Most people think it takes a lot of money to decorate a home. However, we’ve gathered 65 of our favorite home DIY projects that prove that is definitely not the case. The one unifying factor among all of these projects is that they are cheap. Dirt cheap. Some are even free, made entirely from recycled products and old items you probably already have lying around in a closet somewhere.
That doesn’t mean they don’t look amazing though. You might be surprised by just how little it costs to decorate your home when you start doing the work yourself. In addition to all of the fun you can have creating your own home decor items, the amount of cash you can save is pretty astounding. Once you check out these projects for yourself, you’ll see what we mean.
1. Pineapple Planter
We love the idea of having a succulent planter that looks like a pineapple. They don’t cost a lot of money either. In order to make it, the artist started with a terracotta pot as a base. They then molded the pineapple shape on top of it using air-dry clay.
2. Coffee Crate Lid Sign
They started by cutting three fence planks and fastening them together to make them look like the lid of a crate. The coffee company logo was applied using a stencil. According to the artist, the secret to making it look authentic is utilizing old items like rusty hinges.
3. Glass Globe Terrarium
When turned on its side, a bowl is easily transformed into a terrarium. For this project, they used a glass bubble ball bowl. Wooden finial dowel cap ends were attached as legs to keep it propped up.
4. Wood Bath Caddy
A bath caddy is a great way to treat yourself to a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own home. It’s a DIY project that anyone can complete and takes just a few hours of work. This rustic-looking one was made using reclaimed wood.
5. Mini Animals Canvas Art
This cool canvas art looks both funky and modern. They created the works by using kid’s animal toys, cutting them in half, and mounting them to the canvas. They were then painted with acrylic paint
6. Rope Trash Can
Why spend a lot of money to revamp your bathroom when you can do it on the cheap? To make this rope trash, they started with a $1 Dollar Store metal wire trashcan. It was then covered with leftover rope using a glue gun.
7. Macrame Hanging Planters
These hanging planters were crafted using colored jersey knit fabric. They are very easy and cheap to make. Simply cut the fabric into eight strips and tie the pieces together.
8. Mason Jar Pallet Organizer
Pallets can be found for free behind a lot of stores and construction sites or can be bought at Ikea for just a couple of dollars. Once stained or painted, they actually look pretty awesome. The mason jars can be attached using pipe fittings.
9. Succulent & Supply Holder Bookends
These fun bookend planters and organizers were created using two toothbrush holders and some cork drink coasters. When you attach these random items together, they are transformed into something completely different.
10. Side Vanity Storage Unit
Most people just leave their plunger, spare toilet paper, and other essential bathroom items haphazardly strewn in a corner. However, creating a little storage unit like this is a great way to keep those unsightly items tucked away but still close by for when you need them.
11. Painted Leaves Wall Art
Instead of buying expensive art for your home, why not create your own for free? It doesn’t take a professional to create really cool painted leaves and other artwork. You just need to learn a few simple techniques.
12. Toilet Paper Holder Shelf
Instead of attaching the bronze toilet paper holder directly to the wall, they opted to build this little shelf so they would have a place to set bathroom accessories like air fresheners and flowers. It is made from stained scrap wood.
13. Wooden Slab Key Holder
Wooden slabs like this can be bought at most craft stores or can be acquired for free by sawing one off of a fallen tree. It’s best to seal the wood with polyurethane before painting it to keep it from rotting and to avoid attracting unwanted pests.
14. Cardboard Box Basket
A lot of people would never believe that cardboard boxes could be used to decorate a home, but it’s totally possible. Once you wrap a box in twine, they look just as good as regular baskets, but cost next to nothing to make.
15. Flower Embellished Throw Pillow
They started with a cotton velvet pillow cover as the base. Yarn was used to make the pompoms for the beautiful Billy Ball flowers, and the stems of the flowers were made with embroidery floss.
16. Flush Bathroom Sign
This sign would go perfect in the bathroom of a country farmhouse. In order to make it, they attached metal letters to a wooden plaque and painted the whole thing with a Parisian grey paint.
17. Lampshade Vases
It’s amazing what you can find at thrift stores for cheap. This blogger found some vintage glass lampshades and upcycled them into these beautiful vases.
18. Pantry Organization Labels
These labels have a rustic look that would blend in perfectly in the pantry of any country home. In fact, you don’t even really need a pantry. They are nice enough to be set right on the kitchen counter!
19. Tree Branch Wall Art
Dried branches from a beach, forest, or riverbank can be turned into lovely wall art. You want to make sure to select ones that are totally dry. Live branches will not work for this purpose.
20. Pallet Wine Rack
By removing a few of the back support boards off of a pallet and reattaching them onto the bottom, you can easily make your own rustic wine rack. You’ll just have to cut a few notches for the stems of the glasses.
21. Pompom Flowers
Fresh flowers are great but they don’t last very long. These pompom flowers will last forever. They are created by wrapping yarn around a fork and then bringing the ends up through the center in between the tines.
22. Round Jute Placemats
These cool farmhouse placemats were made from jute rope. It takes about 34 feet of rope to make a placemat that is 13 inches across. However, with a smaller amount of rope, you can also make drink coasters.
23. Book Page Roses
These book page roses are such a fun idea. They would look great as centerpieces at a wedding. If you don’t have any old books that you would like to cut up, it is also possible to make them out of newspaper or magazine pages.
24. Rope Serving Tray
There are so many items that can be made from rope. It is such a versatile craft item and the best part is it’s super cheap. In this project, they built a serving tray by gluing rope to a foam board.
25. Burlap Storage Box
It’s easy to upcycle a cardboard box and turn it into a fashionable boho-chic storage box. You’ll just need to acquire some burlap. The material is commonly used in gardening or to transport coffee beans. If you ask around, you should be able to find some empty sacks.