Galvanised pipe garden table

Make your own unique table for the garden using galvanised pipe and pine planks. You can make this galvanised pipe table in a day and save money.

 

 

Bathroom storage bench

Make a storage bench using laminated pine shelving and pine planks that you will find at your nearest Builders. It's easy to make and will only take an hour or so.

 

 

Make a small drop-leaf table

It's easy to make this drop-leaf table that you can mount onto a wall. When not in use, fold the support over to lower the top.

 

 

Tough stepstool toolbox

Here's a stepstool-cum-toolbox that's built to be tough... tough enough to support a big guy.

 

 

Quick Project: Pine bookcase

Use laminated pine shelving to make this wooden bookcase / display shelf. The unit assembles easily and can be taken apart in a jiffy.

 

 

Plywood or SupaWood toy box

This versatile toy box is fun to make and fun to use. We show you how to make two different toy boxes - using stain or paint.

 

 

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Easy slat bench

This pine slat bench is easy to make and you can finish in your choice of wood tint and paint colour. Buy all your supplies at your nearest Builder store.

 

 

Kids play table

This child-sized play and craft table will inspire creativity. Featuring work and storage space and chairs that are just the right size. Use a ready-made top and ad a few angles and gentle curves for style.

 

DIY trestle console table

Use laminated pine shelving and pine planks to make a Trestle Console Table in a jiffy that will cost around R300!

 

Make a pedestal table

Here's how to make a pedestal dining table or side table using pine and supawood that you can buy at your local Builders Warehouse. Finishing it off in shades of grey with Prominent Paints Premium Satin Silk.

Laptop or meal tray

I recently had to spend a few days in bed but couldn't be separated from my laptop. The solution... a laptop tray that would allow me to work and also serve as a tray for meals!

 

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Doggie steps

I have a pair of Dachshunds and one is getting on in age. To help them climb onto the bed I made a set of storage doggie steps.

 

Wooden lantern for deck or patio

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.

 

Baby's first home!

Make an interesting hideaway for baby using materials and supplies readily available at your local Builders.

 

DIY skills every women should know

We have entered a new age... where women don't have to rely on the man of the house - or their dad - to fix things in and around the house.

 

Creative Easel

Let your child express their creativity with this easy easel. The easel sits against a wall and has a handy tray for art supplies.

 

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DIY hanging tables

Hanging tables have become very popular and offer the perfect bedside solution for a small bedroom.

 

Dog house veggie garden

Here's a way to combine a portable kennel for your dog with a small kitchen herb garden. Wheel it around and place it in the best position - it's totally mobile!

 

Easy DIY standing shelf

Follow this step-by-step to make a handy standing shelf that you can  use as a coffee table for the living room, nightstand in the bedroom or practical shelf.

 

Secret shelf

Make a secret shelf to hide small valuables and documents. Once closed, the secret shelf is invisible.

 

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DIY crate room divider

We show you how to make a simple room divider using wooden crates, and that can be completed in three easy steps in about five hours.

 

Steel frame table with wood top

After showing different techniques to finish off my steel frame table, I have now finished the table with Woodoc gel stain and sealer and used Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint on the base.

 

Make a skateboard rack

Make this skateboard rack for your kids, or it's a great gift idea. We sprayed outs with Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint.

 

Lamp made using string and wood

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.

 

Simple, practical DIY storage closet

Use SupaWood or SupaLam to make this practical storage closet that can be mounted inside an existing frame or onto a wall.

 

 

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Workshops for DIY Kids

This year we are bringing back our DIY Kids workshops. We believe that the next generation should know how to use assorted tools and understand basic techniques, especially when woodwork and craft is no longer offered at schools.

 

Mobile storage cart

Make a storage cart - any size you want - that can be used for storage underneath a worktop or in an empty space.

 

 

Rust-Oleum Chalked tabletop

After making the square tube steel frame [below] for the side table using Connect-it adaptors, here's how I used Rust-Oleum Chalked spray paint to finish off the table top.

 

 

Steel frame side or coffee table

Now you can make your own steel furniture using Connect-it, a range of connectors that can be used in conjunction with 25mm and 38mm square steel tube.

 

 

Wall mounted bedside table

Pop into your local Builders Warehouse for laminated pine to make this wall mounted bedside light and table combination.

 

 

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Pine outdoor storage bench

This outdoor storage bench is perfect for a deck or patio where you need extra storage, seating or a table. It looks great and will hold up well outdoors if properly treated. Lift-off panels allow for easy storage.

 

Ingenious designer shelf you can make

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.

 

 

Plywood floors becoming a popular trend

Since my original post some years back, plywood floors are definitely trending with those homeowners looking for affordable flooring that offers something unique.

 

 

Secret compartment wall shelf

If you have some free time this weekend, here are some ideas for making a quick and easy secret compartment wall shelf for all your small valuables.

