We love DIY ideas over here at The Realistic Mama! It’s a great way to bring the family together and save some money. Here are a few of our favorite DIY projects for the home. Note: some are more time intensive, and others could be done with just a free hour here or there.
20 DIY Projects for the Home
1. I’m not sure who came up with this idea, but it is brilliant! No fancy sewing skills required – here is a simple pattern to help you make your own Toy Cinch Sack. Cleaning up just got so much easier.
2. 30 minutes, and you can have your very own, custom made Kid Bean Bag Chair. What kid doesn’t love bean bag chairs?
3. If you are new to the world of sewing, I recommend starting with some DIY Curtains. Sewing straight lines is the easiest thing you can do, and custom curtains are just so cute!
4. This cute Custom Door Mat would be an easy family project, and great way to brighten up your front porch for when guests come to play!
5. Make a new chalkboard for your kids using this homemade Chalkboard Paint. The best part is that they can pick whatever color they want!
6. How many Mason Jars do you have at your house? I currently have 23, serving a variety of purposes – vases, drinking glasses, candy jars. Here are five awesome ideas for ways to Paint Mason Jars to fit your decor!
Projects for Outside:
7. Gear up for summer parties by making this DIY Fire Pit in your backyard. This mom says she only spent $50 on this project!
8. Another way to have fun outside – Make Your Own Cornhole Game. Adults and kids love this classic game, and the design looks easy to follow.
9. If you have an unsightly AC unit in your backyard, here is a good way to “hide” it and protect it from curious kiddos too! This DIY Lattice Screen is a quick fix.
May Require a Drill (and some time):
10. This Bath Caddy would be fun for kids and convenient for Mom (bonus – if she ever can sneak away for a soothing bubble bath, this is great for candles and a book). It’s more construction than I have the ability to do, but everyone has a friend, neighbor, or relative who is handy, right? Buy the supplies, ask them to help you make it, and pay with homemade cookies!
11. Okay – this project is not for the faint of heart. But, this Barn Door Baby Gate looks fantastic, and functional . . . so if you have the tools and time and talent, I say go for it! It may be a great project for a soon-to-be-Dad who wants to get involved in preparing for a new baby.
12. Have you seen this floating around on Pinterest? This DIY Kid’s Kitchen looks truly amazing. It would be so much sturdier than a store-bought plastic one, and provide hours of play for boys and girls alike.
13. This Bathroom Mirror Storage would be so handy! A little medicine cabinet over the sink is never enough space, especially if your home has small bathrooms without cupboards, like mine does.
Spruce Up Your Walls:
14. I love this Wall Photo Board because it is SO SIMPLE! The hardest part? Choosing what photos to use!
15. Put a small wall space to good use and display your kid’s artwork using this DIY Art Wall idea. You can change out their drawings and paintings whenever you want, and they will be so excited to show everyone who comes to visit.
16. Easy step-by-step instructions for a Vintage Dry-Erase Calendar. Such a thrifty (and practical!) idea – this is next on my project to-do list.
17. Kids grow so fast. Here is a super cute and easy way to keep track of all that shooting up! This Wooden Growth Chart will be a fun memory for years to come, and also functions as a vintage-style décor for your nursery or play room. I call that a win-win!
Quick Projects for Rainy Days:
18. Wool Dryer Balls – saving you time, money, and a project your school-age kids could help with.
19. Photo Coasters – you will want to make a set for yourself before using these for great gifts, especially for Grandma and Grandpa. The longest part of this project is waiting for the glue to dry!
20. DIY Sharpie Mugs – here is a tutorial that gives you the secrets to Sharpie Mugs that work! You can let your creativity flow, or let the kids take the reins and make their own art with this tutorial.