27 DIY Home Decor Projects

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For those seeking a useful way to spend their time during social distancing—or anyone simply interested in forging a deeper connection with their homes—HB has launched Home Love, a series of daily tips and ideas to make every minute indoors more productive (and gratifying!). We’ll be sharing a new one every day until April 1st. Tag your own home project photos #homelove for everyone to enjoy!

Maybe you’re struggling with storage space, organization, or just a somewhat lackluster apartment design that needs upgrading. (Or maybe you’re stuck inside for some period of time and just need something to do with your hands? It happens!) The upside of being holed up is that you’ve probably got time to kill—and that blank wall staring back at you is begging for the gallery wall you’ve been saying you were going to put up forever. Try your hand at some of our favorite, easy DIYs to give your space a fresh upgrade.

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Upgrade Your Closet Doors

Cursed with ugly, builder-grade closet doors? Try this surprisingly easy hack from our friend designer Keita Turner, to give them a bespoke look with just a few yards of fabric and a staple gun.

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Propagate a Plant

Have plants at home? Great news: You can turn them into more plants. Here’s our step-by-step guide to growing a new plant with cuttings from an older one.

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Swap in a Cool Doorknob

This is one of those small changes that makes a big impact. With just 10 minutes and a screwdriver, swap out old, boring doorknobs for something prettier. Here’s how.

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Make a Set of No-Sew Curtains

Want new window treatments but no sewing machine (or seamstress skills) at home? No problem. I made this set in my apartment just using double-stick fabric tape. Get the tutorial here.

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Make Professional-Grade Curtains

If you can sew, why not make sone professional-level curtains? We had the founder of Stitchroom show us how to do it. Watch here.

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Cover Up an Old Appliance

Steal this idea from Danielle Rollins and pretty up your ugly appliances with contact paper or vinyl wallpaper. Here’s how.

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Marbelize Your Countertops

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Contain Your Pillows

Keep pillows and throw blankets contained in these adorbs pom pom baskets. Bonus: They could also double as laundry hampers.

Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth.

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Gain Storage — Without Shelves

If add-on shelves feel too messy and cluttered for your walls, DIY pegboards. You’ll gain additional space for vases, plants, mirrors, frames, etc., and warm up your space with the giant wooden wall covering.

Get the tutorial at Vintage Revivals.

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Create Hanging Space

No space to store your hats? Need a rack for towels? Or are you just in need of extra space to hang some planters? This DIY ladder is not only functional, but it’s also got all the industrial cool vibes.

Get the tutorial at I Spy DIY.

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Display Dinnerware

You don’t need a china cabinet (and in fact, if you have one, you’ll want to chuck it in favor of this, anyway), you just need DIY A-frame ladder shelves. Minimalism FTW!

Get the tutorial at Vintage Revivals.

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Fake A Linen Closet

No linen closet in your bathroom? No problem. Attach baskets to the wall for a spot to fold extra towels and washcloths.

Get the tutorial at My Wee Abode.

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Label Kitchen Necessities

Use your favorite font to make sure your bottles of oil and vinegar stand out on your counter and fit your decor. These chic bottles were made using transfer sheets and a Cricut Explore.

Get the tutorial at Lia Griffith.

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Hang Your Books

This hack is great for thin kids’ books. Keep all their current faves in one place by creating this hanging holder made of felt, wood, and string. Even better? It rolls up!

Get the tutorial at Table & Hearth.

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Corral Your Keys

Never forget your keys again thanks to this colorful wood slice key holder. Paint the front in bold, vivid colors, so you can’t miss it on the way out the door.

Get the tutorial at The Crafted Life

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Hang Your Phone

We’re willing to bet your charging station is a disorganized mess, but there’s a solution. Turn a bottle of baby lotion into a cell phone holder that hangs from the charger. Now, everything’s in one place—and it’s way more streamlined than a jumble of cables.

Get the tutorial at Make It & Love It.

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Hide Your Drying Rack

Ugly, bulky drying racks = not cute. If you do your laundry regularly and have lots of clothes that just can’t go in the dryer, attach this DIY folding rack to an empty wall.

Get the tutorial at Gem & Em.

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Slide Your Laundry Baskets

Laundry baskets strewn around the house or stacked in piles in your laundry room sounds like something out of decor nightmares, but don’t stress. A simple-to-build dresser allows you to slide your laundry baskets in and out when you need to use them — and store them in between washings. Genius.

Get the tutorial at Ana White.

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Organize Spices

Spices are tricky things to store: Magnetizing them can be expensive, and takes up wall space. Storing them in your cupboards means you’ll spend a lot of time digging around in search of the cumin. That’s why we love this lifehack so much: It’s an insanely simple solution to an annoying problem.

Get the tutorial at Reddit.

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Color Your Keys

We’ve all been there: Which one’s the backdoor key again? Paint each key with a different color to differentiate them — using nail polish is the easiest method.

Get the tutorial at Popsugar.

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Make Stair Tread Bookshelves

Shelves can be pricey, so a cute, customizable DIY option totally welcome. These shelves are an inexpensive option when you’re seeking out lots of wall storage.

Get the tutorial at Teal and Lime.

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Store Cleaners Vertically

Shower caddies aren’t just for your shower. Use a tension-based shower caddy in the laundry room to store your detergent, cleaning supplies, towels, and any other odds and ends.

Get the tutorial at Lowe’s.

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Make A Rolling Vanity

This IKEA hack may be our favorite yet. Finding space for a vanity can be difficult, especially in small apartments — but if you could get that vanity to roll? It’s perfect.

Get the tutorial at Polkadot Chair.

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Clip Your Chargers

This super easy hack is about to make your life so much easier. If you like to charge your electronics on your nightstand, attach a binder clip to the side. Thread the charger through the clips, and ta-da — your cord will never be lost beneath your bed again.

Get the tutorial at The Pampered Mom.

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