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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!

Houzz Interior Design Tips: Making Your First Ideabook

Last month I wrote about how you can use Pinterest to develop an interior design style. I hope your boards have been helpful in guiding collaboration with an interior designer. This month, I want to talk about how you can use Houzz to refine your design process. This post will help you turn your inspirational Pinterest images into a manageable interior design project.

Like Pinterest, the goal is to get a clear sense of what you like. Houzz interior design lets us be more granular with budget, room size, room style and other design factors. The website allows to be more specific and realistic than you were on Pinterest.

Feel free to use the platforms in tandem – as we’ll advise here – or separately, depending on your affinity for one site or the other. It’s up to you.

The important is making the collaboration process easier for you and your design and remodeling professional. And to have fun.

Here’s how to get started.

Say you’ve found this image on Pinterest:


First of all, it’s a fabulous bathroom. You have great taste.

Unfortunately, you notice, it’s unlikely that you’d be able to apply this design in your home. It doesn’t look like it would work with the shape of your master bathroom. What can you do? Do you move forward anyway, paying thousands of extra dollars to bend your bathtub to your will?

I suggest breaking your inspiration image into components, like you did when you created Boards on Pinterest. You can then take these components and search for them on Houzz. Using the Houzz search tools you can narrow down your choices even further to get results relevant to your specific needs.

So, if I were to break this image into different components, I might list:

  • Black and white tile with contrasting grout
  • Exposed brick tub
  • Glass partial divider

That’s when it’s time to log into Houzz and see what you can find.

A search for “exposed brick tub” in Houzz returns the following results:

houzz results

You’ll notice on the left that you can sort by room, style, location, budget and size. Being as true to your project specifications with help you when you bring in an interior designer.

Let’s say out of the results for “exposed brick tub” and “exposed stone tub” you like these three images.

Image One: A chic industrial shower with a claw foot tub and exposed brick accent wall.

Image Two: Tub lined with stone. Moss rock dry stacked on back wall.

Image Three: Stock trough tub in a bathroom with hardwood floors and exposed brick back wall.

What do you do now?

Next, you’ll want to add your images to an Ideabook. Ideabooks are like Pinterest Boards. Creating and adding to them is just as intuitive once you know where to look. This tutorial on Houzz takes you through the steps of creating your first Ideabook. It’s called Inside Houzz: How to Create and Use Ideabooks.

You may choose to create several Ideabooks for the same room. It can be helpful for an interior designer to look at a single Ideabook on layout, another on colors, etc.

Pinterest and Houzz are similar in a lot of ways. However, some people find the learning curve on Houzz to be steeper than Pinterest or other social media platforms. In many ways, it’s less intuitive. There’s a lot more going on. This makes it a powerful tool, but also a little intimidating.

Don’t be afraid to dig into Houzz’s wide array of tools.

In addition to boasting a massive collection of interior design images, Houzz also offers a user base of 2 million+ professionals who are eager to answer your questions. If you find something you like but aren’t sure what it’s called, where to find it, or how much it costs to install, just ask.

My personal favorite area of Houzz are its long form Ideabook articles. There’s an excellent collection of Ideabooks called Working with Pros. These posts discuss the ins-and-outs about working with interior designers, architects, builders, decorators and other professionals. It can be helpful to read posts about the type of professional you’ll be hiring before you begin a project. They’ll appreciate how knowledgeable you are about their profession, and you’ll be able to fluently talk shop, avoiding misunderstandings. Both of these things lead to an easier, more productive project for all involved.

Whether you decide to use Pinterest, Houzz, or just your personal design intuition to guide an interior design project, you deserve the best in service and results. The process should be one of exciting self-exploration that leads to beautiful results in your home. The tips from these blog posts can help guide you from point A to point B.

Do you prefer to use Houzz or Pinterest to curate an interior design look? Let us know in the comments.

Pinterest Interior Design: Using the Online Tool to Develop Your Style

The best interior design projects are ones that lead you to a greater understanding of your personal style and how to achieve it.

It’s similar to other creative processes. A great personal stylist will not only teach you what shapes and colors look best on you, they’ll also take the time to get to know what makes you unique and how to infuse your personality into everything you put on your body.

Clothing is a public projection of who we are. When we venture outside in a particular outfit, we’re sending a message to the public. Our homes are more private spaces. We have a chance to send more personal, intimate messages about who we are and how we choose to spend our time.

Granting such intimate creative control to a stranger can be intimidating.

By first taking the time to understand your personal style and get specific about what you want, you can help yourself and the designer working with you create a home that’s beautiful and well-organized – a seamless expression of self.

The internet makes it easy to access millions of unique images for any given interior design style. Two tools that some of my clients use to organize these images and get a better sense of their personal style are Houzz and Pinterest.

This post will show you how to use Pinterest to curate a creative ‘brief’ – including fixtures, colors, materials, and furniture you like – to help guide your interior designer. In a future post, I’ll provide instructions on replicating this explorative process using Houzz. This process is only two steps (with an optional third step), and will take you between 2 – 3 hours.

The most important part of this process is that it’s supposed to be fun. Grab a glass of wine, put on some of your favorite upbeat music, and log in to Pinterest.

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Step 1: Look Around

You’re loosened up – wine in hand, Beyonce crooning in your headphones. You have Pinterest open. Now what?

You’re on a hunt for images that look like home. You’re scouting for photos that make your heart beat a little faster. That plant! Those pendant lights! That sink!

Now is not the time to think about budget, size constraints, or other logistics. You can work with the designer to figure those things out later. For this process, tuck your inner critic away and dream big.

A few things to think about…

If you’ve never signed into Pinterest, this video tutorial about getting around the website may help you get started.

If you have an existing Pinterest interior design board, you can work from those or create a new board or set of boards specifically for your interior design project. At this point, you want to be collecting as many images as you can. Having a large set of images will be helpful in future steps. There are two great places to look for pins that are similar to images you’ve already pinned: the Also on These Boards and Related Pins sections.

To access these sections, first click into a pin that you like, and scroll down. You’ll see the Also on These Boards section first, and the Related Pins section after that.

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Time: 1 hour – 1 hour and 30 minutes

Step 2: Get Organized

Once you’ve spent an hour or two collecting all of your favorite images into a single board, you’ll want to organize them. Turn your critical thinking skills back on and take a look over the images you’ve collected. How might you group them?

You may notice that a specific pattern or color palette emerges. Make these into their own boards. Maybe a type of furniture – like a love seat – appears in many of your images. Group these into their own board as well.

Other ways to group images include:

  • By mood or style (cozy, dramatic, minimal, stark)
  • By material (copper, wood, lucite)
  • By a unique feature (skylight, tall ceiling, textured wall paper, light fixture)
  • By texture (smooth, matte, patterned, fur, antiqued leather)
  • By fixture (mason jar pendant lights, chrome faucet handles)

Look through your set of images, pick a few groups that you think capture the components of the room that make the interiors so lovely to you, and start making boards. Repin the images from your large group of photos into these smaller, curated boards.

Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour

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Step 3: Find More of What You Love (Optional)

When you see the patterns in your aesthetic and have organized them into boards, you can refine your Pinterest search to look for more of what you love.

This is especially helpful for boards that are a little sparse. Giving your interior designer lots of options will help them find something that will suit your space and budget. Don’t be afraid to go a bit overboard. It’s their job to help you pare down your vision into the best thing for your space.

Time: 30 minutes

Let us know if you’ve used this process or something similar to prepare for working with an interior designer. We’d love to hear your experience in the comments.