 

 

Affordable pine and plywood headboard

Make this affordable DIY pine and plywood headboard to fit any size of bed. You can even adjust the height to accommodate for an extra high mattress. Finish in your choice of paint colour or wood tint.

 

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It's never too late

Next year the DIY Divas celebrate 10 years of DIY workshops and during this time they have empowered close to 8,000 men and women in various aspects of using power tools, woodwork and basic home maintenance.

 

Quick Project: Wooden spice rack

Some scraps of pine and an hour to space are all you need to make this decorative spice rack for your kitchen.

 

 

Make a dollhouse bookcase

Here's how to make a dollhouse bookcase for a little girl's bedroom and that offers plenty of storage space. It's made using 16mm SupaWood that you can buy - and have cut to size - at your local Builders Warehouse.

 

Wood wall for every man-cave!

For those men who fantasize about their very own mancave - that special space where you can put up superhero posters and figurines of yesteryear, watch some uninterrupted football games - here's a great idea for making a storage wall.

 

Pullout crates to contain clutter

Here's a clever way to use the storage crates we made to set up a pullout storage system that can be used to store items and contain clutter almost anywhere in a home.

 

 

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Easy to make Upholstered Headboard

This upholstered headboard adds a stunning feature to the bed, and yet it's so easy to make. Plus, it's extremely affordable if you shop around for fabric.

 

 

Bracelet and bangle hanger

I made this bracelet hanger for all my bangles and bracelets. The design is very simple and I have provided different finishes in a wood tint or using Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint. It's great for a little princess, for your hubby, or for those of you who have a large selection of bangles and bracelets.

 

Crate storage for bathroom or bedroom

After featuring a project on bathroom storage crates I received numerous requests for instructions on how to make these crates. This article shows how easy it is to make your own crates for a bathroom cabinet, side table or bedside table.

Make a braai cart or prep station

Get a head start on spring projects. Ideal for use indoors or outdoors, this mobile braai cart offers plenty of additional prepping space and ample storage space for braai tools and beverages!

 

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When to DIY or buy

I'm an avid DIY fanatic who loves to make decor accessories and furniture. But I don't make everything I own - I have come to know my limits and what I can and cannot make on my own. So when do you DIY or buy?

 

Make your own dining tableĀ 

After seeing the R6000 price tag for a wood dining table, I decided to make my own at a fraction of what it would cost to buy one. The project was actually very easy and only took a weekend.

 

Easy ways to transform a pine dresserĀ 

Make your own or buy a ready-made chest of drawers, there are so many ways to turn the humble, pine chest of drawers into a spectacular feature piece. 

 

 

Quick Project: Corbel shelf

This quick and easy shelf is made using a couple of polystyrene corbels, a scrap of timber or board, and some moulding.

 

 

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Father's Day gift idea - bottle holder

Simple in design, you can easily make this Father's Day gift using pine and leather straps - or repurpose an old leather belt.

 

 

Paint storage cabinet

Every workshop needs to be organised for maximum efficiency. In this feature we show how to make your own paint storage cabinet.

 

 

Upholstered kiddies chair

After making the kiddies table and chairs as a project for Home-Dzine, a friend of mine asked me to make one for her daughter's bedroom. She also requested I upholster the seats.

 

 

A wooden coat tree painted to match a bedroom

Use 12mm or 16mm Plywood or SupaWood and colourful paints to make a coat tree to help keep children's bedrooms neat and tidy.

 

 

Nail polish carousel

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.

 

 

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Wooden play mobile

This simple wooden play mobile won't cost much to make and you can add colourful or interesting shapes, homemade toys or eye-catching items to keep your little one occupied.

 

 

Turn a bought door into a fold-down worktable

This fold-down worktable is perfect for the craft or DIY enthusiast who doesn't have a lot of space, such as in a spare bedroom, shed, or garage. When not needed, the worktable folds down flat against the wall.

 

Make a chest of drawers or storage cabinet

Andrew Harris offers a variety of easy DIY plans for furniture that is reasonably easy to make using pine. We feature a couple of his popular projects that you can knock up without too much fuss.

 

DIY t-shirt folder

If you're a fan of Big Bang Theory you may have seen Sheldon use this t-shirt folder during the show. It looked simple enough to make, and with a bit of prodding from an avid reader I decided to make one!

 

DIY mobile kitchen island

This project was designed for EASY DIY magazine and for all you Kreg pockethole jig owners. It's a simple design that is extremely easy to assemble and allows you to add on extra elements if you want to.

 

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Make a basic solar oven

Making your own solar oven is one way to cut down on electricity usage. Even a basic solar oven can be used to defrost and perform as a slow cooker. Here are instructions for a basic solar oven that won't cost much to make.

