Happy Birthday, Ellen! 5 DIY Gifts We'd Make for America's BFF

The daytime darling and 'Ellen's Design Challenge' star turns 58 today. We're celebrating with a few of her favorite things.
Ellen and Portia at Home

Ellen and Portia at Home

Photo by: Roger Davies ©Architectural Digest

Roger Davies, Architectural Digest

Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi pose in their Los Angeles home among old and new classics, from an 18th century French work table to a yellow-and-black Andy Warhol painting. 

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Ellen DeGeneres is all about giving back. The Ellen's Design Challenge star's day gig gives us a chance to get up and have a dance party daily (virtual dance party from your office chair counts.) Plus, she just nabbed the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Humanitarian." (An excerpt from her acceptance speech: "Would I call myself the Mother Teresa of talk shows? The Dali Lama of daytime? No. But I'm sure someone out there has." Comedy GOLD.)

Let's be real, she's basically our TV BFF, so a store-bought gift just won't do. Here are our favorite Ellen-inspired DIYs, just in time for her big day. 

DIY Vegan Cupcakes 

Ellen has been following a plant-based diet since her 50th birthday, so we'll be making her a batch of these vegan cupcakes. They're dairy- and egg-free and, oh yeah, totally delicious. 

DIY Coffee Table 

PVC Pipe Coffee Table

PVC Pipe Coffee Table



Ellen and Portia collect a wide variety of modern and traditional pieces, but Ellen loves the modern, minimalist masters. That's why we think this PVC pipe coffee table would fit right in with the couple's Andy Warhol paintings. (It's all about the high-low look.) 

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Upcycled Rocking Chair

Upcycled Adirondack Chairs

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Rustic Reclaimed Bench

Photo By: Frank Murray

Recycled Wood Pallet Sofa

Industrial Pipe Bench

Portable Folding Chair

DIY Upholstered Chair

PVC Pipe Coffee Table

Hollywood Regency End Table

DIY Concrete Table

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Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Midcentury Modern Coffee Table

Mixed Media End Tables

Or, Sub in Old Chair Legs

Factory Cart Coffee Table

Wood and Concrete Side Table

Photo By: Boyte Creative

DIY Farmhouse Table

Vintage Suitcase Coffee Table

Photo By: Eric Perry

Modern DIY Coffee Table

Photo By: Ana White

Floating Shelf Workstation

Triangle Wall Shelf

Floating Shelves With Belt Supports

Industrial Pipe Shelving

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Two-Dimensional Upholstered Headboard

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Faux Leather Headboard

Photo By: Susan Teare

Picket Fence Headboard

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DIY Rustic Headboard

Upholstered Tile Headboard

Geometric Upholstered Door

Modern Art-Inspired Pet or Baby Gate

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Modern Copper Pendant Light

Modern Floor Lamp

Hula Hoop Chandelier

Beehive Pendant Lighting

Copper Pipe Sconce

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Photo By: Boyte Creative

Mondrian-Inspired Pet Gate 



Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Have you heard? Ellen and Portia have a new "kid" in their life: That is, a new dog named "Kid" has joined their other two pups, Augie and Wolf, in the DeGeneres household. But a modern house can't be filled with run-of-the-mill dog accessories. Enter this gate inspired by artist Piet Mondrian, the perfect mix of style and safety.

Don't Forget the Dog Bowl 

Pet Feeding Station

Pet Feeding Station



Kid will need food and water bowls in the same modern style, but this DIY totally has Ellen covered. 

Make This: Modern Dog Bowl 

Or, Maybe Just an Adorable Dog Video? 

Spoiler alert: We didn't DIY this. But we know Ellen loves a good, light-hearted pet video, and who are we to deny her? We give you: Dogs in winter gear. You're welcome.

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Take a cute break with these adorable dogs in winter clothes.

Happy Birthday, Ellen! Watch new episodes of Ellen's Design Challenge every Monday at 9p | 8c. 

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