Make Something Cool This Weekend With These 10+ Easy DIYs

Diply 24 Sep 2018

Are you ready to get crafty? I'm ready to get crafty!

Whether you're into paint or textiles or raiding the hardware store for items to use in new and cool ways, there's at least one project in here for everyone! And maybe you'll fall for a whole new kind of DIY.

1. DIY Lacquered Box

Homey Oh My | Homey Oh My

You know those plain wooden boxes from the craft store that you always stop to look at and then move on? Next time, grab one, because this project from Homey Oh My is totally worth doing.

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You can sometimes also find plain boxes like these at the dollar store. 

Homey Oh My | Homey Oh My

I adore the bright blue interior. Even though this is basically a paint job, adding the glossy finish really takes this project from "painted box" to "chic storage."

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2. DIY Vintage Windows With Fairy Lights

Mother Daughter Projects | Mother Daughter Projects

Here's another project that's surprisingly simple and yet the results are amazing. Mother Daughter Projects found a set of cool vintage windows and turned them into a simple wall display that really pops — and sparkles.

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The switches and batteries for the lights are hidden in boxes painted to match the walls.

Mother Daughter Projects | Mother Daughter Projects

You may not have noticed them without me pointing out that they were a thing. The windows were simply scrubbed clean and given a slight frosted pattern by spraying frost paint through lace.

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3. Origami Card Holder

My Dubio | My Dubio

Origami has fascinated me ever since fifth grade when my teacher decided we would make roughly a billion peace cranes. I can still make them in my sleep.

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But while I love folded paper animals, I never considered origami to be a practical craft.

My Dubio | My Dubio

These card holders from My Dubio have proven me wrong! These would be perfect for gift cards or even to make your business cards extra special.

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4. DIY Faux Leather Pouches

Fellow Fellow | Fellow Fellow

Speaking of gift cards, most people would agree that they're not the most personal of gifts, but I also kind of like them. So, why not make a DIY pouch to gift them within?

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Of course, these faux leather pouches from Fellow Fellow can be used for tons of things. 

Fellow Fellow | Fellow Fellow

They're so cute and easy to make! Head over to the tutorial for the full step-by-step.

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5. DIY Tapewriter Magnets

By Wilma | By Wilma

You know those magnet sets that have fun words and phrases on them? You can easily make them yourself with a label maker and plain flat magnets.

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By Wilma has the full steps on her blog.

By Wilma | By Wilma

I love the retro feel of the finished magnets and the tape label maker gives the letters a nice tactile quality.

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6. DIY Paper Leather Tote

Francois Et Moi | Francois Et Moi

Guys...guys...there is paper that's washable and looks like leather. Yeah, you heard me. Fresh form the roll, paper leather is like flexible cardstock, but once you toss it in the wash, it softens to become a thin, leather-like texture.

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You can even sew it! Which is how Francois Et Moi made this great tote.

Francois Et Moi | Francois Et Moi

That's not leather; it's paper! Not only is it easier to sew than actual leather, it's also more eco-friendly.

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7. DIY Colour-Blocked Bathroom Jars

A Kailo Chic Life | A Kailo Chic Life

Bathrooms can be super cold and sterile places, which is why I love adding bright pops of color through accessories. Next time I see some plastic or glass jars for cheap, I'm going to need to get them for this project from A Kailo Chic Life.

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What makes these a bit more interesting than painted jars is the window.

A Kailo Chic Life | A Kailo Chic Life

By masking off a section of the bottom, you can see what's inside the jars without having to open them. It's a small detail that looks great and is practical.

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8. DIY Gold Leaf Bowl

Homey Oh My | Homey Oh My

Sometimes you find a bowl or dish that's got a really unique shape, but is otherwise kind of boring. Why not gild the inside to give it some bling and emphasis that cool shape?

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Homey Oh My added gold leaf to this boat-like bowl and it looks really great. 

Homey Oh My | Homey Oh My

After finishing the leafing, be sure to spray it with a layer of food-safe sealant to give it durability.

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9. Upcycled Tin Containers With Lids

By Wilma | By Wilma

I've used old tin cans as storage before, but I've never thought to make lids for them. Upcycled tin cans always kind of look like upcycled tin cans, but this turns them into something entirely new.

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By Wilma uses some lightweight MDF and wooden spools to make the lids. 

By Wilma | By Wilma

A coat of white paint on the lids and some pretty scrapbook paper around the cans completes the look.

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10. DIY Tiered Copper Planter Stand

A Bubbly Life | A Bubbly Life

Next time you're at the hardware store, why not take a look at the copper piping available. For the cost of a few parts, you can add a ton of industrial chic to your space.

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A Bubbly Life used a bunch of different lengths and connectors to make a three-tiered plant stand.

A Bubbly Life | A Bubbly Life

It looks like something you might see at a designer home store, but it was easily made for a fraction of the price.

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11. DIY Vinyl Framed Chalkboard

Girl Loves Glam | Girl Loves Glam

How did I not know that vinyl works as a chalkboard surface? That's so much more convenient than chalkboard paint! I had this revelation over at Girl Loves Glam.

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Their cute framed chalkboard uses black vinyl to make the memo space. 

Girl Loves Glam | Girl Loves Glam

Perfect for chalk paint markers! Plus, you can get vinyl in lots of different colors, which means you can make a note board that matches any style.

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12. DIY Copper Wire Memo Board

Damask Love | Damask Love

Personally, I believe that you can never have enough ways to display collected art or save notes, especially ways that don't involve another trip to the custom frame store.

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Damask Life made this cool version with copper wire and matching nails. 

Damask Love | Damask Love

The wire grid allows you to attach photos, lists, or anything else you'd like using binder clips or clothespins.

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