There's Always Time For These 6+ Easy DIYs That Take 30 Minutes Or Less

Diply 21 Aug 2018

We all live busy lives and big DIY projects can be hard to fit in around work, family, and other obligations. But that doesn't mean you have to give up DIYing altogether.

You just need to find projects you love that are easy to complete in a single sitting. To get you started, I've found some that can be completed in 30 minutes or less!

1. DIY Colorful Gradient Glass Plates

A Kailo Chic Life | A Kailo Chic Life

It doesn't get much quicker than spray paint, does it? A Kailo Chic Life shared this quick project for using paint to give cheap glass plates a pop of personality. And the best part is that they're dishwasher safe.

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I love how much you can customize these.

A Kailo Chic Life | A Kailo Chic Life

Choose brighter or more muted colors, or just one color, and the whole mood of the plates changes. Because you're spraying the paint on the underside of the dishes, it leaves the top surface safe for food.

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2. DIY Vintage Window Chalkboard

The Shabby Creek Cottage | The Shabby Creek Cottage

Some upcycling projects require a ton of work. Sanding, painting, retrofitting, you name it. It can be totally worth it in the end, but can also be daunting. That's why I love this project from The Shabby Creek Cottage.

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All you need is an old window frame and chalkboard paint.

The Shabby Creek Cottage | The Shabby Creek Cottage

And maybe some tape if you don't trust your ability to paint within the lines. Just paint each pane of glass with two coats of chalkboard paint, wander off to real life while the paint dries and cures, then hang it up. Done!

It's amazing what you can make with an old frame!

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3. DIY Stylish Leather Pendants

Curbly | Stephanie Lee

Making jewelry is a great way to scratch your crafty itch without taking a ton of time. In fact, these leather pendant necklaces by Stephanie Lee on Curbly only take 15 minutes to make!

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These necklaces only require a few scraps of leather and some basic jewelry-making tools.

Curbly | Stephanie Lee

After cutting out the leather shapes, punch a few holes into it and use jump rings to connect the pieces. Then add embellishments and a chain. Once you've mastered it, you could probably make them in as little as five minutes!

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4. DIY Super Soft Baby Blanket

Suzy Quilts | Suzy Quilts

I don't know about you, but there are a lot of people in my peer group having babies right now. I love giving homemade gifts at baby showers, but with so many to keep track of, time is at a premium.

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Suzy Quilts has this great tutorial for making a simple, soft baby blanket in as little as an hour.

Instagram | @suzyquilts

It's as easy as sewing two different fabrics together, but the secret to its softness is a fabric called minky. It's meant to mimic the softness of mink or cashmere, and it feels so lux that the new parent will never guess how easy the blanket was to make.

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5. DIY Burlap Wreath

Hometalk | Michele Westlake Sigler

If you love decorative wreaths but never have the time to make a new one for each season, why not try burlap? This example by Michele Westlake Sigler on Hometalk comes together really quickly.

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Her version feels very autumnal, but by changing up the colors, you can make it fit any season or event.

Hometalk | Michele Westlake Sigler

For even more versatility, you could use plain colored burlap for the basic wreath and then change up the ribbon to match the event being celebrated.

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6. DIY Origami Cactus Art

Curbly | Stephanie Lee

Origami is a great quick craft that's perfect for keeping your hands busy while you catch up on TV or while your kids are watching Paw Patrol for the hundredth time and you need a distraction.

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Stephanie Lee from Curbly strikes again with this really cute way to turn simple origami shapes into DIY art.

Curbly | Stephanie Lee

She used a basic double-pyramid fold to make a bunch of pieces and then laid them out in a cactus shape to make cute 3D art.

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7. DIY Canvas Corkboards

The Crafted Life | The Crafted Life

Basic stretched canvas is really versatile, but it's a bit weak to use as a corkboard on its own. The thin canvas needs more bulk. The Crafted Life figured out an easy way to add some.

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By cutting out basic rolled cork sheets to fit the back of the canvas, she added enough stability to pin items to.

The Crafted Life | The Crafted Life

And because the front is literally a blank canvas, you can decorate your boards to match any space.

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8. DIY Balsa Wood Tags With Silver Leaf

Thistlewood Farms | Thistlewood Farms

Yes, you can make something beautiful with silver leaf in as little as 30 minutes! You just need to be strategic about what kind of project it is.

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Thistlewood Farms shows how you can use precut silver leaf letters to make beautiful tags for your kitchen.

Thistlewood Farms | Thistlewood Farms

Because the letters are precut and easy to apply, you can make sturdy, beautiful tags out of balsa wood in very little time.

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