5+ Easy DIYs No One Will Believe You Made Yourself

Diply 7 Aug 2018

I can never decide whether "I can't believe you made that!" is a compliment or not. It feels good to know that the project turned out so well, but at the same time, are they questioning my skills?

Usually, though, I think it's genuine surprise that causes that reaction, no underlying malice intended. Many non-DIYers just can't imagine how easy it can be to make something instead of buying it off the shelf.

1. DIY Crushed Glass Coasters

Tell Love And Party | Tell Love And Party

It's so easy to make or embellish your own coasters that it's almost a crime not to. These crushed glass ones from Tell Love And Party are so glam and yet so easy to make yourself.

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The secret is Mod Podge's "Dimensional Magic Glue."

Tell Love And Party | Tell Love And Party

It lets you create glassy effects like epoxy or resin without worrying about exact ratios or toxic chemicals. This specific tutorial mixes in some crushed glass decorative filler usually found in vases to add a ton of bling to basic cork coasters.

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2. DIY Wood And Leather-Covered Notebooks

Paper & Stitch | Paper & Stitch

There are a lot of fancy notebooks out there, but you often end up paying extra for the prettiness only to find that they skimped out on the paper quality. Instead, save some money by purchasing cheaper notebooks with the paper you love and then decorate them yourself!

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I love how Paper & Stitch transformed some classic composition books with leather and wood veneer.

Paper & Stitch | Paper & Stitch

The veneer is sturdy without adding the extra weight of actual wood, and the leather spine adds class. You can keep the leather raw or paint it bright colors.

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3. DIY Confetti Pencils

Make And Tell | Make And Tell

Of course, no cute notebook is complete without cute pencils to write with, but like notebooks, often the cuter the pen is, the worse the quality. So, why not paint your classic #2 pencils instead?

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Make And Tell came up with the easiest hack to make polka dot confetti pencils: those round stickers used to reinforce binder holes.

Make And Tell | Make And Tell

Just paint the barrel of the pencil a solid color, then stick the binder stickers all over. Use them as templates to paint the circles in bright colors, then remove the stickers.

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4. DIY Colorful Swan Appetizer Plates

A Kailo Chic Life | A Kailo Chic Life

Sometimes the difference between a memorable gathering and a run-of-the-mill one is in the details. Small pops of personality, like these bright and cute plates from A Kailo Chic Life, can really elevate things.

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All you need is sticky vinyl or contact paper and paint.

A Kailo Chic Life | A Kailo Chic Life

Trace your swan (or the shape of your choice) onto the vinyl and cut it out. You can use the actual shape to mask it off while you paint the rest of the plate, or use the silhouette left in the vinyl as a stencil.

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5. DIY Marbled Clay Trays

The Things She Makes | The Things She Makes

There's no such thing as having too many trays or catch-all dishes. Even that pile of random coins and pocket lint by the front door can look tidy when tossed in a dish.

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Why not try these easy marbled clay ones from The Things She Makes?

The Things She Makes | The Things She Makes

The project uses clay meant to air-dry, so you don't even need to fiddle with your oven temperature.

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6. DIY Honeycomb Desk Organizer

Club Crafted | Club Crafted

A dollar store is an awesome place for basic desk organizers on the cheap, but they're just so...basic. Thankfully, it's also cheap and easy to make them look great, like this idea from Club Crafted.

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With just some hexagon shapes cut out of bright vinyl, the clear container turns into a chic home for pens and pencils. 

Club Crafted | Club Crafted

And you don't need to use vinyl. You could cut out the shapes on regular sticker paper or even paint them on if you have a steady hand.

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7. DIY Speckled Placemats

Homey Oh My | Homey Oh My

Personally, if I don't get a bit messy when DIYing, then I know I'm doing it wrong, which makes these paint-splattered placemats from Homey Oh My the perfect project for me.

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Protip: do this project outside. 

Homey Oh My | Homey Oh My

That way you can fling the paint around without worrying about the walls or floors or the dog. The combinations of fabric color and paint are pretty much endless.

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8. DIY Macramé Mirror

Why Don't You Make Me? | Why Don't You Make Me?

Mirrors are great decor items, but have you seen the prices on some of them? Yeesh! Usually it's the frame you're paying for, not the glass, so why not make the frame yourself?

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This macramé-framed mirror from Why Don't You Make Me? isn't just chic, it's easy.

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You just need a metal ring the same size as your mirror and some sort of rope. And there's no knitting skill required!

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9. DIY Bracelet Organizer

I Heart Organizing | I Heart Organizing

If you're a fan of wrist jewelry, you're probably on the lookout for a way to display and organize all those bangles and watches. If so, this project from I Heart Organizing is perfect for you.

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Yes, that's a paper towel roll. It's that easy!

I Heart Organizing | I Heart Organizing

By adding some pretty fabric, a dowel, and a wooden base from the dollar store, you can make one just like it!

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10. DIY Abstract Poured Art

Curbly | Holly Wade

It's no wonder acrylic pouring is all the rage right now. Not only can you create beautiful abstract art, it's easy to do at home, as long as you're careful about containing the mess.

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There are a million different ways to do it, but I like this tutorial shared by Holly Wade on Curbly. 

Curbly | Holly Wade

She keeps it super simple and budget-friendly, mixing a bit of Modge Podge into craft paints to make them fluid enough to pour.

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11. DIY Wine Barrel-Inspired Serving Tray

Lil Blue Boo | Lil Blue Boo

I love the look of trays and platters made from vintage barrels, but Lil Blue Boo proves that you don't need to scour the antique market to get the look.

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She started with a precut wooden table top from the hardware store. 

Lil Blue Boo | Lil Blue Boo

By stenciling on the text and then staining and distressing the finish, she got the look at a fraction of the price.

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12. DIY Ombré Pen Holder

Dream A Little Bigger | Dream A Little Bigger

I have a pen problem...and a pencil problem...and an ink problem...

Needless to say, I'm always looking for ways to store and display my collection of writing supplies that isn't in ugly plastic drawers, but also won't drain my bank account.

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Check out this nifty pen or pencil holder from Dream A Little Bigger.

Dream A Little Bigger | Dream A Little Bigger

By starting with wooden boards and staining them subtly different shades, she was able to create a lovely ombré effect once they were glued together. A bunch of drilled holes later and her pens aren't strewn across the desk anymore!

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