Given the total lack of choice when it comes to decorative shelf brackets, making your own DIY shelf brackets is the way to go!
Make a set of colourful coasters using air-dry clay and Sharpie pens. Easy to make, you can make them for yourself - or as a gift.
Use pine offcuts to make a colourful, personalised pot trivet that you can keep for yourself or give as a gift. It's also a great Mother's Day gift idea.
We show you how to make your own waterproof Bud Vases with air-dry clay. It's so easy and air-dry clay doesn't need to be fired in a kiln.
Here's a very simple way to make your own rope baskets. You can find sash cord at your local Builders store.
Use reclaimed wood pallets to make a decorative succulent planter for indoors. Very affordable and easy to make and you can adjust the dimensions to make a larger or smaller planter.
I have been wanting to make a wooden lantern for the garden for ages, especially after seeing the exorbitant prices they ask for ready made wood lanterns.
Use air-dry clay to make a selection of handcrafted bowls that are wonderful for gifts for any occasion - or for Valentine's Day.
Hanging plants are a wonderful way to bring a touch of the garden to your indoor spaces. We look at crafty ideas for hanging plants.
Corrugated and sheet metal is one of the most widely used materials in the construction industry. Reasonably inexpensive and easy to work with, we put together some unique uses for corrugated sheet in the home.
Here's a simple way to turn glass jars or vases into wonderful candle votives for an inexpensive holiday display.
Have fun and indulge your inner child with this great innovation from Consol. Consol's Colouring in Jars are a fun and creative project that the whole family can enjoy.
Burlap is a woven fabric made from jute, hemp or similar fibre. Found at most fabric stores, burlap offers an inexpensive way to make your own home decor and accessories.
You can make these decorative air dry clay bowls for your home, or they would make the perfect gift for a friend.
Pom-poms are so easy to make and you can use colourful yarns to create a wide range of holiday and decor accessories.
This wood and string lamp is fun to make, and you can arrange the string into so many different variations for a lamp that is truly unique.
There are some really stunning silk flowers that you can buy, and we show you how to use silk flowers to dress up champagne glasses for a special occasion.
Use affordable mosquito nets to add a romantic touch to your outdoor living areas and keep hungry mozzies at bay.
For those that don't have access to a kiln, air-dry clay is a wonderful way to craft pieces. Here's how to make a decorative air-dry clay bowl.
This functional and stylish copper pipe side table also works as a wine bar. Hard to believe this is a DIY project that you can complete over a weekend.
Here's how to transform a plain mirror into a romantic feature using lace and Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint.
Vermont Sales have just unpacked their full range of letter and number punch sets for stamping wood, metal and leather. Each letter set has a full set of alphabet letters from A to Z and the numeric sets have the full set of numbers.
Using half a sheet of plywood, some pine dowels and knobs, all from your local Builders Warehouse, you can easily make this designer shelf as a DIY project.
This Saturday we did a faux pewter workshop on request. Quite a few DIY Divas have commented on my faux pewter wall art and wanted to know how to make their own.
In this project we make the picture frames themselves a feature by covering them with art paper. You can substitute this with handmade paper, scrapbooking paper, or even wallpaper.
Bring a dash of nature indoors with a few fern fronds and inexpensive frames and add a unique feature to a plain wall.
I normally have shopping lists all over the place and when it comes to buying what is needed something is always forgotten. I made this practical shopping list holder to hang on a wall in the kitchen using a few inexpensive supplies.
These decorative concrete spheres can be used for small plants or herbs, or spray the inside with Rust-Oleum Metallics, pop in a candle, and add unique lighting to your next outdoor event.
Here's a colourful PVC pipe desktop organiser that you can make to keep your workspace organised. Colour blocking with paint adds a fun design element.
A couple of years back I bought a wire cupcake stand as a gift for a friend. It cost around R200 but appears to be no longer available locally. So here's how to make your own wire cupcake stand... cheap!
Bathrooms always need storage for essentials. This rolling bathroom storage unit can store plenty plus, you can customise the size and shape for your space.
Concrete, in its many forms, is being used an architectural and artistic material. Top young designers are getting crafty with cement to craft unique concrete decor.
