31 DIY Hacks For People Who Really Have Their Lives Together

Diply 14 Feb 2018

Even though the world of DIY may seem like nothing more than a bunch of silly arts and crafts to some, those of us on the inside know that there are a lot of seriously talented makers out there. With projects ranging from simple dollar store hacks to complex constructions of epic proportions, there's no telling what the mind of a DIY-fanatic will come up with next.

Below is just a sampling of the wide variety of talent the DIY world possesses. It proves that a little bit of hard work and creative thinking can pay off in a major way.

1. $20 Barn Door Hardware

Shanty 2 Chic | Shanty 2 Chic

Someone who has their life figured out knows you don't have to take out a second mortgage to give your home a magazine-worthy look. It turns out, barn door hardware is easier to hack than I expected!

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2. DIY Outdoor Canopy


This canopy may look fancy and out of reach for those of you working with a limited budget, but it's actually totally affordable! As long as you have the right tools and a bit of know-how, you can make this outdoor canopy a reality in no time.

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3. 30 Minute Farmhouse Wreath

DIY Beautify | DIY Beautify

It's amazing how much of a difference a good wreath can make in any space. And this farmhouse-inspired one may look too complicated to pull off, but thanks to this handy tutorial, it's definitely worth trying.

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4. Tortoiseshell Resin Tabletop

Little Green Notebook | Little Green Notebook

Anyone who can transform an old, worn out piece of furniture into something fabulous is a DIY winner in my books. And while this tortoiseshell design may look amazing, it's just one of countless possibilities someone can create with a bit of hard work and imagination.

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5. Homemade Salt Wash Paint

Hometalk | Katie Tennis

People who know what they're doing can make something look more complicated and expensive than it actually is. Take this homemade salt wash paint as a perfect example! Does this "gather" sign not look like something you'd find in HomeGoods or any other home decor store?

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6. DIY Burlap "Welcome" Sign

Simple Easy Creative | Simple Easy Creative

A good homeowner knows how to make their guests feel welcome before they even step through the front door. Luckily, something like this "welcome" sign is easy to recreate and can be customized to suit anyone's personal style.

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7. DIY Feather Wall Hanging

Audenza | Audenza

Nothing says glitz and glam like a few coats of gold spray paint. And knowing how and when to use it will definitely make guests think you're an interior decorating master.

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8. Painting Kitchen Cupboards

The Palette Muse | The Palette Muse

Painting my kitchen cupboards is something I've been meaning to do for a number of years now. Perhaps seeing the success this homeowner was able to achieve with her easy-to-follow method is the kick in the pants I need to get the job done?

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9. DIY Farmhouse Burlap Wreath

Vintage Paint And More | Vintage Paint And More

If you weren't a fan of the wreath from earlier but still want to add a splash of farmhouse charm to your home, why not take a page out of this crafty blogger's book?

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10. Crate Coffee Table

Anything And Everything | Anything And Everything

If you play your cards right, you can snag a collection of wooden crates from craft stores like Michaels for next to nothing (did someone say coupons?!). Once you have enough, you can transform them into the cutest little table imaginable.

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11. Boho Fringe Chandelier

Home Talk | Rachel Metz

This is another example of something that would cost an arm and a leg at most decor stores. As long as you have the time and patience to make one of these chandeliers yourself, you'll be sitting pretty with plenty of money left in the bank.

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12. Crochet Ballet Slippers

Heart Hook Home | Heart Hook Home

Nothing says "I'm an adult" better than a pair of homemade slippers! And while some of you may think crochet is a hobby only a grandmother could love, these ballet slippers definitely prove you wrong.

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13. Mini Terracotta Pot Wreath

Dazzle While Frazzled | Dazzle While Frazzled

Pro DIYers know how to make one project work for multiple occasions. For example, this terracotta pot wreath is perfect for spring, but with a few adjustments it can easily become an awesome accent for every other season.

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14. DIY Stained Glass Mosaic Window

An Uncomfortable Life | An Uncomfortable Life

Who doesn't love the vibrant, unique look of stained glass? It's definitely one of my favorite features in older homes, but it's also nice to know that you can create some of that timeless charm for yourself no matter how old your home is.

