Ready to get your hands dirty? We browsed the web for unique and affordable home DIY projects from our favorite bloggers and interior designers to share with you today. From Minneapolis, to San Francisco to Nova Scotia and beyond, we’ve complied 5 projects that are not only easy to accomplish, but affordable too!
1. DIY Beaded Macrame Planter
To kick off our DIY Roundup we have a project from Alison Allen, a Minneapolis based blogger, photographer and DIY fanatic. Alison shares with us a recent project she completed: A DIY Beaded Macrame Planter. Perfect for any sunny nook or corner of your home.
COST & SUPPLIES
- $14 – 33 25mm round beads (2 packages)
- $6 – 9 25mm faceted beads
- $8 – paracord
- $25 – paint samples (5 colors)
- $5 – planter
- $5 – plant
TOTAL = $63
Step 1. Plan your bead strategy. Choose different sizes and shapes. Paint your beads if you desire. Whatever speaks to you.
Step 2. Bead Prep! After buying your beads, you will notice that not all the holes are perfectly drilled. For this Alison used 25mm round beads with 3/8″ holes and went and drilled every single one of them so that the paracord could fit.
Step 3. Para-Cord is super strong cord. They sell it everywhere including any reputable craft store. Alison used the cord rated up to 325lbs!
For one planter you’re going to want to use 50ft of paracord to be on the safe side.
You’ll want to divide the cord into 3 – 8′ lengths and then fold the 8′ lengths in half. Use a overhand knot to tie a loop in the middle of the 8′ cords using all 3 strands of paracord. Now you’ll have 6 – 4′ lengths of cord with a loop at the top. The loop is for hanging your planter.
You’ll be working from the loop down from here on out.
Step 4. For aesthetic and practical purposes use a flame to melt the ends of the paracord. This will prevent fraying and will allow for easy bead threading.
Step 5. Alison hung the loop from a hook so she could work vertically, which she found to be much easier than working on a flat surface. Tie a knot in three sets of cord about 10″ from your main hanging loop. Beneath each of these knots begin applying your bead pattern previously thought out in step 1, (above). Alison tied a knot above and below each bead section – for more on Alison’s knot and bead pattern see step 7 (below).
Step 6. The pattern Alison used is as follows: hanging loop, 10″ space, knot, 6 beads, knot, 3″ space, knot, 3 chunky beads, knot, 3″ space, knot, 5 beads, knot and then the knotting begins!
Step 7. Nothing fancy, you will be making all of these knots using the a basic overhand knot. Start about 6″ lower than your last bead knot. Of your 3 pairs of cord, each cord will be split off to dance with a partner from the nearest pair.
Step 8. The second layer of your planter. It’s the same exact thing as the first, just 4″ lower.
Step 9. You made it through that difficult period to the final row. Now you need to tie one big overhand knot using all six strands of cord to seal this deal. Then stick a pot and a plant in your basket and enjoy!
For a the original post, including additional photos and directions please visit Alison’s blog Deuce Cities Henhouse!
2. DIY Up-cycled Outdoor Furniture
Virginia Fynes, a DIY home décor blogger from Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, has found that taking on DIY painting projects is one of the most budget-friendly ways to redecorate and reinvigorate her home. She features many DIY projects, recipes and design ideas on her blog FynesDesigns.com. Today she shares with us a fun and easy way to ‘up-cycle’ outdoor furniture
COST & SUPPLIES
- $20 -Primer and disposable brush
- $15 per quart -Paint in a summer-inspired color palette from PPG The Voice of Color Program
- $10 -Foam rollers and tray
- (Free – picked from the trash) Up-cycled or thrifted furniture
Using furniture that was going to be thrown out, Virginia brought two desks and dining chairs back to life by cleaning and repainting them in bright, summer-inspired colors, perfect for outdoor parties and picnicking. Project can be done throughout one day, allowing enough time for the primer and paint to dry completely.
