9+ DIYs We're Totally Pinning For Later

Diply 4 Oct 2018

What did we crafters do before Pinterest? Google randomly in hopes of finding a project that doesn't suck? Buy books of 100+ Projects for X and hope that more than four were worthwhile?

I am so happy to be a crafter in the modern age. But, sometimes, Pinterest is so much of a good thing that it's overwhelming. That's why I'm here to help point out some projects that are totally worth a second look.

1. DIY Rainbow Desk Organizer

A Kailo Chic Life | A Kailo Chic Life

I adore bright colors, but when I was growing up, my parents had a firm rule about painting walls darker than a pastel. So I learned to bring color into my space in smaller ways, through my furniture and accessory choices.

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Teen me would have died for this organizer by A Kailo Chic Life.

A Kailo Chic Life | A Kailo Chic Life

And honestly, adult me wants it just as badly. Thankfully, I no longer have to horde my allowance to afford the materials needed for this simple project.

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2. DIY Art From Fabric Scraps

Freckles Chick | Freckles Chick

You never want to waste materials, but there's only so much you can do with a few inches of random patterned fabric. This idea from Freckles Chick is perfect for using up those colorful bits.

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You can even use scrap paper or washi tape for this.

Freckles Chick | Freckles Chick

Freckles Chick just cut out a bunch of hearts and added a simple line drawing. You could do something similar or use the idea as inspiration for your own unique design.

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3. DIY Watercolor Chalk Vase

Today's Creative Life | Today's Creative Life

We've seen a lot of chalk-painted vase projects on the internet, which is why I love finding one that adds a new twist to the formula.

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Today's Creative Life used a bit of cheap watercolor paint to add whimsy.

Today's Creative Life | Today's Creative Life

The use of a textured base gives the paint nooks to cling to and adds a lot of character after the vase has been distressed.

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4. DIY Marbled Feathers

A Bubbly Life | A Bubbly Life

Sometimes, I just want a fun project that isn't necessarily practical. Like, marbled feathers aren't going to achieve much besides being pretty, but that's okay by me.

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A Bubbly Life used nail polish swirled in water to create the effect. 

A Bubbly Life | A Bubbly Life

Aren't they pretty? They would look great in a vase or could be used to embellish other projects.

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5. DIY Easy Pillow Covers

By Wilma | By Wilma

I love how swapping out pillows can completely rejuvenate a room, but I don't like storing all those overpriced decorative pillows. Which is why I'm all for slip-on covers.

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I'd like to start making my own, so I'm definitely saving this easy tutorial from By Wilma.

By Wilma | By Wilma

I love being able to choose the exact fabric I want. When you get bored with a given look, just remove the cover, wash it, and tuck it away for later.

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6. DIY Watercolor Notebooks

Fellow Fellow | Fellow Fellow

You don't need to spend extra for the pretty notebook. Save your money, buy the plain ones, and embellish them at home in whatever way you'd like.

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The options are endless, but I like this simple watercolor idea from Fellow Fellow.

Fellow Fellow | Fellow Fellow

The abstract pattern means that no artistic skill is needed, and you don't need fancy painting supplies.

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7. DIY Wood Slice Shelves

Girl Loves Glam | Girl Loves Glam

Love the look of live edge wood mixed with industrial hardware but don't love the cost of buying a large piece? Why not start small with these shelves from Girl Loves Glam?

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You only need one wooden log disc to make two shelves. 

Girl Loves Glam | Girl Loves Glam

Just cut it in half and pair with a set of industrial, exposed brackets. It's easy and looks great!

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8. DIY Paint-By-Numbers Bench

Shrimp Salad Circus | Shrimp Salad Circus

When I first found this project by Shrimp Salad Circus, I didn't really get why you would bother with the paint-by-numbers template, but then I realized how clever it is.

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By gluing the pattern right onto the bench, anyone can paint beautiful designs on their furniture. 

Shrimp Salad Circus | Shrimp Salad Circus

It removes the barrier of artistic skill by guiding you through the painting process. When it's done, you just seal it and enjoy!

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9. DIY Wood Slice Boot Mat

Brooklyn Limestone | Brooklyn Limestone

Every fall, I tell myself I'm going to replace that old, plastic boot tray with something nicer, but I never do. This may be the year that changes.

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Not only does this mat from Brooklyn Limestone look good, but your boots can dry properly.

Brooklyn Limestone | Brooklyn Limestone

Snow and mud will drip down between the slices instead of pooling. If you're worried about ruining the wood, you can always spray it with a waterproof sealant before assembly.

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10. DIY Simple Floral Napkin Rings

A Thoughtful Place Blog | A Thoughtful Place Blog

There are a lot of opportunities throughout the year for nice group dinners. It could be a holiday, a work event, or just for fun.

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Cloth napkins in proper rings are an easy way to up the fancy quotient at your dinner party.

A Thoughtful Place Blog | A Thoughtful Place Blog

But that doesn't mean it has to be difficult. I love these ones from A Thoughtful Place Blog, because they're simple and can be customized for any occasion.

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11. DIY Sweater Basket Liner

Lydi Out Loud | Lydi Out Loud

You can turn a cheap plastic basket into something beautiful by cutting up an old sweater and bedsheet. The sweater goes on the outside and the sheet becomes the lining for inside the basket.

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The full tutorial can be found at Lydi Out Loud and it's easier than you think.

Lydi Out Loud | Lydi Out Loud

Look how cute that is. You'd never guess there was a dollar store laundry basket under there.

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12. DIY Sunburst Mirror

Eat Sleep Decorate | Eat Sleep Decorate

The only thing better than an easy DIY project is one that's practically free, and this sunburst mirror from Eat Sleep Decorate checks both of those boxes.

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The rays are made from wood shims, which are dirt cheap, but you can also use free paint stirrers. 

Eat Sleep Decorate | Eat Sleep Decorate

Paint or stain the pieces and then assemble and glue a cute mirror to the front. A clock could be really cute too.

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