Do you ever get that urge to do something for your home, to craft something…anything that could make your home more beautiful, more customized, more…you? All it takes is one successful attempt at DIY home decor to get hooked and to want more so if you’ve already done this once you’re probably already looking for the next idea. Well, you’ve come to the right place. We have a ton of cool home decor hacks and DIY projects and ideas just waiting for someone like you to turn them into reality.
Great for both indoor and outdoor use, these little cube lanterns are really easy to make and all you need for that is some candles, glue, large washers, square dowel rods, something to cut the rods with and some spray paint. You can figure out the details just by looking at these lanterns.
Some of our favorite DIY projects involve the use of driftwood or fallen branches. One of them is this branch candle holder which can be customized in a variety of ways, based on the type of branch you want to use, its size, shape and all sorts of other details. The whole process is very simple. Just take branch, sand it down a bit and clean it, then drill the holdes for the candles and put tea lights in them. You can paint the branch or give it a lacquered finish.
Cool ways to customize your light fixtures
You have a lamp and you think it’s nice but you feel like something is missing from its design. Does this sound familiar at all? It’s a pretty common situation and the solution can be very simple: customize the lampshade. One thing you can do is to cover it with fabric. You’ll need a piece of fabric that you like, spray adhesive and a lampshade with a suitable shape.
The idea of crafting a whole light fixture from scratch sounds intimidating and while that is in fact the case, some designs are actually pretty simple and DIY-friendly, like this brass chandelier which you can make out of pipes and fittings. You can give it any shape you want and you can play with the pieces in all sorts of cool ways.
Lamps are less scary and even more DIY-friendly than other fixtures. For example, a mason jar desk lamp is something that pretty much anyone could put together. We love this project because it’s super easy and also because there are a ton of ways in which you can personalize the lamp.
I don’t know about you but I love to craft things out of paper so, naturally, i’d jump at the idea of making an origami lampshade. It’s a fairly simple project for which you need some wallpaper, scissors, a hole punch, glue, a light cord kit and string.
You know those globe lampshades that look like hollow yarn balls? You could definitely make one of those and you’d even have fun doing it. Depending on how large you want the lampshade to be you’ll need a round balloon and some string. You can use cotton twine or some other type of string which isn’t too thick. You’ll also need craft glue, some flour, spray paint and a few hooks.
There are so many cool things you can do with paper that we don’t even know which projects to pick first. We already showed you how to make an origami lampshade so now it’s time for something a bit different: a faux capiz shell chandelier. The supplies needed include a piece of wire grating, laminated rice paper, a circle punch (or one in a different shape), a hot glue gun and a sewing machine.
Yarn is also a very versatile resource when it comes to DIY projects of all kinds. One idea is to make a yarn-wrapped lampshade. You can make the lampshade yourself out of some thick wire or you can use an existing one. You’ll need a lot of yarn which you basically just wrap around the shade until it’s all covered up. The resulting shade will have a really cute and cozy look, perfect for the cool seasons.
Industrial-style light fixtures are among the easiest ones that you can build yourself from scratch. This usually involves some sort of fittings and metal pipes. This bathroom light fixture has a wooden base and is designed to be installed on a wall. It can be interesting to use a piece of driftwood instead of a clean cut plank or perhaps a piece of reclaimed wood from an old piece of furniture could work.
Some projects are so simple and so cute you start to wonder why you didn’t do them sooner. For instance, you could have this dreamy lampshade made out of wallpaper. It really is extremely easy to make and it looks really chic. Who needs expensive light fixtures when you could just have this instead?
Another amazing type of lampshade which you can make with minimal costs and which looks very stylish and posh only requires a few little things such as an A4 piece of thick paper (either black or white), a piece of string, double-sided tape and three wooden beads. With these things you can make a folded lampshade that’s simply gorgeous.
Coasters are always useful and you can’t really have too many of them so It’s never really a bad time to customize a few. It’s a great activity for when you’re feeling bored and in the mood to craft something pretty without investing too much time and effort. That being said, check out these geometric felt coasters. To make these you need some felt, cork tiles, plain cardstock and craft glue.
