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25 easy DIY projects

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You don't need to be artistic, or even particularly creative, to be a DIY champ. Here are 25 DIY projects anyone can tackle.

1. Champagne stopper

Affix an oversize pearl and a crystal rondelle to a wine cork with multi-purpose glue (such as E-6000) to make a classy handmade bottle stopper.


 2. Scarf Hanger

All you need to organize your scarves is a padded hanger and shower curtain rings.



3. Fire pit

Spray-paint bricks and stack them to form a colorful fire pit (put sand on the ground in the middle where you'll make your fire).


4. Cork mouse pad

Cut a piece of cork into a circle or shape of your liking, paint it and you've got a cute, custom mouse pad.


5. Magnets

Use decoupage glue to cover free branded magnets with scrapbooking paper or fabric scraps for a prettier fridge.


6. Turk's head bracelet

Make your own Nautical-inspired bracelet by using paracord or another string and tying a Turk's head knot. Hot glue the ends of the string onto the inside of the bracelet when finished.


7. Cluster earrings

Design your own embellished cluster earrings: Dot multipurpose glue (such as E-6000) onto a piece of wax paper and arrange pearls, spikes and black diamonds. When the glue dries, peel the designs off and glue them to earring posts.


8. Coffee bean candles

Your house will smell like fresh coffee when burning these candles. Fill small, inexpensive glass or ceramic dishes from a dollar store with whole coffee beans and place tealight candles in the center.


9. Zipper pin

Reuse an old pin or button and a zipper to make a decorative pin for your coat. Hot glue the zipper to the pin in a twisting pattern to look like a flower.


10. Silhouette art

Trace family photos onto white computer paper using graphite transfer paper , cut out the silhouettes and place them between the glass of a floating frame. Paint a square of color on the wall where you plan to hang the frame.


11. Headboard

Make your own woven headboard with dowels and white vinyl flashing.


12. Soap dispenser

Tap or drill a hole into the lid of a Mason jar and use epoxy glue to attach a pump from an old soap dispenser.


13. Fall wreath

Cut twigs of berries off floral branches and affix them to a grapevine wreath, then hang it on your door with burlap strips.


14. Spray paint spruce-up

A few coats of spray paint can spruce up dull household objects like this formerly tan file cabinet.


15. Placecards
Using a die cutter or scissors, cut shapes out of craft paper and slip each piece onto a fork for a simple party place setting.


16. Fabric art

Create your own art by stretching a piece of fabric over a canvas, or even an old shoebox, and stapling or gluing it to the back.


17. Play dough

Make your own modeling clay with 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup cornstarch and 1 ½ cups water. Combine ingredients in a saucepan, stir until smooth, then cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick and smooth, about 4 minutes. Remove to a plate to cool, then knead in a few drops of food coloring to get your preferred color.


18. Magnetic pencil holder

Turn an empty tea tin or even a tin can into a magnetic pencil holder by placing heavy duty magnets on the back.


19. Wine cork business-card holder

Cut one wine cork in half lengthwise, using a small hack saw or serrated bread knife. Sand the cut surfaces smooth, hot glue the pieces together side by side, then glue two whole wine corks to the top and stand business cards between them.


20. Growth chart

Stain a board and paint measurements onto it to make a decorative, ruler-like growth chart.


21. Veggie dip container

A halved bell pepper becomes a quick DIY veggie dip bowl.


22. Burlap message board

Turn an old bulletin board or a painter's canvas reinforced with cork board into a chic burlap message board that looks like it came from an expensive retailer. Stretch burlap over the board and staple to the back, then line the perimeter with upholstery tacks.


23. Dry goods storage

Stick chalkboard labels to Mason jars for attractive dry goods storage with labels you can easily edit. Create "stadium seating" for the jars using stacked scraps of wood.


24. Rope coasters

Hot-glue twine or rope in a flat spiral and glue a circle of felt onto the bottom for simple, handmade coasters.


25. Winter wreath

Wrap a foam wreath in yarn, then pin circles of fabric to it to look like flowers.

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