Step 1. Before purchasing paint, carefully select the color palette to use for the project. For her outdoor furniture set, Virginia wanted bright, summer-inspired colors, and found the colors on the PPG The Voice of Color Program website:
- Citrus Punch PPG112-5
- Orange Sachet PPG223-3
- Dinnermint PPG104-2
- Blushing Senorita PPG234-2
Step 2. Wipe down furniture with warm water, allow to dry.
Step 3. Apply quick dry primer on all surfaces and allow to completely.
Step 4. While the primer is drying, choose which pieces of furniture to paint which colors using the 60-30-10 rule. If there is a specific color that speaks to you, use it on 60% of the furniture, like on the larger pieces. Then, use the next color(s) on 30% of the furniture, and finally, use an accent color on 10% of the furniture.
Step 5. Apply Latex Exterior paint after primer as completely dried.
Step 6. Allow to dry.
Step 7. Apply a second coat if necessary. Darker colors will require additional coats. If you choose a dark color, consider having the primer tinted.
Step 8. Allow to dry completely in a well ventilated space for 24-48 hours. Enjoy your work!
The original post with additional images and directions can be viewed on Virgina’s blog, Fynes Designs, here.
3. DIY Bookcase Makeover
Alice Chiu is an interior designer in San Francisco, where she started her own interior design company, Miss Alice Designs. Today, Alice shares with us how a little elbow grease and color can transform a once dated bookcase into a fresh and fun statement piece.
COST & SUPPLIES
• Paint (sample size)
• Paint brush, roller brush
• Measure tape
• Wallpaper paste
Approx Cost – $50
1 week, a few hours a day
Step 1. Measure and cut out wallpaper to size
Step 2. Clean/wipe bookcase with rag
Step 3. Prime bookcase, sides, and shelves- 2 coats
Step 4. Paint bookcase one color and shelves another color or paint bookcase all
one color- 2-3 coats.
Step 5. Apply wallpaper paste to the back of the wallpaper
Step 6. Place wallpaper on the back and sides of the bookcase starting from one
corner to the next. Smooth out any creases and wrinkles with a credit card
or putty knife
Step 7. Finish by adding books, accessories, photos, and plants.
For additional information on Alice’s projects and services, including her blog, visit Miss Alice Designs.
4. DIY Upholstered Headboard
Kendra Barnes is the owner of Aisle Always Love, a online shop specializing in gifts and favors for the engaged and newlyweds. Kendra also writes a blog alongside her site, with tons of DIY crafts to try.The project Kendra choose to share with us today is a DIY Tutorial on Upholstering Your Own Headboard. Inspired by all of the beautiful headboards online Kendra took a wack at achieving a similar look, for a much lesser cost.
COST & SUPPLIES
- 1 used or new curtain or fabric
- Quick Dry Tacky Glue
- Craft Bond
- Thick Plywood Wood
- Foam- 2 or 3 inches thick
- Quilt Batting
- Measuring Tape
- Box Cutter
- Decorative Nail-head Trim
- Staple Gun & Staples
- Flat Surface
Total Cost $150.00
(Yours may be cheaper if you already own a staple gun/other materials)
Step 1: Measure the width of your bed and how high you want the headboard to be. Next, take those measurements to your nearest home improvement store and have them cut a thick piece of plywood to those measurements. Hint: The plywood should be 1/2 inch or thicker. Kendra used 3/4.
Step 2: Lay board on flat surface, (Kendra used a ping pong table). Measure 2 inches from each side of the board and mark with pencil along the way. This is where you will glue down your foam. Hint: Gluing down the foam is not necessary but it makes it easier to put the batting and fabric layers on if the foam is secure.
Step 3: Using a box cutter or scissors, cut your foam to fit the 2 inch perimeter you just sketched out.
Step 4: Glue down your foam with the Quick Dry Tacky Glue. Use a generous amount. Once you have the foam glued, place something(s) heavy on top of the foam so that it adheres as it dries. Let sit for 10-15 mins or until dry.
