70 DIY Decor Projects to Craft This Weekend

Save money and boost your home's style — in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, kids' room and outdoors — with DIY accessories, furniture and storage solutions you can tackle this weekend.

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June 26, 2019

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Kitchen: Make a Cookbook or Tablet Stand

Everyone could use an extra hand in the kitchen — especially when they're whipping up a new recipe. Beginner woodworking skills and our step-by-step instructions, below, will help you turn lumber into a useful kitchen assistant.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Modern Tablet or Cookbook Stand

Kitchen: Add Color Without Paint

Give your kitchen a cheery makeover on the cheap with blue-and-white gingham shelf liner. Our instructions share how to create scalloped trim for an extra boost of cottage charm.

Get the How-To: Give Your Kitchen a Colorful Makeover (Without Paint!)

Kitchen: Make a Countertop Herb Garden

Having fresh herbs at hand will take your culinary skills to the next level — and add a beautiful pop of live greenery to your kitchen. Follow our steps to create a rustic countertop garden by giving terra cotta pots a charming, timeworn patina.

Get the How-To: Make New Pots Look Old for a Cottage-Style Countertop Herb Garden

Kitchen: Craft an Upcycled Clock

Upcycle a wood platter, a leather belt and a clock mechanism (check your local craft store) into a rustic-chic wall clock. This stylish time-keeper looks like a super trendy catalog find but it's easy to DIY for a fraction of the price — you may even have the platter and belt already on-hand.

Get the How-To: 5 Easy DIY Clocks You Can Make in No Time

Kitchen: Make Personalized Magnets

Jazz up your fridge by turning vintage steel license plates into cool, typography-inspired magnets. Sturdy tin snips, a magnet, adhesive and our instructions, below, are all you need.

Get the How-To: How to Make Magnets From Old License Plates

Kitchen: Whip Up Your Own Cutting Boards

Our step-by-step instructions show you how to turn hardwood lumber into 3 stylish cutting boards that look great as a decorative accent, are a beautiful serving surface for parties and can lend you an assist in chopping veggies for dinner.

Get the How-To: Make These Chic (Yes, Chic) Cutting Boards

Kitchen: Organize Like a Pro

Follow along with our tips, below, to creatively make the most of every square inch of storage space in your kitchen. Bonus: You'll never again root through drawer after drawer looking for a measuring cup.

Conquer Kitchen Clutter: Create a Chef-Worthy Kitchen With Our Storage Secrets

Kitchen: Beautify a Storage Basket

Boost your kitchen's charm factor with this easy upcycle that takes a new basket from blah to beautiful. Hint: This project is a great way to give new life to your kid's abandoned Easter basket.

Get the How-To: Make a New Basket Look Old for Vintage-Style Storage

Kitchen: Make Mealtime Easier for Your Pup

Basic woodworking skills and just 1 sheet of plywood are all you need to make this elevated dog feeding station that features a pull-down front that conceals handy hidden storage for your best friend's favorite snacks and kibble.

Get the How-To: DIY Elevated Dog Feeding Station With Built-In Storage

Kitchen: Let There Be Light

Our step-by-step instructions will help you turn yesterday's news into a sculptural light fixture that you can customize to fit your space and design style.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Paper Mache Pendant Light

Kitchen: Craft Lovely Labeled Canisters

Use computer-printed font and ceramic paint to give hardworking glass canisters a custom, hand-lettered update with durable labels that won't peel or scratch off.

Get the How-To: The DIY (and Charming!) Way to Permanently Label Glass Kitchen Canisters

Kitchen: Create a Hot Beverage Station

Make the morning rush a little less harried with a space-saving station that puts a tiered server to use to stylishly stash everything you need to mix up a hot cup of coffee, tea or cocoa before jetting out the door.

Get More Tips: How to Create the Best Coffee Station at Home

Kitchen: Beautify Your Backsplash

Update your kitchen with a DIY backsplash made from fabric and clear acrylic sheeting. Perfect for renters, this technique can be customized to fit even oddly shaped kitchens and easily removed when you move.

