You don’t have to be an expert DIYer in order to create something beautiful for your home, something that you can really be proud of. After all, everyone was a newby at some point plus a lot of projects don’t require any special knowledge or experience and that’s what we’re focusing on today.
Check out below some of our favorite home improvement projects for newbie DIYers. We can’t wait to try some of these ourselves!
35 Simple DIY Projects for beginners
A framed chalkboard that you can write and draw on
Chalkboard paint is pretty great and more versatile than many think so it’s nice to have some stored on a shelf just in case you want to make something funky one day, like this mini chalkboard for example. The project is super simple and only involves two things: chalkboard paint and glass (or a large picture frame).
Wood cheese board with an organic shape
A wood cheese board may not be exactly the type of thing that you absolutely need, but you will once you see how amazing this one looks. We love the uniqueness of this project and the fact that this wood cheese board actually has character.
A super cute giraffe planter
Isn’t this clay giraffe planter adorable? You can make something like this for the kids’ room or as a gift for someone you love. The giraffe design is definitely cute but feel free to try other ideas as well. Maybe you can put an entire zoo on your shelf.
Custom cake stand for your favorite sweets
Presentation is everything when it comes to cakes and you can make sure everything is just right by crafting your own custom cake stand. this one has a small upside down bowl as a base and looks modern and stylish. You can adjust the dimensions of the elements involved based on the size you want for the stand.
Rustic coat rack hanging on the wall
Sure, coat racks are easy to find and there’s a ton of designs and styles to choose from but none is as charming as a rustic coat rack that you build yourself. The project is very simple and only requires a few easy-to-find supplies so there’s really no reason to postpone it.
Small wine rack with a built-in glass rack
This hanging wine rack is also a surprisingly easy project that you can try. The reduced difficulty combined with the fact that wine racks are generally quite expensive make this a great DIY project for beginners. If you want to, you can save even more money by making this out of reclaimed wood.
Stylish side table with hairpin legs
A side table might be just what your living room is missing. Finding one that’s just right however is not easy, not to mention that prices can often be unreasonably high. You can solve both problems by crafting your own chic side table with hairpin legs.
A key holder made of bent wire
Constantly losing your keys? Well, no more of that with this lovely wire key holder. All you need if you want to make something like this is some wire and pliers. You can shape the wire into a variety of cool shapes, including creating a this “stay a while” design that also sends a cute message.
Woven basket decorated with colorful pom-poms
We absolutely love baskets. They’re very useful around the house. You can store all sorts of things in them like towels, blankets, food, etc plus they also look nice. You can make them look even better by decorating them with pom-poms. This pom-pom basket DIY project is one of the simplest ones yet.
Old garden chair turned into a planter bed
A lot of cool DIY home improvement projects focus on recycling and repurposing and this right here is a great example. This is how you can turn a chair into a garden planter. It’s a very clever idea really and it works for pretty much any type of chair.
Paper mache storage for your favorite magazines
As nice and versatile as bookshelves are, they’re not very practical when it comes to magazines. That’s where you have to be a little bit creative. You can store them in a box and you can make it look pretty. Check out this lovely paper mache box and think of all the ways in which you could customize it.
Cute succulent planter from a tea cup
Need a few new planters for your little succulents? Why don’t you repurpose some old tea cups? It’s a lovely idea and a great way to personalize your indoor garden. You can use spray paint to give your new repurposed tea cup planter the color that you want.
3D flower wall art made with paper straws
Faux flowers can look kind of… fake when you simply put them in vases. However, they make more sense when you integrate them into a more artistic display piece such as a fake flower wall art piece. This one has a beautiful 3D effect and is also quite easy to make. You need paper straws, canvas, foam board, a glue gun and flowers.
Cork board organizer decorated with tissue paper
A cork board can be very useful in the house plus you can also make it look nice and pretty. An idea is to cover the frame in tissue paper or perhaps even in fabric just too add some color and pattern to the design. Think about using a theme in your design… that might be cool.
Sparkling wine glasses decorated with glitter
You know those glittered wine glasses that are sometimes customary at weddings and other fancy events? If you like those, you can make your own so you can admire them every day. You only need a few simple things for that: some wine glasses (obviously), glitter, decoupage glue, a foam brush, clear acrylic spray and some masking tape.
A beautiful kokedama planter
Not many know how to make a kokedama planter and it’s a shame but it also makes this project that much more interesting. First of all, the supplies needed for this: some moss (Sphagnum or sheet moss), Bonsai compost, some twine or string, a bowl and of course a plant.
Faux mini monogram planter
Speaking of planters. how about a mini fake one? It may not sound like a very grand project but look how cute and adorable this is. You can customize a mini monogram planter in lots of different ways using stickers, paint, ribbon and other such things.
A lovely welcome sign for the front patio
Pallet wood is a great resource for a lot of DIY projects including some very simple ones that are perfect for newbies. This for example is a pallet welcome sign with some lovely string art embedded in its design. It looks nice and it offers lots of opportunities for customization.
