Simple DIY Projects
I am not the craftiest girl in the world, but I do love to find a baby level DIY project and give it my best shot. I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with finishing a project I did all on my own. Over the years I’ve tried lots of these little projects and some have turned out great, while others were complete failures. Here’s my top 3 easiest and cheapest DIY projects that you simply cannot mess up!
1. A Frame Wall
I used this project to decorate a fence for my outside wedding. I then hung them on a wall near a staircase in my home. I love the look and I especially love how easy it is. You can buy this type of project already complete on Etsy for close to $70, but I think its cheaper to do it yourself. It’s also way too easy!
- Frames- approxiamately 15-20 different sizes and shapes; all preferably wooden. I bought mine for cheap at a few Goodwill stores around town. Remove the glass. Chunk it, unless you need it for another project.
- 1-3 cans of spray paint in colors of your choice. I prefer the dull or matte spray paint over the gloss finish. I used gray, yellow, and ivory. Those were the colors in my wedding. Do whatever you prefer. Depending on how many frames you have, you may need more than one can of spray paint in each color.
- Large tarp you don’ t mind getting paint on.
Group the frames into color category first, unless you’re painting them all the same color. In each group, make sure to use a variety of sizes and shapes. Lay out the first group and paint them the color you choose. Make sure you spray evenly over the frames and try to avoid dripping down the wood. You may need to do more than one coat depending on how dark or light the color you are using is.
Repeat until all of the frames are painted. Then use a hammer and nails to position them on a wall that is bare in your home, or on a fence in your yard. (I used thumb tacs, but its a little cleaner and nicer with nails. Plus, it holds the frame in place better.) When positioning them, use your style to determine what you like best. I kept the hanging wire on some of my frames, but I think it would look better to just cut those off.
2. Recovering Old Chairs
This is quite possibly the easiest thing I’ve ever done with the biggest enhancement to my dining room. Literally, the only thing I had to buy for this was the fabric.
- Fabric of your choice; I went to Hancock Fabrics on Kings Hwy and got a yard and a half to cover 4 chairs. It was perfect. The material was also on sale for about $7 per yard.
- Industrial staple gun and staples, or short nails and hammer. Staple gun is a lot easier. My husband has one, so I used his.
- Chair cusions, obviously
Pop the cushions out of the chair however is appropriate and strip them bare.
Cut the fabric to fit the cushion, leaving 2-3 inches of slack. Once I measured this, I just cut my fabric into 4 equal pieces.
Simply pull the fabric tight, and fold it over to the backside of the cushion and staple in place.
Do all of your cushions making sure to pull tight. The corners can be tricky, but remember how to wrap a gift at the corners? Do something similar to that. Don’t be afraid to use a lot of staples. Just be sure to check the top side to make sure it is smooth and flat.
If you’re using a hammer and nails, make sure to bend the nails over once you hit them into the back of the cushion, like hooks holding the fabric in place.
Simply put the cushions back on the chairs. This is so easy, but can make such a huge difference in a room!
3. Succulent Paint Cans
This isn’t the cheapest project, but it’s very easy and can add a little something special to your outdoor entrances. Also, succelents are super easy to keep alive. All of their water is stored in their leaves, so they require very little to absolutely no care whatsoever. I’m pretty sure you can get them year round at places like Lowes and Walmart.
- Paint cans- you can buy clean empty ones from Lowes or wash out some you have at home.
- 7-10 different succelent plants per paint can
- Potting soil
Simply fill the cans up with soil about 2/3 to the top. Then arrange the succulents in the can and cover with the potting soil. This gets messy, but just be sure to get potting soil all around the roots and base of the plants. Water really well after planting them securely. Then, find them a spot outside and watch them grow!