Your home should be a reflection of your personality and sense of style, which means filling it with colors, materials and artwork that you love. Sure, you can splurge on some of your favorite store-bought pieces, but what better way to curate the perfect space than by tackling a few DIY home projects? Beyond saving tons of money, these DIY home decor ideas will put your creativity to the test. Time to break out your toolkit and a few nifty craft supplies!
Don’t worry: you don’t need to be an expert crafter to recreate these designs. We’ve found a project for every skill level, whether you want to start small with a DIY craft idea (like make your own shelf or succulent planter) or go big with a full room makeover. Ahead, you’ll find ideas for creative accent walls, DIY wall decor and reclaimed furniture. If you’re looking for an easy way to repurpose the materials and accessories you already have at home, we’ve included a few genius upcycling ideas hint: a chic cabinet made from shutters.
1. Frame-Filled Accent Wall
Create a statement accent wall by hanging frames of different shapes and sizes, then cover everything with a fresh coat of paint preferably something bold. Tip: keep it affordable by gathering your frames from antique and thrift stores.
2. Faux Wood Dresser
About one hour of effort and $30 worth of contact paper later, this chic dresser was completely transformed. Add new hardware, and you’ve got a whole new piece of furniture.
3. Decorative Pinboard
Gather your favorite cards, photos or even your child’s artwork for a seasonal display that’ll add a personal touch to any room. Go for a store-bought frame or make your own. Start by hot-glueing small bulldog clips to a wooden frame, then place it in a spot that’s easy to access so you can update the arrangement as often as you’d like.
4. Cabinet Made From Shutters
Use a set of old shutters to make a chic piece of furniture, like this decorative cabinet used for storing board games and extra throw blankets. Paint the finished product in a sleek shade.
5. Painted Console Table
That plain old console table that’s been collecting dust in your attic? Yes, it can easily be turned into a conversation starter. Cover it in a bold paint color, like this fuchsia shade, for a design-forward look.
6. Autumn-Themed Gallery Wall
Embrace the beauty of the fall season with an unexpected gallery wall showcasing colorful leaves of all sizes and shapes. For a cohesive look, stick to one frame style.
7. Faux Concrete Wall
Bring different textures into your space by painting a concrete-inspired wall. Once you gather your gray paint, dry paintbrush and lint-free cloth, follow a forgiving buffing technique until you nail your desired look.
8. Rope Banister
Trade a standard wooden banister for jute or Pro-Manila rope to match your home’s nautical aesthetic. After anchoring brackets to the wall or individual posts, secure the rope from the top to the bottom of the stairs. Then unravel both ends to create a more relaxed look.
9. Star Rope Mirror
This stunning star mirror looks intricate, but it’s surprisingly easy to DIY if you follow the step-by-step guide. An added bonus: It costs less than $25 to make.
10. Blanket Ladder
Because your living room isn’t complete unless it has at least three fuzzy throws. Before putting this wooden ladder on display, dress up a plain blanket by creating extra-large tassels and pom-poms from thick yarn and knotting them onto the end.
11. Tissue Box Cover
Create a stylish tissue box cover that’ll last beyond cold season: To make, coat a wooden tissue box cover with polyurethane three times. Cut four 2″ wide strips of veneer, one to fit each side of the box. Glue on strips and coat both sides of each strip with glue, as well as the entire box and let dry.
12. Scallop Wall
Proof that you can make a statement wall in your bedroom without a ton of effort: This blogger used plywood and mounting tape to create this envy-inducing decor moment.