Picture framing kit

For anyone who enjoys DIY projects like making picture frames, the Tork Craft Picture Framing Kit is a great gift to give or receive.



Secondhand saves you a bundle

With access to Internet, buying secondhand furniture has become a popular trend when combined with today's ability to paint furniture with ease.



Use paint to achieve 3D effects

After being given a tin of Rust-Oleum Chalked ultra matt paint, I couldn't wait to transform this secondhand Oregon Pine dresser.



Leather tooling for fun

If you are looking for a new hobby, leather tooling allows you to craft leather into a variety of practical and decorative accessories.



Easy DIY Christmas gift ideas... Wooden plant holder

I am already constantly reminded that Christmas is just around the corner. In the spirit of this I
thought it might be nice to start adding easy DIY gift ideas that you can make with love and give to family or friends.


back to top

Olfa cutters and knives for all your craft and hobby needs

The Olfa range of cutters and knives covers a wide range of tools for almost all craft and hobby needs and even includes kits for quilters.



Plastic paint container = pendant lamp

I love featuring projects that upcycle plastic waste in new ways and this project shows how I turned a plastic paint container into a colourful, trendy pendant lamp.



Easy geometric concrete planters

Make your own arrangement of concrete planters and fill them with colourful succulents. They look wonderful on a coffee table or dresser, or to add a touch of greenery to a bathroom.



Re-upholster an old chair

This old chair might not look like much before, but after some re-upholstery and TLC it becomes a stunning piece. You can pick up a similar chair for around R50 and spend about R100 on materials and supplies, for a beautiful chair that only costs R150 in total.


Delicate wire chandelier

Here's a wonderful way to use thin- and medium-gauge wire to craft a decorative wire chandelier that you can hang indoors or outdoors. Dress up your patio with a wire chandelier fitted with tea light candles, real or battery, or even small solar lights.


back to top

Painted spring baskets

Freshen up some old baskets with a coat of paint and then cut scented flowers to dry and fill your home with the fragrance of spring.



Faux pewter trinket box

If you love the look of pewter, using aluminium tape as an alternative is easy and inexpensive and you can buy a roll at your local Builders. This trinket box is intended as a gift for a friend who loves pewter work, and I love working with aluminium tape.


Spring flower stand

I hate to throw anything out and have been collecting the plastic containers for QuikWood. Now I can use them to make an easy flower stand for a spring display of fresh flowers.



DIY space saving closet ideas

Most homes have basic built-in cupboards for closet space and many don't have plenty of space, so here are a few space saving ideas for closets.



Tufted ottoman replaces glass coffee table

When a new baby arrives, a glass and steel coffee table is not exactly a child-friendly option. Here's how to make a tufted ottoman table to fill the space.



back to top

Sew up a comfortable pouf for your home

Super easy to make, once you have made one of these fabric poufs you will want to make more.



Chest of drawers becomes eye-catching piece

A secondhand chest of drawers is transformed using cut mirror panels and Rust-Oleum Universal Titanium Silver spray paint.



Fabric wrapped charger plates

These fabric wrapped chargers are made using Masonite / hardboard cut into circles and wrapped with your choice of fabric. Make them for your spring table, a special celebration, or a unique wedding place setting.


Turn average furniture into stunning statement pieces

There are so many ways to use paint, fabric or wallpaper to turn average furniture into statement pieces with WOW factor!



How to make a tub chair and upholster in your own fabric

In this project you will find instructions to make a tub chair and upholster in your choice of fabric.



back to top

Knock-off designer metallic mirror frame

Megan at 'the homes I have made' transformed her bedroom with painted furniture and new accessories. What I found striking in this room setting is the metallic silver mirror. Bought for over R1000, you can easily make this beautiful mirror at a fraction of the cost with a few materials and supplies that can be found at your local Builders.


1-hour picture frames

With the arrival of my new router table I have been making plenty of picture frames. These colourful frames are sprayed with Rust-Oleum 2X in fresh hues.



Ideas for a grocery list

Instead of hunting around for scrap paper we put together some ideas for making a DIY brown paper grocery list. All these ideas are quick and easy to make with a few supplies from your local Builders.


Turn paraffin hurricane lamp into LED lamp

I used old spotlight fixtures to turn paraffin lamps into LED lights using Lumi Straight Candle LED bulbs from Lumi LED. Lumi LED are offering 2 lucky readers the opportunity to WIN a hamper containing 4 Lumi Straight Candles


Bamboo wall clock

Turn a bamboo bread board or cutting block into a wall clock and be constantly reminded to 'get it done'


back to top

Action figurine table lamp

Inspired by a project that I saw on instructables, here's how to take all those action figures and turn them into a quirky table lamp for a boy's bedroom



Wood art with Woodoc wood gel and wood glue

I had some pieces of pine left over from a project and decided to use wood glue and Woodoc gel stain to make wood art. I show two different options, one using wood glue and the other using Bostik deco glass paint that you will find in the craft section at your local supermarket.