As it turns out, those scrapbook paper leftovers can be useful and the same thing can be said about wrapping paper. You could use some pieces to customize a bunch of patterned coasters. Don’t these look really pretty. If you like them, you can make similar ones using resin, a circle silicone mold, scrapbook paper, mod podge and a paint brush.
Ingenious ways to store your things
Tired of losing your keys and just leaving them on counters and tables only to forget every time where you’ve put them? Maybe it’s time you came up with a crafty solution for this project. How would you like to make a wire key holder? It’s pretty easy and since you’ll be using pliable wire you can basically just shape it however you like.
What about your living room. You probably have a TV in there and chances are that you also have a few other devices as well which have to be stored somehow. We’re talking about things like an x-box, a router, maybe also a small server (NAS) and these take up space and need to be plugged so it’s practically to just keep them all together on a shelf under the TV. You can make that shelf yourself. We’re calling this one a media box.
I find rope baskets to be really useful and really cute too. They’re great for storing things like keys, hair clips, jewelry and all sorts of small items. The coolest thing about them is that you can make them yourself from scratch. You just need some heavy rope, a hot glue gun and, if you also want to add some color to your design, some spray paint as well. Using these things you can make a pretty paint-dipped rope basket which you can then keep on your desk, coffee table or counter.
A magnetic knife holder is one of those things that you know you want but you just can’t find the opportunity to buy for a variety of reasons. Well, maybe it would be easier to just make one yourself. Go get yourself a block of wood, a drill, some strong glue, a bunch of round heavy-duty magnets, a hammer and a few brackets and nails and take matters into your own hands. I should probably do this myself…
A folded felt bowl like this one looks cute and stylish and is also practical. You can keep your keys and coins in it or you can use it to store all sorts of other small things, including potpourri. To make such a bowl you only need a piece of felt, fabric glue and scissors. You should also have some cardstock ready to make a template.
All these little crafts are definitely nice and useful in their own way but sometimes you need to do something a bit more drastic if you want to actually improve your home decor or to make your home more space-efficient. An idea is to build some wall shelves for the garage (or pantry). Don’t worry, it’s not that hard. You need some wood boards, a miter saw (possibly also a circular one), some screws or nails and some mounting hardware.
Another useful craft that can make a big difference in your home decor is a diy towel rack. You can make one out of metal pipes and fittings and you can add a wooden shelf as well so you can keep more things on it, like planters, toiletries or extra towels.
Check out this double box shelf…isn’t it funky? This design direction is very common in modern and contemporary home decors. Want to make one just like it? You need the following: two wooden boxes, craft paint, a paint brush, a saw, wood glue, a hammer, 4 small nails and spray lacquer. Feel free to use your favorite colors.
Storage boxes are very practical and can be useful in many different settings and situations. For instance, you can solve the problem of a messy playroom with a simple wooden toy box. It’s like a treasure chest but for toys. You can build one of out reclaimed wood or from plywood. Paint it to make it more attractive and install casters so kids can easily move it around.
Bathrooms don’t usually have much storage and that’s something that you could work on. For example, you could take advantage of the unused space in the bathroom, like that area above the door. You could make a shelf to keep extra towels, toilet paper rolls and other things up there. It’s a very simple above-the-door storage shelf which doesn’t require much skill, time or resources from your part.
We really like the idea of personalizing a space with framed photos even though it may seem like an outdated or cheesy idea to some. If you don’t like the idea of framing photos and displaying them on the fireplace mantel or on the desk, think of some other way of making them a part of your decor. Perhaps you could build a picture ledge or several if you want to create a gallery wall.
For the bathroom, a simple and at the same time useful craft can be a custom toilet paper holder. You could make one out of some brass wire and you could attach it to a box shelf which, by the way, would also be very easy to build from scratch. So there you have it, a simple brass toilet paper holder which you can craft in only a few minutes…a nice way to personalize your bathroom.
