DIY home decoration idea

DIY home decoration idea


  • Waxy Leaves
  • Large Pot
  • Water (I used 12 Cups)
  • Super Washing Soda (I used 2 Cups)
  • Metal Tongs
  • Colander
  • Bleach
  • Shallow Dish Food Color
  • Cooling Rack

*The amount of water and super washing soda will vary depending on the size and amount of leaves.

I would suggest using one part super washing soda to six parts water.


1. In a well-ventilated room, mix water and super washing soda in pot and bring to a boil.

2. Lower the heat to a simmer and add leaves. Allow the mixture to simmer for 2-3 hours.

After the 2-3 hours, the water will look very murky.

3. Using the tongs, place the leaves in the colander and run under cool water.

(My leaves were pretty tough, so I don’t know if adding all types of leaves to the colander will work or if you’d have to rinse them individually if they’re more fragile.)

4. Pour out the murky water and rinse out the pot. Fill the pot with just enough water to cover the leaves.

It doesn’t have to be as much used before when simmering them. I added ½ cup bleach.

Place the leaves into the bleach water and allow to soak for 20-30 minutes. This will remove as much color from the leaf as possible.

5. Now, this is where I did things a little differently.

Instead of using the brush to remove the skin of the leaf, I placed the leaf flat on my hand and ran it under the sprayer on my kitchen sink.

  The skin started immediately coming off.

6. After about a minute under the water, the skin was completely removed.

I’ll admit that some of the leaves tore a little, but I still kept them because it added a little character.

7. Mix water and food color in the shallow dish according to the tint you want.

I used a blue and green mixture.

8. Allow to sit for 10 minutes. Remove from water and place on cooling rack. Allow to completely dry.

After mine dried, I painted a cheap frame and used a piece of scrapbook paper for the background.


This "Joy" pattern allows you to create your own folded book art as pictured in the book above. The pattern requires 189 folds so you will need a book (preferably hard backed) with at least 378 pages and which is a minimum of 20 cms tall (8 inches). It uses a medium size, easy to read font and the finished word is approx. 11 cms tall (4.25 inches). 

The pattern is a template style with easy to read columns, which makes it more straightforward and quicker to use than most book folding patterns available. You do not need to measure and mark each page of the book before folding (who has time to do this on every sheet of a large book!).




Cardboard is a great source for crafts projects. If you get a cardboard laying around, you can make some cool DIY crafts projects out of them. Here is an example of using cardboard to make a pretty cool pendant light. For this project you will need

  • Corrugated cardboard of 25″ wide
  • Spray paint
  • Yard stick
  • Glue gun
  • Box cutter
  • Pendant light cord


What you need:


  • Double Boiler

Supplies / ingredients:

  • High-Melt Paraffin Wax (IGI 1260)
  • Party Balloons
  • Cookie Sheet

1. Fill a balloon with tepid water.

2. Melt your wax. Optimum working temperature for this project is 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Try to maintain this temperature for your wax while working by keeping it on a double boiler.

3. Slowly dip your balloon into the wax  to just below the water level in the balloon. Warning: Do not dip the balloon into the wax past the water level. This could cause the balloon to pop.

4. Hold the balloon in the wax for a few seconds, and then slowly lift it out of the wax. Dip the balloon a few more times, allowing some time between dips to let the wax cool.

5. While it is still quite warm, carefully set the balloon down onto a piece of paper or a cookie sheet, making sure it is level. This will create a flat bottom for the luminary.

6. Dip your balloon a few more times until it is the desired thickness. A good target thickness is 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch.

7. Set the balloon on the paper or cookie sheet again and let it cool.

8. When the wax is completely cooled, hold the balloon over a sink or bucket, facing away from you. Carefully pop the balloon with a skewer or knife and let the water drain out. Throw away the balloon shards.

9. To level the top of the luminary, heat a cookie sheet on the stove and place the luminary top-down onto the hot sheet and carefully melt the edges until it is level.

10. Place a tea light or votive inside the luminary and burn on a candle holder in a dark area.


You will needed

  • pretty paper or card-stock
  • printer
  • scissors
  • glue or double sided tape
  • needle and thread

The first thing you’ll need to do is download the paper star lantern template . The pdf file has templates in three different sizes, so you can choose how big you’d like your lantern to be.

Print the template onto your paper or card-stock, making sure that you print onto the blank side! The lantern is made of five modules, so depending on the size of template that you use you might need to print several pages.

All done with the printing? Now on to how to make a lantern...

Instructions for How to Make Paper Star Lanterns

Step 1: Cut out along solid lines, and make creases along dashed lines. Each module looks like this, and you’ll need five all together. 

Step 2: Glue module into a cone-shape using the glue-tab on the side. This is the view into the cone. Make sure you glue the tab onto the inside of the cone so it’s hidden away. 

Step 3: Glue all the other modules into cones too, so that you have five cones like this. If you like, at this point you could also use a hole-punch to make some holes for the light to shine out through. 

Step 4: Pick two of the cones and glue them together using the glue-tabs. The two tabs of one cone go inside the adjacent cone, like this. 

Step 5: Continue gluing all the cones together until all five are connected, but don’t glue the first and last cones together. Instead, thread a few inches of cotton halfway up the first cone, and halfway up the last cone, like this. Exception: If you just want the lantern as a decoration without any bulb inside, then go ahead and glue the first and last cones together.

Step 6: Insert a light (e.g. a fairy light) into the lantern, and then tie the two lengths of cotton together to pull the star into shape. Tying the cotton also makes the “mouth” of the lantern close tight over the bulb and to keep the lantern in place. 

Step 7: Getting the knot in the right place can be tricky. It helps to poke a pencil into the middle of the knot as you tie it. You can adjust the position of the knot so long as the pencil’s in there. That way you can adjust the tension in the cotton to just the right level before you finish the knot. 

Step 8: When you untie or snip the cotton, the lantern packs flat for storage or posting. Neat :-) 

Some bulbs can get quite hot, and I’d hate for your lantern to catch on fire! The best sorts of bulbs to use are compact fluorescent bulbs and LED bulbs, which usually stay fairly cool.

Tape vs glue: I prefer using double-sided tape rather than glue, because it’s quicker and easier to work with. However, a really hot light-bulb might melt sticky tape, so just be careful.