I love a good DIY project, but here’s the thing…I love the idea of it, more than I like the actual doing of it.
When I started this blog, I had big dreams about creating and featuring countless DIY projects – I have a DIY cupboard filled with unopened jars of paint, untouched sandpaper, rolls of twine, and a mountain of fabric scraps to prove it! But the truth is, if a DIY project takes more than 15min to make, then I turn into Procrastination Princess. Case in point: I have the most beautiful mid-century dresser, which I bought for next to nothing during one of our first EC city trips almost a year ago, that is still desperately waiting for a good old sanding, and a fresh coat of paint; and packed away in a cupboard somewhere, are the cutest vintage mini wire photo frames, bought from our local thrift store for R5, which I started sanding for all of 15min before I got bored. So. The jig is up. I am a DDIY (Don’t Do It Yourself) aficionado. But, instead of beating myself up about it, I’ve decided to rejoice in the DIY triumphs of others, and so today I’m featuring a few DIY projects that I’ve been crushing on lately…
Scandi Trivet Trays
First up, a lovely Scandi-inspired DIY from The Lovely Drawer. Like Teri, I’m forever scrambling around for a cloth/magazine/piece of paper to protect table surfaces from heat and scratches, and these trivet trays are the perfect solution. I love everything about this project – the material, colours, and the fact that it adds a touch of style even when not in use!
Eucalyptus Wall Hanging
Eucalyptus + wall hanging = perfection. I just love Sarah Sherman Samuel‘s take on the modern-day wall hanging. And you can totally put your own spin on it by playing around with the length of dowels and yarn, and the type of greenery. This is the perfect solution for that empty space of wall above your bed/television/bath.
Tribal Pattern Cushion
If you have a spare white pillow case, and a black fabric marker lying around, then this pillow project from Passion Shake is officially the easiest DIY in the history of ever! I love the simplicity of this pattern, and as an alternative (and something less permanent) you could use black yarn, instead of a marker, which will add a bit of texture too.
I’ve been following the crafty ladies from The Merry Thought for some time now and I just love the beautiful simplicity of their DIY projects. This little beauty dock is perfect for those of us who have to chase light around the house when applying makeup 😉 AND it doubles up as storage – clever!
Painted Terracotta Pots
Calling all plant ladies! This DIY from The Beauty Dojo is such a lovely project to make for your own home, or as a gift for a friend. Terracotta pots are easy to come by – if I can find them in a town with no traffic lights, then you should be able to find them at your local nursery 😉 – and fairly inexpensive. Add some paint and twine, and alphabet stamps as an optional extra. So darling!
Okay. So I might need to rethink my view on DIYing – these projects are ridiculously cute, and super easy to make. I’m totally inspired. DIY party, anyone…?
Have a great weekend, lovelies!