How about your very own cloud lighting up a room? Perfect for a kids room but cool enough to look grown-up in any room.
There are countless tutorials about DIY cloud light making, so we’ve rounded up a few.
Essentially, for a basic DIY cloud light you will need :
• a standard paper light shade, available on the high street and online from various stores including Homebase, IKEA, B&Q and Wilkos. The cloud light can then be hung from an existing ceiling light pendant
• cotton wool balls (and lots of them)
• a glue gun or PVA
Extras can include fairy lights to create a drizzle of ‘light’ rain from the cloud-looking shade, and you could also buy multiple shades in various sizes to create a bigger impact with a few clouds.
Sometimes home accessories just need a personal element. The current trend for getting creative with ceramics is a fun, easy way to create pieces for your own home, for a party or for a gift that stands out for being individual and personal.
There’s a variety of art mediums to use to get illustrations, text or any design onto ceramics or glassware. Transfer or decal paper can be printed on and used, sharpie markers can be used to draw, write and design straight on plates or cups and ceramic paint is also available.
Take inspiration from current trends in botanical drawings, typography and geometric designs. For extra depth to the design, layering your designs over already patterned plates can look brilliant too. Search eBay, charity shops and carboot sales for vintage crockery to use or head to IKEA for good quality plain modern ceramics.
Ceramics can be designed with names or pictures tailored for an event, a seasonal time of year or even with a selection of great motivational quotes or words.
If creativity doesn’t come naturally printing images onto transfer paper means you don’t actually have to draw or write a design yourself. And if you just can’t face a little DIY have a peak at Etsy and buy straight from the creative folk making it already, like the talented Ivonne Ellen who’s gorgeous pieces including vodka tea cups and animal illustrated plates are just incredible. Prices from £35.