Easy DIY Projects You Can Do In A Weekend
I’m not sure when you are reading this but if it happens to be during these few weeks (more likely, months) that we are all cooped up in our homes then this post might come in handy.
I’m a homebody at heart but even I can get a little stir crazy and a good DIY project can snap me out of my poo poo mood.
Most of these projects I have done in the course of the three years that I have been blogging and all of them are so easy and budget friendly. A few of these projects you might even have the supplies right in your home already.
If you have read every article I have ever written, this post might be redundant (I’m talking to you mom).
Think of this as the cliff note version of my blog
So let’s get started with my favorite DIY project ever…
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One of my most favorite DIY projects I have done is my fireplace makeover using peel and stick tiles. Most likely you do not have these tiles just hanging out in your basement but you can get them super fast on Amazon (here)
You can use these tiles in your kitchen and bath as well. I was more than excited to see that they are heat resistant so using them on my fireplace surround was such an easy way to update our fireplace quickly and cheaply (is cheaply a word?)
I also painted the tile on the floor by our fireplace to look like marble. That’s another easy DIY project you can tackle.
2.) DIY Clay Bowls
This is a fun project to do with your kids. I think my kids liked this project the most out of all of the ones we have ever done together. I found my clay on Amazon. If you don’t want to buy your clay you can always make some yourself.
I haven’t made this DIY clay yet but it’s about to happen soon since I have a feeling we will be getting stir crazy soon
2 cups baking soda
1 cup corn starch
1 1/2 cups water.
Add everything to a medium size pot and cook on medium-low, stirring constantly until your dough starts to form into a ball. Let cool on a cutting board. You might need to dust your dough with more cornstarch if it feels too sticky.
Or just buy the dang clay on Amazon like us lazy people do.
You can make so many things with this clay. It seriously kept my kids busy for hours. I found them just rolling it out, making shapes and then repeating that over and over and over again.
It was glorious
3.) Marble something
I had the most fun with this project. All you need is nail polish (and maybe paint for another project)
And then I had the best time marbling vases. For these vases I did use paint instead of nail polish but I loved how these bad boys turned out.
I listed a few easy DIY projects you can do to your kitchen here. One of the easiest DIY projects you can do is to add beadboard wallpaper to the end of your cabinets (or to any surface really).
Beadboard wallpaper is so easy to use. You can see how I added beadboard wallpaper to a wall in my mudroom here.
This was another fun project that I (sort of) did with my daughter. She grew tired of it after the first row of decals went up but it was fun while it lasted. I really wanted to add wallpaper to her wall but I also didn’t want to fight with wallpaper.
So I went the lazy and more affordable way….decals
There are a ton of decals on the internet. So many I should just do a blog post but I haven’t yet. This is the easiest way to get the look of wallpaper without the paper part.
I’d chose decals over wallpaper any day of the week.
6.) Make your own curtains
I won’t go too in depth with this topic because I already did in this post where I listed out how to make your own curtains different ways. But I will give a shout out to one of my most popular posts in this category…..the DIY Roman Shade
These were seriously so easy to make and I can’t tell you how much I love them still. The pretty fabric definitely helps.
7.) Make your own pillows
Similar to my curtain post, i listed a few different ways you can make your own pillows without pulling out your dang sewing machine. You can see that post here. But much like my curtain post, there is a real winner in the pillow category.
Let me reintroduce you to the Napkin Pillow
The easiest pillow you will ever make! I originally made these napkin pillows around Christmas time but you can do this anytime of the year.
8.) Board and Batten
Don’t let those three words scare you. Board and Batten is fairly easy to install. The easiest DIY Board and Batten you can do is floor to ceiling board and batten. I did this in my bedroom and the hardest part was figuring out the spacing of each board
I also added grid board and batten to my hallway and while that was a tad bit more difficult, it was still pretty easy to do.
And not technically board and batten, I added some molding to my son’s room installing just a few boards of MDF horizontally on his wall.
Such an easy way to add some character to a room.
This little project can be done in 30 minutes. I added fake sconces in my hallway
And then had to do the same to above my mantel.
(See the battery operated candle? Ha! It works though)
10.) DIY pendant light
On the same line as my sconces I updated our pendants over our island using lampshades.
I have since replaced our lights over our island but those DIY pendants lasted me a few years.
Another fun DIY project and one I didn’t tell my husband I was doing until it was done. I’m a dare devil like that. But it’s been a few years and my floors have held up pretty well considering they get used constantly.
Our floors are linoleum. I did paint the tile by my fireplace. If you haven’t read that post (first DIY project I listed) then go read it.
One of the first little updates I did to our house shortly after we moved in was adding magnets to our garage door. They seriously have made such a difference and were so inexpensive! They are still holding on strong years later. And now they have magnetic windows. It’s amazing how easy you can get the carriage garage door look without spending a ton of money or getting a new door!
There are probably more projects I am missing over here but this should give you enough ideas to keep you occupied for few days if you are stuck at home!
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