If you want to spruce up your home, but don’t have a lot of time or money to work with, this list is for you. These DIY upgrades are so easy that anyone can do them. From creative new ways to hang your curtains to beautiful do-it-yourself wall art, we’ve gathered 60 fun ideas to keep you busy.
The best part is that most of them can be completed in the course of an afternoon. In fact, some of the projects will only take a few minutes to complete, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worthwhile. Oftentimes, simple solutions are the most effective solutions. Once you check out some of these lovely home decor images for yourself, you’ll see what we mean.
1. Woven Drapes
If you’re looking to mix things up with your drapes, consider basket-weaving them. It gives them a whole new appearance and should only take a few minutes to finish. Just make the appropriate holes and thread the fabric through.
2. Patterned Drapes
Another way to spruce up drapes is to add some patterned fabric to them. Choose a fabric you like and then sew it on, or fuse it on using tape and an iron. Find out more information here.
3. Drift Wood Lamp
Make a lamp look really cool by tying some driftwood around the stand. It helps to glue each of the branches together to keep them from moving. You can also paint the original stand a beige color to hide it.
4. Shelving Coverup
You can use tab curtains to cover up ugly shelves in your garage. It will look much more organized and all of your items will still be easy to access when you need them. Just slide the curtain to the side.
5. Origami Lampshade
Use your origami skills to make this neat lampshade. It utilizes the simple fortune-teller fold. Just make a few hundred of the origami fortune tellers and glue them together.
6. Light Up Art
This fun city light wasn’t hard to make. They simply drew the city scene on the cheap lamp using a paint marker while using a photo as a reference. It made the lamp about one hundred times cooler.
7. Framed Door Mirrors
Doors with built-in mirrors are expensive to purchase. However, you can also do what this woman did. She attached cheap mirrors to her closet door and painted the frames the same color so they matched.
8. Mason Jar Organizer
Make a wall organizer out of a board and mason jars. They are perfect for keeping bathroom supplies organized or cooking equipment in the kitchen. Learn how to create your own here.
9. Painted Pots
Upgrade your boring clay pots by painting them. This crafter went with a simple pink and white color scheme and used a piece of tape to keep the paint lines looking clean. You can paint yours however you would like.
10. Painted Vinyl Floor
Turn an unsightly vinyl floor into a beautiful vinyl floor by painting stripes on it. This one used to have a weird brick pattern on it. Now it looks so much better.
11. Round Rope Mirror
This project is very simple to complete. The hanging rope mirrors look great when they are done. All you really have to do is attach an 8mm rope around the mirror using a hot glue gun.
12. Curtain Ribbons
One way to make curtains more fun is to attach them to the curtain rod with ribbons. Most curtains use rings or pegs. However, ribbons are both an easy and beautiful alternative.
13. Curtain Tiebacks
Instead of going for beauty, another option is to go for a more rugged look with your curtains. This graphic recommends using an eye snap hook, a brass ring, and a cord to make rugged curtain tiebacks.
14. Mirrors Create Space In Rooms
Here we have another tutorial for adding mirrors to doors. It is a great way to make a room look more spacious. Just frame the mirrors, paint them, and hang them up.
15. Vintage Clock
This project features a clock with a vintage pin-up girl on it. The clock mechanism can be bought from a store. For the face of the clock, you can use either a circular wooden board or cardboard.
16. Hiding Wires
There are no ugly wires hanging off of this television. They hid them inside a plastic shower curtain rod cover. All that they had to do was slice the cover lengthwise and feed the cords through it.
17. Larger Windows
You can make your windows look larger by placing the curtain rods higher up. This photo shows them attached at ceiling height. It makes the windows seem much bigger than if they were hung lower.
18. Kitchen Shelves
Corner shelves are a good way to create more storage space in your kitchen. Almost every kitchen could use some additional shelving — both for cooking utensils and for holding decorative items.
19. Window Decoration
If you have a window that doesn’t require curtains, consider accenting it with metal brackets. These ones are actually shelf brackets. However, they fit the window frame perfectly.
20. Drawer Knobs
An easy way to make a dresser or drawer look more stylish is by changing up the knobs. These ones were made out of clay by hand. The artist even labeled some of them to describe what was inside the drawers.
21. Cabinet Buckets
Create some additional storage space inside cabinets by attaching buckets to the door. These ones were picked up at the Dollar Store and then attached with mounting pads. It only took a few minutes to do.
22. Stylish Shower Curtain
Spruce up a shower curtain by attaching it to the rod with napkin rings and ribbons. The metal rings look prettier than using the standard plastic rings made for showers. Plus, the ribbons are very elegant.
23. TV Frame
When it comes to designing a room, televisions can often look out of place. Adding a frame around the TV helps it to blend in more with your other decorations. This blog provides multiple different framing ideas.
24. Magazine Rack
Storage space is a luxury. Yet, there are plenty of areas in many homes that are underutilized. For example, you can build a magazine rack for the side of a counter.
25. Mixed Curtains
Try mixing and matching multiple different curtains for a cool effect. In this bedroom, they alternated teal and pink curtains. If you are using this technique, it’s probably best to stick to solid colors.
26. Bed Headboard
Instead of using a regular old headboard for your bed, you can build your own in the course of an afternoon. This one was made from plywood. You will need to acquire a jigsaw to cut it though.
27. Door Wallpaper
It’s possible to completely change the feel of a room by wallpapering the door. This crafter actually used patterned fabric instead of wallpaper, however. It was attached using a mixture of water and cornstarch.
28. Rug Placement
When it comes to placing area rugs in rooms, most people do it wrong. It looks best if you follow the tips in this diagram. If yours is currently in the incorrect position, it is a pretty simple change to make.