Get the How-To: Upgrade Your Kitchen With a Budget DIY Backsplash

Kitchen: Display Your Family's History

Vintage tea towels and other small hand-embroidered linens are not only beautiful, they're often a sentimental reminder of a beloved family member. Honor your history or just creatively upcycle a favorite thrift store find by framing the linen's embroidered details.

Get the How-To: How to Frame a Vintage Tea Towel

Outdoors: Construct a Hideaway Bar

Upcycle used wood pallets into a space-saving outdoor bar that — bonus — folds securely closed to keep beverages and glassware protected from the elements when not in use. Now you can raise a glass to happy hour anywhere — even small outdoor spaces.

Get the How-To: Build a Hanging Outdoor Bar

Outdoors: 'Bee' Friendly

No matter where you live, pollinators — bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, moths and bats — play an essential role in ensuring that you have fresh, bountiful food to eat. In short: no pollinators, no food. Make your backyard a haven for our hardworking friends with a pollinator-friendly container garden that'll add lushness to your landscape while providing them with everything they need to keep saving the world.

See More Photos: Beckon Pollinators to Your Backyard With a Bee-neficial Container Garden

Outdoors: DIY a Privacy Screen

Add designer-grade privacy to any over-exposed outdoor area using basic hardware-store staples. Our step-by-step instructions, below, show you how.

Get the How-To: How to Build a Herringbone Privacy Screen

Outdoors: Craft a Playful Topiary

Add a tropical twist (hello, flamingo!) to your front porch or back patio with this crafty boxwood topiary that needs no maintenance to keep its playful good looks.

Get the How-To: Kitschy-Cool: How to Craft a Faux Boxwood Flamingo

Outdoors: Brighten Up With Bistro Lights

Bistro lights add a gorgeous glow to any outdoor space but they can be tricky to hang if you don’t have trees or other tall objects to secure them. Below is a freestanding solution for hanging lights that uses planters and wood posts. It’s totally temporary, so it’s perfect for renters.

Get the How-To: String Light Solution: Hang Patio Lights Using Planters and Wood Posts

Outdoors: Construct a Dual-Purpose Bench

Outdoor storage can be tricky — especially if you're short on space and also need seating. Solution: This DIY rolling storage bench that features plenty of hidden storage for backyard necessities, plus can double as a cozy bench. Get the cut list, plus learn how to construct your own in the link below.

Get the How-To: DIY Rolling Storage Bench

Outdoors: Stitch Up a Pretty Pillow

A great project for beginning sewers, an outdoor-ready pillow can go a long way toward brightening up small or large outdoor spaces — plus making even comfortable outdoor furniture more lounge worthy. Get stitching with our step-by-step instructions, below.

Get the How-To: How to Sew a Simple Outdoor Pillow

Outdoors: Dress Up Your Doormat

Give a plain sisal or coir doormat a personalized upgrade with a monogram. A letter printed off your computer, a few craft store supplies and 2 bowls are all you need.

Get the How-To: DIY Monogrammed Doormat

Outdoors: Keep Bugs at Bay

Using inexpensive supplies and leftover wine or liquor bottles, you can quickly create tabletop torches filled with citronella oil to deter pests while beautifully brightening up the night.

Get the How-To: Turn Old Glass Bottles Into Citronella Torches

Outdoors: Dual-Purpose Planter Box

Boost your home's curb appeal with this woodworking DIY that turns lumber into a pretty planter that doubles as a chic front porch address plaque.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Wood Planter Box With House Numbers

Outdoors: Freshen Up Your Fence

A fresh coat of stain or paint can do wonders for a faded wood fence. Follow our expert tips to determine whether to use paint or stain and how to prep the wood for a professional-looking job.

Get the How-To: Fence Revival: A Guide to Painting and Staining

Outdoors: Paint On a Graphic Pattern

Put paint and our free printable template (in the link below) to work to create a graphic outdoor focal point.

Get the How-To: Update Your Fence With a Colorful Mural

Outdoors: Make a Retractable Canopy

Beat the heat and turn a too-sunny patio, deck or balcony into a shady oasis with this DIY project that uses lightweight PVC pipe and weather-resistant sailcloth.

