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19 incredibly clever DIY projects you'll want to try

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Quick, easy and fun DIY and home improvement projects are fantastic for this time of year, as what can be better than spending a rainy afternoon putting your glue gun to good use or upcycling some existing household items? What's even better is that the projects we're suggesting today are fun for the whole family, so you can really get everyone involved! 

We think you'll impress even the most discerning of interior designers with your creations, so if you have a free weekend, some artistic leanings and a prepped kitchen table, read on and choose a few things to try.

1. Use a Sharpie to draw on blank crockery, then simply bake them to set the design and make it permanent. Bespoke mugs, ahoy!

2. Use etching cream to make beautifully labelled kitchen storage jars

3. Paint the inside of an old tray with blackboard paint then use it as a fancy cheeseboard, with all the options labelled

Cravina bamboo tray: modern Kitchen by Decorum
Decorum

Cravina bamboo tray

Decorum

4. Glue-gun a fun toy onto a bottle stopper to make wine that little bit more jolly

Stag bottle stop:  Kitchen by Decorum
Decorum

Stag bottle stop

Decorum

5. Bespoke birthday candles are super easy to make! Melt crayons into a mould, add a wick and let them set

Alice In Wonderland 3 Tier Cake Stand: classic Dining room by The Alice Boutique
The Alice Boutique

Alice In Wonderland 3 Tier Cake Stand

The Alice Boutique

6. Use a bleach pen to draw a funky design onto plain tea towels

ferm LIVING Image Photos: scandinavian Kitchen by ferm LIVING
ferm LIVING

ferm LIVING Image Photos

ferm LIVING

7. Embroider a food cover to make it more fun!

Picnic Crochet Food Cover: country Kitchen by Dotcomgiftshop
Dotcomgiftshop

Picnic Crochet Food Cover

Dotcomgiftshop

8. Jazz up your bathroom scales with a sheet of sticky-back plastic

Bathroom scales: asian Bathroom by Woodquail
Woodquail

Bathroom scales

Woodquail

9. Make a designer-style towel rail from basic metal plumbing supplies. This is super cheap!

Country House Barn, Surrey: country Bathroom by Drummonds Bathrooms
Drummonds Bathrooms

Country House Barn, Surrey

Drummonds Bathrooms

10. Use old tin cans to make a desk tidy by painting them cute colours and gluing together

moll Children Study Rooms: modern Study/office by Ergolife Pte Ltd
Ergolife Pte Ltd

moll Children Study Rooms

Ergolife Pte Ltd

11. Shopping baskets make cool, contemporary magazine racks. You could even mount one on a bathroom wall

rustic Study/office by homify
homify

Elmsman desk

homify

12. Make yourself a motivation board for your office with a simple sheet of OSB and lots of inspiration pictures pinned to it

Make any smooth, low porosity surface dry erase. Clear Erase is transparent, so underlying colour and pattern shine through. Apply like paint.: modern Study/office by Tektura Wallcoverings
Tektura Wallcoverings

Make any smooth, low porosity surface dry erase. Clear Erase is transparent, so underlying colour and pattern shine through. Apply like paint.

Tektura Wallcoverings

13. Create a funky bedside table from vintage suitcases and drill a hole for your lamp cable to make it look more pro

14. Garlands are super easy to make and beautiful. Add anything you like to a length of twine or cord! Pom-poms are our favourite

modern Bedroom by CURADORAS
CURADORAS

GUIRNALDA BOSQUE

CURADORAS

15. Use a fabric pen to make totally personalised bedding

16. A stencil and a permanent marker will create a stunning personalised doormat in no time

Front Garden Dessign West London: classic Garden by Earth Designs
Earth Designs

Front Garden Dessign West London

Earth Designs

17. Paint old jam jars with glass paint to create pretty drinking glasses or vases

Kilner Handled Drinking Jar Glass Pink 400ml: eclectic Kitchen by NuCasa
NuCasa

Kilner Handled Drinking Jar Glass Pink 400ml

NuCasa

18. Simple roller blinds are a doddle to make and really liven up a room

 Windows & doors  by homify
homify

​Wabenplissee von erfal

homify

19. Glue pom-pom edging to old cushions to give them a funky upcycle!

Wohnen Skandinavian: scandinavian Living room by 99chairs
99chairs

Wohnen Skandinavian

99chairs

For more DIY tips to get you through the autumn and winter months, take a look at this Ideabook: 26 Of The Best (Ever) DIY Tips!

Which of these are you going to try your hand at?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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