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Become a DIY Expert With These 25 Projects

Become a DIY Expert With These 25 Projects

DIY doesn’t have to be as hard as everyone makes out. Creating wonderful artwork or repurposing old products into something new and useful is something anyone can do with the right inspiration and enough determination to see the project through.

Below I have curated 25 fun, doable and exciting projects that you can get your hands messy with.

1. River Stone Door Mat

Buy yourself a plain door mat with no decoration. Make sure it has holes to let water drain through. Gather a bunch of river stones (wash them before use) and use silicone to attach them to the door mat. Let that dry and you’ll now have a surprisingly good-feeling door mat underneath your feet.

River Stone Door Mat

    2. Unique Plant Hangers

    Simply drill a hole in an old table spoon, bend the spoon to give it the desired curve and nail the spoon to a wall. Using a thick, long spoon will yield better results. If you are unable to bend the spoon, soften it by using a propane torch on it.

    Spoon Hangers

      3. Add a Bit of Luxury to Your Plain Mugs

      You will require a plain white mug, masking tape, a can of matte-finish, fast-drying gold spray paint, and clear sealer.

      Apply the masking tape in your desired pattern. Use the gold spray paint, keeping it 13–18 inches away from the mug. Wait five minutes then apply the clear sealer. Leave it another five minutes and then remove the masking tape. Note, your new mug will not be dishwasher friendly!

      Gold Mug

        4. Shoebox Cable Management

        With so many electronic accessories about in any one household, keeping all those chargers can be a mess. Repurpose a shoebox by cutting holes in the side and fitting metal eyelets around the holes. And there you go: instant cable management.

        DIY Shoe Box

          5. Paper Plate Gift Basket

          This simple and easily made paper plate basket is perfect for family occasions such as weddings. All you will need is a pair of scissors, a paper plate, a decorative ribbon and scotch tape. Follow the instructions below and wow your friends.

          Paper Plate Basket

            6. Crayon Initials

            Simply map out the desired letters on a piece of paper. Break crayons to suit the size of the letter before applying glue to the paper. If your crayons don’t break evenly, use some sandpaper to get the desired length. Lay the crayons on the glue to set, and finish with a decorative frame.

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            Crayon Initials

              7. Decorative Lace Lampshade

              An old trick, but it still works wonders. Blow up a balloon, apply some wallpaper glue to some lace and stick it around the balloon. Once that is done, leave it to dry. Pop the balloon when it’s dry for an elegant-looking lampshade.

              Lace Lamp

                8. Creative Tin Storage

                Why waste those tins by throwing them away? Repurpose them into a decorative holder for cutlery. What you will need: six tins, paint, paint brush, hammer, nails, small wooden slab and a leather handle.

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                  9. Tin Can Grill

                  Another fantastic way to repurpose tin cans. Cut down lengthways several times around the side of the tin can. Cover with tin foil, add coals and a grill rack and you’re ready for a BBQ.

                  Tin Can Grill

                    10. A Mason Jar Organizer

                    Declutter your bathroom with these fantastic Mason jars. If you can handle a drill, this shouldn’t be too hard a task. For full details and a step-by-step guide, visit here.

                    mason jars

                      11. Hanging Book Shelf

                      Drill three holes in a slab of wood, thread some rope through and tie a knot at each end. Hang the suspended slab of wood via a hook screwed into a ceiling beam and you’ve got yourself a beautiful alternative to a table.

                      Hanging Book Shelf

                        12. DIY Dyed Shoes

                        I can’t emphasise enough the importance of the Vaseline with this DIY project. The Vaseline will keep the dye off the rim of your shoes, so it only dyes the fabric. Apply the dye and smudge away.

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                        DIY Dyed Shoes

                          13. Self-Watering Flower Pot Arrangement

                          This flower pot arrangement won’t need much maintenance as there is minimal effort on your part when it comes to watering. Simply fill the bowl at the top with water and let gravity do its work as the water runs down through each pot.

                          Flower Pot Arrangement

                            14. Bottle Cap Magnets

                            Collect your favourite bottle caps and repurpose them into fun fridge magnets. Simply apply hot glue to a magnet then stick that onto the inside of a bottle cap.

                            Magnet bottle caps

                              15. Creative DIY Lantern

                              Make use of all those beer and soda cans you throw away by creating a homemade lantern. Use masking tape at the top and bottom for guidance on where to cut. Slice down the can leaving three centimeters between each slice. Squish down slightly and insert a candle. For extra decoration, spray paint the lantern.

                              DIY Lantern

                                16. Simple Paper Mirror Frame

                                All you’ll need is paper, glue and scissors. Shape the paper in such a way that it will create the pattern. Add glue and you’re all set.

                                DIY-Toilet-Paper-Roll-Round-Mirror-Frame for you

                                  17. Picture to Wood Transfer

                                  Simply follow the instructions below to transfer one of your favourite pictures onto a block of wood for a stunning result.

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                                  Photo to Wood

                                    18. Cable City Skyline

                                    Wires in a home can easily get in the way and just look plain unattractive. But why not use the wires to your advantage and be creative with them? Use wire clips along the wall and construct a design you’d be happy to view every day. Below is an example of what can be done.

                                    Cable organise city skyline

                                      19. Go Tape Crazy

                                      Give your walls a more interesting look. Apply tape in any design you fancy, paint over and then peel off. Could be a great idea for a kid’s bedroom.

