Come fall, we tend to stick around the house most of the time, enjoying family and friends time or chilling with a cup of hot chocolate or tea and a good book.
But those most active among us might get a bit bored, secretly wishing they could do something fun, useful, challenging and engaging. This is what DIY projects are for, isn’t it?
There is no greater satisfaction than getting involved in a heartwarming little project and seeing its results with our own eyes. And there is no greater pleasure than letting creativity flood through us while we craft simple yet amazing things with our own hands.
Want to spend a rainy weekend to make something that all your loved ones will enjoy? Look no further, as we have 5 ideas of small DIY projects you can passionately engage in during a laidback weekend.
1. Old Windows Upgrades
Aren’t you already tired of looking at the old wooden window frames with no glass and no purpose you store in the garage? You can turn them into a bragging board by upgrading them to the status of vintage photo frames. This is what you should do:
- Take a window frame and scrap that old paint it still has on it.
- Paint the frame in a color that goes well with the interior design of the room – go for warm browns to match furniture, bold, vivid colors to create an accent wall or even cover the frame in acorns you glue with a hot glue gun and some patience. There are plenty of ways to decorate your home with acorn crafts and fall is the season to unleash your creativity.
- Fix the frame on a wall inside the house with bolts – you may need a drill gun.
- Separate the vertically placed frame into equal sides and fix thin wood sticks with nails to make it look like a rack.
- In the middle of each square add a cute photo of your family members.
And voila, now you have a true vanity wall and a piece of handmade art to showcase in the living room!
2. Pebble Placemats and Coasters
Always wanted to turn your porch into a true cozy corner of Paradise to host parties and dinners? Great! You will need some cool placemats and coasters for plates and cups, and the ones you can buy in any store are so… mundane! Why not doing some of your own with flat pebbles?
- Get some circles of wood or felt
- Get your hands on as many flat beach pebbles as you can
- Take your glue gun out and stick the pebbles onto the circles as close as you can to achieve an apparent stone placemat.
This makes a great addition to any garden party or dinner as the pebbles placemat is able to withstand very hot pots, bowls, and pans.
3. The PVC Pipe Shoe Storage
This is a pretty famous DIY project that many people already tried and tested true. If you have heard lately around the house that everybody leaves their shoes all over the place and something needs to be done about it, this weekend is your chance to save the day and get all the praises. This project is particularly useful for those who live in apartments and small studios – the more room you make for personal belongings, the more spacious the space will seem.
- Get a 6″x10′ PVC pipe or bigger (men’s shoes tend to occupy more volume) and cut in equal sides unless you can’t convince the store to cut it for you.
- Take some grit sand paper and smooth all round edges for a neat look.
- Glue the pipe pieces together with a hot glue gun in a vertical, horizontal or honey bee shape depending on the space you want the storage to fit in.
- If you want to get truly creative, decorate the pipes as well: paint them in a brown paint to make them look like wood logs, apply glue and wrap them in yarn for a rustic look or use glued colored paper for a spark of color and contrast in the house.
4. The Fairy Garden
This is a very nice project you can engage in with the kids and ignite their love for nature, arts, crafts and DIY projects as well. A fall fairy garden can look amazing and has the same educational value for children as science projects do.
- Take an old bucket or bowl (you can also use an old drawer or a plastic basin) and fill it with earth, moss and plants. In fall you can use chestnuts and acorns for decorations, together with twigs and branches or dry leaves.
- Add some miniatures and have your kids enjoy a lovely fairy garden they can further decorate and maintain over the season.
5. Mason Jar Light Lamps
If you want to make a nice lighting addition to the home or the patio, you can make your own fairy lights to place here and there around the house for a magical atmosphere all throughout fall and winter. In comparison to other quick weekend DIY projects, this one doesn’t need a lot of supplies or hard work:
- Get a few clear glass jars
- Get your hands on some glitter and glow in the dark paint
- Fill in the jars with the glitter and have the glow in the dark paint do its work. You can follow a tutorial or get your own creativity to finish up the details.
These are just a few little weekend projects you can have fun with by yourself or together with kids and friends. What is your favorite one? Would you make one of these or do you have other ideas?
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