Home DIY projects make your home more yours. They exude your personality and style. They reflect your needs and lifestyle. A home full of DIYed items has more character and charm. DIYing is also a practical way of saving up money, repurposing old and used items and expressing one’s creativity. Here are some easy home DIY project ideas and designs that can inspire your next project;
1. Floating Box Shelves
Floating shelves are functional, space savers and can be installed in any room. Shelves will not only provide storage and display spaces, but they will also dress up a blank wall. The installation of this minimalist box shelves takes a surprising and more creative approach by putting it in a corner instead of the usual centre of the wall.
2. Concrete Soap Dish
This fancy and beautiful concrete soap dish is an easy and quick home project. With a bag of cement, some tinting colours and a free afternoon, you can come up with several of these rustic add-ons to your bathroom. Get creative with colours and shapes!
3. Penny Tabletop
Jazz up an old and tired-looking table by topping it off with coins. Carefully arrange coins then coat it with epoxy glaze for a high-gloss and sleek look. You can use different coins to create patterns and personalised designs.
4. Colourful Wine Cork Curtain
This is one eye-catching and eco-friendly door screen. Don’t throw away discarded wine corks. You can turn trash into something colourful and beautiful as this wine cork curtain. Dip in different colours then connect the corks with connecting hooks.
5. Indoor Hanging Planter
Indoor plants help freshen the air and add colour to the room. Installing an indoor herb garden makes the plants easily accessible. This hanging planter provides an accessible and safe place for the plants – off the countertops. The wood, jute and tin combi gives the room a fresh and rustic look.
6. Trellis Plant Wall
Dress up your wall with this creative trellis plant wall holders. Install a wood trellis, add leather flowerpot holders and then the plants. A great way to upcycle old leather items like bags, belt and clothing.
7. Stone Bathroom Rug
Give your bathroom the spa treatment by adding this DIY stone bathroom rug. You can buy smooth stones from any hardware store or collect from your surroundings if they are aplenty. Using a strong glue, arrange and stick the cleaned and dry stones to a regular bathroom mat.
8. Mudroom Wall Organiser
Rustic, functional and an easy home DIY project. Repurpose wood planks from old furniture or walls into this very useful mudroom organiser. Easy home DIY project you can complete on a lazy weekend afternoon. Add hooks, shelves or drawers as needed.
9. CD Mosaic Table
Embellish a boring table with your old CDs! From forgettable to glittery, shiny and striking! Carefully cut CDs into chips, then arrange in a mosaic on the tabletop. Use super glue to stick the CD chips on the table, then finish the project by coating the tabletop with epoxy resin. This will smoothen the sharp edges and preserve the CDs’ shine.
10. Shabby Chic Mason Jars
Shabby chic mason jars are elegant, attractive and charming. They are also popular in many easy home DIY project ideas and designs. You can easily create your own set of shabby chic jars. First, paint jars with your favourite colours for at least two coats. Use acrylic paint. Let dry, then gently rub the jars with sandpaper to get the shabby effect.
11. Rustic Blanket Ladder
Decorative, functional and chic. The blanket ladder is a popular add on to bathrooms, bedrooms and entryways. It holds towels, blankets, jackets an many more. To create the charming rustic look of this beautiful blanket ladder, sand away the wood to reveal its natural colour and grains, the varnish for a little bit of shine.
12. Laundry Basket Stand
Manage the clutter in your laundry room without spending much or taking up so much floor space with this easy-to-create laundry basket stand. With some wood planks and basic carpentry skills, build yourself a customised basket stand. Find an ideal spot for it in your laundry room, measure the available space and use it to create the stand. Add as many layers as you need.
13. Concrete Planters
Concrete planters are sleek, chic and modern. You don’t have to spend much to add a trendy look to your home, just DIY it. Follow the instructions on the bag to mix the cement, fill the mould (you can use regular bowls) with cement and then place a smaller bowl inside that will create the inner hollow. Let dry for one full day, take out of the mould and then paint as you like.
14. Reclaimed Wood Wall Art
Interesting, stunning and inspired. This easy home DIY project might take some time to complete, but it is also creative and cheap. Use wood scraps when available. Cut wood squares with a slight slant and paint in several shades. Using a blowtorch, burn the slanted plane until the natural grains of the wood is prominent.
15. Seashell Mirror
Create this amazing, beachy and beautiful wall mirror frame for almost no cost. If you’re nearby a beach, collect seashells and dried corals to use in this project. You can also buy the materials in many craft stores. Carefully wash and dry the seashells and the wood frame to use. Using a strong glue, arrange and stick the shells are you see fit.
