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8 Pinterest DIY Projects That Actually Work

couch cushions linen spray

Pinterest is full of home decor do-it-yourself projects. Sometimes, though, when you actually try one yourself, the end result looks nothing like the picture.

That’s why I put together this list of doable Pinterest DIY projects that provide detailed, step-by-step instructions you can follow. I’ll also include a list of the materials you need for each with links to hard-to-find items. If you’ve got the holiday decorating bug, or just want a fun gift idea, I’ll share a couple of those too!

Let’s start with something simple for the bathroom.

Mason Jar Bathroom Organizer

See it on Pinterest.

Difficulty: Intermediate

You’ll need:

If you’ve spent any time browsing the home decor section of Pinterest, you’re probably no stranger to mason jars. They’re not just for food storage anymore. This farmhouse chic organizer is a handy way to store all those bathroom knick knacks you can never find a good place for.

Do you have Q-tips, cotton balls, or makeup products stuffed in a drawer or cabinet somewhere? This is a clever alternative.

There’s some drilling involved, but the tutorial from DIY Playbook is easy to follow.

Wine Cork Board

See it on Pinterest.

wine cork board

Photo: Andrew Smith on Flickr

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

You’ll need:

  • 170 corks (or more)
  • 12″ x 12″ shadow box
  • Super glue or other quick-dry, heavy duty glue

If you buy wine regularly, all you have to do is start saving the corks, and you’ll be on your way to your own unique cork board. Ask your friends to save their corks, too! And if you’re in the Portland area, stop by Scrap, a great place to find affordable materials for DIY projects, including corks!

According to Pinterest users, it works just as well whether you glue the ends of the corks to the box (as the A Beautiful Mess blog suggests) or glue them down longways like the picture above shows.

Once you’re done, you can use it just like any other bulletin board by tacking up pictures, reminders, or shopping lists!

Make Your Own Linen Spray

See it on Pinterest.

couch cushions linen spray

Difficulty: Beginner

You’ll need:

  • 30 drops essential oil
  • 1.5 cups Distilled water
  • 3 oz. Vodka
  • Spray bottle
  • Funnel

You can use linen spray to freshen up bed linens, soft furnishings, and clothing between cleanings. You can even spray it on fabrics while ironing to for a fresh, calming scent. It works as an air freshener too.

A bottle of linen spray can cost anywhere from $5 to $50– or more! But it’s usually less expensive (and more fun) to make your own. You can even create your own combination of essential oils to make your own scent.

This tutorial from Apartment Therapy has been a huge Pinterest success.

Travel-Themed Gallery Wall

See it on Pinterest.

A photo posted by Kelly Rowe (@livelaughrowe) on

Difficulty: Intermediate

You’ll need:

You don’t really need all those materials to make a travel-themed gallery wall. This project is pretty open ended — you can make it however you like! You only need those exact supplies if you want to make the same DIY Instagram photo frame that the blogger, Kelly Rowe, did. She shows you how to do it in this post.

If you have a lot of photos, this is a great way to showcase your favorites someplace you’ll see  every day. It’s a creative way to remind yourself of your favorite, trips, memories, or family moments.

Rustic Bathroom Storage Ladder

See it on Pinterest.

A photo posted by Jenna Sue (@jennasuedesign) on

Difficulty: Intermediate

You’ll need:

  • 2 long boards & 2 short (length will depend on your toilet and bathroom dimensions)
  • Sander or sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Drill & screws

The rustic look really lends itself to DIY projects!

This one is really convenient for hanging towels and washcloths. If you add a metal basket, like the blogger did, you can also store toilet paper, tissues, hand lotion, and other bathroom supplies.

You can find more detailed instructions in this post from the Jenna Sue Design blog. (It’s the first of the 3 projects she walks you through.)

Lemon Candles

See it on Pinterest.

A photo posted by mimiloush (@mimiloush) on

Difficulty: Beginner

You’ll need:

(Makes 24 candles)

  • 1 dozen lemons
  • Knife
  • Melon baller
  • Candy thermometer
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon oil
  • Wicks
  • Wick holder
  • 1 pound beeswax
  • Small paintbrush

Want to add a pop of color and warm up a dark room this winter? Lemon candles are bright and easy to make from hollowed-out lemon skins and beeswax. Pinners say they actually smell like lemons!

This article from Martha Stewart shows you how to make them in 5 steps. These make great little holiday gifts too.

Speaking of the holidays, keep reading for a couple more seasonal ideas.

