DIY novices may feel intimidated when facing home improvement projects that require considerable skill. Luckily, there are numerous beginner-friendly projects that will keep them busy while building confidence.
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1. Reupholster a Footstool
Give your footstool new life by covering it in vibrant fabric. This easy DIY project is great for first-time upholsterers and can be completed within one afternoon.
Remove existing staples and nails by turning the footstool upside-down and using a nail/staple remover. Next, cut around old fabric or foam from its frame using scissors or razor blade to free them of their adhered-on staples and nails.
Fabric can be cut for the seat of the stool, then folded and tacked down before buttons were attached at each corner for a final touch. You could paint or gild its legs a color to coordinate with the fabric, or even make this project more challenging by adding printed or patterned fabric!
2. Make a Mason Jar Oil Lamp
Lighting is an essential element of home life, yet upgrading an old fixture doesn’t need to be an intimidating DIY project. Whether your goal is energy savings or simply getting new light fixtures for your space, upgrading an old fixture is an effortless DIY solution that provides instant satisfaction.
Repurposing old mason jars to create lamps is easy – simply screw in a lightbulb and enjoy! No special materials or skills are needed for this project.
Scent-infused candle-like lamps can set an intimate and romantic dining atmosphere or just brighten up any room, and they’re far less costly than buying store-bought oil lamps! Making one yourself is also one of the easiest DIY projects for beginners – just use short cotton wicks suitable for vegetable oil!
3. Make Photo Booth Props
Make your photo booth truly shine by crafting custom props yourself. There are numerous free templates online or you could visit thrift shops or vintage shops to collect items that would look good as props – cameras, musical instruments, telescopes, binoculars, mirrors or old ship and car steering wheels are great sources for inspiration!
Feathers make for great hats, paint items into frames or masks and string paper circles as colorful confetti! To add text to your props you can either use a vinyl cutter (such as Cricut), or cut the shape and then resize it using Design Space by selecting both the shape and the text and clicking “Weld.” You can change its color while also resizing for different effects.
4. Refresh Your Mason Jar Set
Candles are one of the go-to DIY projects for beginners looking to break into craft work, offering an excellent way to begin. Mason jar candle toppers with decorative designs provide another creative option to add color and fragrance into your home decor.
Spray paint can be an indispensable asset when it comes to giving mason jars an instant makeover, just be sure that when choosing the paint label it specifies that it’s safe for glass surfaces.
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5. Make Your Own Bath Bomb
An exceptional bath bomb can elevate the experience of your relaxing soak, providing soothing oils and aromatic scents that help soften skin.
Though making DIY bathroom bombs may seem ambitious for beginners, the recipe is straightforward and uses pantry staples you already have available. Plus, your customized bath bombs can make great presents!
Add sparkles for an unexpected splash in the tub, or something extra for kids such as mini toys, rings or charms they can find when it dissolves. Press the mixture firmly into molds for at least an hour or overnight to increase chances of non-cracked bath bombs when removed from them.