Got five minutes to spare? Try these quick projects to make the ordinary items around your home extraordinary.
Vintage button bookmark
Create a unique bookmark with a paper clip, E6000 glue, wire cutters and a vintage or vintage style button. If the back of the button has a hook, use the wire cutters to remove it, then add a small drop of glue on the back of the button and place the top of the paperclip into the glue. E6000 glue is extremely adhesive, so watch your fingers! Once the glue has dried, you can slide the paperclip at the party scene page in War and Peace, because who really reads past that?
Vintage cork board pin
This quick craft is similar to the vintage button bookmark design, but replaces the paperclip with a thumb tack. Collect buttons in your favourite colour or style, and with E6000 glue, stick the flat side of the thumb tack on the back of the button. This is an easy way to spruce up your cork board.
Every so often you might get an urge to spruce up your correspondence, so try your hand at making a stamp. Head to the fridge, grab some okra, cut a straight, clean piece off and blot it with an ink pad or brush it with paint — and voila, instant flower stamp. Floral stamps will add a little whimsy to your notes and save you from actually eating okra.
Prettier dry erase board
A white dry erase board may be functional, but it won’t add any charm to a room. Dry eraser markers will work on glass as well, so instead, use a picture frame. Choose a backdrop and cut it to the size of your frame. Insert the backdrop, ideally something with a subtle design for easy reading, and write away. Glass or chalkboard markers work as well, but may require a liquid cleanser for removal.
Copper, the showstopper
Be forewarned: this craft may require all five minutes. In 300 seconds or less and with a modicum of skill, you can fashion geometric copper planters. These planters are constructed in a way to hide the ugly, green, plastic containers your plants come in. First, purchase a roll of copper (or any metallic) contact paper. Second, gather the other materials you will need — scrap cardboard, a measuring tape, scissors, small plants and of course, your contact paper. Now we assemble.
Measure the diameter of the plant at its widest point and cut a piece of cardboard the length of the diameter and roughly the same height as your plant. With a pair of scissors or an X-acto knife, score the cardboard every one or two inches. Depending on whether you would like a pentagonal or hexagonal planter, score your cardboard five or six times. Remove the backing from a piece of contact paper that has been cut larger than the cardboard.
Press the cardboard onto the contact paper in increments, one scored section at a time with excess paper on all sides. Cut slits into the contact paper and fold the excess onto the cardboard. Pull the paper firmly to avoid creases and bubbles. Once you have covered the entire piece of cardboard, cut a separate piece of contact paper to secure and join both ends. Slide your plant inside its metallic holder and let your guests marvel at all your copper pots. Full disclosure of authenticity is optional.
Cloth napkins with paint splotches means you can swap out charades with a Rorschach test after dinner. Transform a plain dinner napkin into an eye catching accoutrement with fabric paint and paint brush. On a flat surface, either open up your napkin or leave it folded in a square. Splatter paint in dots, lines or any formation you choose on the napkin.
Carefully fold the napkin in half to press and smooth the paint. Open the napkin to allow the paint to dry. If an excess of paint has collected in one spot, move it around with your paint brush. Let it sit until dry. Inkblots and perceived images may vary.