What You Can Do in a Weekend!

January 19, 2021

It’s the little things that count when you want to make a big statement in your home! In just one weekend, you can transform everyday items into designer accent pieces! Or if you’re dreaming of spring, why not learn how to craft some artsy paper flowers? We still have a few months of winter left, so this would also be a great time to build your own backyard fire pit!

Accent on Design

Look around your house and you’re sure to find a bookcase or side table that could be turned into a statement piece! Best Life has plenty of clever project ideas, including how to create your own custom mirror. A plain wooden-framed mirror can be transformed into a beautiful rose-gold piece with white accent strips in just a few hours!

The most boring bookcase in your house can become the centerpiece of a room when you take on this stenciling project from HGTV. These crafty DIY gurus provide the tutorial and stencil pattern, and you supply the paint and patience to produce this stunning accent piece.

Tables and Shades

This unique shutter side table from Good Housekeeping (photo by Michael Partenio) combines the spirit of vintage thrift shopping with the functionality of a piece of furniture. Old wooden shutters can be found at a flea market, then assembling this piece is a snap of a weekend project!

A decorative lampshade can make any lamp look opulent—and that reflects on your whole room! House Beautiful shows you how to easily makeover a boring paper shade into a stunning one-of-a-kind shade with paper from Etsy.

Or if you are feeling ambitious and want to try a project that will take up the greater part of your weekend, you can make this gorgeous Anthropologie-inspired ruffled lampshade, with directions from The Pinto Pony blog.

Paper Flower Art

Another way to make your home beautiful is to learn the art of paper flower making. These sophisticated blooms are so realistic that they might be mistaken for the real thing! Use the online tutorial from Craft Berry Bush to make these stunning Crepe and Watercolor Flowers. To make a different kind of flower, check out the online tutorial for Lia Griffith’s Freesia Paper Flowers.

Need a little more instruction? Jessie Chui is a professional paper flower artist and her book, Paper Flower Art, offers instructions for how to assemble nearly 30 varieties of flowers. We dare you to compare the photos of these paper send-offs to the real thing! You can also sign up for an online class with her—the Wild Rose course is FREE if you sign up for her newsletter!

Build a Fire Pit

Perhaps the best weekend project right now might be constructing your very own backyard fire pit where you can safely gather with friends while staying warm.

Even better, this polished fire pit can be built for under $100! Check out the complete tutorial at Building Our Rez!

Take on a Weekend Project at Southshore!

In your new home in the master-planned community of Southshore, you can make the most of weekends! Aurora’s only lakeside community offers a peaceful, family-centered neighborhood. Take a tour of the brand new homes from Richmond American Homes, Toll Brothers, and Taylor Morrison for a taste of Life at the Lake. These ranch and two-story designs are priced between the $400s and the $700s.