DIY Home Decor for Beginners

It’s time to start making your own decor your way! What better person to decorate your room, kitchen, living room or bathroom than you. This blog specifically tackles projects for Do It Your Self people that want to start but have no clue what kind of project they can tackle. The projects featured are easy and require minimal effort or tools.

Shelving with Ladders

Need additional space to place items you would like to store or feature in any of your rooms? Well how about creating a shelf with a ladder and a sheet of plywood.

This first project is easy to start and requires no tools!

As you can tell from above, ladders serve as excellent shelves and are great accent pieces to show off your decor style. As a suggestion purchasing a ladder is essential for beginners so they can get their feet wet and not get frustrated building their own ladder. Shop around for a bargain on a ladder and plan ahead so you know if your going to paint it or sand it or leave it in its current condition. No need to paint it if you can find the color or finish that suits your decor. Lastly the shelves need to be sturdy preferable out of wood that way they don’t slip if you prefer not to screw them in. Wood planks are a good choice if your looking for more character but if you want an easy shelf just make it out of plywood, which is inexpensive and can easily be cut to size at your local Lowes or Home Depot.

Checkout the step by step process here

Key Holder

Are you losing your keys all the time and need a better place to put them? Then get ready to build your own Key Holder. As you can tell this will be another easy project for any beginner. This project will take no longer than 30 mins, but may take longer if you decide to customize it a bit. No excuses on not being able to finish this project, with no tools required once again this project can be done easily. Below will be a list of the items you will need.

What you need.

  • Picture Frame
  • Paint (optional)
  • Paint Brush (optional)
  • Screw hooks
  • Paper Towels

Once you get all these items ready, begin laying down some paper towels if your going to paint. Then go ahead and remove the glass from the picture frame. Lay the picture frame on the paper towel and paint the frame. Wait about 20 mins for it to dry and the give it a second coat. Once dry go ahead and screw in the hooks on the underside of the top of the frame. No tools needed just literally twist the screw until its fully secured. The last thing to do is hang it on your wall!

Label Kitchen Necessities

Supplies needed:

  • Clear sticker paper
  • Printer
  • The printable file
  • Scissors or paper trimmer

Alright, your a new DIY’er and want a easy project to label all your kitchen containers. Well with a few steps you can achieve this and not only make your containers pop but also nicely organize them.

Here are the 3 steps to make your own labels. First you need to create the graphic you want. If you don’t own graphic editors, you can find some free ones online. If you don’t want the hassle of making your own then try some of our free ones here.

Second, your going to need some clear sticker paper. We recommend this product specifically because it works best. Get it here. Then go ahead and place it in the printer with the glossy side facing the side indicated on your printer.

Third, your going to need your printable image. As mentioned before you can make your own if you have a photo editor or graphic program. If you don’t have either we have some free labels you can download with lots more to choose from here.

Book Planter

Supplies needed:

  • Book
  • X-acto Knife
  • Flower (preferably not real)
  • Small rocks
  • Mod Podge

Now this project looks like a pro did it but with some patience anyone can do it. Here are the steps to take a lonesome book into an amazing planter and add a custom piece to your decor.

First, find a book your willing to sacrifice, maybe its worn or even something you bought at a thrift store that holds no inner value to you. Choose a book that has a nice design to it as well as choosing one with the color your looking to coordinate with. Begin by brushing Mod Podge on the sides of the book so the pages don’t lift. Do the same with the back cover. Let it dry for at least 15 minutes.

Second, draw the shape of the cut out on the cover of the book by using a pencil or or pen if its too hard to see.

Third, begin cutting the shape with an X-acto knife layer by layer. Try not to cut more than two to three pages at a time.

Lastly, seal the edges of the cutout with Mod Podge to make the sides of the inner walls smoother and even. Then brush some additional Mod Podge on the cover to seal it all together to the book. There you have it, a book planter to enjoy in any part of your home.