Holiday Decor: Glittery Branch

See it on Pinterest.

glittery branch holiday decorations diy

Photo: Momtastic blog

Difficulty: Beginner

You’ll need:

Sparkly branches are a great addition to regular holiday decorations like lights, candles, and holly. They’re great around a door frame or in the corners of the living room. Hosting a holiday party this year? Put them on the porch to welcome guests as they walk inside.

The bloggers at Momtastic put together a nice, detailed tutorial you can use to create your own.

DIY Gift: Hot Cocoa Kit

See it on Pinterest.

hot cocoa kit

Photo: Kirtsy blog

Difficulty: Beginner

You’ll need:

Almost everyone likes hot cocoa. These homemade kits are delicious gifts or stocking stuffers, and you can save yourself a lot of time on gift shopping by making a bunch of them at once.

The Kirtsy blog has a quick rundown on how to put these together. The great thing about this gift is you can make it however you want. Know someone who likes cinnamon in their cocoa? Include some!

Ready to DIY?

Are you planning to try any of these Pinterest DIY projects? Do you have a favorite home decor or holiday-themed project I missed? Let me know in the comments!

And if you want to see all these ideas (and more) in one place, follow my DIY Home Decor Projects board on Pinterest!

10 Holiday Decorating Ideas on a Budget

With Halloween behind us, it’s officially the holiday season (as retailers are no doubt reminding you). For many of us, our thoughts turn to our homes, as friends and relatives will be coming over for Thanksgiving dinner, holiday meals, or simply a mug of hot mulled wine in front of the fire. ‘Tis the season to make your home festive and welcoming — but how do you do that on a budget?

You’re in luck. I’ve compiled 10 holiday decorating ideas that will have the biggest impact with the smallest price tag. (You’ve got holiday gifts to buy, after all.) Did I miss something? Let me know your best holiday decorating ideas in the comments.


1. DIY Holiday Wreath

Christmas decorating on a budget starts without an easy wreath you can make for your front door, hallway, or living room. Get a glue gun and a wreath form at a craft store, and then try one of these ideas:

  • Pinecones misted with white spray paint to look like snow (or gold paint)
  • Holiday bows in green, red, and white
  • Photos of family members with some easy red ribbon trim added
  • Shiny tinsel in silver or gold
  • Old Christmas ornaments that are slightly broken — just glue the good side up



2. Create a Wintry Scene

Remember those vinyl window clings in holiday shapes? You stick them to windows, then peel them off after the holidays? For a DIY version, simply cut out Christmas tree shapes or triangles to depict snowy mountains, then affix them to your front window. Double-sided tape can make this a snap. Tissue paper works for a more delicate look, although it’s easy for little hands to tear. (And if you’re heavy on the nostalgia, you can still buy those window clings. Not all holiday decorating ideas from the ’80s were bad.)



3. Turn a Door or Refrigerator Into a Snowman

You’ll wish all holiday decorating ideas were this simple. With a few black construction-paper circles, an orange triangle, and colorful ribbon, you can easily turn a white door into a happy snowman to greet visitors (or liven up your kitchen, if you have a white fridge). Scraps of wrapping paper also make a great scarf for your snow friend. Use invisible tape to attach the shapes, and it will be pretty painless to remove these after the holidays. This is another fun activity for little ones.



4. Apply a Quick Coat of Paint

If you want to spruce up your front door or entryway, paint is an affordable way to do it, especially when you know those areas will be getting a lot of traffic during the holidays. Even changing the color of your molding can freshen up your living room, if once-white trim is getting dingy. I shared these photos a couple of years ago, but I think they show just how much of a difference paint can make:

Once your handrail or entryway is looking sharp, you’re ready to…


5. Decorate with Recycled Holiday Cards

The ultimate in Christmas decorating on a budget is using something you already have. Dig out old holiday cards people have sent you, punch a small hole in them (or use clothespins), and string them along your bannister or entryway.

If you have a little more time to spend on holiday decorating ideas, consider making a makeshift “tree” from branches and hanging cards on it as if they were ornaments. (Here are 14 more ideas for reusing Christmas cards.) This is a fun one to involve the kids in, too.


6. Create a Snowflake Mobile

Nothing says holiday decor like handmade snowflakes. Create the illusion of snowfall by cutting out flakes in several different designs and sizes, then stringing them from a simple mobile with thread. Or you could just attach them to your existing pendant lights or chandelier to bring some holiday decor into the dining room. We might not see a white Christmas very often here in Portland, but at least paper snowflakes bring a wintry vibe inside.


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