DIY Spring Decor Projects for Every Room in Your Home
Dust off the last crumbs of winter with these fun and colorful DIY projects you can tackle in a weekend or less.
With spring comes sunshine, bright colors and warm temps. But no matter how lovely it is outside, if your home is dreary it's hard to get in the spirit of the season. Pull your interiors out of their winter rut with these fresh, fun and budget-friendly DIY decor projects you can enjoy all year long.
Spray Bottle Wall Art
This chic DIY wall art is as easy as it gets. Simply apply yellow, purple and pink paint to a plain white canvas in a random design. Prop the canvas up vertically, then spray liberally with water, allowing the paint to drip down. Once dry, apply gold or silver leaf to the surface using leaf adhesive and a small detail paintbrush and voila! You have a brand-new piece of custom artwork that you can hang as is or frame for a streamlined look.
After amassing a variety of paint swatches from your home makeover, organize them into groups by color. Conceptualize an overall look or design based on the size, scale, shape and proportion of the swatches. Here, a gradient effect was created by lining up the colors and differentiating them by levels of saturation. For a cohesive look, consider cutting all swatches into the same shape using craft scissors. Attach the swatches to poster board using double-sided tape, and then add matting before placing into a frame.
Create graphic art for your space with corrugated foam core and nail heads or brass tacks. First, decide on a message, name or combination of words. Next, use a pencil to free-hand the message directly onto the foam core. Using the traced letters as a guide, apply nail heads or brass tacks with a hammer or rubber mallet. Once complete, place the foam core inside a complementary frame and hang.
Organic Branch Taxidermy
Create the look of taxidermy with all-natural materials. Pick up a wooden plaque and a bag of crafting moss, then search outside for a pair of branches similar in shape and size. Cut the branches back using pruning shears and attach the branches to the plaque using plumbing or cable clips and screws. Once complete, add a nail to the wall and hang.
Homeowners who love to entertain will surely love artwork created from guests' signatures. Pick up a basic art canvas, then use nails or screws to add trim around the canvas’s edges as a frame. Next, hang the blank canvas in a high-traffic area where guests are certain to gather. Keep a marker nearby and ask guests to add their signatures to the canvas. The random placement of the signatures will result in something personal and graphic which reads differently from far away than it does close up.
Layered Paint: From a Distance
While many art stores offer paint supplies which texturize canvases, texture and depth can also be created by layering paint. To layer paint with a textural effect, apply the paint in random areas using a painting knife, ensuring the layers are thick. After several hours of drying, continue to layer paint in different colors and in random spots on the canvas.
Turn any basic object into a work of art with a gold or silver leaf application. For a high-end metallic finish, all you need are leafing sheets, leafing adhesive and a detail paintbrush. Apply the sheets directly to the objects with a paintbrush dipped into the adhesive, then use the paintbrush to fill in any cracks. For proper display, either place objects inside a cloche, on risers or in an open frame.
Spray Bottle Art: From a Distance
Drip art is commonly known for its use in grade school art classes. It's created by holding a canvas vertically, then dripping latex or acrylic paint randomly across the top. Another interpretation of this style is spray bottle art which involves applying paint directly to a canvas, then spraying it with a bottle of water to dilute the paint and cause it to drip downward.
Sweet butterfly wall art mimics the grace and delicacy of the real thing. To create a similar look, use cardstock paper and cut out butterfly shapes in various sizes. Gently fold the wings, and attach to the wall using a small amount of sticky putty.
Colorful Crate Bookshelves
Simple crates become a work of art and unexpected storage with a few coats of bright, colorful paint. Once painted, attach the crates to the wall by drilling a hole in each corner and screwing to the wall. Courtesy of HGTV Magazine
Painted Ceiling Medallions
While this stunning display looks expensive, it was actually accomplished using a gorgeous mix of inexpensive ceiling medallions. Once painted in coordinating shades, the light-weight medallions can be attached using velcro or a strong glue. Courtesy of HGTV Magazine
Homemade Modern Art
You don't have to be an artist to create a one-of-a-kind piece that both adds style to your space and complements your home's color palette. Learn to make this modern, geometric art here.
Wall Decor With Woven Baskets
Add gorgeous texture and a brilliant blend of color with a few shallow baskets displayed effortlessly on the wall. To copy this look, try hanging the largest basket first, layering in others. Nail each basket to the wall by the basket's center to achieve the overlapping look. Courtesy of HGTV Magazine
Window-Mounted Herb Garden
Replace those old window treatments and add a little green to your cooking space with this pretty and practical window herb garden.
Make This: Window-Mounted Hanging Herb Garden
Upcycled Chocolate Box Tray
Why box up or throw away holiday items when you can repurpose them as stylish home decor? With some paint and a sheet of pretty craft paper, transform an empty Valentine's Day chocolate box into a chic living room tray you can use year-round.
Set the Table
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Get your dining room guest-ready with a table setting that is bright, cheery and packed with fresh spring color.
No-Sew Grommet Curtains
Make a big impact without blowing your decorating budget with these gorgeous, no-sew grommet-top curtains. Nobody would ever guess they're homemade!
