There are few hobbies more rewarding than being able to make something with your own hands that you’ll be able to enjoy and use for years to come. Aside from personal satisfaction and the chance to learn new skills, tackling easy DIY weekend projects at home can be a great way to bring the family together and achieve a real sense of accomplishment.
If you’re new to the DIY scene, knowing where to begin can be the trickiest step of all! We’ve put together some easy projects to get you started and grow your confidence to take on bigger and better things.
Easy DIY Weekend Projects
- Make Your Own Roman Shades
- DIY Kitchen Backsplash
- Make Your Own Craft Glue
- Store-Cut Shelves
- Fix Your Own Appliances
- DIY Coasters
- Reusable Sandwich Bags
If you don’t have a lot of sewing experience, making full-on curtains can be a daunting project! But if you have a small window you’d like to make more attractive and want to get your feet wet, then Roman shades are a great weekend project to build your confidence with. All you’ll need is an iron, your material of choice, and a sewing machine. Find step by step instructions here!
I also love the DIY Roman Shades tutorial on All Things Thrifty.
Kitchen alterations can cost a fortune, but if all you’re looking for is to add a splash of color or create an interesting focal point, making your own backsplash is a really fun project that everyone in the family can get involved with. If you’re nervous about using a more permanent style, then using stick-on vinyl is a great beginner’s option.
Better yet, the style, color and patterns are all up to you, so there’s endless scope for creativity, and your design will definitely be one of a kind! And even though vinyl is very affordable, it’s also very durable, and will last for years if you decide to keep it. Just make sure to clean the surface thoroughly and allow it to dry before you start applying your vinyl shapes.
If you or the kids love your craft projects, you’ll probably know that craft glue or ‘mod podge’ can get used up at an alarming rate. And while it isn’t the most expensive craft supply out there, it really does all add up – so why not learn to make your own? And all you’ll need is flour, sugar, vegetable oil and vinegar! Find full instructions here.
Once it’s done, you can use it for decoupage, transferring photos or pictures onto surfaces, making fabric projects and even decorating furniture!
Many of us would love to be able to make our own furniture, but not quite enough to invest in fancy saws and power tools. If you’ve been thinking of a project, then there’s no shame in having the store you buy your wood from cut the pieces for you, and simply assembling it at home. (All the satisfaction with none of the potential loss of fingers either!) Basic bookshelves, bedside tables, storage boxes and magazine racks all make great beginner projects. Just don’t forget to take all the measurements along with you!
Let’s face it, appliance repairs are usually best left to the experts – but there are a few simple fixes you can do yourself. Fixing noisy refrigerators, cleaning smelly dishwashers, replacing broken electric stovetop burners, and rewiring plugs are just some of the fixes you can do at home. Of course, it goes without saying that you should always call in a professional if you’re unsure – and please remember to turn the power off first too.
These are another great project that you can rope the kids in for, and they make a great little family memento – plus, they’re super useful! One of the easiest materials to work with is corkboard, and you can make whatever shapes you prefer, although good old fashioned squares are the easiest to cut. Create a stencil on paper, and use acrylic paint to create whatever designs you like once you’ve cut them out. Of course, you’ll need to whip out some of that homemade craft glue we mentioned earlier to seal the finished coasters once you’re done!
This is another really quick little sewing project that’s great for beginners and busy moms (and dads!) alike. And with more and more people trying to decrease their use of single-use plastics, they’re sure to earn you some environmental brownie points too. All you need is some laminated cotton or oilcloth, some Velcro for sealing with, your sewing machine, and about 15 minutes! After they’ve been used, you just throw them in the laundry with the rest of your washing.
My favorite tutorial is found on The DIY Mommy.
We hope you’ve found at least one project that inspires you to do something a little different this weekend! Pin this post so you can come back and try all of them!