Here Are 10+ Fun DIYs To Beat The Boredom Blues

Diply 24 Oct 2018

I swear we've skipped fall and slid right on into cabin fever season. I had to turn my furnace on in September!

Since one can only stay indoors and binge so many Netflix shows, it's time to start collecting little projects to keep me busy through the long winter months — though I'll probably still do them while watching TV.

1. DIY Paint Chip Art

A Thoughtful Place | A Thoughtful Place

This idea from A Thoughtful Place is a really clever way to get the ombré look without investing in a ton of colored paper or spending a lot of time mixing paint.

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For this art, you just need a shaped paper punch and a trip to the paint chip display. 

A Thoughtful Place | A Thoughtful Place

Paint chips are free and already displayed in a handy gradient. You just need to punch out your shapes from the colors of your choice and then arrange them for display.

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2. DIY Paint Can Planter

Simple Stylings | Simple Stylings

Put those old paint cans to work with a planter like this one from Simple Stylings. Shine them up, maybe add a bit of color, and then hang them from hooks on a couple of spare boards.

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I love the idea for an herb garden. 

Simple Stylings | Simple Stylings

Since I can't settle on a single color scheme, I already have a bunch of half-gallon cans chilling out in my basement. By the time I finish redoing my dining room, I may have enough for this project.

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3. DIY Wooden Doormat

Brooklyn Limestone | Brooklyn Limestone

Speaking of winter months, my boot tray was murdered by a grumpy puppy last year, so I'm in the market for a new one. I think I may DIY it.

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This wooden option from Brooklyn Limestone really stuck out to me. 

Brooklyn Limestone | Brooklyn Limestone

It's chic and classy and it would be easy to add a layer underneath the slats to collect melted snow.

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4. DIY Glass Serving Tray

The Flourishing Abode | The Flourishing Abode

I've seen a lot of serving tray projects in my time, but this one from The Flourishing Abode stood out to me for its clever material choice.

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Auto-glass is sturdy and made especially to combat breakage. 

The Flourishing Abode | The Flourishing Abode

When it does break, it shatters into chunks that are less likely to cause injury. They just added some classy copper feet to make it extra special.

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5. DIY Lace Applique Pillow

Francois Et Moi | Francois Et Moi

Lace doesn't need to look old or fussy. Pairing it with a bright color can add a ton of modern pizzazz. Francois Et Moi took it a set farther by rearranging the pattern on her lumbar pillow.

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Before deciding on placement, she cut the lace up into individual shapes. 

Francois Et Moi | Francois Et Moi

Snapping a pic with her phone made it easy to recreate her placement perfectly when the time can to sew.

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6. DIY Pineapple Succulent Pot

Today's Creative Life | Today's Creative Life

Maybe it's the cold, but I have pineapples on my mind lately. I even bought a super cute pineapple print fabric the other day. I just couldn't help myself.

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I may need to make this adorable pot from Today's Creative Life for the same reason. 

Today's Creative Life | Today's Creative Life

It's bright and bold enough to battle the winter doldrums and is the perfect home for a spiky succulent.

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7. DIY Framed Canvas

The Homes I Have Made | The Homes I Have Made

Giant canvases are a great way to decorate a large, blank space — my home has 10-foot high white walls — but they can look unfinished. Whether you're painting your own abstracts or hanging a piece by a local artist, why not frame it?

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The Homes I Have Made has a great tutorial for how to do it easily. 

The Homes I Have Made | The Homes I Have Made

Some wood strips and paint make a huge difference, really making the canvas feel like a part of the space.

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8. DIY Watercolor Terrarium Pillow

Flamingo Toes | Flamingo Toes

Can you tell I love decorative pillows? You may balk at the idea of painting a pillow sham by hand, but it's easy if you have a template to trace.

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The full steps for this adorable terrarium pillow can be found at Flamingo Toes. 

Flamingo Toes | Flamingo Toes

If your chosen fabric isn't quite thin enough to see your template clearly, you can use a sunlit window to trace the design lightly in pencil first.

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9. DIY Hanging Ladder Rack

The Art of Doing Stuff | The Art of Doing Stuff

Even though I'm a digital girl, I still like the feeling of flipping through a magazine, especially ones with great food photography. I love this idea for storage and display from The Art of Doing Stuff.

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The project just uses some decorative chain and dowels. Easy peasy.

The Art of Doing Stuff | The Art of Doing Stuff

And, if you're not inclined toward magazines, it makes a great place to hang hand towels. Add some S-hooks and you could also hang things like pots or utensils.

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10. DIY Towel Rack

Eat Sleep Decorate | Eat Sleep Decorate

More than once I've looked at a beautiful drawer knob at an antiques mall and left it behind because there wasn't much I could do with a single knob.

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I've learned my lesson now, though. 

Eat Sleep Decorate | Eat Sleep Decorate

Because I'm definitely going to grab the next few I find to make this rack from Eat Sleep Decorate. They show it being used for towels, but I think it would look great by my front door for coats.

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11. DIY Book Jackets

Fellow Fellow | Fellow Fellow

How many times have you bought a notebook with a pretty cover just to discover the paper inside was awful? Save yourself the disappointment by making your own cute covers for good, but boring notebooks.

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I love these simple ones from Fellow Fellow. 

Fellow Fellow | Fellow Fellow

The stitch detail makes them look like fabric even though they're only cardstock and the stamps on the front give me tons of school book nostalgia.

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12. DIY Fabric Framed Coasters

Flamingo Toes | Flamingo Toes

Another thing I've always passed up when shopping are cute wooden frames. I'm never sure what to use them for. Flamingo Toes figured it out and made coasters.

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A bit of paint and bright fabric really brings them to life. 

Flamingo Toes | Flamingo Toes

She added a bit of thin batting and felt underneath to give them some bulk and to protect her tabletops.

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