10 DIY Projects For Your House
As most of us are stuck inside during the Coronavirus pandemic, it can become very easy to get bored. With that being said, people are often coming up with activities around the house to occupy themselves and maintain a sense of personal control amongst all this chaos. One way to do so is engaging in do-it-yourself (DIY) projects around the house, making individuals feel worthy and productive.
Below you will find 10 DIY Projects and ideas for your house!
1. Create a Garden
Depending on your local environment, gardening is one way to keep busy, create a DIY project, as well as watch your plants flourish! Creating a garden can be difficult if the weather does not co-operate, or your lawn is not big enough. For those living in apartments or in cities without a yard, creating a vegetable garden on your porch is optional.
If you live in a house, make sure to scope out a place for your garden, preferably somewhere with equal sun and shade. Begin pulling weeds and other unnecessary plants from your garden location, and invest or borrow a weed tiller from a friend if possible. Tilling your garden will loosen up the dirt so that seeds can grow, and roots have room to branch out.
Finally, head to your local nursery or Home Depot to choose flowers, vegetables, or fruits of your choice that are capable of surviving in your environment. Finally, make sure you are creating your garden in the Spring to grow throughout the Summer!
Something that we all have gained creation from when we were children is painting. Paint can be used for most solid objects, as well as the artwork. Furthermore, when we begin getting tired of the same color on our bedroom walls, or the old brown color of our kitchen cabinets, a DIY project comes into place!
Begin by visiting a hardware store, with a few options of paint color in mind. When you receive your pant color, make sure to follow all instructions on the paint can be hazardous somehow. Begin painting your bedroom or cabinets, and always make sure to use blue tape to make sure your artwork is symmetrical.
3. Create Your Own Shelves
As a young adult, specifically a college student, it is imperative to use your space wisely. Using your space wisely can increase more room for your belongings and make your house look more organized. If you live with roommates, this can be beneficial for everyone to use.
First, establish what you would like to use your shelves for. You can use them on the wall as a photo shelf, or create your own complete shelf. Regardless, you will have to measure the space out to see how big of plywood you will need to buy.
After deciding where the shelves are going to go and grabbing the needed supplies, feel free to grab a stain primer as well with paint color. To make your shelves the color of your choice. After the paint has dried, install the shelves carefully if you mount them on the wall as walls can get a hole if the wood is not mounted correctly.
4. Add Surround Sound
Although this might not be the easiest DIY project, it sure is worth it after the project is complete. If you are a fan of movies or music, having a surround sound system will make your experience with either much more realistic with speakers surrounding you. The DIY part of the project comes into place when installing the system into your home.
Head to Best Buy, where you can find electronics and other sound systems for your home. Decide which system will be most beneficial for your home, and choose the location you would like to install your speakers. Wherever this may be in your home, make sure it is a location that the speakers will function at full capacity, such as the basement away from neighbors. Otherwise, they will not be beneficial.
5. Tie Dye With Bleach
Tie-Dye has been thrilling ever since we were children and made our first shirt. As a college student, I have recently participated in this DIY project. All you will need is a piece of clothing, preferably a darker color, rubber bands, and bleach.
After deciding which article of clothing you would like to tie-dye, make sure to wrap the clothing tightly into rubber bands. Depending on the formation of the rubber bands around the item, the design will come out differently. Next, you will spot spray the bleach around the shirt attempting to get different designs.
When you have bleached your clothing, make sure to let it dry completely, then toss it into the washing machine alone.
6. Create Your Own Fire-Pit
Who doesn’t love a fire on a fall night? The smell of marshmallows and burning wood has got to be one of my favorite scents during the fall months. For this DIY project, you are going to need about 20-30 cylinder blocks.
When deciding where to place your fire-pit, make sure to have it in a location that is not entirely surrounded by trees to avoid starting forest fires. Next, you can dig into the ground to start putting your fire-pit or use rocks as the base. Stack the cylinder blocks around the fire-pit in a fashionable manner, and the next thing you know, all your friends will be over roasting hot dogs and marshmallows!
7. Make Indoor Plant Terrariums
Having plants in the home is essential at my house. This DIY project will take you about 30 minutes to complete after getting the necessary items for the terrariums.
First, you will head to a hardware store, craft store, or a nursery to find some air-based plants to keep in your terrarium. The point of air plants is that they do not need as much water to survive. Next, you will buy glass aquariums for plants and hooks to attach to the aquariums.
After you have grabbed all the necessities, simply install a hook onto the top of the glass aquarium. Hang it in a well-lit area around your home, and place the air plants into the aquarium!
8. Make a Chalkboard Wall
One important item you must have as a college student or a busy adult is a planner. However, instead of using a planner, why not create your own chalkboard wall to keep track of all of your responsibilities?
All you will need for this DIY project is chalkboard paint and some tape to make the wall symmetrical. When the wall is complete, make sure to let it dry completely and not forget to buy chalk for your new addition!
9. Create a Wooden Couch Sleeve
One of the worst parts about couches is that they don’t typically have cupholders. To fix this problem, the idea of creating a wooden “couch sleeve” was thought of. The couch sleeve point is to have a wooden platform on the armrest of your couch for guests, or yourself, to place food or drinks.
All you will need to do for this DIY project is to grab some wood and measure the wood, as well as the armrest of your couch. After cutting the wood to the correct measure, feel free to stain and paint the wood to match your couch’s color. To keep the wood together, you can use super glue or nails!
10. Create Your Own Corn-hole Game
If you are not familiar with corn hole, you have missed out on a popular midwest tradition. Since I was young, family gatherings involved corn hole tournaments. As I got older, I continued to play corn hole with friends and quickly realized how expensive the game pieces are.
This is one of my favorite DIY projects that I have recently completed. First, you will need two 2×4 pieces of plywood and four small legs to attach to the plywood. Additionally, head to Walmart for a box of beans and fabric.
When you have all of your materials, you will first start with the bean bags by placing beans in Zip-loc bags, and either tying or sewing fabric around the beans. Next, begin working on the corn hole boards by placing two stud legs on the same side of the wood. Repeat this step on the other piece of plywood. Finally, make sure to trace a large circle on each board and begin sawing the circle to make the literal corn “hole.”
After completing, feel free to stain and paint the corn hole boards to a design of your choice!
What are some of your favorite DIY projects while in quarantine? Please share it below! If you have recently participated in any of the DIY projects mentioned, please let us know below how they went!
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