If you’re on a tight budget but really want to restyle your home then check out these inexpensive and ultra stylish decor ideas that are super easy to make!
1. Yarn Wrapped Wine Bottles by Noreva Projects
All you need for this amazing craft are a few old bottles, yarn, mod podge/glue and a pair of scissors. You’ll need to take your time with the first bottle, working your way down from top to bottom – and even though it gets a bit messy, it’s most definitely worth it, as these bottles could be used as decorative pieces in any room in your home!
2. Tension Rod Shoe Storage by aloyallove
Shoes getting out of hand? No problem, just fit a few tension rods for an immediate shoe rack – no drilling required! Okay so this is more of a storage idea than a decor idea, but I actually love the look of a wall covered in high heels! The great thing about using tension rods for shoe storage is that you don’t need a drill or any tools to put them up – it literally takes 5 mins to put up 5 tension rods – instant shoe storage! I’ve actually done this myself (as I’m renting and my landlord won’t let me drill any holes in the wall) and it’s been a total game changer in terms of my shoe storage. Seriously you have to do this
3. Sequin TB Roll Sunburst Mirror by meijosjoy
Here’s another great recylcling project! If you have some spare PVC piping lying around (cardboard tubes may also work) then you simply cut it into very thin slices and glue it together and add some sequins (or whatever you have to hand) for some decoration…how very cool!
4. DIY Pegboard Headboard by sugarandcloth
Who says awesome decor can’t be practical! Pegboard is a really cheap way to create a funky headboard that will act as a focal point in your bedroom. You can add your own eclectic items to it to create your own personalized decor. And putting it up on your wall can be done in a couple of hours!
5. DIY Party Animal Magnets by sugarandcloth
If, like me, you’re always forgetting things, then why not craft these cute animal magnets where you can post little reminders on your fridge, but in a really funky, decorative way!
6. Affordable Branch Pendant by decor8blog
This branch pendant wouldn’t go amiss hanging in Pottery Barn, but you can make this yourself for a fraction of the cost. If you can get your hands on a large branch (from a tree or one that’s fallen in a nearby wood) then your halfway there. You’ll also need 4 cables and some clear lightbulbs – and you’ll perhaps need an electrician to fit it.
7. Moroccan Candle Holders by cremedelacraft
These decorative candle holders are so simple to make and are a great addition to any room. All you need is a few glass jars or bottles, glass paint (oh, and an oven!). These would also make great gifts and can be used on balmy summer evenings to create a decadent vibe!
8. How to Make a Dreamcatcher by Kim Crystal
Check out these awesome dreamcatchers made by using craft feathers, wooden beads and Perle 5 thread. These are a perfect decoration for that empty space on your wall where you used to have those Justin Timberlake posters..
9. Upcycle an Old Door Into a Coffee Table by MrFixitDIY
Ok just check out the colors on this recycled door/table! I know a lot of you will have old doors and tables in your shed or garages and if not you can pick them up really easily online. You’ll need a bit of elbow grease for this project but seriously what a unique piece of furniture you’ll have when you’re done. Please note: To make the table functional you’ll need a piece of tempered glass to go over the top of it.
10. Driftwood Seahorse by creativeinchicago
Here’s a great craft idea for all you beach lovers! First you’ll want to draw out the shape of the seahorse on to a piece of cardboard and then glue in the pieces of driftwood (based on their length and how they fit in). There’s a little bit of work, but its actually really fun work, more like doing a jigsaw puzzle!
11. Driftwood Shells and Sparkle by poindextr
Here’s another great way to fill those blank spaces on your walls (rather than just using ubiquitous mass produced paintings). If you can get your hands on a large branch or piece of driftwood then you can embellish it with strands of beads, seashells and chandelier prisms. So pretty and unique: there will only ever be the one you make yourself!
12. DIY Lighted Letters by homeheartcraft
There’s a lot of tutorials for lighted letter signs out there – but we reckon this is the easiest! Each letter should only take about ten minutes each and will add such a funky vibe to your home decor. Check out the tutorial for very thorough instructions.
13. How to Tint Mason Jars by HGTV
Hands up…who’s got about 400 glass jars put away because you can’t stand the thought of throwing them away? Well it’s time to bring them out and give them a new lease of life with this awesome craft tutorial. By using food coloring you can create these really pretty jars, perfect for vases, candle holders and a whole load of other things.
14. Autumn Leaf Bowls by hello-lucky
Bowls made from leaves…really? Really! And better still you won’t have to wait until Fall to make these – as they’re faux leaves (which wou can pick up online or in your local craft store). You’ll also need some mod podge, a foam brush and a balloon. (PS – some people have actually used real leaves – so if you’re feeling brave why not give it a go!)
