Are you tired of having the same old room arrangement and decor for months? here are few DIY room decor and organization ideas with a how-to guide to help you uplift your rooms look. Here are some budget-friendly DIY room decor ideas that will bring more life to your space and make it look comfy.
All you need to make your room look more comfortable again is just a little strategic styling and creative organization ideas. So if you are looking to add some decor to your room, here are some simple, yet creative ideas that will transform your room into one you’ve always wished for.
1. DIY Gold Leaf Pillow
For this gold leaf pillow, you won’t be exhausting the list of supplies below as there would be lots of leftovers for future projects which makes it so more cost-effective than it sounds.
- Canvas drop cloth – 1 yard of canvas drop cloth.
- Gold leaf – A booklet of 25 sheets.
- Metal leaf adhesive
- Masking tape – You can make use of the cheap tan stuff.
- 2 pillow inserts – You can make use of any pillow in the house that you think is due for an upgrade.
- Straight-edge and a Pencil
- You begin by cutting an approximate size for each side of the pillow cover.
- Make use of the straight-edge and a pencil to mark out your desired pattern for the pillow cover before taping the design.
- Apply gold leaf adhesive to the marked pattern and then attach the gold leaf.
- Tape the “blank spaces” not covered by the marked out design.
- When the gold leaf has been successfully attached, peel off the tape.
- Assemble the pillow covers using a sewing machine or a heat-n-bond technique. The sewing machine is the best choice here but you could make do with the heat-n-bond technique in the absence of a sewing machine.
- Close up the three sides of the pillow cover and stitch the bottom opening using your hand around the pillow insert.
- You could make the pillow covers removable by making an envelope closure in the back or a zipper on the bottom.
- You can now try out the fancy pillows in various positions of your couch.
2. Colourful 3D Wall Art
You don’t need to break the bank to make a 3D wall art as it is relatively inexpensive to make and quite easy to install. This wall art can also serve as a photo booth prop.
- Wood circles – The sizes are 4 inches, 6.5 inches, 8 inches and 10 inches. You can obtain them at craft stores.
- Acrylic craft paint in several colours of five.
- Paintbrushes and blue painter’s tape.
- ½ inch thick dowel rods
- Rotary tool
- Wood glue
- A Sheet of ⅛ inch – ¼ inch plywood or hardwood
- Hammer and nails
- Sawtooth picture hanger
- Begin by taping off several shapes on one of the wood circles. Make sure the tapes are pressed down securely particularly at the edges to obtain a crisp line.
- Paint the inner part of the taped area and then allow to dry.
- Remove the painter’s tape and repeat the process on another wood circle using another colour this time.
- Repeat this process for all the wood circles in various sizes and ensure you mix up the colour patterns and colour combinations.
- Now cut some dowels using a rotary saw to various lengths – one short, another medium-short, another medium and the last one should belong. The dowels determine how far away each wood circle will rest from the main wood frame that everything will be connected to.
- Now that the dowels have been cut, set them aside and do a dry fit to map out the positions for the painted circles when putting everything together. However, once you start putting everything together, your initial layout may change but it’s good having an initial game plan.
- With your design in mind, start glueing the dowels to the back of each wooden circle. Flip over all the wooden circles and attach a dowel to the centre of each circle using wood glue. Allow them to dry according to the instructions provided on the glue container.
- NOTE: You can select the dowel heights at random to ensure that no two circles staying next to each other are of the same height.
- Clamp if needed for 30-60 minutes and do not stress the joints for a complete 24 hours. You can also make use of the painter’s tape to hold the structure in place while the glue dries.
- Now attach your sawtooth hanger to the upper centre of the hardboard or plywood base and then flip over.
- With your dowels fully dried and attached securely to the wooden circles, attach them to the wood base with more glue. For extra security, you can hammer nails through the bottom of the wood base into the dowels.
- Allow the whole piece to dry for a complete 24 hours before hanging.
3. DIY Gold Initial Mugs
This is a custom decorative piece as you get to choose whatever initial you want on the mug. A plant can then be uniquely placed in the mug. The step-by-step instructions are quite easy to follow to have your desired gold initial on the mug.
- Plain Mug
- Contact vinyl
- Craft knife
- Printer or Circuit Machine
- Spray Paint (colour of your choice)
- Spray Clear Acrylic
- Painters Tape
- Plastic Grocery Bag
- Small Plant
To make the stencil, you can either make a hand-cut or a machine cut. Using the circuit machine, download the woodcut font and blow it up to a height of 3 inches.
- Carefully lay out your stencil on the mug starting with the outer (body) part of the contact paper.
- Make use of your tweezers to carefully place the other piece of your stencil. When placing this next piece, skip a layer from the outermost part you used in the first step above.
- Make use of your tweezers again to place tiny little splashes into your design.
- Once the stencil is fully placed, tape off the handle using the painter’s tape.
- Now stick your mug into the grocery bag and cut a small hole for the mug’s handle.
- Make use of more painters tape to tape the edges of the hole made down to the mug so that only the tape surrounding the handle is exposed.
