28 Stunning DIY Home Decor Ideas on a Budget

Want a home makeover without breaking the bank? These 28 quick and easy home decor projects will transform any space into a stylish haven.

Creativity 10 min read Oct 21, 2022


Decorating your home doesn’t have to be expensive. With a little creativity and ingenuity, you can transform your space into a stylish haven without breaking the bank. Here are 28 stunning DIY home decor ideas that will do just that.

From wall art to table centrepieces, there are plenty of ways to add personality to your home without spending a lot of money. And, best of all, many of these DIY projects can be completed in just a few hours or less!

28 Ideas on How to Make DIY Home Decor

Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy update for your living room or a more ambitious project for your kitchen, these budget-friendly home decor ideas are sure to inspire.

#1 Brighten a room with stylish curtains

Curtains are one of the easiest ways to change the look and feel of a room. They offer privacy, control light, and add colour or pattern. Just add curtains to your windows and you can brighten up your home without spending too much money on decorating. You can find plenty of inexpensive curtains at discount stores or vintage options on sites like Etsy.

#2 Paint your own DIY abstract artwork

Creating your own abstract artwork is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to add some colour to your space. Think of an interesting pattern, get it on canvas or paper, and then just paint over it in your favourite colours. You can even use just paint pens or markers; they are great for drawing shapes and patterns to decorate your walls.

#3 Make a dyed rug

If you have an old rug that you are no longer using, then consider dying it a new colour. This can be done in several ways: You can add several cups of food colouring to the water when washing the rug. You can buy a dye kit from your local craft store. You can use fabric paint if you prefer not to use dyes. If you want something truly unique, try using a stencil to transfer a design onto the rug. Just like new and it will give character to any room!

#4 Create a statement sofa

When you think of a sofa, most people picture a large piece of furniture that will take up a lot of space in your living room. But with the right design, you can create an eye-catching statement sofa without having to sacrifice comfort or style. Try picking bright colours like purple and orange to create an ultra-modern look, or opt for neutral tones like grey or beige if you want something more classic. If you’re looking for something more fun and whimsical than traditional sofas allow but don’t have enough space in your home for a full recliner, consider investing in a chaise lounge.

#5 Update your kitchen cabinets on the cheap

If you’re looking to update your kitchen without spending a lot of money, one of the easiest ways to do so is by refreshing your cabinets. Give them new life by painting them in bold colours like purple or red and adding some fun hardware to the drawers and doors. If you don’t have enough space for new cabinets, just replace just a few pieces with ones that are more modern or streamlined than what you currently have.

#6 Personalise your space with monogram pillows

Pillows are a great way to personalise your space, but they can be expensive if you buy them from a retail store. You can purchase pillowcases from thrift stores for cheap and then simply add a monogrammed pillow insert inside of them. Or why not sew your own? All it takes is some fabric, thread and a sewing machine.

#7 Distress furniture for a shabby-chic look

Think your furniture is looking a little too new and pristine? Give it a shabby-chic makeover! This can be done by sanding down the piece of furniture to remove any wax or lacquer coating that may have been applied, then staining it with dark coloured stain. You can also add some wear and tear with sandpaper or even some fingernail polish!

#8 Create texture with rustic storage boxes

Adding some rustic storage boxes is a great way to add texture to your space. You can find them at any home store and they come in a variety of sizes and colours. If you don’t want the plain wooden look, paint them a bright colour or even wrap them with wallpaper! Or use natural materials such as wood and moss to create a warm environment.

#9 DIY a shelf from old pallet

Some people have old pallets just lying around. If you’re one of those folks, why not repurpose it into a DIY shelf? This is a fantastic way to create some extra storage space in your home and make use of something that would otherwise go to waste. Paint the pallet any colour you like, then glue pieces of wood across the top for added support.

#10 Make colourful DIY resin coasters

Love resin? Then, this DIY project is for you. Create colourful coasters by mixing up some resin, adding a few drops of food colouring and pouring it into small containers such as shot glasses or cups. If you like, you can mix the resin with your chosen colouring and glitter, before pouring it into moulds of your choice. Leave them to set overnight before removing them from their respective moulds and using them as coasters for your drinks!

#11 Build decorative wall shelves

This project is just what you need, if you’re looking to add some extra storage space to your home. All you need are some wooden shelves and paint in a colour of your choosing. Simply measure out the dimensions of each shelf before painting them with an acrylic based paint that will allow them to be wiped clean easily once finished. Once that’s done, simply place them on the wall wherever you like!

#12 DIY a hanging frame with hardware and twine

You can easily create a hanging frame in your home. All you need is some hardware, twine, and a picture frame. Simply attach the hardware to one side of the frame, then tie the twine around it so that it forms a loop. Once you’ve done that, thread it through the other side of the frame and tie it to create a knot. You can then hang your picture in the centre of the loop and voila! You have yourself a DIY hanging frame.

#13 Upcycle a bookshelf using… old books!

Here’s a unique and eye-catching bookshelf that will add style to any room in your house. Start by gathering some old books, a saw, and some screws. Next, measure out the dimensions of each book before cutting them down into smaller pieces with your saw. Once that’s done, place them on top of each other (taking care not to let them overlap) until they reach the desired height before securing them together with screws!

#14 DIY a pendant light fixture

There’s a cheap and easy way to create a stylish pendant light fixture. All you need are some old bottles, some string, and some hooks. Simply cut each bottle in half at its widest point before placing the string through them (taking care not to let them overlap). You can then secure these pieces together using the hooks.