16. Entryway Bench
A functional and practical addition to your foyer or mudroom, this multipurpose bench is more than just a seat! It has a roomy storage compartment, shelves for shoes and a comfy seat too. This project will need more advanced carpentry skills.
17. Gravelled Tin Planters
Don’t throw away empty tin cans. Instead, convert them into these modern and striking planters. Give the tins a trendy look by coating them with white gravel. Perfect for indoor or outdoor use, these planters will fit right into your modern home design.
18. Concrete Candle Holders
These amazing candle holders are surprisingly easy to make. You will need concrete, balloons and some paints. First, mix the cement according to instructions, air the balloons and coat with a thin layer of cement leaving a small portion open. Dry, then pop the balloon. Paint the inside with your choice of paint colours.
19. Turn to Copper
Copper accents are striking, luxurious and elegant. They are also quite expensive. However, you can create your own copper collection easily and without spending so much. With copper paint, you can turn vases, used bottles, jars and tins from ordinary to amazing, from trash to smashing!
20. Bedroom Dresser
This project might require an adept carpenter but is also a great home DIY project for smaller homes or bedrooms that cannot accommodate regular sized furniture. Space-efficient and customised according to needs and space, you get the most out of the space by building your own.
21. Log Slice Mirrors
Easy, creative, fascinating. Jazz up your walls with some interesting mirrors! Using a raw log slice for the base, cut the mirror according to the wood’s pattern. Clean, sandpaper and varnish the wood, then glue the mirror and wood together. Cluster at least three mirrors for optimum impact.
22. Spiral Gabion Planter
This spiral gabion planter will elevate the plants and give your garden shape and depth. You will need some steel mesh, rocks and a free afternoon to work on it. Start by shaping the gabion fence, fill it rocks, then fill the planter with dirt. Lastly, transfer some plants.
23. Chalk Painted Bottles
Modern, rustic and chic. These trendy bottles can complement almost any interior design – modern, minimalist, maximalist, coastal, rustic and even Scandinavian. You can use any bottles or upcycle used ones. Thoroughly wash the bottles, wipe with rubbing alcohol, and then spray paint with chalk paint in your favourite colours.
24. Old Books Stool
You can repurpose old books into these quirky, fun and colourful stools. Pile up the books with the spines out, carefully arranged so that the top and sides are flat. You can leave the centre hollow. Glue the books together and position on top of a thick plywood or wood slab. Add furniture wheels for more mobility and top with a cushioned seat.
25. Rope Basket
Make extraordinary baskets by just adding jute rope to it. Wrapping rope around old or unsightly baskets can hide the flaws and upgrade the look. The natural texture and look of rope add a dose of bucolic charm to any room. All you need is a length of jute rope, a glue gun and some glue sticks.
26. Backyard Swing Bed
Add a cosy and relaxing element to your backyard – a swing bed! This very practical project will provide you and your family a place to relax and enjoy your backyard. Put together two pallet blocks, cleaned and varnished. Attach each corner with a sturdy rope or a chain, which will be attached to the ceiling, a pergola or a swing stand. Complete the swing bed with a thin bed foam or mattress.
27. Floating Shelf with Secret Compartment
Every house should have a secret hiding place for valuables and important items. This floating shelf with a secret compartment is an ingenious way of hiding items away from plain view while keeping it within easy reach.
28. Macrame Plant Hangers
Beautiful and charming, with a little dash of quirky. Macrame plant hangers let you decorate the room with plants but without hogging much floor space. Learning the knots is easy and you can also create your own designs!
29. Shelves and Shadows
This is another creative shelving you can easily DIY. It provides needed shelving space and dresses up the wall at the same time. With some creative planning and materials, you can finish this project in a day.
30. Built-in Dog Beds
Dogs and other pets are an integral part of our families. Thus, building them their own space will be a fun project for you. This very affordable and adorable dog bunk beds will only cost you the pallets, a few nails and a day to build it. But will surely be appreciated by your furry friends.
31. Cinder Block Garden
Gardening in a small backyard can be challenging. Optimise the use of space by going vertical! This cinder block garden is easy to put together and maintain, will not cost a lot and will give your garden definition and shape. You’ll just need some cinder blocks, some paint and your favourite plants!
32. Coffee Mug Rack
A few pieces of wood, some woodworking skills, paint and a free afternoon are all you need to create this chic and functional kitchen add on – a coffee mug rack. It will decorate a wall, take the mugs off the countertops while keeping them within easy reach and display them as they should be.
33. Log Slice Hanging Table
This rustic, beautiful and creative hanging table is also functional and versatile. You can install one for your nightstand table, a living room side table or even as a mini console in the foyer. For a more rustic look, keep the sides of the log rough and untrimmed. You can varnish the log to protect it from the elements.