Get the How-To: How to Build a Retractable Canopy

Outdoors: Mod Up Your Patio

Sleek and streamlined, this modern-inspired planter serves multiple purposes: Defining the edge of the deck or patio, providing a raised bed for edibles or flowers and right-height seating for taking in views of the backyard beyond.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Chic, Modern Planter Bench

Outdoors: Upcycle Your Recyclables

Tin can lanterns are one of those summertime crafts that we all remember making as kids — but do you remember them looking this stylish?! For an almost-free outdoor update, pull large metal cans out of the recyclables and give them a chic upgrade following our tips, below.

Get the How-To: How to Make Tin Can Lanterns

Outdoors: DIY an Industrial Log Rack

Winter is coming. Seriously. Be prepared for cold weather with this space-saving solution that turns stacked firewood into a modern design statement.

Get the How-To: How to Make an Industrial Style Log Rack

Bathroom: Craft a Tub-Side Table

Spa-time is a snap with this space-saving, folding table that keeps relaxation essentials, like bath salts, scrubs or oils, or a glass of wine and a book handy while you enjoy a nice, long soak. Best of all: This stylish table is upcycled from items you probably already have on-hand.

Get the How-To: Cheap Meets Chic: Craft a Tub-Side Table for Your Bathroom

Bathroom: Add Budget-Savvy Storage

Our step-by-step instructions, below, will show you how to turn lumber and rope into a space-saving hanging shelf.

Get the How-To: Stash Your Stuff in Style With This Hanging Rope Shelf

Bathroom: Give New Life to an Old Cabinet

Put pretty paper and an assortment of new and vintage containers to work to beautifully boost your bathroom's storage space and style. Get all our tips and tricks in the link, below.

See More Photos: Freshen Up an Antique Cabinet for Beautiful Bathroom Storage

Bathroom: Pretty Up a Plain Shower Curtain

Budget-friendly and readily available, plain white shower curtains are great — but they can look a little bland. Easily dress them up with one of our three crafty DIYs, below.

See More Photos: 3 Budget-Friendly Ways to Embellish a Plain Shower Curtain

Bathroom: Max Storage in Minimal Space

Follow our cut list and step-by-step instructions, below, to turn inexpensive pine lumber into a space-saving shelf that packs a lot of spa-time storage into even the smallest bathroom.

Get the How-To: Build a Storage Ladder

Bathroom: Give Towels a Trimtastic Upgrade

Inexpensively give your guest bath a fashion-forward fix by embellishing your existing towels with colorful ribbon and fabric glue.

Get the How-To: Embellished Bath Towels

Bathroom: Corral Morning Must-Haves

Hit flea markets or thrift stores to score vintage beauties like a tiered enamel server or brass tray to prettily corral your makeup and morning necessities.

Get More Tips: 7 Ways to Pretty-Up + Organize Your Vanity

Bathroom: Stitch Up a Sink Skirt

Pedestal sinks are ideal for tight spaces but often show exposed plumbing and provide zero hidden storage. Our easy-to-sew sink skirt, below, will solve both problems, dramatically boosting your powder room's style and storage space.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Sink Skirt

Bathroom: Knot Up a New Rug

Got a bunch of old t-shirts lying around? Turn them into a super soft rug by simply cutting into strips and tying a knot — all while binging your favorite show.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Rag Rug Bathmat From Upcycled T-Shirts

Bedroom: Make a Breakfast-in-Bed Tray

Inexpensively upcycle a bland tray and a bit of leftover fabric into a designer-worthy tray ready for breakfast-in-bed any day.

Get the How-To: Easily Craft a Designer-Worthy Breakfast-in-Bed Tray

Bedroom: Art Up Your Pup

Calling all dog moms and dads! Immortalize your pup's epic cuteness with an easy-to-craft Victorian-style silhouette. Start with a pic from your phone, then follow our easy steps, below.