Transform butler's tray with Rust-Oleum 2X

Nancy - one of our DIY Divas - is busy decorating her daughter's bedroom and asked me to transform a plain, black Butler's tray using Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint.



No-sew faux Austrian blinds

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to dress up a window you will love this no-sew faux Austrian blind alternative. All you need is a glue gun and some fabric!



back to top

Colourful pencil necklace

Here's a fun way to upcycle coloured pencils into a colourful necklace. You can make for yourself or give as a gift - it's a unique present for Mother's Day.



Armchair tray with book or magazine storage

After posting this armchair tray for drinks, books or magazines or facebook, readers requested that I post a step-by-step for this quick and easy project, so here it is...



Quick and easy cardboard lamp

Turn a cardboard box into a quick and easy lampshade that can easily be dressed up or down for any room in a home.



Cement candle holders

Grab a box of Polycell Rockset and some yoghurt cups and make these cement candle holders. This is a quick and easy project that's great if you need to dress up a table for a party of special occasion.


Floating pool noodle beverage bar

Use a pool noodle and plastic storage box to make a floating beverage bar for a swimming pool and enjoy lazy summer days by the poolside.


back to top

Handy holder gift idea

I stumbled across this amazing DIY project idea on etsy and thought it might be a great DIY idea for a Valentine gift. This handy stand is perfect for a bedside table to store all personal and essential electronic items conveniently.


Galvanised and copper pipe industrial lighting

You can make this industrial style lighting for a home with galvanised pipe that you can buy from steel merchants or local suppliers, and using copper pipe and low voltage lighting from your local Builders or lighting supplier.


Cake tray with decorative routed edge

Routers are reasonably inexpensive power tools that can be used to add a decorative finish to projects. We show you how to make a cake board with a decorative edge that can be painted in your choice of colour.


10-minute pencil holder

Use a large branch or small tree stump and your Bosch drill / driver to make this 10-minute pencil holder that is perfect for keeping a study desk neat and organised.


Make a perpetual calendar

Make a perpetual calendar that you can use year after year. With some MDF offcuts, or substitute with materials you already have, this perpetual calendar won't cost much and will last a lifetime


back to top

Fold-up ironing table

Turn a fold-up table into a portable ironing table that takes up very little space in a craft or hobby room, or will come in handy and convenient when you are doing sewing projects.



Revamp an old mirror

Here's how to revamp an old mirror into a wonderful new decor accessories using Rust-Oleum Mirror Effect spray and some glass mosaic pebbles.



Tree stump turned into a stylish coffee table

Tree stump tables are still making appearances in many homes as coffee table and side tables. There's a good reason for this... they are free! There are more than a few tree fellers who will gladly give away tree stumps that are normally headed for the dump, and if you're prepared to pay for the service, will cut a stump down to the perfect size for you.


Make your own candles

Whether it's for a special event or celebration, for the festive season, or just so you don't get left in the dark when Eskom switches off the power, making your own candles will save you bucks and decorate your home with atmosphere and light.


Have fun with Rust-Oleum spray paint

You know I'm a big fan of Rust-Oleum spray paint and I am always on the lookout for ideas for using spray paint in fun ways to add a splash of colour to my home. At a cost of around R80 per tin you can paint almost anything with Rust-Oleum; from plastics to wood. Rust-Oleum is not your average spray paint and offers high coverage even with one coat, which means one can goes a long way!

back to top

Rope wrapped storage basket

Use cotton or cotton-blend rope to transform everyday items into pretty pieces for a home. You can use cotton rope to wrap plastic bins and boxes, and many other items, to create inexpensive and practical storage for a home.


Lounger made of patio birch branches

If you know of anyone having their birch trees trimmed, or know of a tree-felling company in your area, using birch logs to make this modern lounger is a fun way to add a unique piece of furniture to your indoor or outdoor spaces. It's easy enough to make and won't cost much, even if you have to pay for the logs.


PVC pipe curtain rail

There are plenty of ideas of affordable ways to hang curtains, but I still love the idea of using PVC pipe for the rod and ping-pong balls as finials.  Using PVC pipe, a couple of wall mountings and a custom paint job and you can make decorative curtain rods for your entire home for what it would cost to buy one ready-made rod.


Trinket box using Pringles container

Recycle a pringles container into a decorative gift box that can be embellished for any occasion. The one shown here is dressed with beautiful paper roses, but you can finish in any style using wrapping papers, PC printouts and some decorative embellishments.