 

Easy floating shelves for a bathroom

Make these simple decorative floating shelves for a bathroom and create an instant feature. You can use the shelves for storage or to add decor accessories.

 

 

DIY kiddies table and chairs

Designed to be sturdy, this table and chair set is just perfect for a child's bedroom. Although this set is painted white, you can paint in any colour you like using Prominent Paints select sheen or Rust-Oleum 2X colours.

 

Upholstered ottoman for hair styling accessories

I made an upholstered ottoman as a comfortable stool to fit under my (small) dressing table. The ottoman has a removable tray and can store all my hair drying tools and accessories.

 

 

Quick and easy shoe organiser

Don't let shoes cause clutter in a closet. This quick and easy shoe organiser can be modified to any length and is perfect for organising all your shoes.

 

 

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Find the treat! Intelligent toy for smart dogs

A creative idea you can make yourself by using Dremel tools is this intelligent toy with a drawer and pull cord. Fill the drawer with a home-baked dog biscuit and you have the perfect, interactive dog toy for your four-legged friend.

 

Here's a round up of our Top 10 DIY projects for 2015

If you missed some of our projects during 2015, we put together a round up of some of our more popular DIY projects.

 

 

Make a reclaimed pine riddling rack

Riddling racks were used for aiding the fermenting process when making champagne. The simple design for a riddling rack makes them ideal as wine racks, and you can easily make your own riddling rack.

 

DIY Divas workshops for 2016

Get a head start on your DIY skills in 2016 by signing up for a DIY Divas workshop. Workshops for the Randburg venue have been loaded for the new year.

 

 

Race car bed

This DIY race car bed is a reasonably simple project that you can make in a couple of days with a few basic power tools.

 

 

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Kreg offers 6 handmade gift ideas

This festive season why not give handmade gifts made with love. The Kreg community offers a selection of 6 handmade festive gift ideas.

 

 

DIY giant jenga game

I came across quite a few tutorials for this giant jenga game that is so easy to make using pine and then all you need are some friends to let the fun begin!

 

 

Educational blocks with chalkboard spray paint

Here's how you can use pine offcuts to craft an educational toy for a young child. These colourful chalkboard blocks can be used in so many ways.

 

 

DIY pine bedside table finished with Rust-Oleum Chalked paint

Pop into your local Builders for some PAR pine and make this easy bedside table finished with Rust-Oleum Chalked ultra matte paint.

 

 

DIY make a workbench for your mitre saw

This workbench for a mitre saw allows you to cut long lengths with ease and be able to move the saw around should you need to. Buy everything you need at your local Builders and make your own workbench.

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Make a door or window awning

Using your basic welding skills, or asking a friend to do a small welding project for you, allows you to make your own door or window awnings. An awning not only provides welcome shade during the hottest part of the day, but also adds decorative appeal to any home.

Kiddies storage chair

Use PAR pine and MDF to make these kiddies chairs with storage tray. You can paint them any colour using Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint or use wood stain or tinted varnish.

 

Outdoor table with built-in ice cooler

Here's a great project you can do in a weekend using supplies that you will find at your local Builders. This outdoor table has a built-in ice cooler to keep all your summer refreshments cold on hot, hot days.

 

Build a cat play stand

I have had quite a few readers ask me for instructions to make a cat play stand, so here it is. This one is made using 16mm particle board that is inexpensive and easy to work with.

 

 

How to make a shadow box

You can use a shadow box to display your favourite decor accessories. To make a shadow box all you need are some pieces of pine or board and moulding for the front.

 

 

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Make a chest of drawers with heart cut out

This chest of drawers has three spacious drawers and beautiful heart cut outs in the drawer fronts. The entire chest of drawers is painted and distressed to give it a vintage effect.

 

 

DIY shelf ideas

Shelves are an excellent way to add more storage to any room in a home, plus you can make up shelves that match your existing style of decor.

 

 

Trendy DIY box sofa

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Heart mirror for little girl's bedroom

This adorable heart-shaped mirror with storage shelf is easy enough to make and you can use Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint to finish in your choice of colour.

 

 

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DIY chest of drawers with variety of finishes

Ikea furniture is popular around the globe for its affordability and practical designs but it never really took on locally because here in SA we are not very fond of flatpack furniture. Here's how to make a Malm-style dresser or chest of drawers that is sturdy and functional and you can finish it to match your home decor.

 

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.

 

 

Make a tub chair, upholster and make a slipcover

One of my favourite and most comfortable chairs is a tub chair. These days a tub chair can cost anywhere from R1500 upwards, but you can make your own for a fraction of the cost. I don't care if they are trendy are not... they are comfortable and if you can upholster or make a slipcover in your choice of fabric.

 

Add detail to an interior door

Plywood or MDF strips applied to interior doors add a new level of detail to plain hollow core doors.

