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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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                                                    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                                                    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                                    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                                    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                                                    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                                                    1. Breathe

                                                    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                                                    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                                                    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                                                    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                                                    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                                                    2. Loosen up

                                                    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                                                    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                                                    3. Chew slowly

                                                    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                                                    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                                                    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                                                    4. Let go

                                                    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                                                    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                                                    It’s not. Promise.

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                                                    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                                                    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                                                    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                                                    5. Enjoy the journey

                                                    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                                                    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                                                    6. Look at the big picture

                                                    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                                                    Will this matter to me…

                                                    • Next week?
                                                    • Next month?
                                                    • Next year?
                                                    • In 10 years?

                                                    Hint: No, it won’t.

                                                    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                                                    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                                                    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                                                    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                                                    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                                                    8. Practice patience every day

                                                    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                                                    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                                                    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                                                    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                                                    Final thoughts

                                                    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                                                    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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