Mason Jar Herb Garden

Supplies needed:

  • Quart Mason jars
  • Small rocks or gravel
  • Potting mix
  • Seeds
  • Jar Labels

Another decorative item on the list is a mason jar garden. This fun and easy project will add a bit more character to your house and give you year round herbs. This project is all about showing off a garden one would have planted outside and bringing it inside to add decorative elements to any room. There are only four steps to this project so need worry or think this is too much for even the beginner.

First, place rocks in jars because the jars do not have holes for drainage. Start with a layer of rocks, gravel or even marbles about 2 inches deep in the bottom of the jar preventing roots from damage from excess water.

Second, add potting soil. Potting mix is a planting medium that includes lighter organic material like peat, composts and sometimes perlite. Potting mix provides excellent moisture retention and is a good choice for container gardening. Fill jars with potting mix to 1-2 inches below the rim jar.

Third, place plant seeds into the mason jar. Mason jars are cheap and convenient way to plant herbs indoors. Follow instructions provided by seed provider for best results, but in most cases, simply sow seeds on top of potting mix, cover with an inch or so of additional potting mix and lightly water. 

Fourth, label you individual jars. Herb jars can be labeled in many ways and making them stand out with a little flair on your label helps immensely. You can download some our free custom labels here.

Checkout the step by step process here

Mason Jar Photo

Supplies needed:

  • Mason Jar
  • Scissors
  • Twine (optional)

Want to place more pictures of your family but don’t have a frame? How about placing a picture of your love ones in a Mason Jar. They make any image stand out and takes just seconds to do. This is by far the simplest of all projects for any do it your selfer. Here are only two steps to make your Mason Jar photo.

First, grab a Mason Jar with as little writing on it. This distorts the image and does not let the image stand.

Second, grab a 4×6 picture and slip it into the jar to make sure it fits. If it does then your done, if not go ahead and trim it a bit with a pair of scissors.

Third, this step is optional but does give the jar a bit more flair. Wrapping twine around the mouth of the jar gives it additional touches to make the jar stand out.

Coffee Mug Rack

Supplies needed:

  • Plywood at least 2′ tall and 1″ thick
  • Paint & paint brush
  • Paint Pen
  • Hooks

This Coffee Mug rack is just what you need to have your mugs ready when you want a nice cup of coffee. This easy project takes less than an hour to make and showcases all the interesting and neat mugs you’ve collected over the years. This project has 4 easy steps.

First, buy a piece of plywood or a more expensive hard wood piece and have it cut at a Loews or Home Depot. The suggested measurements are just an idea of the size, its really up to you if your looking for the rack to fit some where perfectly.

Second, paint your wood board in any color you see fit. We painted ours blue and sanded it to give it a distressed look but you can do what ever you like to fit your decor. Once dry you can customize it with interesting phrases by using a paint pen, adding a personalized touch.

Third, just add hooks by screwing them in. You can place them in a pattern if you like or in any configuration you like, just take account that each cup will fit and hit any other mugs. And with that your all done!

Stand Up Welcome Sign

Supplies needed:

  • Wood Plank (any size you want will do)
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Stencil

Last but not least for any beginning DIYer is a charming welcome sign. This sign is meant to stand up and lay on your porch or entry to your home. It’s a good idea to make it large and play around with the color combinations. Here are three easy steps to make this sign a reality.

First, purchase or find a piece of wood preferably narrow and long. Some where around 36″ tall and 5″ to 6″ wide. Have a Home Depot or Loews cut the wood if needed at no charge.

Second, Paint the overall piece of wood unless you would like to leave the exposed wood grain. Choose paints that are made for the out doors if placing the sign outdoor if not and indoor paint will do fine anywhere else.

Third, using a stencil with your unique font choice paint the word welcome vertically on the plank. Place tape on the stencil to hold it down in place. Let each letter dry for 5 mins before painting each one. Once all dry prop it up where you like and there you have it. A charming sign all done with a bit of elbow grease. Congrats, you did it!

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