanent marker. Remove can and create a dot design within the marked parameters. Tip: the more dots you draw, the more light will show through the finished lantern.

Tape Graph Paper to Can

Trim paper to fit the top and bottom of the can, then attach with masking tape.

Punch Pilot Holes

Attach can to a solid work surface with a sturdy clamp. Using a hammer and finish nail, stamp each drawn dot to create small holes in the can underneath. When finished, remove graph paper.

Drill Larger Holes

This part can be a little tedious

Using a 3/32″ masonry drill bit, drill through each of the small pilot holes made by the nails. This will clean up the holes and create a consistent, polished look. Feel free to play around with other drill bit sizes to create different looks.

Paint

Aren’t they beautiful!?

Stuff the inside of the can with paper towels or an old rag. Holding the can at least six inches away, lightly coat with outdoor spray paint. Layer three or four thin coats until the metal is no longer visible. Remove rag when dry.

Optional: Add a Handle

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The kids think it’s amazing!

Drill a hole on each side of the can and add an old wire clothes hanger or piece of rope for carrying or hanging.

I found this on Pinterest! It was a fun DIY. What do you think?