Get the How-To: DIY Dog Silhouette Wall Art

Bedroom: Make Your Own Headboard

No sewing machine required! Learn how to construct a designer-quality upholstered headboard using the same techinques and materials the pros use.

Get the How-To: How to Upholster a No-Sew Headboard

Bedroom: Get Nautical With a Rope Mirror

Give a plain-Jane mirror an inexpensive, coastal makeover by covering the frame with natural jute or sisal rope. Hang your finished mirror from a boat cleat for a fun, nautical twist.

Get the How-To: Make a Beachy Rope Mirror

Bedroom: Beautify Your Nightstand

Harness the power of paint to turn a thrifted bedside table or nightstand into a hand-me-down-worthy bedroom show-stopper. Inexpensive milk paint and our faux-finishing tips, below, will help you unleash your inner artist.

Get the How-To: Give Plain Nightstands Rustic Charm With Milk Paint

Bedroom: Give New Life to an Old Bench

Our step-by-step instructions will help you give an old bench a new lease on life by stripping, then refinishing the legs and freshening up the upholstery with new foam and fabric.

Get the How-To: How to Refinish and Reupholster a Bench

Living Room: Stitch Up a Cozy Pup Perch

Basic sewing skills and our tips, below, will help you stitch up a farmhouse-inspired (and super cozy!) bed for your best friend. Best of all: The cover is completely removable so it's a snap to keep clean.

Get the How-To: Pet Projects: Make a DIY Dog Bed

Living Room: Craft a Handy Storage Ottoman

For much less than buying a new ottoman, you can upcycle an old coffee table into a chic, oversized ottoman with — bonus — lots of handy, hidden storage for throws, books, kids' or pets' toys or board games.

Get the How-To: Turn an Old Coffee Table Into an Upholstered Storage Ottoman

Living Room: Easily Make a Magnetic Map

Chart your past or future travel adventures or highlight your family's origins with this easy-to-craft wall map.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Magnetic Wall Map

Living Room: Construct Slim Shelves

Perfect in a small space, picture ledges offer up maximum display options in a shallow footprint — but they can be pricey when purchasing from a store. Save money and make them yourself using a few basic supplies.

Get the How-To: How to Make Your Own Picture-Perfect Photo Ledge

Living Room: Corral Coffee Table Clutter

Cement tile is taking the design world by storm but the global-inspired pattern's trendy look comes with a hefty price tag. Get the look for much, much less with a stenciled tray that's perfect for containing remotes and magazines.

Get the How-To: Stencil Your Way to a Stunning Cement Tile Tray

Living Room: Fake the Look of a Built-In

Truly chic on the cheap, this bookcase was assembled from pre-fab bookshelves and kitchen base cabinets for a stylish storage solution that has the look of a custom built-in at a fraction of the cost.

Get the How-To: Fake a Built-In With Prefab Cabinets and Bookcases

Living Room: 'Nail' a Luxe Look

Nail head trim is typically a sign of more expensive, custom furniture. Follow our tips, below, to give your existing upholtered pieces a budget-friendly upgrade while you catch up on your favorite shows.

Get the How-To: Add Nail Head Trim to Furniture

Living Room: Create a Family Storage Station

Living rooms are often the family 'dump zone.' Ditch the dump and keep your family organized with this DIY storage solution that's equally great for stashing your pet's toys and gear or kid's toys, books or backpacks and is also handy for corralling shoes, boots and sport supplies.

Get the How-To: Build Your Own Multifunctional Storage Cubby

Living Room: Update an Old Lampshade

Vintage drum-style lampshades can be found for a steal at estate and garage sales but they typically show some signs of their age. In less than 30 minutes, give that old shade a trendy new lease on life with just a bit of upholstery trim and glue.

Get the How-To: Easily Give an Old Lampshade a Trendy New Look

Living Room: Construct a Coffee Table

Trunk-style coffee tables are not only stylish, they also provide practical storage for toys, extra throws and pillows, a movie collection and anything else that needs to be stored for a busy family. This rustic trunk-style coffee table is an easy build, but the result will have your friends thinking you're a pro woodworker.

