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15 Simple and Affordable DIY Projects

15 Simple and Affordable DIY Projects
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DIY projects look fun and stylish, but many seem daunting because of 1) effort and expertise, and 2) cost. Some of us are less artistic, some of us don’t have tools to saw and drill into things, and some of us just plain can’t afford the materials to make these things. No fear, here are some affordable DIY projects that don’t require you to be a carpenter or a master artisté. Happy DIY-ing!

1. Gold Desk Organizer

Anthropologie Inspired Gold Pencil Holder - Desk Organizer  |  View From The Fridge

    It’s no surprise plenty of DIY blogs enjoy taking on some of Anthropologie’s products with cheap ways to make them yourself. This DIY desk organizer looks super modern without being expensive. You can easily find tins or small glasses around your house or at a thrift store for the compartments.

    2. Easy T-Shirt Grocery Bags

      Plastic bags are still the main option for produce even in the greenest cities. Make your own reusable produce bags out of old t-shirts with very minimal sewing. All you need are old t-shirts and a thread and needle, both of which can be bought cheaply if necessary.

      3. Mini Gardens

      Don’t have a green thumb? No worries. Succulents are tougher than the average plant and do well in pots. Your local home improvement or gardening store will have some succulents to choose from; if it doesn’t already say so on the plant tags, ask an employee which ones do best indoors. Bam, colorful and easy mini garden.

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      4. Pebble Bath/Mudroom Mat

        Easy, affordable, and not as hard to collect materials for as you think. Those who don’t want to gather stones themselves — or who simply don’t live near a body of water — can purchase bags of river rocks at most dollar stores. A few other cheap items also typically available at dollar stores, and you’re all set to make your mat.

        5. Mini Framed Dry-Erase Board

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          Make a small DIY dry-erase board with tape and a simple frame, an easy way to leave notes in the kitchen or by the door. And fellas, don’t let the cute mom-theme put you off here — there are plenty of manly or neutral tape patterns you can use for your manly-man abode.

          6. Cereal Box Drawer Organizers

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            This may be another free project if you’ve got a) cereal boxes or boxes from other non-perishable foods, b) wrapping paper that isn’t covered in Santa, and c) double-sided tape. Any of these things can be bought cheaply regardless.

            7. Stamped Cloth Napkins

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              Similar to the first DIY project on this list, this napkin idea looks like an artsy store-bought product but at a fraction of the cost. What I like best about this tutorial is that it gives you ideas for common household objects to make cool patterns with. Spice up any cloth napkins you already own or buy some cheap ones from the local dollar or thrift store.

              8. Gold Sharpie Mugs

                This DIY project is a great opportunity for super-creative people, but the less artistic folks can easily do simple, classy designs. The link above suggests oil-based sharpies for the best chance of staying-power, though I’ve personally had luck with a regular black sharpie by baking the mug a little longer and not owning a dishwasher. Either way, the possibilities are many.

                9. Natural Room Scents

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                  While a little more involved, but there are plenty of ways to get creative with the ingredients to use some things you already have in your kitchen. These room scents are just a fun way to make a room smell yummy for a gathering or just a day of relaxation, without the toxic chemicals found in most store-bought air-fresheners.

                  10. Wire and Stone Photo Display

                    The tutorial specifies a type of wire, but you can use any kind that suits your taste and budget. Take your favorite pictures, find some medium-sized rocks (probably for free, unless you live in a strangely rockless environment), and display them with an industrial-chic style.

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                    11. Constellation Jar

                      Mason jar + aluminum sheet + small light = instant star-filled bedroom. You don’t even have to be that artsy to do this project, as it requires little more than cutting a disposable cake pan, puncturing holes, and putting one thing inside of another. And, of course, it requires only affordable and easy to obtain materials.

                      12. No-Sew Covered Pillow

                        While many of us would love to make stylish home decor on the cheap, the whole sewing thing that many of those projects require is a lost art for some. This no-sew pillowcase idea has to be one of the easiest DIY home decor projects I’ve seen. All you need is a cheap decent-sized chunk of fabric (you could even use old sheets, or old clothing items if they’re big enough) and you can follow these easy instructions for chic DIY pillows.

                        13. Colorful Paint-Bottomed Glasses

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                          If you can find it and afford it, there are paints for glasses that won’t wash off when you do the dishes, but a cheaper option is to use acrylic paint and seal it. Buy some dollar store tumblers or other glassware and make them look ultra-modern with these cool paint design ideas.

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                          14. Hat Organizer

                            Store hats or scarves cheaply and conveniently with this no-brainer idea. If you want, you could even spray-paint the hanger to make it look extra nice.

                            15. Photo Magnets

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                              A unique way to save photographs, AND an awesome gift idea for someone you share memories with. Your fridge will never be boring again, and you have a quick and affordable gift/party favor idea for the future. It’s a win-win.

                              Featured photo credit: Untitled/Jamie Henderson via flic.kr

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                              Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                              100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                              100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                              Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                              By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                              Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                              83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                84 write random letter

                                  85 use a rubberband

                                    86 dorm smell bad

                                      87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                        89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                          90 take a picture of the name card

                                            91 iron inside out

                                              92 old newspaper

                                                93 tumble try shoes

                                                  keep a card like this

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                                                      94 soap bar

                                                        95 make a hole

                                                          96 drop the battery

                                                            97 use a coozie

                                                              98 when taking a picture

                                                                use a clean dust pan

                                                                  try a pants hanger

                                                                    use your cellphone light

                                                                      use a spring from an old pen

                                                                        quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                          user binder clips

                                                                            wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                              put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                  use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                    doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                      use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                        use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                          freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                            use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                              almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                  unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                    cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                      remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                        turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                          for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                            how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                              tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                  ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                    use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                      take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                        how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                          put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                            How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                              user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                  turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                    50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                      the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                        add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                            hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                              stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                  how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                    the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                      use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                        to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                          user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                            a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                              rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                  50

                                                                                                                                                                    51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                      52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                        rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                          kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                            use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                              58

                                                                                                                                                                                59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                  60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                    hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                      Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                        hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                          use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                            if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                              keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                  drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                    use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                      use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                        do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                          when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                            dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                              put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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