Mason jar organizers for the wall
Mason jars are also super versatile so it’s no wonder there are tons of cool DIY project ideas involving them. Something simple that’s also useful and pretty would be a mason jar wall organizer. This one features a combination of wood, glass, metal and leather which looks very stylish.
Cute mug holder for the coffee station
Maybe you don’t absolutely need a coffee mug holder but one would definitely look pretty in your kitchen. You might even free up some space in your cabinets this way. You can choose to repurpose a tray for this project or to get a new one specifically for that. Either way, have fun customizing it and don’t forget the cute knobs… they’re the best part.
Wall-hanging decoration with tassels
In case you feel like you’re home is missing some decorations, maybe you’d enjoy making a tassel wall hanging like this one. It’s simple but it looks nice and it can make a space look and feel more inviting and more comfortable, more like home. For this project, you’re going to need a wooden dowel, some yarn (standard and chunky) and scissors.
Wire basket turned into a wall organizer
A wire basket can be turned into a shelf, who would have thought? This is a little project that you can do for your entryway, just to have a place to hang and store some accessories and a few other little things. Of course, the wire basket shelf idea can also work for other spaces such as the bathroom for instance. Rectangular-shaped baskets work best but don’t let this limit your options. Be creative.
An old garden rake turned into a wine glass holder
Here’s another unusual but just as simple project idea: turn a rake into a wine glass holder. As it turns out, this is a perfect match. To make things more interesting you can use an old rake head that has a nice vintage vibe. Just clean it a little bit and hang it on a wall upside down. If you want to you can spray paint the rake to match your glasses.
Fabric-covered letters that you can use as decorations
Not everything you make has to be functional. Sometimes it’s just nice to make something that simply looks pretty without serving a different purpose, like these colorful fabric-covered letters for example. You can use them to personalize your home and you can keep them on a shelf, display them on a wall or put them on your desk. You can also think of other ways to add these letters to your home decor or you can offer them as a gift.
Paint-dipped wine bottle vases
Wine bottles make nice vases, especially if you dip them in paint first. This is a very simple technique which anyone can master. Just take a bottle, clean and remove the labels, dip it in some paint and let it dry. You can use tape to get clean lines and you can even mix different colors to create even cooler designs. Geometric patterns are also an option for paint-dipped vases, planters and other such things.
A rope-wrapped picture frame
We all have favorite pictures that we’d like to put on display around the house and that would actually be a nice way of personalizing the space and really making it feel like a home. You can add even more character to it by decorating the picture frames. One idea is to decorate a picture frame with rope which would give it a textured and cozy look.
Mini framed cork board for your desk
Picture frames aren’t just for pictures. They can be used as decorations in all sorts of different ways and even integrated into various DIY projects, like this framed cork board for instance. You can make this out of a bunch of wine corks and you can paint them to better match your favorite color palette.
Mini hanging planter for little succulents
Hanging planters aren’t just practical but also interesting and eye-catching. They make lovely decorations and they allow you to add a bit of greenery to areas of the house where you wouldn’t be able to do it in a traditional way. This hanging planter is pretty small but small succulents and cacti can sure fit in it.
Flower bouquet made of patterned paper
As beautiful and unique as natural flowers are, the faux ones have a charm of their own as well, especially when you craft them yourself from scratch. Here’s a cool idea: next time you want to give someone a bouquet of flowers, make one of these instead. This paper flower bouquet is both easy and fun to make.
Cactus string art with painted pot
If you’ve never done string art but would like to give it a try, this would be a good project to start with. This cactus string art has a cute design and is super simple to make as well. Notice the pot is not made of string and nails but instead it’s painted on the board. That’s a nice way of mixing techniques.
Cute bucket planter decorated with rope
Houseplants look better when you put them into pots and planters that are interesting and that you enjoy looking at. With that in mind, consider decorating or even making some cute planters yourself. Check out this bucket planter decorated with rope if you want to see a simple and fun technique that you can use in the future for even more amazing DIY projects.
Wooden coasters decorated with pressed flowers
Making your own coasters is also a really great idea if you’re looking for a simple DIY project that anyone can do. These ones are pretty simple but what makes them special in the way in which they’re decorated, namely with pressed flowers. Just the idea of going out and picking flowers and leaves for this project sounds super exciting.
Boho candle lantern with a wooden frame
Candles make nice decorations and they can be used around the house to create a cozy ambiance. Also, coming up with interesting ways to display them is always interesting. One idea is to make a boho candle lantern and having the votive hanging from a wooden frame. It’s a simple project and you only need a few things to get it done.
Frosted glass vase from a jar
Whenever you need a vase to put some fresh flowers in, reaching for a glass jar is an almost natural thing to do. But what if you decorated the jar and actually turn it into a vase? It would be a super simple thing to do. Decorate the mouth of the jar with some silk ribbon and use a bit of opal gel to create this frosted glass look.
An organizer for your drawers
Drawers always get messy so it’s about time you did something about it. Luckily, making a practical drawer organizer is really easy. This one is made of cardboard and pretty great for organizing a bunch of crafting supplies like ribbons, acrylic paints and so on. You could also use this to organize your desk.