34. Hammock and Pergola
Install a cosy private nook in your garden where you can relax, read a book or nap undisturbed, or just to enjoy the sights and sounds of your garden. This pergola and hammock combi will not cost much to build and is easy to put together. However, you might need some help in putting up the pergola.
35. Plastic Spoon Planters
Get productive in a boring afternoon or weekend and turn trash into something beautiful and useful with this plastic spoon planter DIY project. Do not throw away used plastic spoons, collect them instead and use in this very easy and creative project. You will need an ordinary plastic planter, washed plastic spoons, scissors or cutters, a glue gun and some glue sticks.
36. Old Books Nightstand
Creative, really quirky and ingenious idea to turn old books into something useful. Save up those old and useless books and use them to create this eye-catching nightstand instead. You will only need some glue to stick the books together and a can of spray paint.
37. Old Tyre Swing
Old tyre swings have been around ever since tyres were invented. They are fun, safe, cheap and practical kids’ play contraption. Give your kids their own tyre swing in your backyard. You’ll need a used car tyre, thoroughly cleaned and painted as you desire. Pierce three opposing points of the tyre and attach sturdy hooks to it. Use sturdy rope or chains to hang the tyre.
38. Driftwood Room Divider
Make something fabulous and functional from the driftwoods you see scattered around. Collect similar size and shape, clean them up and let dry. Nail them to a solid wood slab base. You can paint, varnish or just let its natural wood charms show.
39. Kitchen Produce Rack
Storage, container, organiser. This kitchen produce rack also comes with wheels, making it mobile, versatile and more accessible. Easy to make, even novice carpenters can put this together.
40. Fabric Wall Hanging
Need a bright and unique wall feature to dress up a blank wall? You can make this stunning wall feature in no time at all! You will just need a few colourful fabrics, a wood stick, glue and a length of string. Cut randomly, arrange so that it gives you a unique pattern and then glue the fabrics to the stick. Hang and done!
41. PVC Garden
PVC gardening saves you garden space and is also a great way to add definition to your backyard or dress up an outdoor wall. Cut holes all over a large PVC pipe, making sure you allow spaces in between to hold the dirt and plants inside. Stick it to the ground or install against a wall, then fill the PVC with dirt. Plant through the holes.
42. Outdoor Day Bed
Adding a day bed to your verandah or porch will increase its comfort and welcoming points. You can repurpose wood and other materials to be used in this project. Complete the cosy corner look by throwing in a few brightly coloured pillows!
43. Old Tyre and Rope Ottomans
Rubber tyres can last forever, so don’t throw away your old tyres as they only stay in pits forever. Instead, turn them into something beautiful and useful, like these rustic ottomans. Just clean up and dry old tyres. Wrap them in jute or sisal rope and that’s it! Great for both indoor and outdoor use.
44. Pegboard Wall Organisers
Trendy and stylish, functional and smart. These pegboard wall organisers are versatile and mobile, you can adjust the pegs and shelves to fit your needs and also transfer the boards from one wall to another. A great wall to dress up a blank wall while organising at the same time.
45. Couch Tables
These small tables are essential to today’s homes and lifestyle where most people will work and eat in the comforts of their living room, oftentimes while watching the television. You can repurpose the wood for the base and tabletop. Stabilise the top with an L support bracket. The metal pipe stand underscores the industrial look of the tables.
46. Garden in a Ladder
Can’t get enough of gardening? Bring your favourite plants inside or unto your porch with this eye-catching garden ladder. Even beginners can put together a few pieces of wood and form a ladder. A great way to display beautiful blooms and greens and to decorate your home with plants.
47. A Picture Wall
This is the most nostalgic and beautiful home DIY project. Take and collect the most significant and memorable photos of your family and loved ones and arrange them into one giant picture frame. You will never get tired of stopping by the wall and going through those memories every time.
48. House Number
Make your house number truly yours by customising and creating it yourself. This personalised house number includes the family’s name and a flower box. You can create your own using scrap or repurposed wood, paint and your favourite blooms.
49. Recycled Crate Shelving
Manage backyard or garage clutter with this recycled crate box shelves. With a few used crates and paint, you can complete this home DIY project in no time at all. Nail together the crate boxes to create the shelves, then coat with paint, done!
50. Popsicle Stick Wall Décor
Can’t handle a hammer? That’s no problem with this easy home DIY project. Get on your most crafty mode for this popsicle stick wall décor project. You’ll just need popsicle sticks, a glue gun, a few glue sticks, paint or varnish and a lot of creativity. No hammering required, just have fun!