DIY Projects

Read all about what you can build for your home, how you can upcycle or repurpose an item, or when it’s beneficial to turn a generic piece into a beautiful, customized item that you’ll love forever. This DIY section is full of helpful how-tos and creative ideas for everyone, from people who were born with a hammer in their hands to those who break a sweat at the thought of picking up a paintbrush. You’re sure to find a project that will make your home happy.

Personalized jute-wrapped vases

Whenever you have some leftover material or anything else think twice before you just throw them away. There are a lot of things that you can make with simple leftover pieces and that can really make a difference in the décor. For example, take a look at these jute-wrapped vases. They look so simple and yet they are very chic. They make great decorations for the living room, dining room, bedroom etc. This project is particularly great because you only need very simple or old items that you usually find in the house anyway. Just check your storage room and take anything that looks like a vase. They don’t even need to look nice. You’ll paint them anyway.

You can use any old vase you find in your house. The shape or the size doesn’t matter nor does the age or look of the vase. You can use vases in a variety of colors or you can use spray paint to change their appearance. Start with a coat of spray primer. Then add two coats of white satin spray paint. Of course, you can always choose another color. White is neutral and goes with everything and in this case it’s also a sort of blank canvas for the jute decorations. Let the paint dry. Now the fun and long part begins. Start gluing jute around the vases. Use hot glue and be careful not to injure yourself. This part can be really boring and annoying. Just try to watch a movie while doing this to at least have the impression that time passes faster.

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DIY organizer for scarves and belts

I personally have a real problem with all my scarves and belts. I have nowhere to place them and they keep getting in my way. At one point I had a big box for them but it kept getting messy all the time. That’s why I rally love this organizer. It’s a wonderful and very practical idea and the best thing is that you can make it by yourself.

It’s a space-saving item and it’s also very useful. It keeps all your scarves and belts organized and uncluttered. You’ll always know where to find them and you won’t have to worry that they might be tousled or unusable. It will also free your shelves from small accessories. Let’s see what you need for this project. First of all, you need to have a piece of plywood. You can decide on the dimensions. It doesn’t need to be too big. You’ll also need a wooden hanger, a hook, some furniture lacquer and some instruments. Use the hanger to make a contour on the piece of plywood and cut it.

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DIY Holliday-themed burlap pillows

Well, we-re a little late with this article. It’s about some very beautiful pillows that you can do by yourself. The pillows feature decorations such as a Christmas tree or snowflakes. It’s not quite you probably had in mind, given that it’s practically spring outside. However, the project is very inspiring and you can take the idea and create all sorts of themes and patterns. Now let’s see how you can make these cute pillows. Since they are themed pillows that you only use during part of the year, the covers should be easy to remove and swap. It would be a good idea to use envelope hacks. Zippers are also an option but it would be too much trouble to sew them by hand and then to only use them for a few months.

Here are the materials that you’ll need for this fun DIY project. You’ll need 2 yards of burlap, 2 18’’x18’’ pillow inserts and ¾ yard of whitecotton fabric. You’ll also need some white acrylic paint for the decorations. Making the pillows is easy. Start by cutting s pieces of 20’’ x 20’’. They need to be square. Cut them out of the burlap. These pieces will be the front of the pillows. Then use the white paint to create your design. Paint it directly onto the pieces of burlap that you have previously cut. The design doesn’t need to be perfect. In fact, this is what makes the pillows so special and unique.

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Friendly rocking chair for kids got a makeover

Everyone knows what a rocking chair is. We usually associate it with the grandma image. This is how we usually see it on TV or in cartoon series. I still remember Muriel and how she loved to sit in her rocking chair and watch TV. But rocking chairs aren’t only for old people. Kids can enjoy them too. Here’s a very cute rocker that got a beautiful makeover and that has the perfect size for kids.

The rocker has a very chic look but that’s after the makeover. Before that it used to look very sad. It was an old piece of furniture with a nice overall look but in bad need of a makeover. The chair got a fresh new look and it’s almost unrecognizable now. The frame was painted white and this changed everything. The glossy white paint makes it look ore modern and fresh. The fabric was also a very important element. It’s chic and modern and it completely changes everything.

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Top 20 ways to bring the outside in through birch

Today is a special day, a day where natures claims its place in the calendar. Thereby I propose to talk about nature and the wonderful things it has to offer. Among  them there are trees, wonderful building materials and the base for many of the decorative ideas. Today we’ll focus around birch , a tree closely related to the beech or oak . This type of wood has been the subject of many wonderful projects, made by specialists or simply by any of you.  You wouldn’t imagine how many possibilities of creating original decorations  and useful items that could surround us  in every second and in any type of activity, exist.

In the first part of the material we’ll take a look at some wonderful ideas and objects build with or from birch wood, and then in the second part we’re actually going to see step by step how could you do similar projects by yourself.

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Easy DIY Desk With Ikea Table Tops and Legs

This nice project , like many others was born from a necessity. The need of a grater working space that would run the length of those big windows pushed the owner to an custom made individual project. Already knowing what she wanted, Jenny  picked some wooden table tops and matching legs and start working. First she assembled the legs and tops to look like a desk. The three leg design turned out great, looking really stylish and modern. The next step was to paint the wooden structure with some water based paint. Because she wanted to be able to see the knots and some of the grain in the wood through the paint job a little more water was added so the paint layer was not necessarily thinner but less dense.

It all took around 10 minutes and then  was left to dry. To achieve a cool bras look on the legs Jenny used  a foam brush and a drop of metallic parlor gold. NO primer, just two or three coats sealed with Polycrylic  should be enough for you too.As we can see the setting is perfect for the finished product and I love the combination of pickled wood with modern brassy legs.After you jum see more Diy desk ideas.

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Modern upholstered bench made from a table

We’ve noticed the weather has become more friendly lately so we decided to show you something a little more appropriate. Since spring is just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of all the fun things you can do outdoors. If you have some outdoor space available, we have a nice project that you’ll love. We’re going to show how to turn a simple table into a cozy and modern bench. For this project you’ll need an old coffee table with straight sides, some measuring tape, ½’’ plywood, ¼’’ double strength glass, sandpaper, a 2’’ piece of foam, one yard of Dacron, spray adhesive, a yard of fabric, a staple gun, spray paint three 1 ½’’ wood screws and a drill. Now let’s see what can you do with all those materials. First you need to decide on the dimensions for the seat and the table. Then cut the wood and glass so that they fit those dimensions. Next attach the pre-cut foam to the wood using spray adhesive.

You’ll also need to cut a piece of Dacron to place on top of the foam after applying spray adhesive. Then cut the fabric and make sure it fits around the Dacron covered bench top. You’ll need some extra 2-3’’ for stapling. Then upholster the fabric on the wood and foam insert. Use the sandpaper to smooth off the edges and then cut the glass, clean it and let it dry. Spray one side of the glass with spray paint, let it dry and repeat. Do that until it becomes opaque.

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