29. Bed Canopy
It’s possible to use curtain rods to build a beautiful bed canopy. There is nothing more romantic than drawing in the curtains around bed to create a cozy nook. They also help block out the sunlight in the morning.
30. Painted Doormat
This person took a plane grey doormat and added some colour to it with paint. The red crisscrossing lines made it a lot more interesting. It was a very creative idea.
31. Fridge Designs
Give a worn-out refrigerator new life by covering it in washi tape. The tape is more durable than masking tape and often comes in various colours and patterns. If you are feeling really bold, you can use spray paint.
32. Slide-Out Drawer
Utilize the space under your bed for additional storage by making a slide-out drawer on wheels. The drawers are great for young children’s bedrooms. You can use it to store all of their toys.
33. Cork Bath Mat
Most bath mats are made of some sort of fabric. However, why not use corks? It is a material that is both absorbent and dries very fast. Just glue all of the corks together with a hot glue gun.
34. Faux Garage Door Windows
Most garage doors don’t come with windows. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make it look like there are windows. All it takes is a little bit of tape and paint.
35. Painted Ceilings
Paint your ceiling a dark color to make the room feel more spacious. The ceiling will look much higher, especially if you paint down the walls a few feet as well. It’s a great hack for adding depth.
36. Postcard Collage
If your wall is looking a little bare, try hanging up some new decorative items. This crafter made their own piece of art out of postcards mounted on a foam board. It is essentially a collage.
37. Yarn Bedskirt
Add some yarn tassels to the side of your bedspread to really make it pop. The tassels are very easy to make. Just follow the instructions here.
38. Framed Bathroom Mirror
Framing the mirror in the bathroom will help to make it look more finished. It’s much better than just attaching the mirror to a hook and leaving it be. You can match the frame color and style with the design scheme of the room.
39. Photo Display Sign
Instead of tucking all of your photos away in a scrapbook, an alternative option is to hang them on the wall. This crafter made a cool display using a board and a few clothespins. If they ever want to change out the pictures, it’s not hard.
40. Cake Stand Idea
Put a cake stand next to the sink to hold your soaps, sponges, and other cleaning items. It will keep puddles and sticky messes from ending up on the counter. Just change out the cloth underneath the soaps from time to time.
41. Decorative Switch Plate
Decorative light switch plates can be made using washi tape. Take a couple of different patterns of tape and layer them on.
42. Colored Door Edge
We never would have thought of adding color to the edge of a door, however, it’s a fantastic idea. Not only is it fun, but it also makes the door more noticeable when it is open so you don’t accidentally bump into it.
43. Air Vent cover
This air vent cover used to be a rubber doormat. Then it was repurposed. We have to say, it does an excellent job of making the ugly air vent more attractive.
44. Gold Accents
You might not be rich, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your place look fancy. Try adding gold accents to things like drawer handles or frames to give your house a more luxurious appearance.
45. Pretty Wooden Hangers
Beautify plain clothes hangers by adding some color and designs to them. The patterned ones were decoupaged using Modge Podge and wrapping paper. The others were simply spray painted.
46. Painted Air Vents
It’s amazing what a little metallic spray paint can do for an old air vent. After the coat of paint was applied, it practically looked brand new again. Years of use disappeared in minutes.
47. Curtain Divider
If you live in a one-room studio apartment, you can divide up the room using a curtain. It will make the bed feel like it’s in its own room and provides some additional privacy if you have company over.
48. Floating Bookcase
Unused corners next to doors are a great place to tuck away a small bookshelf. This floating bookcase fits perfectly there. Get more information about how to make your own here.
49. Accented Ceilings
Molding is normally reserved for the base of walls. However, ceilings can be given some character with molding too. Wrap the pieces around the edges of the room to completely transform it.
50. Map Wallpaper
World travelers will love this one. You can make a backsplash for your kitchen or another room out of a global map. It’s an easy project that should only take about half a day to complete.
51. Balloon Drapery
Try using a shower curtain rod to make a window appear bigger. The curved shape gives it a grander appearance. It certainly takes up more space. The curtains flow all the way to the floor.
52. Pullout Food Shelf
Most people would never think to use the space behind the fridge. There is not much that can fit back there. However, you can make a pullout food shelf to put behind it as this person did.
53. Faux Stainless Steel
This refrigerator isn’t actually stainless steel. It just looks that way! You too can update your kitchen and make it look more professional. All it takes is a couple of cans of stainless steel paint.
54. Cheap Baseboards
This tutorial shows how to make your baseboards extra big without buying any additional molding. They simply added a single strip above the first layer of molding and then painted the space in between to match.
55. Half-Painted Walls
Make your ceilings look higher by only painting the wall halfway. Then paint the rest of the wall the same color as the ceiling. It’s a cool trick that is very effective.
56. Suede Cord Cover
The black or white electrical cords that are attached to most electronics aren’t very stylish. They often clash with the other decorations in the room. One good technique for improving their appearance is to make a suede cord cover.
57. Planked Wall
This wall was covered with fence board planks to give it a rustic cottage feel. They were then painted white. However, you can also stain the wood as well for a more natural-looking finish.
58. Kitchen Tiles
Use gel tiles to add some texture to your kitchen backsplash. These 3D black, white, and gray ones are actually peeled and stick. It takes no special skill to apply them to the wall.
59. Window Shade
This lovely window shade is both magnetic and moveable. All you have to do is attach the little magnets to the edges of various windows around your house and their counterparts to the edges of the piece of fabric.
60. Refinished Furniture
This dresser looks great, but it wasn’t always that way. The crafter actually stripped off all of the old finish, then re-stained it. It was surprisingly easy to do.