- Follow the same pattern for the monogram by cutting a hole in the bag, exposing the monogram and then taping down the bag around the part of the monogram you are painting.
- You can make use of spray paint since the mug isn’t coming in contact with food.
- Apply two coats of clear acrylic after spraying the gold to keep the paint from coming off in the wash.
- Place the mug in a cold oven and “bake” it at 200 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Once the mug is retrieved, the acrylic would be the outermost layer and now the mug can be hand washed.
4. DIY Wall Lamp
You can make a custom wall lamp for use in your living room. This DIY wall lamp would appear like a vintage lamp which you can place at one corner of your living room. Please take caution when putting together this lamp so that you don’t get electrocuted.
- Make-A-Lamp Kit
- Craft Jute
- Multi-purpose Glue
- Pliers/Wire Strippers
- Bag Clip
- Vintage-Style Lightbulb
- 3 pieces of wood (one 11 inches and two 10 inches)
- First, ensure that your cord isn’t plugged in.
- Pass your cord through the socket cap such that the narrow end of the cap faces the plug while your wires emerge from the wide end.
- The wires correlate with two different screws ( terminal screws) on the socket interior. One screw is silver and the other is gold. The wire with the ridged casing is attached to the silver screw while the wire with the smooth casing is attached to the gold screw.
- Make use of your wire stripper or plier to clip off the copper tips from the ends of both wires. Gently pull the wires apart to separate them a little more. Expose more of the wire by carefully removing more of the plastic casing. Ensure both wires are of the same length and the same exposed amount.
- Twist the wires in the direction they were already going.
- Loosen both terminal screws from the interior of the socket using a screwdriver.
- Hook the wires around each screw in a clockwise direction and then tighten the terminal screws with your screwdriver. Ensure the wires are attached to the right screws – ridges to the silver screw and smooth to the gold screw.
- Now screw in a lightbulb, plug in the cord and flip the switch to check if the wiring has been done correctly. The lightbulb should come on if you’ve wired correctly. If it doesn’t come on, unplug the cord, check if your wires correspond to the right screws as explained above and then test again after making proper corrections.
- If all is in good condition, slide the socket shell over its interior, slide the socket cap down over the shell and the interior and then screw them in place.
- The next thing is for you to wrap your jute around the cord. You do that by tying a knot in the jute close to the socket, then dab a tiny bit of glue on the cord and you begin to wrap the jute around the cord using a twist-tie.
- While wrapping, ensure the jute is firm and no cord is visible.
- You can keep adding another dab of glue for every few inches and keep wrapping. If you need to take a break, make use of the bag clip to hold the wrapped jute in place.
- When you’re done wrapping, cut the jute, leaving a tail of a few inches. Make another knot, apply a dab of glue and wrap the knotted tail around the cord. Ensure all the wrapped jute is properly secured with the glue.
- Clip the jute at the wrapped end for a little while and allow the glue to completely dry.
- Make an angular bracket with three pieces of wood (one 11 inches and two 10 inches) while carving a notch into the end to hold the cord in place. Then attach the bracket to the wall using a screw.
- You can place your lamp at any desired height by simply adjusting it around the notch. You then plug in the cord and flip the switch.
5. DIY Letters on Wall
You can display a simple message on your wall by hanging up individual letters to make a phrase or sentence. It could be a motivational message or a welcome message for your guests.
- Wooden letters
- Gold spray paint (Any other colour is also fine)
- 3M mini command strips
- Level, ruler and pencil
- Place the letters on a large piece of scrap paper and spray paint the letters making all the sides of each letter are well painted.
- Plot the letters on the wall making use of your ruler, level and pencil. You could also eyeball if you wish.
- Attach a small 3M strip to the back of each letter, firmly place them on the wall and hold them in place for 60 seconds.
6. DIY Gallery Wall
Your gallery wall can contain photos, artworks and any other fancy object of your choice. This organization idea involves you to shop at thrift stores for items that you desire. You then make paper replicates of the shapes of the items you intend hanging to have a proper plan for where everything would fit in.
- 6 or 7 good size old frames
- Metal and Wood
- Spray Paint
- Blank Canvas
- Any other item you’d want to have displayed
- Begin by having an idea of what you would be using the frames for. Then spray them using your chosen colour of spray paint and spread a mixture of black, gold metal and wood tones throughout the remaining pieces.
- Once you’re ready to hang, trace each frame on a scrap paper and cut the shape out. Then place the paper on the back of the frame and make a hole where the nail would go.
- Then the fun part is arranging everything on the wall. First, mark off the area where you want the frames to go by getting the centre of the wall and also marking out how far above you want the frames. Make use of masking tape and a scrap paper to create a box of your measured dimension on the wall. You can roughly map out where each frame would fit in.
- Now that you have all the papers in place, drill through the hole in each paper to add an anchor and screw in the wall.
- Once you’re done with that, tear down the tape and paper and hang the frames on the wall.
7. Leather Sling Planter
A slouchy leather sling planter can be used to suspend your plants in your living room in an appealing way and at the same time, keeping them out of the reach of ants or pests as well as small children. It is very to construct this planter and it will add to the glamour in your living room.
