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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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                                                    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                    1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                    2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                    3. Upgrade yourself

                                                    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                    4. Talk to a friend.

                                                    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                    7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                    8. Have a quick nap.

                                                    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                    9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                    10. Find some competition.

                                                    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                    11. Go exercise.

                                                    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                    12. Take a good break.

                                                    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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