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15. Homemade Clorox Wipes

One Good Thing | One Good Thing

Being a mature adult means having responsibilities, and one of them should be being a better friend to the environment. These homemade disinfecting wipes are not only easy to make and just as effective as store-bought versions, but they're also reusable.

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16. Farmhouse Candle Holder

Our Southern Home | Our Southern Home

In case you haven't noticed, my idea of a dream grown-up space is full of farmhouse charm. However, if store-bought farmhouse items aren't within your budget, don't fret! You can easily DIY the same look for less thanks to thrift store finds!

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17. DIY Diamond-Tufted Headboard

Glitter And Goat Cheese | Glitter And Goat Cheese

If you really want to give your bedroom a chic makeover fit for a queen that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, DIYing your very own tufted headboard is the way to go.

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18. DIY Gilded Flatware

The Sweetest Occasion | The Sweetest Occasion

For some of you, being adult-y means entertaining family and friends. So, if you're looking for a really simple way to impress guests at your upcoming get-together, these gilded pieces of flatware should do the trick.

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19. Spray Painted Thrift Store Dishes

Sincerely, Sara D. | Sincerely, Sara D.

Like I said earlier, thrift store purchases are the key to a fabulous looking house that doesn't cost a lot of money. Take these spray painted secondhand dishes as perfect examples.

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20. DIY Distressed Barn Boards

Reality Daydream | Reality Daydream

Oh baby, nothing gets my heart racing more than a pretty collection of distressed barn boards! If you really want to add a unique element to your living space, this is the way to do it.

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21. Repurposed Ladder Shelf

Hometalk | Dami B.

"One person's trash is another person's treasure" may seem like an overused cliché, but DIY projects like this repurposed ladder shelf prove that it's something that's still 100% true.

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22. DIY House Number With Flowers

Lovely Etc. | Lovely Etc.

Sure, screwing a couple of house numbers to the front of your house is easy and completely acceptable, but why not try to spice things up a little bit?

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23. Make Rope From Plastic Bags

YouTube | samuelthepro

Did you know you can turn that mountain of plastic bags under your kitchen sink into something super useful? Keep those bags out of landfills and put them to good use by transforming them into strands of strong, sturdy rope.

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24. Macrame Plant Hanger

Hey Lilahey | Hey Lilahey

Think of the people in your life who seem to have it all figured out. What is the one thing they all have in common? House plants! Being able to keep greenery alive and in a stylish manner is a true sign of success in my books.

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25. DIY Bike Basket + Shopping Bag

Life Storage | Life Storage

Who hasn't dreamed about riding a bike with a basket on it to the local farmer's market on a warm spring day? I know I have!

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26. DIY Gold Splatter Paint Plates

A Beautiful Mess | A Beautiful Mess

You don't have to be high-class like the Crawley family to host a fancy dinner party for your friends and family. All you need are some clear glass plates, a bottle of gold paint, and a solid wrist flick to turn your home into a chic dining hot spot.

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27. Thrifted Vintage Thermos Lamp

House Of Hawthornes | House Of Hawthornes

I don't know about you, but I'm LOVING this upcycle! Personally, I'd never think to turn a vintage Thermos into a table lamp, but it's obviously the perfect idea.

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28. DIY Crop Top

A Pair And A Spare | A Pair And A Spare

For decades, true fashionistas have been able to create iconic, stylish looks simply by upcycling previously loved pieces from their own closet or a secondhand store. Their skills continue to prove that you can always look runway-ready on a shoestring budget.

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29. Swinging Tuna Can Storage Tower

Birdz of a Feather | Birdz of a Feather

Before you decide to throw away your leftover tuna cans, consider holding on to them so you can make one of these useful storage towers!

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30. Easy Trash Can Upgrade

Neli Design | Neli Design

You can never go wrong with a craft that involves a hot glue gun, and this trash can upgrade is a perfect example of that. A few hot glue sticks and some rope instantly take this plastic waste bin from drab to fab!

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31. A Braided T-Shirt Rug

My Poppet | My Poppet

Can you believe this is make out of old t-shirts?! I am so impressed with this DIY, and it's really not that hard either. It's the perfect way to keep your old clothes out of the landfill!

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Which of these DIY projects do you like the most? Do you think these ideas will give your space a more "grown-up" feel?


Let us know in the COMMENTS,and then SHARE this collection of ideas with others!

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