                                      go tape crazy

                                        20. Wired Picture Frame

                                        No need to throw away old picture frames. Repurpose them by taking off the back, adding wire or string across the entire frame and pegging your favourite pictures.

                                        wire picture frame

                                          21. Create Your Own Home Mat

                                          Cover areas of the mat you don’t want to paint with card, and paint the rest. Simple yet effective DIY project.

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                                          home mat

                                            22. Planter Made From Recycled Products

                                            Use old shallow tins (wash before use), and attach plain wooden pegs around the tin. Pop in a plant and you’re done. A perfect little DIY project!

                                            DIY Planter

                                              23. Origami Gift Box

                                              A simple yet fantastic and unique way to give gifts. This origami gift box even has room for a little message to be slipped inside.

                                              blue gift box

                                                24. Geometric Photo Display

                                                A truly unique way to display pictures. Sketch out a design on paper before you start applying pins to the wall. Tie string around each pin to create your design and then use pegs or paper clips to hang the pictures.

                                                geometric photo display

                                                  25. Rustic Step Ladder Shelf

                                                  Repurpose an old and worn wooden step ladder into a fully functional shelf. Sand down the whole ladder to avoid any sharp edges or splinters. Add flat wooden blocks across the steps to create a larger shelving surface.

                                                  Re-purposed Ladder

                                                    By now, you should have enough inspiration to re-create one of these projects or use them as a guide to create something totally unique.

                                                    But if you are still in search of that little spark to help kick start you into ‘DIY project mode,’ why not bookmark these fantastic interior design blogs, or follow these wonderful people on Instagram.

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                                                    The 20 Most Creative Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire You

                                                    The 20 Most Creative Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire You

                                                    Instagram allows you to see exactly what inspires people and how creativity is drawn from their everyday life. We use Instagram to capture what makes us smile, what brings joy to our life, and what we are passionate about, and the accounts listed below are sure to inspire you in turn.

                                                    Here are our 20 top creative Instagram accounts that you should be following today.

                                                    1. Humans Of New York

                                                    Brandon Stanton walks the streets of New York City taking street photography, and he gets his subjects to open up about life details that even many family members may not know about them. It makes you smile and connect with the images at a new level.

                                                     2.  Paris in Four Months

                                                    Carin Olsson moved to Paris and is documenting every part of her experience, from the macaroons to the Eiffel Tower with all of its shimmering lights. If you want to go to Paris but can’t get there today, Carin will take you.

                                                    3. Civilized Caveman Cooking

                                                    George Bryant offers up more than his love for cooking Paleo cuisine as he shares more about life, joy, and happiness. His coined hashtag is #hugsandbacon.

                                                    4. Andrew Knapp

                                                    Andrew has taken the world by storm with his adorable version of Where’s Waldo? His version is Find Momo, and stars his border collie.

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                                                    5. Idafrosk

                                                    Ida Skivenes has developed a knack for food art. From the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Strawberry Fields Forever, she has recreated it all with food.

                                                    6. GrandmaBetty33

                                                    Grandma Betty is fighting cancer and is inspiring others to smile and be happy in life. She brings a smile to your face instantly and is like having your grandma right beside you.

                                                    7. Maya_on_the_Move

                                                    Tania Ahsan captures the world of her cute bulldog, Maya, on her adventures in New York. Maya makes appearances that will make you smile, laugh, and inspire you to go out and create something special.

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                                                    8. Leoleoparis

                                                    Leo captures the life on the streets of Paris. Most of his work is done in black and white, offering that iconic Parisian look.

                                                    9. Jacob Santiago

                                                    Jacob Santiago creates stunning, vibrant images around New York City, showcasing the architecture and streets. I’m sure you haven’t seen the streets of NYC like this before.

                                                    10. Julie’s Kitchen

                                                    Julie Lee showcases how everyday produce can create colorful art designs. At first glance, you think it is just a design; then, a second take illustrates that it is really fruits and vegetables.

                                                    11. iloveplaymo

                                                    iloveplaymo brings together photography and Playmobil toys in action. The images are up to date with current world events and everyday life.

                                                    12. “Red” Hong Yi

                                                    Red Hong Yi loves to paint without a paintbrush. Her style uses daily items to create lovely images.

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                                                    A breathtaking artist from Puerto Rico who loves to paint murals. Alexis’s work is featured all over the world.

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                                                    Murad Osmann is a music video producer, but his claim to fame on Instagram has been his photographs with his girlfriend leading him by her hand.

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                                                    Simone Bramate is a storyteller who just so happens to take delightful photos as well.

                                                    16. Willie Kessel

                                                    Willie Kessel brings beach life right to your smartphone. Amazing surf and lifestyle images that take your mind off of all of the work and stress in your life.

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                                                    Nick Ulivieri is a talented photographer who loves to capture the windy city of Chicago and skies, especially during storms. His images are gorgeous and make you realize how wonderful life really is.

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                                                    Jo Jerry’s landscape photos around Santorini, Greece, make you want to book a flight immediately. The bright colors and simplicity in the images make his photos stand out from the rest.

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                                                    GoPro uses fan-sourced images on their account that are all captured with a GoPro. Creativity to the max is used in these images and range from the grocery store to incredible surf.

                                                    20. Vin Farrell

                                                    Vin Farrell is a creative who works on the agency side for large clients and has a knack for photography. His iPhone captures amazing aerial images around NYC and the world.

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