Most of us have the drive to make our home feel like our own. To accomplish this, we often make many personal decor choices to reflect our unique style. However, purchasing interior and exterior decorations, furniture, and other essential items can become expensive and ultimately feel too impersonal.
We’ve gathered some at-home DIY projects that leave you with plenty of room for your creativity, while giving your home a sense of personal style and effective flare. If these projects aren’t for you, feel free to use them for inspiration to create your own unique creation!
Reduce, Reuse, and Upcycle
Consider this: how often do you throw things away in your home? While obviously, some of what you toss or recycle on a daily basis isn’t usable anymore, there’s plenty of household items you might find yourself inclined to toss out that you can use for your next at-home DIY. Here are some of our favorites.
How many items in your kitchen come in plastic or glass jars? What about bottles? There are tons of home DIYs that you can create using these items that will inevitably give your home a dash of color. For instance, the next time you finish a peanut butter jar, consider washing and drying it out. Remove the label, and use the container to create a windowsill herb garden! If you want to add a truly personal touch, you can use paint to decorate the jar as you see fit.
Alternatively, milk jugs make a great storage solution that you can use in much the same fashion. Cut off the top portion of several cleaned and dry milk jugs, leaving the interior exposed and the handle attached. Then, put a tension rod through the handles (you can often purchase these as your local dollar store for a dollar or two), and hang them on the wall.
Feel free to paint or label these in a way that works for you. The containers are perfect for sorting legos, holding markers, and organizing other small toys into individual categories. Naturally, you can also use this method to create a small planter, both indoors and outdoors, as well!
Clothes and Towels
Over time, we often outgrow clothing and stop using old towels, replacing these items with newer ones. However, this sometimes leaves behind articles of clothing that may not be in condition to donate but still hold some value. Instead of throwing these items away, consider some of these at-home DIYs to make your space feel like it’s truly yours.
T-shirt Blankets and Tapestries
We’ve all had shirts that hold significant memories for us. For instance, maybe you have event shirts from each of your yearly family reunions that you no longer wear but struggle to throw out. Maybe your child has tons of shirts from their college that they wore into the ground. Either way, there’s plenty of options for you to choose to make a blanket.
Once you’ve selected a small handful of shirts, cut out the important graphic portions of each shirt. Some online tutorials suggest that you cut each segment into equal portions but how you lay them out is up to you at the end of the day. Next, you’ll want to stitch the shirts together using a needle and thread or a sewing machine. Once you’ve got the shirts connected to each other, you’ll likely want to attach them to quilt or t-shirt backing. Then, you can choose if you’d like to use it as a regular blanket or attach it to the wall.
Reupholstering Using Fabric
If you’re like us, you likely have done a lot of craft projects in the past. That might leave you with tons of extra pieces of fabric laying around the house that feels wasteful to throw away. A craft project could be to reupholster an outdoor chair set with scraps of fabric to create fun cushions made of various strips of colorful leftover fabric.
Dollar Store DIYs
If you’ve got a dollar store nearby, the chances of you finding tons of great items for your next home DIY is pretty high. There are tons of affordable items designed specifically for tackling these refreshing home projects. Below, we’ve listed some of our favorite home DIYs that you can get supplies for at your local dollar store.
Refresh Your Cabinet Handles
Most homes come with standard handles that are a little boring, to say the least. However, many dollar stores have basic handles and knobs available at a relatively affordable price, along with various craft supplies. Therefore, you can choose to use gems, paint, fabric, or any other material to completely redesign the appearance of your handles and add a unique new accent to your home.
One of the best and most realistically simple ways to give your home’s exterior a simple personal touch is through a fairy garden. Stores like Dollar General often have everything you need, including paint-your-own statue kits that allow you to plan, design, and plant your own fairy garden to place in your yard. You can make these displays as large or small as you like, and the overall outcome won’t break the bank.
Create Your Own DIY!
There are tons of great DIY ideas out there, and it’s obvious that we can’t go into every option currently available. If you’ve got an idea for something you’d like to do, you can always create your own DIY project. If you’re feeling stuck, a quick Google search can often help you find similar projects to use as a guide for your project.
Ultimately, DIYs are a great way to spruce up your home and display a unique style that is truly all yours.