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15 easy DIY ideas to make your home more special

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We've all got a crafty DIY side to us. If only we could think of some fun and easy home improvement projects to complete in order to zing up our homes and up the cute factor a little bit.

Well, you don't need to be an expert to be able to complete any of the projects we're showing you today. Whether your sofa needs cheering up with some new cushions or your bathroom floor could use a flash of colour, we have the right project for you.

Let's get crafty!

1. Get your garden in on the fun by building a handy seating arrangement

2. Macramé is easy to master

MACRAME PLANT HANGER DOUBLE:  Garden  by iDecorate Ltd
iDecorate Ltd


iDecorate Ltd

And lets you create amazing Scandinavian-inspired plant hangers.

3. Put those origami skills to good use

 Living room by hinzhej

12 Faltvorlagen für geometrischen Baumschmuck DIY


And make fun decorations. You could even go large and try your hand at a lampshade!

4. Branch out from simple twigs in pots as corner decorations

Christmas '14:  Living room by Farrow & Ball
Farrow & Ball

Christmas '14

Farrow & Ball

And try to make a driftwood tree! Some fairy lights will finish it perfectly.

5. Crack out the sewing machine

Trailing Flower Cushion:  Bedroom by Occipinti

Trailing Flower Cushion


And get to making some simple cushion slip on covers. The only limit is what fabrics you have to hand!

6. Unleash your inner Picasso

 Nursery/kid's room by K&L Wall Art
K&L Wall Art

Wandtattoo—MegaPack Unterwasserwelt

K&L Wall Art

And paint a wall mural on your little one's bedroom wall.

7. Think about how you can repurpose items already in your home

These plastic drinks bottle planters are amazing!

8. Don't confuse shabby chic with tatty

Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan   by Annie Sloan
Annie Sloan

Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

You can easily and quickly give an old piece of furniture a new lease of life with some chalk paint.

9. A pegboard is the perfect one day project

If you need some extra organisation.

10. Brighten up boring storage items

By painting the drawer and cupboard fronts.

11. Wine crates are so versatile and make great seats

And also perfect coffee tables and even beautiful bookshelves when stacked.

12. Don't walk on by a dull floor

Drummond's Case Study: London Townhouse, Notting Hill:  Bathroom by Drummonds Bathrooms
Drummonds Bathrooms

Drummond's Case Study: London Townhouse, Notting Hill

Drummonds Bathrooms

Grab the pastel paints and go to town! The more vibrant the pattern, the better.

13. While you have the pastel paints handy

ferm LIVING Image Photos:  Balconies, verandas & terraces  by ferm LIVING

ferm LIVING Image Photos


Think about painting up some plain plant pots.

14. Before you throw out any old jumpers or jackets

A stack of Finest Harris Tweed quilts:  Bedroom by Quilts by Lisa Watson
Quilts by Lisa Watson

A stack of Finest Harris Tweed quilts

Quilts by Lisa Watson

Cut out as much fabric as possible and create unique sofa throws.

15. Try your hand at some simple printing

Swallow collection of homewares:  Dining room by Sophie Allport
Sophie Allport

Swallow collection of homewares

Sophie Allport

Napkins and tea towels are a great place to start!

For more DIY guidance, take a look at this Ideabook: When You Should DIY (Or Spend Some Money On A Pro).

Are you feeling inspired to let out your crafty side?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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