Make This: Easy No-Sew Grommet Curtains
Painted Animal Bookends
Add a little charm and pizzazz to a bookshelf or nightstand with these adorable bookends made from bricks and old animal toys. You can even upcycle your kids' unused toys to make this project extra cost-friendly.
Make This: DIY Painted Animal Bookends
Colorful Storage Ladder
This project is a bit time-consuming but is perfect for the DIYer lacking much-needed bathroom storage. To save money on materials, look for scrap or mismatched wood pieces you can cut to size.
Make This: DIY Bathroom Storage Ladder
Making use of every inch of space is essential in a small bathroom. Marian Parsons of Miss Mustard Seed hung an easy-to-make handmade cabinet to make use of the empty wall space. The different compartments store a variety of bathroom items while maintaining an organized look.
This built-in storage tower not only stores several towels, but it also brings visual interest to the neutral bathroom. Designer Lina Khatib placed rolled towels in the compartments to add color and texture to the space. The floating vanity has open shelving for even more storage.
Freestanding storage is a great option if you frequently change the design of your bathroom. Ana White of Ana-White.com built this simple storage ladder and stored different items at each level. Paint the ladder any color to match your bathroom design style, and fill the ladder with different types of containers to bring dimension to the space.
Designer Sarah Richardson placed two large wicker baskets on a vintage vanity shelf to keep bathroom toiletries at hand and to bring visual appeal to the all-white bathroom. The vanity's vintage design provides a place to hang towels.
This Old World-style bathroom, designed by Thom Oppelt, is centered on a large vanity with oversize drawers for plenty of storage space. The vanity mirror is flanked by two deep niches complete with shelving to store towels for guests.
If you have a tiny bathroom with no room for storage containers, use the space underneath the sink. Marian placed storage bins underneath this pedestal sink and covered it with a patterned sink skirt. The skirt allows you to add several storage containers without making the space look cluttered.
A custom-made armoire adds a warm, inviting feel to your bathroom while providing plenty of storage. This cottage-style armoire, designed by Shane Inman, coordinates with the custom vanity for a seamless look. Drawers underneath the sink provide additional storage.
Stacked Wicker Baskets
Stacked wicker baskets are a simple, efficient way to add storage and visual interest to a small bathroom. Place the baskets underneath a pedestal sink to save room and to allow easy access to toiletries. Design by Judith Balis
For easy, budget-friendly storage, Ana purchased and painted inexpensive crates from a craft store to create a decorative and functional storage solution. Hang them on a wall to save space, or keep them at hand on the vanity.
Custom Shelving Unit
Custom-made built-in shelving is one of the best options for an irregularly shaped bathroom. The different-sized shelving compartments allow for storage of a variety of items without making the space feel cluttered.
Several pegs line a wooden rail in Dream Home 2006's bunk bathroom, providing plenty of room to hang towels, toiletries and other bathroom items. A wooden shelf sitting atop the peg rail gives room for lotions and jars filled with toiletries.
Tropical-Style Towel Rack
Leaning a ladder against the wall is an unexpected way to hang towels. Designer Luis Caicedo chose this handmade tropical-style ladder because it doesn't take up a lot of room, and the material is carried through to the framed mirror for a unified look.
Repurposed Ladder Drying Rack
Never hang wet laundry from the shower rod again with this simple, cost-effective and totally genius DIY project.
Make This: Repurposed Ladder Drying Rack
Bold Fence Mural
Create a Focal Point
Consider creating a focal point on a patio wall or fence. Blank spaces are nothing more than an artist’s canvas, so do your thing! We used four quarts of paint and a template – the funky design of the mural really helped renew an aging fence.
Even your backyard deserves a punch of bright spring color. Freshen up your wooden fence or privacy wall with this fun, geometric stencil pattern painted in fun gray, white, black and mint hues.
Pressure Wash the Patio
If you like instant gratification, pressure washing is going to be your new favorite hobby. Seriously. And a pressure washer doesn’t have to be intimidating. When you rent one, the rental center will show you how to use it. A few minutes of pressure washing can remove YEARS of dirt and grime off your patio and walkways. Get the Full How-To >>
Get That Grill Ready
If you cook out often, a deep clean twice a year is necessary to keep your grill in top form. It’s amazing what a good scrub-down of cooking grates, burner protectors and the cook box will do for your grill. And don’t forget to keep the grill’s exterior wiped down, too. Note: Always disconnect the gas before you do a deep clean! Get the Full How-To >>
Repair Damaged Screens
Even the smallest tear in a screen can let dozens of mosquitoes and flies into your screened-in porch or patio. This year, shut them down by fixing those screens once and for all. It’s surprisingly easy to do with just a few tools. Get the Full How-To >>
Re-caulk Windows + Doors
Keeping your home cool and comfortable during the summer months can be a challenge. Keep your air-conditioning costs down by re-caulking windows and doors in the spring. Maintaining a properly sealed house helps keep the cool air in which means lower energy bills for you and your family. Get the Full How-To >>