Step 5: Remove the board from your table and lay out the batting. Put the board back onto your table, with the foam facing down. Pull the batting tight, one side at a time and staple gun as you go. Hint: Kendra stapled about every 4 inches.
Step 6: Place fabric under the board with the foam facing down like you did earlier with the batting. (Hint: Iron your fabric beforehand to ensure a smooth and wrinkle-free final product)
Step 7: This step is important: Loosely staple the fabric once on each side just so that it does not move while you are securing the nailhead trim. (You will secure the fabric after the trim is in place, this prevents wrinkles in the fabric.)
Step 8: The decorative nailhead trim kit comes with a strip of trim that is 5 yards long. Hammer in the studs in the preset holes and be sure to put the trim around the perimeter close to the foam. Hint: Kendra wrapped batting around her hammer to avoid scratching or denting the nailheads.
Step 9: Once the trim is complete, flip the board over and use the staple gun to secure the fabric all the way around. Pull tight and staple the fabric about every 4 inches all the way around.
Step 10: FINAL STEP! Mount your headboard. What worked best for Kendra was pushing the mattress back just so that you could see about 2-3 inches of the box spring. Then she rested the headboard in that space and pushed the mattress back up against the wall to secure it.
For the original post, with additional images and directions, please visit Kendra’s blog Aisle Always Love.
5. DIY Wallpaper Dresser Makeover
Kenneth Wingard is a lifestyle expert has designed home furnishing merchandise for major retailers and his designs have been featured in museum shops and appear in home decor magazines. Today he shares with us a DIY Wallpaper Dresser Makeover that super easy and transforms the look of an old piece of furniture.
COST & SUPPLIES
- Paint primer
- Paint (latex/water based)
- Spray adhesive
- Utility knife
- Ruler/straight edge
- Dresser, night stand, table etc
Step 1: Remove drawer hardware.
Step 2: Prime and paint dresser.
Step 3: Cut wallpaper to fit drawer front.
Step 4: Spray drawer front with adhesive.
Step 5: Apply wallpaper to drawer front.
Step 6: Trim edges.
For the original post, with additional images, directions, and a video tutorial, please visit the post on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family page here.
Meet the Experts
Alison Allen, aka Scoops, is a Minneapolis based blogger, photographer and DIY fanatic. Deuce Cities Henhouse is where she shares design ideas, gardening tips, yummy recipes, home decor trends with plenty of DIY projects and humor in between. Alison’s is a talented photographer and her blog showcases her talents behind the lens. www.deucecitieshenhouse.com
Virginia Fynes, a DIY home décor blogger at FynesDesigns.com has found that taking on DIY painting projects is one of the most budget-friendly ways to redecorate and reinvigorate her home. Her blog is chalk-full of fun DIY’s, recipes and crafts. Fun fact: Virginia has an education in both Interior Decorating, and Animal Science.
Alice Chiu is an interior designer in SF, who loves color. Previously, Alice worked for several prominent high-end interior design firms before starting Miss Alice Designs, where she currently enjoys exceeding her clients expectations one design at a time. www.missalicedesigns.com
Kendra Barnes is the owner of Aisle Always Love. In her spare time you can find her thrifting, conquering a new DIY project or baking gluten-free goodies. Kendra was born and raised in Virginia and now resides in D.C. with her husband.
Kenneth Wingard is a lifestyle expert who started his television career with making personal appearances on the Christopher Lowell Show and holiday specials for House & Garden Television. Currently Kenneth is starting his fourth season as the lead on-camera designer for the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Prime Time Emmy Nominated Home Made Simple as well as his second season as a family member on Hallmark’s Prime Time Emmy Nominated Home & Family. An architect, designer and entrepreneur, he formed his own company in 1997 to produce and market his designs and in 2003 became a retailer with his first boutique. In 2006 he created a larger, flagship store, Kenneth Wingard San Francisco.
Would you like a chance to be featured in our next DIY Round-up? Share your projects and ideas in the comments section below and we will follow up with you if we think your project is a good fit. We can’t wait to hear from you!