9 manageable DIY projects you can try this weekend

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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The words DIY and fun don't always go hand-in-hand but today we're injecting a little whimsy and enjoyment into your home improvement endeavours as we've found some super cool, easy and quick to complete mini-projects that you'll love to have a go at this weekend. Never printed your own cushions? You're about to! Always wanted to make pallet furniture? Give it a go! 

Take a look at our favourite small DIY projects and see which you might like to complete and, best of all, you can get the whole family involved.

1. Try some stencilling

If the idea of mastering graffiti always appealed to you but the skill was a little lacking, stencilling is a great way to embrace the creativity again.

Garden tables make fantastic stencil projects and look amazing when finished, as this one from talented team at Die Balkongestalter demonstrates.

2. Get your origami on

 Bedroom by Snowpuppe

Stylingfoto Moth Gradient Coral


You can make so much more with origami than cute animals and sail boats so why not stretch yourself and attempt a folded paper lampshade?

They look great, can be any colour and people will think you've spent a fortune!

3. Get funky with your garden furniture

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Das Sofa Hermann

Pallet furniture is still super popular but don't spend a fortune on it. Simply make some yourself!

Pallets are often advertised as 'free for collection' so the materials won't cost much at all. Just make sure you hammer all those nails in properly and give everything a good sand down.

4. Hang up a herb container

 Balconies, verandas & terraces  by Pop up Pallets
Pop up Pallets

pallet tuin Small: Little Planet

Pop up Pallets

If you love gardening and have started to grow your own herbs to use in the kitchen, have a bash at making a custom herb container. It can be for the kitchen wall, out on the patio or wherever else you like.

This is a perfect project for anyone making pallet furniture as the off cuts and leftover wood will be ideal!

5. Crate storage made simple

Apple and wine crates are now widely being used as cool, modern storage alternatives but sometimes they can look a little bit dull.

Why not collect a few together and set about painting them to look like a proper unit? A few nails here and there and they'll be solid as a rock.

6. Dig out the sewing machine

 Windows & doors  by Chivasso BV
Chivasso BV

Monsoon 2014

Chivasso BV

If you fancy making a big difference to your home, handmade curtains are a fantastic project to complete. Not only can you use whatever fabric takes your fancy, you can also  tailor them to make sure they are inch perfect. 

If you're out of practice on a sewing machine, just go slowly until you have your confidence back.

7. Get your customising hat on!

 Bedroom by Home Staging Factory
Home Staging Factory

Sala – restyling para arrendamento turístico

Home Staging Factory

There are countless ways to customise cushions that fall a little flat but our favourite is to print a complementary design over the top. 

Slogans and catchphrases always make for fun additions to the sofa or your bed and don't worry if you get some smudgy lines, nobody will notice!

8. Keep records for posterity

 Living room by Sonntagsstaat

Record Frame


Who need prints and art when you have a cracking record collection, eh? Why not choose some of your favourites and pop them into special record frames up on the wall

Suddenly you'll have an incredible display, an easy way to access some of your most played favourites and a funky alternative to standard home decoration.

9. Add a little box storage

Anyone can pick up some shelves from a DIY shop. If you want to try your hand at a fun project think about mounting different sized wooden boxes onto your wall to use as storage. 

We think painting them is great and, with geometric prints being so hot right now, we know what our design scheme will be!

For more DIY advice, take a look at this Ideabook: DIY Mistakes You Probably Make (And How To Fix Them).

Which of these ideas are you considering trying?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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