Get the How-To: How to Construct a Rustic Trunk-Style Coffee Table

Living Room : Craft a Trendy Tray

Trays are indeed handy-dandy things — equally useful for turning assorted coffee table tchotchkes into a vignette as they are for serving cocktails when guests arrive. Our instructions, below, show you how to give a plain tray a fashion-forward makeover with upholstery fabric and nail head trim.

Get the How-To: How to Craft a Trendy Fabric-Covered Tray

Kids' Room: Make an Indoor Playhouse

Get crafty to turn a basic white tablecloth into an indoor playhouse your little one will love. Our easy-to-follow instructions and video, below, show you how to cut out windows and a door, then deck out the house with colorful linens to customize the look.

Get the How-To: How to Make a No-Sew Tablecloth Playhouse

Kids' Room: Help Them Stay Organized

This cute kid-sized coat rack provides the right-height spot for school-age kids to hang jackets, hats and backpacks to keep their kid clutter organized and up off the floor.

Get the How-To: Make an Easy Kids' Coat Rack

Kids' Room: Turn Pennants Into a Valance

Vintage felt pennants are great but tracking down the real McCoy can be time-consuming (and expensive!). Our instructions, below, show you how to make your own using self-adhesive felt letters, then turn them into a playful window treatment.

Get the How-To: Make a Vintage-Inspired Pennant Banner Valance

Kids' Room: Build a Tent Bed

Give your little adventurer a camping tent-style hideaway with our how-to, below, which includes instructions for building a rustic lodge-inspired bed frame.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Tent Bed

Kids' Room: Whip Up a Play Kitchen

Basic woodworking tools and a readymade window topper are all you need to easily turn a plain wooden bookshelf into a kid-sized kitchen for your little chef. Get cooking to make your own with our instructions, below.

Get the How-To: Easy Kids' Play Kitchen

Kids' Room: Craft Cute Storage Cubbies

Master carpenter and HGTV host Chip Wade shows you how to turn hardware store supplies into stackable, oversized blocks that double as handy toy storage.

Get the How-To: How to Build Storage Blocks For a Kid's Room

Kid's Room: Chalk Up Interactive Lamps

Create a convenient spot to leave messages for your little one by covering an outdated lamp base with chalkboard paint.

Get the How-To: Kids' Chalkboard Lamps

Kids' Room: Give Them the World

If your kids' hand-me-down or thrifted chairs have seen better days, easily give them a wordly fix-up with maps and decoupage glue.

Get the How-To: Upcycle a Plain Kids' Chair With a Decoupaged Map

Kids' Room: Stitch Up Ruffled Curtains

If your little princess is a lover of all things ruffly and colorful, this project is for you! Upcycle old flat bed sheets or tablecloths to create these layered panels. Our instructions, below, share an ironing tip that will make recreating this look a snap.

Get the How-To: Make Ombre Ruffled Curtains Using Bed Sheets

Kids' Room: Create a Growth Chart

Add self-adhesive vinyl numbers to plywood to create a larger-than-life growth chart to track your kiddo's height.

Get the How-To: Make a Tailor's Tape Growth Chart

Kids' Room: Craft an Upcycled Pendant Light

Upcycle the globe your child probably has sitting on their desk into a fun light fixture to hang above it.

Get the How-To: Create a Vintage Globe Light

Kids' Room: Construct a Window Seat

This DIY window seat doubles as a cozy spot to read and a place to store toys thanks to removable storage bins below.

Get the How-To: Make a Window Seat With Toy Storage

Kids' Room: Build the Ultimate Loft Bed

Free up floor space for interactive play while giving your child the loft bed they've always wanted with this intermediate-level woodworking project that also features a built-in table and benches for homework, snacks and play.

Get the How-To: How to Build a Loft Bed With a Built-In Table and Benches

Kids' Room: Create a Clip-Art Rail

Colorful oversized clothespins and a basic, wooden yardstick combine to create a cute spot for displaying kids' artwork, photos and homework assignments.

Get the How-To: Easy Clip-Art Rails

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