We’re constantly talking about DIY projects and ideas but we never really talked about the general meaning of the term “DIY“. To put it simply, the acronym stands for “do it yourself” and is used to describe any task that can be completed without the direct help of a professional. That of course doesn’t mean you don’t need to use a tutorial. In fact, that’s the most important part of any DIY project: knowing how to do it correctly and efficiently. This applies to any domain.
There are many different types of DIY projects and the term has been around for ages. It became popular in the early 1900s when it was primarily used in correlation with home improvements and maintenance activities. The syntagm “do it yourself’ came into common usage in the 1950s and was used to describe a trend of various small crafts and projects that aimed to be recreational or cost-saving. The trend has been growing ever since and is now more widespread than ever.
Our favorite DIY projects are those that teach us how to craft things for our homes: furniture, decorations and anything in between. As you can imagine, this term gets used a lot and is very general and not everyone interprets it the same way. What may seem like a simple task to someone can come across as being difficult or even impossible to someone else. Our goal has always been to make DIY projects accessible and enjoyable and we hope continue to inspire in the future as well. With that in mind, today we’d like to share with you a few more DIY projects that we think could really improve your home.
This is how you can make a chalkboard out of an old picture frame: give the glass a good sanding and then wipe it off with a soft cloth. Cover the frame with painter’s tape, then apply a few layers of chalkboard spray paint onto the glass, in light even layers. remove the tape and there you have it. Be sure to follow the instructions on the spray paint can to get the best results. Put your new framed chalkboard up on a wall and have fun with it. You could hang it in the kitchen and write recipes on it.
This particular DIY project is easy but does require you to have a glass bottle cutter. The idea is to use it to cut off the bottom from a wine glass bottle in order to turn the rest of it into a wind chime. Apart from the bottle and the bottle cutter you also need some jewelry chain, 3 key rings that can fit inside the bottle neck, a wooden wheel and a stone pendant. Some of these items can be replaced with something else, especially the pendant. You can customize the wind chime however you want to and that’s the beauty of any DIY project.
Some types of crafts are meant to be more practical rather than decorative. A good example is a set of drawer dividers that you can make in order to more easily and efficiently organize the contents of a drawer. Obviously, you can adapt the proportions and everything else to suit your own requirements and drawers. These dividers are made of cardboard which makes this a very easy and cheap project. Anyone could do it and it only takes 15 minutes to complete it, assuming that you follow the same pattern.
These acrylic shelves are meant to be placed in front of windows in order to save space and to give the plants the sunlight they need. The shelves are made of clear acrylic which is a nice little detail. They’re transparent so the light passes through them and reaches the plants underneath. Also, they’re very versatile and can fit in any decor. We think this is a really cool DIY project for the kitchen because it allows you to grow fresh herbs without wasting any counter space.
A coat rack is something we see in every entryway, foyer, lobby and mudroom. It’s such a basic thing that we often take it for granted and we don’t even think twice about going out to buy one. But there’s a different way you could do things. You could craft a coat rack from scratch. It would be a nice way to personalize your entryway. At the same time you’d have the freedom to choose the exact proportions and dimensions that you want in order for the rack to fit your space perfectly.
Not many people dare to make home improvements themselves and choose to rely on professionals instead. While that can prove to be easier and more convenient, it’s not the only option. You can choose to take care of things yourself. There’s a lot that you can do around the house, including to build a staircase railing. This modern-industrial design is very easy and forgiving so perhaps you’d like to give it a chance.
There are also a lot of DIY projects you can do in order to make your home more beautiful. We’re talking about decorations and such. For example, you might like to try making a string art wall piece. It’s easier than you might think. All you need is a piece of wood, lots of small nails, a hammer, string and paper that you can use to trace the desired pattern on. You can start with something simple like this cute little heart-shaped piece and then gradually come up with more cool ideas.
A DIY project can also involve building a piece of furniture. You should probably leave the big and complicated pieces to the professionals but when it comes to little things like a shoe rack, an entryway shelf or an end table you shouldn’t have any problems completing the build successfully. Take this little module for example. It looks stylish and elegant and it’s also really easy to make.
On the same note, you could totally build a wood slab side table if you wanted to. To describe this project in the simplest way possible, all you have to do is attach the hairpin legs to the wood slab. There’s a little bit more than that to the project of course. Cutting a wood is a task on its own. It needs to be sanded and sealed and you can also stain it if you want to. Leave the bark on for a rustic vibe.
Have you ever used your arms to knit…in the sense that you don’t use any tools, just the yarn and your arms? It’s pretty fun and easy and you can do a lot of cool things using this technique. For example you could make some soft and cozy cushion covers. All you need is bulky yarn. Pick any colors you like and give your home a makeover.