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.

Chic handrail for the basement stairway

Here’s something that we all use and yet to almost never stop to think about it. It’s the handrail from the stairway. In this case, it was a necessary addition to a basement stairway. It’s a matter of safety and since it had to be done, why not do something stylish at the same time?

Even though it doesn’t seem like a very complicated project, there were some things that made it difficult. One of them was the very narrow space that didn’t allow the installation of a regular handrail. Then there was the issue of style. Safety is important but this shouldn’t exclude all the other elements. Here are the materials used for this project: a lot of Kvartal ceiling fittings, plexiglas tubes, an LED strip and an usual set of tools.


Transform an old chair into an unusual planter

I suppose you all have many old pieces of furniture thrown away in your home’s attic or in the basement, because you can not give them up thanks to their sentimental value. Don’t worry there is still a solution for this problem. You can come up with an ingenious idea to use these pieces of furniture in another way, than the initial one. For example, I can show you how to do yourself an unusual planter of an old chair.  First of all, you will need the old chair.

Buy some paint, a net, a fabric for plants and some soil then, start your new project! First of all, you have to paint your chair, because you want it to look new. As an option, you can use some rubber to make the pot more hermetically close, then put some net and soil inside. Now, it’s your choice: you can plant some beautiful, colored flowers, or some plants, to make your decoration look more alive, then water them.


Colorful DIY sea glass tray

Theoretically it’s spring and after that summer will be here. It’s still a long way to go but it’s nice to dream about it and to imagine ourselves relaxing in the sun. When you’ll finally be able to do that you’ll want everything to be perfect so you better start preparing. We have a very simple and fun DIY project for you: a sea glass tray.

This beautiful sea glass mosaic tray is a wonderful accessory for any home. It’s also an item that you can make by yourself with just a few simple materials. Simply take a tray or any size or shape, some ready-to-use tile adhesive, premixed grout, a toothed towel, a rubber tile float and a sponge and get to work. With these supplies you’ll be able to create a beautiful and colorful tray to serve your cold beverages onto. Now let’s see the steps.


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.


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.


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.


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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