Every entryway needs a shoe rack. Actually, this is not an accessory exclusive to entryways. You could also add it to a walk-in closet to increase its storage-efficiency. In any case, we can show you how to build a stylish shoe rack from scratch. It’s not a very complex project although it is a bit more difficult than most of the others we presented so far. Nevertheless, if you follow the instructions there shouldn’t be any problems.
A wine rack is one of those things that seem cool and fancy but cost too much to be worth purchasing. Well, what if you made one yourself? We have the perfect design idea: a leather sling wine rack that’s easy and fun to put together. To make it, you need a leather strap, a sharp needle, glue, some screws, a drill, clamps and a bunch of little pieces of hardwood. In a way, it’s like putting together a puzzle.
Not every home decor idea has to be related to furniture. In fact, a lot of them aren’t. After all, it’s often the little things that matter in life. Based on this idea, we present to you a quirky little mirrored tray. It’s made out of a regular wooden tray which has been spray painted for a fresh and new look and which has a mirror glued to it.
A jewelry stand is a little thing which you can do for yourself. It’s practical and with it you can finally say goodbye to all that mess resulted from throwing all your jewelry in a box or in a drawer only to have to waste time digging through that pile whenever you need something. We’re proposing a simple copper pipe stand which can be made as big or as small as you need it to be.
Big drawers are great because they provide a lot of storage space for all sorts of things like clothes, plates, documents, utensils and all sorts of knick-knacks. There is, however, a downside and it’s the fact that they rarely stay organized. They get messy really quick. To avoid that or at least to postpone the tragic end, you could make some drawer dividers using some cardboard.
We have a bunch of cool home decor ideas which are aimed at things that you can hang on walls, the goal being to fill a void or to give a space more character. One idea is to decorate walls with custom posters using wooden slat frames. To make something like this you only need a few things such as a long and rectangular piece of wood, some sandpaper, a drill, a saw, 2 popsicle sticks, some twine and paper print.
Some people like to hang plates on their wall. Maybe you could do the same in your kitchen or in the dining area. Select a few plates in various shapes, sizes and colors and display them on a wall using picture hangers and glue. Maybe collecting cool plates can become a hobby.
Here’s another idea related to jewelry, more specifically to the idea of storing and organizing jewelry in a practical and stylish manner. This is a jewelry tree and it’s basically just a branch that you can hang necklaces and other things from. It looks lovely and you can mount it onto a wall if you want to save space on the counter.
There are all sorts of crafts which can help beautify the walls in your home. One of them is this yarn fringe wall hanging which could make a space look extra cozy and welcoming and which is simple and versatile enough to fit into a variety of decors and spaces. It’s made using a metal ring and a bunch of yarn.
Looking for something to display in your kitchen, to fill that empty wall or column? How about something super simple like these EAT boards? You can arrange them vertically or horizontally and there’s also room for customization if you want to paint them to match your kitchen cabinetry for example.
Next, a woven wall decoration with a lot of charm and which requires you to build a loom first. Don’t worry, it’s nothing too complicated or big. You just need a rectangular piece of cardboard, some yarn, a wooden dowel and scissors to complete this project.
Have you ever made tissue paper flowers? It’s quite simple and you can then use them as decorations in all sorts of cool ways. One idea is to make a bunch of big tissue paper flowers and to hang them on a wall to create a colorful and fun display. Perhaps you could decorate the balcony this way.
We all have our knick-knacks that we like to keep as reminders or that have a special meaning. Some of them would look good on shelves, more specifically on floating shelves like these chic little ones. They’re not just great for knick-knacks but also for children’s books or for collectibles.
When storage is limited and there’s not a lot of space to work with, you have to get creative. A cool and at the same time very practical home decor idea is to make a facade wire hanger which you can keep on a door and use to store towels, clothes and other things. Obviously, the most interesting thing about it is the facade outline.
A mini chalkboard wall hanging is something you can add to just about any room. The coolest thing about it is that you can personalize in all sorts of ways. Write a cute message on it, a draw something funny or make a note of something. The possibilities are endless.
You don’t need to be a talented painter to make canvas wall art for your home. You just need to be creative. For example, this is something you could display in the dining room, the living area and even in the bedroom. It’s simple, chic and abstract and anyone could do it.
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