 

 

Quick and easy footstool

I have been needing a footstool in the family room for quite a while and finally got around to making a quick and easy footstool.

 

 

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DIY self-supporting bicycle stand

This self-supporting bicycle stand is extremely easy to make and you can make out of scrap wood, or pop into your local Builders for PAR pine to make the bike stand.

 

 

How to make underbed storage drawers

If you need extra storage in a bedroom, making underbed storage drawers with caster wheels allows you to pack away bed linen, winter blankets, clothes, shoes, or use as storage for children's toys to free up space and contain clutter in a bedroom.

 

Chunky floating shelf

There are many ways to make your own chunky floating shelves and here is a collection of the best and easiest ideas for chunky floating shelves.

 

 

Bathroom shelf and towel rail

This practical bathroom shelf and towel rail is made using Meranti, but you can substitute with pine or board to match your bathroom decor.

 

 

Easy peg hanging rack

Use a piece of pine, plywood or MDF, a 25mm dowel and some Rust-Oleum 2X UltraCover spray paint to make this dowel hanging rack.

 

 

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DIY Drop-leaf table

I have received plenty of requests on how to make a drop-leaf table and most of the instructions you find are extremely complex. This DIY round drop-leaf table is easy enough for anyone to make.

 

Pine coasters

I came across this project on BHG and it's a great way to put offcuts to good use. I often have leftover pieces of 69 x 69mm PAR pine and you don't need much to make these pine block coasters.

 

Rocket or spaceship bed

This rocket / spaceship bed was made for a little boy who loves anything to do with space and I thought it might be nice to show you how easy it was to make the bed.

 

 

Makeover pine furniture

Pine furniture is reasonably affordable but doesn't add much in the way of style. We show you how to makeover plain pine furniture into more attractive pieces.

 

 

How to disguise or hide a litter box

A litter box can be an eye-sore, even if you empty it as often as possible. Here are some ideas on how to disguise or hide a litter tray that your cat will enjoy - and you will find practical and useful.

 

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DIY desk with clean lines and desktop storage cubby

Here is a desk that you can make that has storage shelves on the sides, and a storage cubby in the top for books or files - to keep the desktop clutter free and neat.

 

 

Easy wine rack, bookshelf or display unit

I noticed this project on Popular Woodworking and while it's a very simple woodworking projects, the finished result is great. You can use the modular unit as a wine rack, as a free-standing or wall-mounted bookshelf, for storage or as a display shelf.

 

DIY approach to knockdown furniture

As our natural resources become increasingly scarce, we need to look at alternative ways to make use of less. Using less is just as beautiful, as can be seen with the Knockdown range from Louie Rigano.

 

Heart design clothes rail

This adorable clothing rail with heart cut outs would add a finishing touch to any little girl's bedroom and is the perfect accessory if you daughter loves to play dress-up.

 

 

Home Design and Home Improvement apps for your phone

Now you can increase your home design and home improvement skills simply by tapping your phone. There are so many apps on the market (free or at a small cost) that go a long way to making your home decorating and home improvement projects easier.

 

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Modular cube desk for child's bedroom

This modular cube desk is perfect for a child's bedroom - boy or girl. Stack up the storage cubes, fit doors or shelves and finish off with a cube seal with extra storage. 

 

 

Garden love seat

This slatted garden bench makes the perfect love seat for a garden. It's very easy to make and finished with Woodoc 25W water-borne sealer.

 

 

Variation on the 3-in-1 table

When you need to work late at night, which many of us often do, having a portable laptop stand makes it comfortable to work in bed. This is a variation of the 3-in1 table made earlier this year.

 

Rustic pine or reclaimed wood bookshelf

Make this rustic pine or reclaimed wood bookshelf to the size shown in this project, or adjust the length to fit into a specific space.

 

 

Practical desk for child or teen bedroom

This trendy desk is made using 16mm MDF from your local Builders and painted with a Bosch PFS spray gun. The modern design blends will most bedroom styles and it offers storage drawers for school supplies or stationery.

 

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Baby steps... wooden stools for toddlers and tots

These baby step stools are fun to make and small children can use then as seats or as a step stool. Small children have difficulty reaching a sink, or climbing on a toilet and these sturdy baby step stools make it easier.

 

Make a wooden photo frame

Use PAR pine and pine moulding to make a wooden picture or photo frame that can be stained or painted to match your existing decor.

 

 

Bedside cabinet with tongue and groove

Pine tongue and groove is inexpensive and allows you to make affordable projects with timber that are rustic and practical. This bedside cabinet is easy to make and won't cost you a fortune at around R450 for the materials.

 

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...

 

 

Vertical planter

Make this vertical planter using blocks of reclaimed wood, threaded rods and nuts, and some recycled food jars or mason jars.

 

 

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