The WHOot opens its site to community creators with all sorts of DIY ideas.
The WHOot Shares Trendy DIY Projects for the Holidays
The WHOot believes that a community set on creation can brighten lives. The website is a source for innovative crafts, recipes, and anything else its community decides to share. It is also home to some of the cleverest Do-It-Yourself projects on the Internet.
One major goal of any project is to create something as affordably as possible. Upcycling, or reusing old materials, is a good way to do this. In celebration of the holidays and creation in general, here are a handful of ideas for DIYers, kids, and anyone looking to make something new out of something old.
Ever consider bringing the classroom into the home? The WHOot has some ideas. Chalkboard creations are easy with the right paint and creative mindset. This paint turns anything into a chalk-friendly surface, and crafters can create custom signs out of old serving platters, mirrors, and other everyday items. Hang them on walls or doors and decorate them to bring in the holidays. A lot of families use them as chore boards and weekly agendas, too.
With Christmas and New Year’s parties on their way, there is no better time to prepare. Customize wineglasses and champagne flutes by painting the stems and bases and labeling them “His” and “Hers.” Even without the names, it is easy to tell whose is whose by decorating them with reds and greens to get into the holiday spirit.
The WHOot even has a step-by-step plan to combine the above-mentioned projects. With a bowl of chalkboard paint and some tape, crafters can dip the bases of their wineglasses, let them drip dry, and have guests write their names and custom chalk messages right on the base.
A lot of DIY projects on the website are focused on turning the everyday, standard appearance of household items into creative expressions. Have a big ugly crockpot? Paint it up, write recipes on it (chalk paint is an option), and cook in style.
Another popular trend for any event or holiday is to make custom photo booths. Most of these are made of wood and decorated like any wall. They have picture frames built in for subjects to stand behind to give the impression of a classy photo within a photo. For the holidays, decorate a custom photo booth with ornaments, lights, stockings, and even consider adding in a wintery backdrop for effect. Custom photo booths are also becoming the norm for weddings and parties.
Ready to get into the holiday season? At The WHOot, there are dozens of ideas for Christmas and New Year’s fingernail designs. From snowflakes and reindeer to boughs of holly and lights, fingernails go a long way to set the mood. There are step-by-step instructions on the site, too.
For parents looking to get the kids involved with the holidays, there is no better project than making fake snow and creating miniature wintery landscapes. With baking soda and a bit of hair conditioner, fake snow is easy to roll into tiny snowmen. Materials for this project are also easy to collect from around the house.
And what is Christmas without elves? At The WHOot, community members have shared ideas for creating elves out of pinecones for natural tree ornaments, creating an army of construction paper elves, and even making elf-sized snacks.
The WHOot Explores More DIY Projects for the Home
Though most people are buried by the holidays, it never hurts to refresh the creative side of life by checking out some of The WHOot’s non-holiday-specific DIY projects. Here are a few ideas that are so simple and ingenious that there is no reason not to jot them down:
-What to Do with Doors: Have an old door laying around taking up space? Cut it in two and make a creative, colorful corner feature. Add shelving to it, holes for plugs, and keep the handle for added aesthetic quality. Or, instead of a shelf, old door owners can bolt it to a wall and use it as a horizontal mantle-like shelf with coat hooks. It is a simple way to upcycle something headed for the trash.
-Not the End for End Tables: Have a few battered and distasteful end tables and a pet? Decorate the table with bright colors and designs, flip it over, and use it as a small dog or cat bed. It is easy to make a “mattress,” too, with fabric or even an old pillow.
-Creation In the Garden: Have a garage full of old pots and gardening supplies? At The WHOot, creative types have posted ideas for turning small pots into little figurines. Leave the heads turned up and use them for small potted plants and, when done, consider painting them.
-A Pallet of Ingenuity: Like old doors, pallets may seem hard to utilize. At The WHOot, however, people can find ideas for making benches, flower beds, and other upcycled creations for pallets.