#15 Upcycle a wood pallet clock

Talk about a DIY home decor idea! Here’s another project you can do with old pallets, using a hammer, some nails, and a clock mechanism that you can purchase from any hardware store. Simply nail the pieces of wood together in the shape of a rectangle before nailing it to the back of your clock mechanism (making sure they don’t overlap). You can then decorate the outside of your clock with paint or stain and voila! You have yourself a beautiful, rustic wall clock.

#16 Make miniature clay and resin succulent planters

What a neat way to practise your gardening skills! You will need a few things: some clay, resin, and plant cuttings of your choice. First, mix up the clay and water in equal amounts (a ratio of one part clay to three parts water should do) and shape them into small balls using your hands. Next, place the balls of clay into a container and leave them to dry overnight. Once they have dried, you can use your hands or a tool to create small holes in the middle of each ball. Fill those holes with resin and place your cuttings on top of each one. Leave them in a place where they won’t be disturbed for about a week, then take them out and water your succulent plants. The resin will hold onto the clay, allowing it to slowly release moisture over time as needed by your cuttings.

#17 Craft a framed macrame wall hanging

Can’t get enough of succulents? A macramé wall hanging is a fun way to display them at home and it provides additional moisture, keeping your succulents moist and healthy. Hang it in a sunny area from a hook or on a nail. If you’re using wire, make sure that it is strong enough to hold the weight of your vessel and succulents.

#18 Upcycle a bathroom organiser

Don’t throw out your old bathroom organisers, until you’ve tried this project. Take your organiser and cover it with wrapping paper, wallpaper, or tissue paper. Simply cut out shapes from the wrapping paper or tissue paper, then lay them over the surface of your organiser until you’re happy with how it looks. Once you’ve finished decorating it, use hot glue to secure the edges of your new design onto each side of your organiser. Colourful, decorative, but inexpensive!

#19 DIY a hanging light bulb terrarium

Hanging terrariums are a fantastic way to add some greenery and colour to your living room, bathroom, or other spaces. You can make one out of old light bulbs by drilling holes into the top and bottom of each bulb, then hanging them using a fishing line. Add some plants and stones and use glue or tape to secure them into place so that they don’t fall out when you hang them up.

#20 DIY storage baskets for kids toys

Anyone who’s got kids will have a lot of toys lying around. Repurpose old shoe boxes to make some DIY storage baskets! Just cut out holes in the sides of each box and decorate with fabric or paper. You can also use this project as an opportunity to teach your child how to sew – let them cut out their own designs using felt pens or markers, then let them stitch them onto the boxes using thread. If you have a lot of toys and don’t want to spend money on expensive storage baskets, then this is a great way to save some cash!

#21 Create accent wall art

DIY home decor projects don’t have to be weeklong projects. Accent walls are a great way to add some much-needed colour to your home without spending too much money. You can make an accent wall from pieces of fabric, wallpaper or even paper bags! If you have a lot of old magazines lying around the house then why not cut out some pages and use them to create a collage on your accent wall? This is a fun project that kids will love doing with you; let them choose the pages they want to use and help them stick them onto the wall using glue or tape.

#22 Make a chic DIY coffee table

If you have an old side table that you’re not using anymore and it’s in good condition, then why not give it a new lease on life by turning it into a coffee table? You could simply paint the entire surface or use some chalkboard paint to create a fun and unique look. If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, then you could glue some tiles onto the table top. You can find tiles in all kinds of colours and patterns so there’s no shortage of ways to customise your DIY table.

#23 DIY a spice rack

Consider making your own spice rack, if you have a few spices that you use regularly. You can use an old wine rack or any other type of wooden shelf as the base, and then just decorate it with some paint and paper to create something unique. If you’re looking for something a bit more permanent, then you could use some glue and small nails to make old spice jars stick to the surface of the shelf.

#24 Make a rustic tabletop succulent planter

Bring the outdoors in with succulents! They’re easy to care for and require very little water, so they won’t die on you if you forget about them for a couple of days. You can use small mason jars or any other type of container as the base, and then just decorate it with some paint or paper. If you want something more permanent, then consider glueing stones onto the surface of your planter so that it looks more like an actual rock than just a vase filled with dirt.

Not enough wall space? Don’t let that stop you! You can use anything from vintage frames to picture mats and old books to create a unique piece that adds character to your home. If you don’t have any old paintings lying around, you’ll surely find a few interesting pieces at an antique store or flea market and breathe new life into them!

#26 Use glass jars as containers

If you have a lot of extra glass jars lying around, then consider using them as containers. You can use them for holding flowers or other types of plants, or you can simply fill them with sand and place candles inside of them to create a unique candle holder. Perfect for the DIY minimalist home decor lovers out there.

#27 Add a bit of character with wallpaper

If you have some wallpaper that is damaged or old, you can still use it as wall decor. Cover up an ugly wall with it, or hang it up on the ceiling for a unique look. You can also paint over the wallpaper with several layers of colour for a more modern look. This will also allow you to use the wallpaper again without having to purchase new sheets of it.

#28 Wooden wine box storage

If you have a wooden wine box that is no longer being used, then consider turning it into storage for your home. You can use this to store shoes and other accessories when they are not in use. Depending on the size of your wine box, you may be able to use it as extra storage space in a closet. This is especially useful if you have limited space and need somewhere to store items such as winter coats or jackets during the summer months.

The possibilities for stunning DIY home decor are endless, even on a tight budget. With a little creativity and some elbow grease, any home can be transformed into a stylish and inviting space. These 28 ideas are just a starting point for inspiration. So get creative and start making your own budget-friendly home decor today.

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