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Light and Shabby Chic: Pastel Coloured Crafts and DIY Decor

We’re not sure whether it’s the spring season that’s got us all excited about the new colours popping up in nature or whether it’s the trend in very light shades that’s happening right now in fashion and decor, but we’re all kinds of excited about pastels as of late! In fact, we enjoy pastel colours so much that we’ve been finding ourselves wanting to include them in our DIY crafts and home decor projects way more often than usual. That’s why we’ve had our eyes peeled for good tutorials lately!

Just in case you love the idea of incorporating pastel colours into your crafting experiences and home just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the best ideas that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration.

1. Pastel painted kitchen cabinets


Are you actually so in love with pastel colours that you think you might even be ready to create some kind of statement piece in your house? Well, we certainly won’t blame you for making something pastel that’s a little more permanent! Check out how A Joyful Riot did precisely that by painting their cabinets a pretty pastel blue.

2. Pastel roses wallpaper blinds


Of course, plain and solid pastel shades aren’t the only kind of pastel decor element you can work with! We also completely adore the idea of making home decor details that feature some kind of patterning or image in pastel colours. That’s why we loved this pastel roses wall papered blinds idea outlined step by simple step on Tinkered Treasures.

3. Pastel chalk paint mason jars


Maybe you’re absolutely a pastels fan enough to want to set a decor piece out on your side table, but you’re also busy enough that you need something simple and quick to add to your room, rather than overhauling part of the room itself? In that case, you might prefer to make something like these pastel chalk painted jars that Dainty Diaries shows you how to use as flower vases.

4. Pastel coloured soft clay macarons


Have pastel colours actually always reminded you of whimsical, novelty things that you can simply place on display in your home to draw guests’ attention and make them feel happy? Then we think you just might be the perfect person to create these adorable and extremely cheerful pastel coloured macarons made out of soft clay! Guidecentral shows you how it’s done in detail.

5. DIY pastel dyed paper roses


Just in case we caught your attention in our talk of how pretty pastel flowers can look in the springtime but you actually do your best to keep flowers out of your home because you’re very allergic, here’s a crafty alternative for you! Instructables guides you step by step through the process of making lovely layered pastel flowers from paper.

6. Pastel tie dyed shoes


Just in case you love altering fashion to get the look you’ve been wanting but can’t find in stores, just like we do, here’s a fantastic DIY idea for adding colour to simple canvas shoes! We’re in love with the way Ideas 4 DIY used simple tie dye techniques and very light dyes to create a beautifully pastel fading effect across their previously white runners.

7. Faux vintage pastel glass bottle and tin can


Are you actually interested in making simple pastel pieces for you room that look a little bit stylishly weathered in order to get that particular pastel vintage look that has been so popular as of late? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Fox Hollow Cottage made these faux vintage pastel glass bottle and tin can vases in just a few simple steps!

8. Not so spooky pastel origami ghost garland


Have you actually been scrolling through our list and wondering whether there might be a few pastel crafts out there are that suitable for your kids as well, since they’re really who got you into the whole world of pastel loving in the first place? In that case, we think you’ll really appreciate the way Gathering Beauty used simple origami and paper tie dying techniques to create this adorable ghost garland!

9. Pastel geo painted frame


Just in case you’re still very interested in pastels but you’re also intent on adding some visual texture to whatever you make, rather than just working with solids and plain shades, here’s an adorable photo frame that harnesses precisely that concept! Check out how Bang On Style hand painted this pastel frame with a bit of geometric inspiration involved.

10. Pastel painted heirloom pumpkins


Are you the kind of person who loves bookmarking seasonal crafts and decor ideas even when the holiday the concept suits isn’t for a couple months now, just to make sure that you don’t lose good ideas once the time rolls around? Then we think you’ll understand precisely why we’re featuring these beautiful pastel painted mini pumpkins and gourds featured on The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood even though we’ve just talked all about springtime rather than fall!

11. Pastel cotton candy cream soda


Just in case you’re the kind of creative person, like us, who totally lets your love for something spill over into other areas besides just crafting, here’s a fantastic way to incorporate your love for pastel colours into the kitchen! We’re more than a little bit obsessed with this tutorial from Aww Sam that teaches you how to make sweetly delicious and absolutely beautiful pastel cotton candy cream soda. Kids and adults alike will be excited to give these a try.

12. DIY pastel ombre dresser


Were you pretty open to the idea of doing a bit of simple painting to the bigger features of your house in order to add some pastel colour but it’s not actually your kitchen that needs a makeover right now? Then perhaps a bedroom in your house could benefit from a dresser transformation instead! Check out how Project Nursery used a gradient of pastel colours to make a stunning ombre dresser by painting just the drawers against a white base.

13. DIY chevron pastel friendship bracelet


Are you actually feeling so enthusiastic about pastels lately that you can’t help wanting to wear them constantly as you go about your daily routines as well? In that case, we think you might really appreciate thew way Claireabelle Makes for crafty with pastel colours by making this adorable chevron pastel knotted bracelet! Make one for yourself and give a matching one to your bestie.

14. DIY pastel egg cups


Painting things in pastel colours is all well and good, but what if you really prefer the projects that involve some other kind of DIY technique along with that? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll really appreciate the way The Fashion Fraction used soft clay to mould these adorable little egg cups and then painted them with stripes of pastel colour in different shades.

15. DIY pastel watercolour balloons


Perhaps the decor you had in mind for your space can be a little less permanent because you’re actually planning on throwing a party or some kind of dinner or get-together and you’ve chosen pretty pastel colours as themed? In that case, we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way Balloon Time outlines the process of making your very own pastel watercolour inspired balloons in a way that’s surprisingly simple.

Have you made other fantastic and lovely looking pastel crafts and DIY decor pieces before that you were very happy with but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you made and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!