Do you know what’s great about DIY projects? Everything. When you make items yourself, you can choose projects that suit your tastes, create them in your choice of colours/textures, and then use them to your heart’s content.
Whether you’re aiming for efficiency, decoration, fun, or self-sufficiency, there’s a awesome DIY project just waiting for you. Here are just a few that you might like to try out:
1. Bird Feeder Wreath
A circular mold, wide ribbon, some birdseed, and some melted suet are all you need to help feed our feathery friends over the winter months.
2. Upside-Down Tomato Planter
Just save your plastic soda bottles, cut the bottoms off, ease in a tomato plant seedling, and pour in some earth. Then hang it up, water it regularly, and watch your tomatoes grow! This also works well for herbs and peppers.)
3. Yogurt Cheese
Place a few layers of cheesecloth in a colander, pour in plain yogurt, and let it drain overnight: you’ll have a creamy cheese when you wake up the next day.
4. Yarn-Wrapped Painted Jars
Wrap some yarn or twine around a jar, paint it, and peel the yarn away once it’s dry: you’ll be left with a gorgeous luminary for tea lights or candles.
5. Baked Salt Dough Tags
Perfect for Valentine’s gifts, baby/bridal showers, or any other occasion.
6. Leafy Stepping-Stones
It’s easy to make beautiful stepping-stones for your garden with large leaves (like rhubarb), cement, and a trowel.
7. Shoe Holder Planter, via Green Upgrader
Use an old over-the-door shoe holder to grow all kinds of plants. This is great for growing herbs outside your kitchen, or on a balcony wall.
8. Tea or Coffee Cup with a Message
Grab a teacup and a Sharpie marker, write a message on the inside bottom of a cup (or on the side of it), and bake for 30 min at 350 F to make the writing permanent. Great for bridal party gifts!
9. Pebble Placemat
Use glue to glue flat beach pebbles to circles of felt or wood. These placemates are perfect to use beneath teapots and warm serving bowls, and they look great at garden parties.
10. Needle-Felted Toys
Use a barbed needle and some wool roving to make Waldorf-style toys for kids of all ages.
11. Water-less Snow Globe, via Salt Tree
Grab an empty jar, a dollhouse miniature, some glue, and artificial snow, and you’ll have a water-free snow globe decoration.
12. Hanging Garden Basket
A wire basket, some moss, and some seedlings are all that’s needed to create a gorgeous hanging basket of edibles. Try a mix of lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, or even strawberries!
13. Lip Balm
Make your own amazing lip balms with carnauba or bee’s wax, a carrier oil (olive, almond, etc.) and your favourite scent/flavour.
14. Floor Stencils
Instead of throw rugs, consider dressing up old wooden or concrete floors with painted stencil designs.
15. Laundry Detergent
Just in case you run out of laundry soap (or want to make a cost-effective detergent in the scent you like best), make your own with a few household ingredients.
16. Cake Stands
Use industrial-strength adhesive to glue thrift shop glassware together to make cake stands and pedestal bowls.
Hopefully some of these will inspire some creativity at your end, and if you find yourself in a hardcore DIY headspace: either do a search for your craft of choice, or just type DIY into the search field to see what piques your interest.