Easy chevron pattern wall art

Here's an inexpensive way to make your own chevron wall art using wood stain and metallic paint and half a sheet of 9mm or 12mm pine plywood. You can buy pine plywood at your local Builders Warehouse, or substitute with laminated pine.


back to top

Amazing creations made with wire and pliers

Wire crafter, Ruth Jensen, makes the most unique animals and accessories... all made from steel or copper wire. When you think about what you need to get started with wire craft, it's a selection of pliers (round nose and needle nose) and some wire.


Use metallic foil to add a touch of glam to furniture

Metallic foil wrapping papers offer a simple and affordable way to add the lustrous look of metal to any paintable surface. Metallic foil offers a great way to update any piece, whether you want to cover the entire surface or just accent a few select portions. And you can use metallic foil to upcycle and old piece of furniture for your home.

Make a pine chess board

This weekend at the DIY Divas Painting Techniques workshop the Divas made a chess board using laminated pine. The blocks were stained using Woodoc gel stain and the entire board wiped down with liming wax.


Crafty ways to make your own handles and knobs

Handles and knobs can be pricey, especially if you are looking for something different. There are many great ideas for making your own handles, knobs and drawer pulls that will cost practically nothing and finish off your furniture with a personal or quirky touch. Here are a few ideas for knobs and handles to get those creative juices flowing.


Coiled rope lamp shade

Quite often, inspiration for your next craft of DIY project can come from an image you see on pinterest or home decor site. I myself get plenty of project ideas from decorated homes and inspiring interiors by designers. The inspiration for this project came from a home designed by Martha O'hara Interiors.


back to top

Ideas for using rope in the home

A new craft that is trending across the Internet is to use rope, both indoors and out, as a substitute for traditional materials and as a way to incorporate natural materials in home decor. Rope is being used as staircase railings, for fences, and to hang pictures, as well as many more creative ways to use rope.


A couple of handy tips when applying upholstery pins

There are some upholstery projects that can be fiddly and can quickly get you feeling frustrated. One of those is using upholstery pins or nails to decorate or add decorative nailhead trim to upholstered furniture. We found a couple of handy tips that will make the task easier.


DIY basket chandelier

Hard to believe that this modern chandelier is made using a secondhand light fitting and a couple of wire baskets. You could also using plastic hanging plant baskets, or chrome vegetable baskets to make your own chandelier and then finish it off with Rust-Oleum Universal metallic spray paint.


Make a simple yet decorative fireplace screen

Having recently featured a couple of articles on fireplaces, and one in particular that looks at how to block out draughts using a fire screen, I was so glad to stumble upon this project that shows how to make a simple yet decorative fireplace screen.


Home decor that costs you cents!

The other day I was cleaning out old drawers and stumbled upon a jar of one and two cent pieces... remember those! Since this old currency is now useless, I didn't want to throw it away but had no idea what to do with it. How's this idea for vamping up an old vase using cent pieces.


back to top

Colourful winter table centrepiece

It might be winter, but that doesn't mean you can't still add a colourful centrepiece to brighten up a table or room. This zesty lemon and lime arrangement is a wonderful way to lift the spirits and bring fresh aromas into a home.


Dress up a plain interior door

Here's a quick and easy DIY option to dress up a plain interior door. Use pine moulding or trim to add a framed fabric panel to doors. You will find a selection of pine moulding and trim at your local Builders Warehouse, and most fabric stores stock burlap or hessian to add a fabric panel to a door.


DIY vintage picture gallery

I have been wanting to create a vintage picture gallery for quite a while and finally managed to get it done as a project for easy DIY. Although the picture frame is made using 12mm MDF, I wanted it to look more like a vintage cottage window frame, with individual panels for favourite photographs. The frame for the picture gallery was painted and then lightly distressed to make it look more authentic.


How to paint upholstered furniture

I know that there are many readers who will find this project interesting. Having previously posted on painting upholstered furniture, and receiving lots of enquiries on this topic, I thought it might be nice to share another painted upholstery project with you.


Decorative lattice frames for plant pots

Every home should have a few potted plants or herbs, but if you don't want to go to the expense of buying fancy pots, we used 6mm MDF to make decorative lattice frames for plant pots. Now you can place potted plants anywhere in the home and paint the lattice frames to match your existing decor.


back to top

Makeover coffee table with wallpaper

Here's an easy way to give any coffee table and instant makeover... with wallpaper and upholstery nails. A plain white-painted coffee table goes from average to amazing and one-of-a-kind in an hour, and you can do the same with any coffee table.