This quick and easy shelf is made using a couple of polystyrene corbels, a scrap of timber or board, and some moulding.
When the weather is hot you want cool breezes through open windows, and this easy mosquito screen is a decorative way to reduce these annoying pests.
Here's an easy way to add a new look to a plain, inexpensive low-pile, coir, sisal or jute rug. All you need is some paint and masking tape!
This quick and easy project uses a pine offcut, some strips of moulding and a roll of aluminium roofing tape to make a pretty candleholder.
Here's a way to repurpose aluminium cans into an attractive plant holder to add a touch of greenery to any room in a home.
Ping pong balls are an inexpensive way to make your own contemporary lighting, especially when combined with LED or CFL light sources.
If you are struggling to corral the clutter, we've put together a selection of clever ideas that you can easily put into practice to help keep your home clutter-free.
Re-purpose an old door or drawer front, or make a basic tray using SupaWood offcuts, and dress up with tile to make a pretty breakfast tray.
Nail polish usually ends up tossed into the bottom of drawers or crammed into a make up bag. With this Nail Polish Carousel you can have all your colourful bottles within easy reach.
Filling up a blank wall behind a sofa, or creating art for a feature wall, can be expensive if you have to buy. We show you how to use affordable plywood, a Dremel Multitool and Woodoc stain and wax to make your own wall art.
Wood is so easy to work with and you can use offcuts or buy pine at your local Builders to make your own wooden wall decor.
I was looking at an empty cupcake tray (after eating all the cupcakes... on my own) and thought it would make the perfect mould for small succulent planters.
This seaglass frosted votive holder is perfect for your home or as a gift. Engrave a butterfly design onto the glass, or your choice of design.
This vintage-style bedside lamp is made using mock licence plates, PVC fittings and galvanised pipe and accessories. What a wonderful finishing touch for a boy's bedroom.
Brit + Co come up with brilliant ideas, and in this article we share jersey fabric or t-shirt yarn macramé plant hangers that feature in Brit Morin's latest book 'Homemakers'
These simple wooden serving trays with handles have a relief design that you can customise to make your own beautiful trays for parties and celebrations.
We offer a selection of handmade wooden lamps and lights that you can make as a weekend project using basic tools and materials you can find at your nearest Builders, or source locally.
Every home needs art in one form or another, and we show you how to make a bold statement with large format frames for art, posters or enlarged photos.
Here's a fun way to turn terracotta pots into stylish serving stands. All you need are some terracotta pots and Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint that you will find at your local Builders.
Forget about whiteboards and messy chalkboards... make this glass memo or menu board and spray the back of the glass with any Rust-Oleum colour to match you existing decor. To clean simply wipe the glass and write again!
Still struggling to come up with gift ideas? Buy some terracotta pots at Builders Warehouse, add painted decoration, and fill with a beautiful arrangement of succulents.
For anyone who enjoys DIY projects like making picture frames, the Tork Craft Picture Framing Kit is a great gift to give or receive.
With access to Internet, buying secondhand furniture has become a popular trend when combined with today's ability to paint furniture with ease.
After being given a tin of Rust-Oleum Chalked ultra matt paint, I couldn't wait to transform this secondhand Oregon Pine dresser.
If you are looking for a new hobby, leather tooling allows you to craft leather into a variety of practical and decorative accessories.
I am already constantly reminded that
Christmas is just around the corner. In
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thought it might be nice to start adding easy DIY gift ideas that you can make with love and give to family or friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Super easy to make, once you have made one of these fabric poufs you will want to make more.
A secondhand chest of drawers is transformed using cut mirror panels and Rust-Oleum Universal Titanium Silver spray paint.
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.
There are so many ways to use paint, fabric or wallpaper to turn average furniture into statement pieces with WOW factor!
In this project you will find instructions to make a tub chair and upholster in your choice of fabric.
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.
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.
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.
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
Turn a bamboo bread board or cutting block into a wall clock and be constantly reminded to 'get it done'
Dremel asked me to try out the new Dremel Fortiflex and do a project for Mother's Day to show how easy it is to use this tool - due to be launched soon.
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
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.
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!
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.
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...
Turn a cardboard box into a quick and easy lampshade that can easily be dressed up or down for any room in a home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!