9+ Easy DIYs You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into

Diply 9 Oct 2018

Casual DIY projects are handy in that you can pick at them while doing other things. Apply a coat of paint and then wander off to run errands or make dinner. Repeat until the project is done.

But, sometimes I want a project that can be done in a single sitting, whether that's twenty minutes or a whole afternoon. Something I can sink my teeth into and focus on for a bit.

1. DIY "Dipped" Storage Baskets

Eat Sleep Decorate | Eat Sleep Decorate

Whenever someone uses the verb "dip" in reference to a DIY, my eye twitches. Whether it's dye or paint, dipping just seems like a mess waiting to happen. Especially in a house with two curious dogs.

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But this project from Eat Sleep Decorate reminded me that it's much easier to fake it.

Eat Sleep Decorate | Eat Sleep Decorate

Why bother trying to find a container big enough to dip a basket into? Just grab a paint brush and add the color by hand. No mess!

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2. DIY Warming Neck Pillow

The Art of Doing Stuff | The Art of Doing Stuff

It's getting chilly around here, which means that the holiday season is right around the corner. Which I love, don't get me wrong, but that doesn't mean it's not stressful. No matter how much I try to take it easy, I always end up with a crick in my neck by Christmas.

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So, not only are my family getting these warmers from The Art of Doing Stuff as gifts, I'm making myself one, too.

The Art of Doing Stuff | The Art of Doing Stuff

By starting with a hand towel, she makes the sewing part super easy. Use plain rice as filling and mix in some aromatics like lavender.

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3. DIY Alcohol Ink Art

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What's great about alcohol inks is that they're super forgiving for even the most novice artist. If you don't like the results, you can just wash them away and start over.

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Our very own Crafty used the glass from a photo frame as the canvas for some awesome art. 

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Use rubbing alcohol to spread out the inks into abstract shapes and then let it dry. Use a white paint marker on the opposite side of the glass to turn the blobs into florals.

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4. DIY Silhouette Pillow

Brooklyn Limestone | Brooklyn Limestone

Silhouettes and cameos are such classy decor options, and it can be even more special if you use your own family as the inspiration. Brooklyn Limestone made a cute pillow that even includes their cat!

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The process starts by taking profile photos against a crisp, contrasting background. 

Brooklyn Limestone | Brooklyn Limestone

A white wall works well for this. Then the shape of the head is cut out and traced onto iron-on paper that can be applied to anything you like.

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5. DIY Faux Embroidery Art

Flamingo Toes | Flamingo Toes

Sometimes, you stumble across a project that you never would have thought of and you just fall in love. That's what happened to me when I found this idea from Flamingo Toes.

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Using paint and stencils, she created these adorable faux embroidery houses.

Flamingo Toes | Flamingo Toes

Well, mostly faux. Just a few of the details in each are actually made with thread, like the windows. My favorite bit is the fabric she chose, though. It evokes the look of embroidery fabric so cutely.

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6. DIY Butcher Block Desk

Modish And Main | Modish And Main

I see that raised eyebrow! You're scoffing at the idea of making a whole desk in an afternoon. But this chic option from Modish and Main really is that quick.

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The secret is to head to the countertop section.

Modish And Main | Modish And Main

That's right. This desk is a simple butcher block countertop on hairpin legs. Totally chic and proves that you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on custom furniture.

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7. DIY Envelope Pillows Using A Shower Curtain

A Thoughtful Place Blog | A Thoughtful Place Blog

I love making my own pillow covers from random fabric scraps, but I've never found a good source for outdoor pillows. If it's going to be outside, then you want it to be a rugged, water-resistant fabric.

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A Thoughtful Place Blog figured it out, though! Shower curtains!

A Thoughtful Place Blog | A Thoughtful Place Blog

Specifically, heavier fabric shower curtains. They come in lots of styles and are meant to withstand the wet of a bathroom.

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8. DIY Geometric Tote

Today's Creative Life | Today's Creative Life

Since I'm avoiding plastic bags, my life seems to be a mountain of tote bags, but I'm really sick of the boring ones sold at the grocery store as a way to make money off environmentally conscious customers.

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So, I bought a bunch of plain ones in bulk and am looking for ways to decorate them. 

Today's Creative Life | Today's Creative Life

This geometric design from Today's Creative Life is going to the top of the list. It's simple and graphic while leaving tons of opportunity to customize.

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9. DIY Tropical Terrarium

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It's only just gotten chilly, and while I'm okay with the cooler temperatures, the constant gray skies are starting to drag down my mood. I think I need this tropical terrarium Crafty made.

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I mean, just look how cute it is!

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All you need are some basic terrarium staples, like a bowl and sand, plus some popsicle sticks and paint. This way, whenever you start to believe the clouds are never going to leave, you can stare into this tiny bit of summer.

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10. DIY Photo Display From A Vintage Book

Rustic Crafts | Rustic Crafts

I love books and I read a ton, but I'm also a bit of a minimalist. I've never been one to keep shelves full of books around the house, even though I love the look of a good vintage tome.

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I could totally see myself making this photo display from Rustic Crafts.

Rustic Crafts | Rustic Crafts

It would let me bring my love of old books back into my home without needing more shelves.

For those of you decrying the "destruction" of a book, I'd rather enjoy it this way than see it rot or get pulped.

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11. DIY Poured Marble Plates

Lydi Out Loud | Lydi Out Loud

Paint pouring continues to be on-trend, but there are only so many marbled canvases one can hang in their home. Lydi Out Loud found a new way to enjoy the look.

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By using glass plates, you can pour on the back and still see the design.

Lydi Out Loud | Lydi Out Loud

This keeps the paint away from the surface you eat off of. Coat the back with a layer of dishwasher-safe sealant to keep them pretty for a long time.

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12. DIY Typography Art

The Homes I Have Made | The Homes I Have Made

Big typography art can make a statement in a space, but there's no reason you have to pay full price for it. Make it yourself like with this project from The Homes I Have Made.

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All you need is a firm backing, wrapping paper, and vinyl letters. 

The Homes I Have Made | The Homes I Have Made

If you have an e-cutter, then you can design and cut out your typography at home, but otherwise, you can find vinyl letters at many craft stores.

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