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10 Great Inexpensive DIY Home Decor Ideas

Updated on December 28, 2014

DIY Decor on a Budget

I'm about to graduate college and start my life as an actual adult. It's a little intimidating, especially since I'm broke and have to live at home for a while. What's even worse is, that once I do move out and into an apartment, I will have no furniture.

Maybe I'm weird, but I like the idea of having "stuff" in my house other than my clothes and boxes containing remnants of my childhood. That is why I've decided that it's time to make my own home decor. I'll have to spend some money, of course. But at least I can choose every detail of what my furniture will look like.

Now, this isn't just for new movers. If you are looking for some DIY Home Decor projects to "spiff" up your home, then I hope this article will be of some assistance for you. Let's get started!

"Why should I DIY?"

Because Oprah does it! Maybe. And because even Ikea decor isn't as great as you hope. If you want unique decor on a budget, then try some of these tutorials!

Ballard Designs-Inspired Bench

Tutorial from

A great and simple addition for a hallway or study.


72" MDF, cut down at Lowe's to 60"

4 pine legs, 15″ tall

Valspar Black spray paint, satin finish

Foam padding from Hobby Lobby

Quilt batting for softness


Dowel Screws

A drill


Fabric 54" to 60"


Sewing Machine

Knife or box cutter

For complete and visual instructions, click the image above to visit the site.

Fabric Panel Wall Art

Tutorial from How About Orange

Your walls are looking a little...blegh. Why not add some of your own art?


Few yards of fabric (with a large scale pattern)

4 lengths of wood strips that interlock at the corners (made for stretching canvas) 50" and 34" of wood strips, 2 of each size

A hammer

Scissors or a box cuter

A staple gun

An iron

For complete instructions and images on the process for making this, view it at How About Oranges --

Library Book Table

Tutorial from Country Living


Wooden cable spool (usually under $50)

12 three-quarter-inch-thick wooden dowels (that measure at least as tall as the spool when it’s lying flat on either wheel)

a ruler

a handsaw

Sand paper

A drill

a hammer

three casters ($12 for five;

For complete instructions visit the Country Living website here:

Stencil Pillow

Tutorial from Whit & Whistle

A blank pillow cover (I purchased a nice linen cover here.)

Some cardboard

A pencil

A letter stencil (I have this one.)

A fabric marker

For complete instructions, view it here:

Laundry Room Drying Rack

Tutorial from Centsational Girl

This one may not be what you see as being "home decor", but it is a great twist on your typical laundry drying rack.

Afraid to dry your delicates in the dryer? Then why not make a drying rack?

This one takes a lot of time and effort, but in the end, you get an awesome drying rack!


2 x 2' precut birch (1/2 inch thick)

Two 1/2 x 2" poplar boards

Two 3/8" dowel rods (48" long)

Sash lock

Narrow loose pin hinges (set of two)

D ring hangers for mounting on wall

Bracketed hinge for side (or chain with small screw eyes)

Three white porcelain knobs (or you can mix it up and use other ones)

Primer and paint of choice (spray paint works too)

A hammer

A drill

Wood filler


Drill bit set, including 3/8 inch drill bit

Framing nails

A saw

For the complete and visual instructions, click the image above to visit the site, or here,

Window Shades

Tutorial by Pearl Street Interiors

I've always wanted to make my own cute window shades.

This tutorial allows you to put your own spin on something you could just buy.


Tape measure


Fabritac (or another fabric glue - not hot glue)

Mini blinds

Fabric (yardage depends on the size of your window)

For the rest of the tutorial and images visit :

Master Bedroom Magical Moulding

Tutorial from IHeart Organizing

Make your own fancy wall moulding without paying loads of money for someone else to do it.


10 pieces of 8ft x 1 1/8 x 7/16 in polymer cap moulding (from Home Depot)

Measuring Tape

A pencil


A hammer

For other images and complete instructions, visit this link :

More great ways to glamor up your walls:

DIY Questionare!

Which room in your house/apartment are you most interesting in adding DIY furniture to?

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      ehomedesignidea1 4 years ago

      Perfect lens for DIYers! Inspires me to finish my project.

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      krystieb 5 years ago

      love your ideas!

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      RalphLewis 6 years ago

      These are still AMAZING! DIY Art, very inspiring.. Please keep it up!


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      Runnn 6 years ago

      Great tips. I guess I can save a lot by DIY!!

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I really like your decor ideas!

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      catherinelovestv 6 years ago

      great stuff! Makes me want to go to Ikea....

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      catherinelovestv 6 years ago

      great stuff! Makes me want to go to Ikea....

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice work, gunna build a drying rack for my better half now ;-)