8 Colourful projects with Rust-Oleum

Rust-Oleum offers an excellent selection of spray painting products that come in an amazing range of colours. Satin, gloss or metallic, Rust-Oleum spray paint offers twice the coverage to make spray painting almost any object quick and easy. You will find the complete range of Rust-Oleum products at your local Builders Warehouse.


Decorative air-dry clay plate

Air-dry clay is so easy to use for a wide variety of projects, and this decorative plate is a quick and easy project. With Mother's Day not too far away I thought it would be nice to share this project by soda pop design, as it would make a nice gift for mom. A nice finishing option for this clay plate is to spray with Rust-Oleum Universal metallic to add a touch of glitz to your decor.


Delicate enamel wire flowers

Hard to believe that this delicate flowers are made of wire and nail polish. Jewellers wire is wrapped to create the shape of the flowers and then filled with a drop of nail polish. While you may need a couple of practice runs to master the technique, but once you do you will want to make lots of these pretty flowers.


Monkey business tree-shaped coat rack

Make a tree-shaped coat rack or hanger out of PG Bison 12mm MDF and paint this in your choice of colour for a fun coat rack or hanger for a child's bedroom. Arrange with your local Builders Warehouse to cut half a sheet down to size, or make more than one and give them as gifts.


back to top

Wire mesh basket for magazines, towels or veggies

This wire mesh basket is perfect for magazines, storing bathroom towels for easy access, as a vegetable basket, or for general storage in and around the home. The basket is made using wire mesh that you can buy at your local Builders Warehouse, as well as a recycled veneer carton and a piece of cork or plywood for the base. Grab your supplies and make one...


Reclaimed plastic bottle petal lamp

I have seen so many gorgeous petal lamps and definitely wanted one for my TV room. Considering that you can pay anywhere from R800 upwards, once again I decided to make my own (!) and look at how to use plastic bottles to make it. I have done so many projects using recycled plastic bottles that I immediately thought about how to use the bottom part of the bottle for the petals.

Make a pool noodle garland

I have seen pool noodles used in many ways but love this idea for making a garland using pool noodles. A couple of colourful pool noodles and you can create a bold, bright hanging display for a special occasion or party.


Transform furniture with ceiling tiles

Plastic ceiling tiles might look tacky when mounted on a ceiling (!) but they sure do look wonderful when added as accessories to vintage furniture. This two-door armoire / wardrobe was decorated with plastic ceiling tiles painted in silver that add a new dimension to the piece.


Table lamp from plastic and rope

This modern table lamp is easy to make using rope and a sheet of plastic, you can even recycle plastic bottles to make the table lamp. The base of the lamp is a pot trivet that you will find at home decor stores, and you will also need 2-core electrical cable, a lamp holder and an on/off switch that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse.


back to top

DIY options for pendant lamps

There are so many creative ways to create your own DIY pendant lampshades. Gather your inspiration from everyday home items, secondhand stores, or your local Builders Warehouse. An inexpensive and simple way to make your own pendant lampshades is to use wire, steel or woven baskets, and we took a look at what's on offer at various home decor stores.


Chinese paper lanterns with style!

If you have a China Mall close to you, or a discount home store, you will find inexpensive Chinese paper lanterns . These paper lanterns are perfect for dressing up for a special event or party, and you can even hang them in your home. The paper lanterns shown in this article are styled with decoupage using a few scraps of fabric and craft paint.


Crafty ideas for using wire

Inexpensive and easy to use, there are so many ways to use wire to create your own home decor and accessories. I've scoured the Internet looking for crafty ideas to use wire for craft and decor projects, and have found plenty. Whether your style is uber-trendy or vintage chic, you're sure to find a wire project that you can try.


Framed perpetual calendar

These framed perpetual calendars will help you to stay organised, plus you can use them over and over. You can print out the months on your PC and frame them behind glass. Use a whiteboard marker to fill in the calendar and then wipe clean for the next month.


Woodburn with Dremel VersaTip and VersaFlame

If Santa brought you a Dremel VersaTip or VersaFlame for Christmas, chances are you can't wait to start using them. Here's a very crafty way to use your new Dremel tools to create wood burnt art for a feature wall. All you need are a couple of pieces of timber or board, your Dremel VersaTip or VersaFlame and a couple of picture hangers.


back to top

Make your own curtain tiebacks

Love the idea of making my own curtain tiebacks with items that can be found at your local Builders Warehouse - and that won't cost much either. These curtain tiebacks are made using hardware, copper pipe and rope.


Crochet a Mandala floor rug

Even if you have never used a crochet hook before, you're going to want to after seeing how easy it is to make a Mandala floor rug. Mandala means circular, and this large circular Mandala rug is made using t-shirt yarn, so start asking around for old clothes and get started!


back to top