DIY Projects You’ll Actually Use IRL
Fun, creative, and useful DIY projects.
Published Aug 6, 2017 5:20 AM
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You know the feeling. A crafty DIY you see on Pinterest looks really cool, then when you attempt your own, it looks kind of cool, then you Instagram it, stick it in a closet, and probably never use it. Not these crafts, though. These are actually useful.
Hanging Entryway Organizer
This minimalist hanger is the only organizational tool you’ll need in your hallway. Hang up all the entryway necessities, from hats to coats to even a mirror, for easy access and minimal hallway clutter.
Back to School Paint Chip Calendar
Instead of spending money on a wall calendar, make your own for next to nothing. Head to your local home improvement or paint store and pick up some paint chips in your favorite hues, then put everything together on an old corkboard (pro tip: you can usually find one at a thrift store for a couple of dollars). It’s customizable, cheap, and easy to re-do each month.
When you live in a small space, you have to get creative with how you optimize every bit of free space. If you’ve got an empty wall and want to add some greenery to your space, try this DIY planter wall. Mix and match your favorite plants and instantly breathe new life into your home.
Whether you’re desperately trying to remind your kids—or yourself—of your to-do list, look no further than this convenient craft. And don’t worry about your handwriting, there are cookie cutters involved!
Pineapple Cocktail Jars
Geometric Gradient Art
This particular craft is made with paint chips (that you can get for FREE at your local hardware store) and as you can see, the end result is visually stunning. Bonus: You get to choose your own color palette, which means you get to tap into your creative side.
In order to enjoy this craft, you’ll need to have a penchant for sawing wood. Don’t knock it till you try it—less creative and more challenging skill-based projects can be just as much fun. And, they give you final products like this magazine rack… Just sayin’.
Macrame Plant Hanger
Make your Own Shibori
Not familiar with shibori? It’s a special technique, originally used by the Japanese, to dye fabric. Back in the day, they only had indigo dye available, so most designs are navy and white (one of our current favorite color combinations). It’s safe to say after spending an afternoon dyeing a throw, you’ll keep it around for a while.
Basically all you need to pull this craft off is a piece of wood (the type is up to you), rope, and a hook!
Photo Playing Cards
Add meaningful—or downright hilarious—memories to the back of your playing cards. Make for your innocent games with your children or raucous drinking games with friends and enjoy the most unique deck of cards you’ll ever own.
Taco Letter Holder
Wes Anderson Guess Who Board Game
Yep, you read that right. A real life Wes Anderson movie-themed board game… And it only takes two hours (plus dry time) to make! Are you freaking out? We’re freaking out. Looks like game nights will NEVER be the same.
Mini Plant Stands
Watermelon Picnic Blanket
Neon Letter Lights
Meet the less expensive, more personal version of all those neon lights you’ve been crushing on. Bend wire to your handwriting to create the base for the neon rope, plug in, and wait for the compliments to pour in.
Popsicle Stick Hexagon Shelf
This popsicle stick project is by far the craftiest of them all. Glue popsicle sticks in the shape of a hexagon, stain, and give yourself a pat on the back for turning popsicle sticks into a super trendy shelf.
Yes you CAN craft your own doormat! In the beginning, the project might take some getting used to, but the logistical challenge of weaving your very own rug with hopefully inspire you to finish it—and use outside your front door each and every day.
Originally published August 2016. Updated August 2017.