15. Antique Frame Jewelry Holder by iamlikehearted
This is a great way to upcylce an old frame into something practical and beautiful – and if you don’t have one to hand it’ll give you the perfect excuse to get down to your local flea market to pick one up! You’ll also need some linen, hooks and white chalkboard paint.
16. Origami Paper Cranes by The Makers Tribe
Here’s another really inventive way to add color to any room (especially good for those of you who are renting and can’t add any permanent changes). You’ll need a good day to get as many birds done as shown in the above photo, and when your done you can use Blu Tack (white) to stick the string to the ceiling, and allow those birds to fly!
17. Dresser Makeover by April Bee
Here’s a great way to add some color to your old dresser – and use up spare scraps of colored fabric you may have lying around the home.
18. Chrysanthemum Mirror by addicted2decorating
Really love this tutorial. You’ll need to get a few supplies down at your local craft store – including about 300 plastic spoons (but they should only cost about $8 in total). Once you get the spoons into place you can paint them different shades to give a really awesome ombre effect.
19. Branch Swing Shelves
This would be such a great addition to any childs room! You’ll alos be able to show your children how to create things using things you can find in your garden. All you need are some branches, braided rope and screws. The shelves aren’t meant to hold anything heavy so if you have young children it’s important to keep them well out of reach!
Tutorial Branch Swing Shelves
20. Ping Pong Ball Pendant
This is such a fun little idea! What you need to do is pick up a bag of ping pong balls (you can get them cheap online – and will need about 180) and spray paint them in different colors. You’ll need to drill holes into each of the balls and tie them all to the lampshade structure, so there’s a little bit of work – but for the end result, its definitely worth the effort.
Tutorial Ping Pong Ball Pendant
21. Dollar Tree Gold Organizer
You haven’t lived unless you’ve completed a dollar store crate tutorial and what a way to start with this gold and marble style organizer. You’ll need 9 crates that are held together with zip ties, then its the fun part – spraying it all gold! (You’ll probably use an entire bottle in the process). Then you finish off with some marble sheets bringing the cost of the total project to about $25 and timewise your probably looking at half a day. Time well spent!
Tutorial Dollar Tree Gold Organizer
22. Tension Rod Hacks
In the never ending battle to stay organized we all need a secret weapon in our lives and without question it’s the unassuming, humble tension rod (it even looks like a magic wand doesn’t it, or am I getting carried away?). Anyhoo, the list of jobs they can accomplish around the home is endless and the best thing is – you don’t need any power tools. Also, they don’t cause any damage to walls, which is a real bonus to renters like me! So if you need to organize your shoes, jewelry, spray bottles, or pretty much anything…then don’t delay get yourself some tension rods…or magic wands as I call them 🙂
Ps – I’ve tested a number of tension rods – and the ones I’ve linked to below are the best: super strong and grip the walls really well.
Tension Rod Storage $12.99
23. DIY Pom Pom Rug
Imagine waking up every morning and putting your feet on this super soft rug..I’d end up being late for work everyday! Anyway for the rug in this tutorial you’ll need about 10 skeins of yarn and it seems the fluffier the yarn, the less you’ll need. It’s also recommended to use polyester/wool as they are washable and cheaper than other materials. In terms of colors, you can follow whats in the video or come up with your own color scheme to match your room – the possibilities are endless. Another good tip is to use a non slip base especially if you have wooden floors.
Tutorial DIY Pom Pom Rug
24. Dollar Tree Faux Mirror
Who has a $1,000 bucks to buy one of these mirrors at Z Gallerie? Not me that’s for sure, but I’m definitely going to make the one in this tutorial and pretend to everyone I’m super rich…ha! The project cost comes in at about $60 and you can get the silver plastic plates online or your local dollar tree store. And the finished item looks amazing and will look great anywhere: living rooms, bedrooms or even your work studio!
Tutorial Dollar Tree Faux Mirror
25. Crate Bench Hack
Not only is this an awesome piece of furniture it also doubles as storage for items you need easy access to. Once you have your supplies to hand, two crates, white spray paint and wood board, you could get this project completed in about an hour. Again, no power tools were harmed during the making of the bench, just a whole lotta gorilla glue and some clamps to keep it all tight! You can also add some cushions for extra comfort.
Tutorial Crate Bench Hack
26. Dollar Tree Curtain Hook
Here’s another renter friendly tutorial that doesn’t need any power tools, yay! And what I love about this home decor idea is that no-one ever thinks to bling up their curtain hooks so it really is great for making your decor look that little bit more audacious. You can grab these elephants at your local dollar store and then just spray paint and add command strips. Amazeballs!
Tutorial Dollar Tree Curtain Hook