Crafting isn’t just about creating knickknacks you can’t really use. You can get in touch with your creative side to create some custom decor for your home that matches your style and your budget. Plus, the personalized touch will make your finished products much more meaningful! If you’re looking for some new accents to add to your home, here are three simple craft ideas you can make in just a few hours!
Create Some Personalized Signs
With a few materials from your local hardware shop and an online craft store, you can create a sign that’s a perfect fit with your home’s color theme. Attach a few boards together and use tracing paper to copy a beautiful phrase in your favorite font. Paint and let dry for a custom sign that’s perfect in any room you choose.
Upgrade a TV Tray with Fabric and Decoupage
TV trays are useful, but can be boring or downright unsightly. Choose a gorgeous fabric and use decoupage glue to cover the surface with a beautiful new design. Finish with an acrylic spray to protect from moisture and add some drawer handles to the edges. You’ll end up with the perfect piece of furniture for eating or housing small decor items.
Design a Silk Wreath
Wreaths are beautiful indoors and out but can be costly when purchased as a finished product. Save yourself the extra cash by choosing silk flowers and greenery in combinations that you love and assemble them in a foam or grapevine wreath. Both structures are very forgiving and easy to change if you make a mistake or simply don’t like the layout. Display your finished product on the front door, in a window, over the mantle or as part of a gallery wall.
These craft ideas are great for any home, so they work especially well as gifts! A handmade item can be extra special and serves as a gorgeous reminder of a good friend.
When you think of what it means to do a good job, you may focus on the technical skills needed to complete your daily tasks. As a manager, however, showing appreciation to those you supervise is an integral part of improving employee engagement and office morale. Different people like different kinds of appreciation, so it’s best to be adept at expressing encouragement in multiple ways.
1. Encouraging Words
Telling employees that they’re doing a good job is the simplest way to encourage them. It can also be one of the most effective. Letting them know they’re on the right track can boost their confidence and encourage continued good performance.
2. Helpful Assistance
For some people, what you do is more important than what you say. Offering help on a challenging project or going out of your way to provide the support they need communicates that they don’t have to handle big problems alone.
3. Appropriate Gifts
A gift is a tangible way to show employees that you notice and appreciate their contributions. You can give gift cards or unique corporate gift baskets as a reward for all their hard work.
4. Personal Attention
Greeting everyone when you walk in may not be enough to let them know that you really see them. Scheduling regular one-on-one meetings with subordinates helps you keep up with their progress and also lets them know that you care about them personally.
5. Hearty Handshakes
A confirming touch may help some employees feel like a part of the team. Handshakes and high fives are appropriate ways to communicate appreciation through touch in the workplace.
You don’t have to make grand gestures every day to let people know you appreciate them. A kind word or thoughtful gesture can go a long way when it comes to communicating that you notice the good work your team is doing.