25 Easy DIY Decor Projects You Can Tackle in Just One Hour
Recreate the look of a pricey marble tray using a cutting board and contact paper. Measure and cut marble-patterned self-adhesive paper to fit the surface you'd like to cover. Slowly peel off the backing and smooth it over the cutting board. To add leather handles, drill a hole at each corner. Measure the distance between the two screw holes on each side, and cut leather straps to about double that length. Punch holes into each strap and screw into place.
DIY Table Runner
Pretty Painted Vase
Revamp a plain white vase with a simple paint technique using rubber cement. Dip a small paintbrush into the rubber cement and create a pattern of thick dots across the vase. When dry, add color using a sponge applicator and a thin layer of glass or ceramic paint. Wait for the paint to dry, then rub off the dots of rubber cement with your finger to reveal the surface underneath. Bake the vase according to the paint manufacturer's directions to set the finish.
DIY Poster Holder
For a budget-friendly alternative to a custom frame, display large-scale art prints and posters with a DIY magnetic holder. This project involves drilling holes into pine boards and securing disc magnets inside to create two sets of magnetically connected boards. The finished holder snaps together to hold artwork in place and easily disconnects when you want to change up your display.
DIY Marble Candlesticks
Dip basic candlesticks into paint for a gorgeous marbled effect. Start with a garbage bag-lined bucket filled with water. Add in Magic Marble paint (or fingernail polish) in your desired colors and swirl with a skewer. Gently dunk the candle into the bucket and use a paper towel to sweep up the remaining paint of the water's surface before pulling the candle out.
Watercolor Canvas Art
A simple swirling technique makes it easy to paint an abstract watercolor masterpiece. Blend color around a canvas using a foam brush, your finger, or even an empty condiment bottle to create a unique design. Then craft an inexpensive frame from painted wood lattice strips to finish off your DIY artwork.
Vintage Decoupage Tray
Turn clear glass serving platters into unique display pieces by reusing vintage advertisements. Trace the bottom of the dish (use one with a flat bottom) and trim the page to size. Use a small foam brush and decoupage medium ($5, Target) to adhere the paper to the underside of the dish. Smooth out any bubbles, beginning from the center and working toward the edges.
DIY Toothbrush Holder
Perfect for a kids' bathroom, this quick DIY project turns a wooden animal figurine into a playful toothbrush holder. Simply drill 3/4-inch holes through a wooden figure, then coat using glossy white spray paint. Look for figures large enough to accommodate a few holes without splitting. You can often find them in craft stores, on eBay, and at garage sales.
Spoon Rack Display
Turn an old spoon rack into a fun display board with twine. Wrap colorful twine around the spoon holders and use small clothespins to display reminders or mementos. If you have extra time, paint the spoon rack before wrapping the twine.
A smooth tabletop is the perfect spot for a colorful wallpaper makeover. Cut a piece of patterned wallpaper to fit, then adhere it with decoupage medium. To protect the surface, brush the top with decoupage medium or spray with clear acrylic sealer.
Rescue cast-off crystal platters and turn them into one-of-a-kind artwork. Paint the smooth sides of the platters with two to three coats of acrylic paint; let dry between coats. Mix and match colors, sizes, and patterns, then hang the platters together in a grouping.
DIY Doily Bowls
Doilies abound at flea markets and antiques stores. Pick up a few and repurpose them as storage vessels. Dip the doily into a mixture of one part crafts glue and one part water. Smooth the wet doily over an upside-down glass bowl with your hands; let dry. Carefully peel the doily away from the bowl.
Hutch Wallpaper Update
Line the back of a hutch or display cabinet with pretty paper. Peel-and-stick wallpaper makes this project especially easy. Simply cut paper to fit and adhere to the cabinet back. Here, a patterned paper with a gold design adds metallic glimmer.
Use fabric to fashion affordable DIY canvas art. Buy ready-made canvases or canvas stretchers and cover with a favorite fabric. Try using a large-scale pattern, and use different parts of the pattern on each canvas.
Rescue pickle jars or other containers from the recycle bin, and give them a new purpose holding bathroom essentials. To start, drill a hole in the center of the lid to accommodate a knob. Prime, then paint the lids; let dry. Spray with a clear sealer to protect the paint; let dry. Attach the knob, then cut off the excess shank. For an extra decorative touch, cut paper to fit around the jars and adhere in place.
Update your old candlesticks with new color, or refresh an inexpensive set you picked up at a thrift store. Dress them up in a trio or quartet of new colors. Simply spray-paint the candlesticks in coordinating colors, let dry, and put on display.
Painted Glass Bottles
Set a pretty display with painted glass bottles that look like milk glass. Wash the glass with soap and water; let dry. Dampen a cloth with rubbing alcohol, and wipe the inside of the glass vessel with the cloth. For narrow vessels, pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol inside, swirl around, and pour out excess; let dry. Mix two parts acrylic paint with one part water in a glass bowl and pour into the bottle or jar. Swirl the paint around inside the bottle or jar until the entire interior is coated. Place the glass vessel upside down on a paper towel or paper plate to dry. Repeat painting steps until you are happy with the coverage. Note: These bottles are for display only; do not use with food or drink.
DIY Lampshade Update
Give a plain lampshade a boost with ribbon. Wrap ribbon vertically around the shade, overlapping to create a dynamic design. Secure the ribbon with pins and glue. If you have extra time, transform the lamp base with a fresh coat of paint. Tip: Metallic paints reflect best on a smooth surface and simple shape.
Dictionary Word Art
Create meaningful art using pages pulled from a dictionary. Choose words based on a theme (for example, we used "swish," "compete," and "score" for a sports-theme room). Enlarge and photocopy the pages and hang in matching frames.
Transform plain white vases with freehand painting. Mix glass paint with a few drops of paint thinner ($9, The Home Depot). If desired, adjust the amount of paint thinner to achieve varying viscosities and results, such as drips and runs. Paint freehand designs on each vase using an acrylic brush and let dry.
Cork Memo Board
Fashion an office memo board from inexpensive cork trivets. To begin, paint the cork rounds with two coats of acrylic paint in your chosen color palette. Leave several unpainted for a natural look. Once dry, turn the cork pieces over and arrange in the design you prefer; secure together with masking tape. Use wall hook-and-loop tape ($7, The Home Depot) to hang.
Twine-Wrapped DIY Decor
Decorative Tape Decor
Decorative tapes are now available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Use these pretty adhesives to dress up almost anything in a flash. Embellish a plain white frame with strips in a variety of patterns. Stick to a complementary color palette for cohesiveness.
Veggie Stamp Art
Take a stroll down the produce aisle to find inspiration for your next DIY art project. Cut stalks of bok choy or celery about 2-3 inches from the bottom. Blot off the moisture, and let the vegetables dry for an hour. Select a light and dark shade of crafts paints in the same hue. Pour the darker color onto a paper plate. Dip the cut end of the bok choy or celery into the paint and press onto a blank canvas; let dry. Repeat with the lighter color, overlapping stamps as desired.