- Leather punch or Scissors
- Grommet tool
- Brass ring
- Rope (⅜ inch clothesline)
- Container to hold your plant
- Begin by cutting from the leather your favourite shape. It could be a triangle, a square or a circle.
- Mark where you want the grommets to go on the leather shape made. You can make the mark with your grommet by making an imprint of the position you want it to go on the leather.
- You can then make a hole on the position with a leather punch. If you don’t have a leather punch, you can make use of scissors.
- Place your grommets using a grommet tool or any small tool you can use to hammer it in place.
- Take out your rope and measure twice the length of the rope you desire if you are going to double it up. Now place the ring under the centre point of the ring then pass the rope through the loop and tighten. Do this for as many grommets you placed in your leather.
- Tie a knot right above the point you want your leather to sit. Put on the leather and tie a knot below it to hold it in place.
- You can then knot the strings together just below or you can leave them hanging.
- To make your planter, I recommend that you make use of a shape that has an even number of grommets.
- This will enable you to have a planter with a single rope so that you can knot one planter on the underside of the leather, loop it through the hanging ring and back down to the other side of the planter till you cover all the holes made on the leather.
- Your planters can be either big or small.
8. DIY Basket Wall Art
That’s it. Now you can have your leather sling planter hanging in your favourite sunny corner of your living room.
This piece of art is very easy to make and its simplicity just adds this cool to the wall of your living room. You can have them painted in an hour and have them hanging in another hour.
- Rattan paper plate holders
- Spray paint
- Painters tape
- Begin by taping off the part of your paper plate holders you don’t want to be painted using the painter’s tape. Ensure the tape is firmly placed particularly along the edges of the paper plate holders to prevent paint from seeping in.
- You can make out any design on the plate holders with the taping process.
- Once the tape is in place, give the plate holders a coat of spray paint and let them dry for a few hours. Once the paint is completely dried, peel off the painters tape.
- Map out the positions for the plate holders and once you’ve figured that out, secure each plate holder with a small nail in the middle.
9. DIY Modern Abstract Art
Making an abstract painting for your room is easier than you think. The quick tricks for this DIY abstract art will get you creating this modern art painting in a matter of a few hours. Simply follow the step-by-step instructions below.
- White Canvas of any size for your desired spot
- Painter’s tape
- Small sizes of paints of different colours
- White acrylic paint
- Once you’ve found the right size of canvas for your intended space, make use of the painter’s tape to block off a few areas to colour with your paint.
- Make use of your white acrylic paint to paint over the edges of the painter’s tape as that would stand as the colour for the blocked areas.
- Once the acrylic paint dries, fill in each area with your chosen colour paints with as many coats as needed.
- When you have the paints set and dried, pull off the painter’s tape to unveil the clear lines underneath!
- I would suggest that you sketch your design on a piece of paper first before marking off the blocked areas with your painter’s tape.
- Now you’re all set to hang up that gorgeous piece of art on your wall.
10. DIY Large Scale Rug
If you have an expensive taste in rugs, instead of breaking the bank to get yourself a large scale rug, why not opt for this DIY rug for your room. You can make this rug from scratch with just a handful of supplies and you can make any size of your choice, either for a runner, a small one in the kitchen or bathroom or even a larger one for seating areas.
- Multi-use netting
- Cotton piping (available at craft stores)
- Small rubber bands
NOTE: Cotton piping can be found in various thicknesses (¼ inch to 1 inch and more) and any thickness is suitable for this project. However, the thicker the cotton piping, the faster the DIY process and the fewer yards required to complete the project.
You can make use of ½ inch and 11/16 inch piping sizes.
- Once you’ve determined the length of your rug, say, a rug of 5×8 for underneath the couch. Cut 3 pieces of 8 feet long netting with scissors. You would have an extra foot leftover from this netting that you could cut off of the mesh.
- Now start cutting pieces of cotton piping with each of them being about 4 inches long. Cut all pieces to roughly the same length so that the rug would appear almost even when it is completed.
- For this size of a rug, you’ll be needing more than 200 yards of cotton piping. So the size of the rug determines the amount of cotton piping that would be needed. However, cotton piping is very affordable, so that wouldn’t be a problem at all.
- Next is to weave the cotton pieces in between the netting grid. When you’re done weaving, pull the pieces up and tie them together using a rubber band. Then fluff out the piping pieces.
- Repeat steps 2 and 4 until you have covered the entire netting pieces.
- The next step is to assemble the pieces into a single unit. This doesn’t apply if you’re making a rug of a smaller size.
- You assemble the cotton piping pieces by weaving them through the ends of each separate piece of mesh. Secure them together using your rubber band and then fluff out the piping pieces.
- Repeat this process along the edge of every single piece that needs to be joined together.
- Lastly, trim the outer edges to ensure that they are even to one another.
- The smaller your cotton piping size, the more it will require to complete your rug.
- You can employ strings instead of rubber bands to wrap around the cording.
- Make use of spot cleaning for spills.