Ten DIY home hacks for broke girls


Amy Richardson

Save coin and craft your own shibori tablecloth. [photo: <a href="http://tutsplus.com/authors/eleanna-kotsikou" ...

Save coin and craft your own shibori tablecloth. [photo: Eleanna Kotsikou]

No need to wait for payday to add a few cute pieces to your home. "If you’re prepared to put in the time and scout around for the materials, you can easily make on-trend homewares without a lot of cash," says craft and design blogger Rebecca Lowrey Boyd of Wee Birdy

Check out these crafty ideas for budget savvy babes...


Make a hanging shelf from a bamboo steamer basket. [photo: <a ...

Make a hanging shelf from a bamboo steamer basket. [photo: A Pair And A Spare]

Round hanging shelf


Bamboo baskets aren’t only good for steaming dumplings, as Hong Kong-based blogger Geneva (from A Pair And A Spare) found when she was looking to DIY a round hanging shelf. She used a Stanley knife to cut out the woven base of a 38cm basket, then wedged a sheet of plywood in the middle. Neon pink rope adds a pop of colour.

Check out A Pair And A Spare for the full story.

Go troppo with this fun and fruity DIY. [photo: <a href="http://thelovelydrawer.com" target="_blank">The Lovely Drawer</a>]

Go troppo with this fun and fruity DIY. [photo: The Lovely Drawer]


Shibori tablecloth

"A big trend in homewares right now is shibori, which is an ancient Japanese art of binding and dyeing fabric," says Rebecca of Wee Birdy. "Invest in an indigo dye kit (buy online or at a craft shop) and round up your old white sheets, pillowslips and cushion covers. Then find a free online shibori tutorial – the ones at Tuts+ are great – and follow the instructions on how to bind and dye your fabric. You’ll create unique indigo patterns and the results look really amazing."

We heart decals for instant style cred. [photo: <a ...

We heart decals for instant style cred. [photo: The Lovely Wall]


Fruity pouches

Everyone loves a pineapple print, and you can DIY this fashionable fruit onto plain fabric pouches or cushions with homemade stamps and fabric paint from craft stores.

Update furniture with the ombré effect. [photo: <a href="http://gemmola.com/" target="_blank">Martina Gemmola</a>; ...

Update furniture with the ombré effect. [photo: Martina Gemmola; styling: Ruth Welsby]

Cut out a pineapple shape from a sheet of rubber, then coat in paint and get stamp-happy, advises Teri Muncey of The Lovely Drawer. “Everyone can make my DIYs,” says Teri. “That's always important to me when I'm thinking up projects. I want to make things people really want but they won’t need design training in order to do them. I love DIY because it makes for a cheap way of updating and creating original items for your home and there's a sense of achievement when you've made it yourself.”

Visit The Lovely Drawer for the full fruity project.


Turn a vintage suitcase into a bed for your kitty. [photo: <a href="http://www.takecourageblog.com/" ...

Turn a vintage suitcase into a bed for your kitty. [photo: Take Courage]

Reclaimed timber shelves

Constructing your own shelving doesn’t have to involve a Tafe course in cabinetmaking.

Create custom cabinetry by installing shelving brackets, then slotting in panels of reclaimed timber – in this DIY, Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth used Ikea ‘Ekby’ brackets for an industrial vibe.

Embrace the copper trend with these faux planters. [photo: <a ...

Embrace the copper trend with these faux planters. [photo: Brittni Mehlhoff]

Visit Sugar and Cloth for the full tutorial.


Wall decals    

Easier to apply than wallpaper and a lot more affordable, decals are a fun way to transform a plain wall into a cute space that expresses your personality. Try them above a fireplace or on a wall behind a favourite piece of furniture to turn that area into a focal point.

Check out the awesome range at The Lovely Wall on Etsy or at Down That Little Lane.


Ombré painted chest

When decorating on a budget, paint is your friend. Sample pots or 500ml pots can be picked up for less than $10, and you can use them to makeover dated furniture in a few hours. The ombré effect, as seen on this chest of drawers updated by stylist Ruth Welsby in Haymes Evans Delight, Haymes Meandering Stream and Haymes Pitty Pat, is easy to create.

Find instructions through Haymes paint.


Confetti candle

Mason jars have been having a moment for a while, which means you can pick them up for a bargain in junk shops and discount stores. They’re the perfect vessel for homemade candles – just add soy wax flakes, a wick and, if you’d like to create the sweetest DIY ever, colourful cupcake sprinkles! Blogger Beth from BethCakes is to thank for this yummy idea – get the recipe here.   


Vintage suitcase cat bed

Pet paraphernalia is pricey, and not always easy on the eye. A gorgeous solution? Cover a vintage suitcase with pretty paper, then turn it into the ultimate snooze spot by filling with cushions and your cat’s favourite blanket.

Check out the full instructions on London blogger Cat’s website, Take Courage.


Coconut planter

Next time you enjoy fresh coconut water, don’t throw away the shell – blogger Justina Blakeney can show you how to upcycle it into a quirky planter. You’ll need to remove the flesh, drill holes in the base for drainage, then get creative with Sharpies or fabric to decorate it.

For the full DIY, click here.


Faux copper pots

After falling in love with a beautiful yet exxy copper planter, craft queen Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper N Stitch Blog came up with an ingenious get-the-look. She used copper coloured contact paper to cover cardboard folded into hexagon shapes. She then slotted succulents in their plastic pots into their faux copper holders.

Find details on Curbly.