5 DIY project ideas to awaken your creative spark

There’s nothing like a creative project to engage the mind, boost feel-good hormones and build confidence. It’s also a great way to channel creativity and ignite the imagination, which can help in many other areas of life.

Need inspiration? From home decor to inventive gift ideas, here are five simple DIY projects you can easily do at home.

Be sure to watch the video at the bottom of this article for more ideas on how you can awaken your creative spark.

Rustic cork wine board

Many of us enjoy a glass of vino once in a while, and this decorative and practical project is a great way to recycle discarded wine corks while organizing your home in the process.

Simply pick up and clean a bunch of wine corks, arrange them in any design you like, and glue them to the back of an empty picture frame. Hang it on your kitchen wall or study and pin reminders, photos, invitations and more so they’re always top of mind.

For an extra pop of color, try the Officeworks Otto Thumbtack Assortmentavailable in small and giant size.

DIY soap

The ancient art of soap making has been passed down for centuries and continues to evolve, leaving plenty of creative room to add your own unique touch. Luckily, you don’t have to be a chemical expert to homemade soap master.

The best option for beginners is to use a “melt and pour” soap base, which allows you to experiment with scents and ingredients. Choose your favorite essential oils, garden flowers and herbs or even fruits, seeds, teas and food coloring to add to the melted soap mixture, then slowly pour it into a mold, letting it set.

Once completely cooled and hardened (1-2 hours), take the bars out of the mold and treat yourself or gift wrap your loved ones.

Wire photo holders

An adorable way to display your photos, these simple yarn holder are fun and easy to do.

You will need small blocks of wood, craft paint, and bendable wire. Paint the blocks in the colors of your choice and let dry. Then use needle nose pliers to bend the end of a piece of wire into fun shapes, like stars, circles or hearts, repeating at least twice to create a secure space for a photo to slide into. .

Gently twist the end of the wire into the top center of the wooden block, or poke a small hole and glue it down. Fill with cheerful snaps and decorate your mantels, desks and rooms with joy all year round.

Tie Dye Tote Bag

Whether you are with friends, with children or alone, tie dye is a fun and creative way to spend the afternoon, leaving you with a groovy, one-of-a-kind item to cherish for years to come. the Officeworks Born Tie Dye Tote Bag DIY Kit has everything you need to create your own unique design.

Wearing gloves, mix the paints in individual squeeze bottles. Twist, bundle, fold or bundle a plain cotton tote bag or other white cotton item, using rubber bands to secure it.

Pour a generous amount of dye over the project, getting creative with the techniques. Be sure to limit too much cross-contamination between colors and let portions soak for a while before adding more.

Rest in a zippered plastic bag overnight before putting the gloves back on and carefully removing the rubber bands. Rinse under cold water until clear, then wash normally, hang to dry and enjoy your fabulous new accessory.

homemade candles

Candles are a wonderful way to add warmth, light, and fragrance to your home, but they usually come at a steep price. With a few supplies and a little know-how, you can easily make your own candles to burn at home or to give to friends.

Collect used, clean glass jars, place a wick in the center and melt the soy wax in a saucepan over a stove, adding the flavor and/or color of your choice. Carefully pour the hot wax into each jar, using skewers to secure the wick. Allow the wax to cool completely, then trim the wick to size.

Still out of ideas? Watch the video below for inspiration.

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