The term DIY is a fairly recent invention, but the concept certainly is not. DIY projects create a unique sense of satisfaction as you get a taste of self-reliance and are able to improve your home without having to buy a prefabricated item at the store.
DIY can be intimidating at first because many of us have a fear that we couldn’t make something with the same efficacy and precision as a store-bought object. While you may not be able to produce thousands of identical copies of your DIY project, your creations will have far more meaning and value. After a few different projects, you may even realize that you’re quite good at doing certain things yourself. In fact, DIY can get rather addictive.
Whether you’re a seasoned DIY veteran or a total newcomer, here are 9 DIY projects you can easily do this weekend.
Using rice paper as a makeshift lampshade is not new, but why leave it at that? There is so much potential to be had when working with paper because it is so malleable, and there are so many techniques for making it beautiful.
Try choosing some colourful paper and folding it in decorative ways. There are plenty of patterns and tutorials to follow online.
In the world of DIY wooden pallets are your best friend. One of the many things you can do is to use it as a hanging planter!
Flip the pallet on its side and add a piece of timber to one side of each leg to make compartments. Fll them with soil and your favourite plants, et voila! Now you can have a garden in even the smallest of spaces.
For any DIY beginners among you, designing your own pillow cushions is a good introductory project.
Choose a water resistant paint, find some stencils, and paint fun, quirky designs onto plain pillowcases. You can simply cover your old pillows with the cases you made to give them a new lease on life.
Once you’ve got your stencil technique down, take to the rest of the furniture! You can buy premade stencils or create your own with a ruler and some cardboard.
Spray paint the patterns over your existing furniture to freshen up the look, or buy some second hand items and refurbish them with a cool new paint job.
Got some wooden crates lying around? Say hello to more DIY potential! Simply paint the crates in a single colour or with designs and stack them in fun ways to make shelves.
We love the look of this combination of stacked crates by Interiordave. There's really no limit to what you can do with this project.
I think many of us can admit to being tempted to buy some vinyls even though we don’t even own a record player. The reason being that the album art is just so interesting and appealing! We live in the 21st century after all, and most of our music is digitised, so it’s like seeing these things for the first time.
Whilst some still love to listen to records, repurposing them isn’t a bad idea. Give them the dignity they deserve by putting them in frames and hanging them on your wall.
We told you pallets are a DIY lovers’ best friend! They are sturdy enough that you could easily transform your space.
With the help of a drill and some screws and you can make chairs and a table like these! Add some cushions and voila, you’ve got some cool industrial outdoor furniture for a fraction of the price.
Sewing your own curtains is quite straightforward, particularly if you own a sewing machine.
Simply choose some fabric from the store, hem it if needed, sew a pocket and insert the curtain rod. This is definitely a beginner friendly move, and a new set of curtains can transform a space in no time.
Lastly, taking the crate shelving idea to new heights, try mounting some DIY shelves directly onto the wall. You certainly configure multiple individual shelving units of different shapes and sizes for a truly unique look.We hope you’re feeling a bit more inspired to DIY.
There are truly endless options in this regard, and it’s a wonderful way to give your home a personal touch. For another, more in-depth DIY, check out this guide to creating your own modern shelving system in just 7 easy steps. Have fun!