Do you know what’s great about DIY projects? Everything. When you make items yourself, you can choose projects that suit your tastes, create them in your choice of colours/textures, and then use them to your heart’s content.

Whether you’re aiming for efficiency, decoration, fun, or self-sufficiency, there’s a awesome DIY project just waiting for you. Here are just a few that you might like to try out:

1. Bird Feeder Wreath

A circular mold, wide ribbon, some birdseed, and some melted suet are all you need to help feed our feathery friends over the winter months.

Bundt Bird Feeder

2. Upside-Down Tomato Planter

Just save your plastic soda bottles, cut the bottoms off, ease in a tomato plant seedling, and pour in some earth. Then hang it up, water it regularly, and watch your tomatoes grow! This also works well for herbs and peppers.)

Upside Down Planter

3. Yogurt Cheese

Place a few layers of cheesecloth in a colander, pour in plain yogurt, and let it drain overnight: you’ll have a creamy cheese when you wake up the next day.

Yogurt Cheese

4. Yarn-Wrapped Painted Jars

Wrap some yarn or twine around a jar, paint it, and peel the yarn away once it’s dry: you’ll be left with a gorgeous luminary for tea lights or candles.

Yarn-Wrapped Jars

5. Baked Salt Dough Tags

Perfect for Valentine’s gifts, baby/bridal showers, or any other occasion.

Salt Dough Tags

6. Leafy Stepping-Stones

It’s easy to make beautiful stepping-stones for your garden with large leaves (like rhubarb), cement, and a trowel.

Stepping Stones

7. Shoe Holder Planter, via GreenUpgrader

Use an old over-the-door shoe holder to grow all kinds of plants. This is great for growing herbs outside your kitchen, or on a balcony wall.

Shoe Holder Planter

8. Tea or Coffee Cup with a Message

Grab a teacup and a Sharpie marker, write a message on the inside bottom of a cup (or on the side of it), and bake for 30 min at 350 F to make the writing permanent. Great for bridal party gifts!

Sharpie Tea Cups

9. Pebble Placemat

Use a hot glue gun to glue flat beach pebbles to circles of felt or wood. These placemats are perfect to use beneath teapots and warm serving bowls, and they look great at garden parties.

Pebble Placemat

10. Needle-Felted Toys

Use a barbed needle and some wool roving to make Waldorf-style toys for kids of all ages.

Felted Gnome

11. Water-less Snow Globe, via Salt Tree

Grab an empty jar, a dollhouse miniature, some glue, and fake snow, and you’ll have a water-free snow globe decoration.

Waterless Snow Globe

12. Hanging Garden Basket 

A wire basket, some moss, and some seedlings are all that’s needed to create a gorgeous hanging basket of edibles. Try a mix of lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, or even strawberries!

Hanging Lettuce Basket

13. Reusable “Swiffer” Pads

If you know the basics of knitting or crocheting, you can create your own reusable pad covers for your sweeper.

DIY Swiffer Cover

14. Lip Balm

Make your own amazing lip balms with carnauba or bee’s wax, a carrier oil (olive, almond, etc.) and your favourite scent/flavour.

Lip Balms

15. Floor Stencils

Instead of throw rugs, consider dressing up old wooden or concrete floors with painted stencil designs.

Stencilled Floor

16. Laundry Detergent

Just in case you run out of laundry soap (or want to make a cost-effective detergent in the scent you like best), make your own with a few household ingredients.

Laundry Detergent

17. Cake Stands

Use industrial-strength adhesive to glue thrift shop glassware together to make cake stands and pedestal bowls.

Cake Stand

18. Nail Polish Key Identification

Use different colours of nail polish on your keys so you can easily tell them apart. Just remember which colour you used for each door…

Nailpolish Keys

19. Cassette Tape Wallet

You might have never played a cassette tape, but chances are you’ve seen them lying around. Transform one into a wallet for a bit of retro fabulousness.

Cassette Wallet

20. Painted Garden Stones

Keep track of what you’ve planted where by painting large stones for your garden.

Painted Garden Stones

21. Wood-Burning Camp Stove

All you need is a large tin can, a few metal tent pegs/stakes, and a drill to make this camp stove.

Camp Stove

22. “Fairy” Garden

Great for small spaces or as a project with your kids: grab an old bucket, drawer, or bowl, add some earth and small plants. Then tuck in some miniatures, and you have a tiny, perfect garden.

Fairy Garden

23. String Lanterns

It’s amazing how easy it is to make these elegant string-globe lanterns! All you need is twine, corn starch, glue, balloons, and spray paint. Easy peasy.

DIY String Lanterns

24. Suitcase Dog Bed

A vintage suitcase transforms into a dog bed with a little TLC and some fluffy pillows.

Suitcase Dog Bed

25. Jar Garden Mini Terrarium

Fill empty jars with pebbles, soil, moss, and small plants for mini gardens you can place around your home. Feel free to add in some miniatures for extra impact!

Jar Garden

26. Wallpaper Dresser

Furniture gets an updated look with a fresh coat of paint and some strips of wallpaper in complementary hues.

Wallpaper Dresser

27. Clothes Hanger Jewellery Storage

Add a few eyelet screws to a wooden coat hanger and voila: instant jewellery organization.

Jewellery Hanger

28. Bath Salts

Epsom salts or coarse sea salt is mixed with your favourite essential oils and a few drops of food colouring to make luxurious bath treats.

Bath Salts

29. Paint Swatch Wall

Can’t decide what colour to paint your wall? Why not choose “all of them”? This decor was created from free paint colour swatches (available at any home reno store), pinned to the wall with straight pins.

Paint Swatch Wall

30. Recycled Leather and Wood Shelves

We could all do with more storage space, and you can create some pretty fabulous shelves with some recycled wood, a couple of thrift shop belts, and a few nails.

Wood and Leather Shelves

Hopefully some of these will inspire some creativity at your end, and if you find yourself in a hardcore DIY headspace, a great place to find more projects is on Pinterest: either do a search for your craft of choice, or just type DIY into the search field to see what piques your interest.

SEE ALSO: The Most Popular and Clever DIY Projects of 2012

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