If you’re a creative soul, then you’re probably a DIY kween as well. Even if you’re not, there is something so satisfying about making things with your own two hands. It’s especially satisfying when you can display your crafts around your dorm or give them as gifts. And they don’t have to take all day! Here are 10 DIY projects that are so cute and easy!
1. Homemade Soap
This first of our cute and easy DIY projects is such a great idea for a gift, especially if you customise the ingredients to the person you’re gifting it to. Homemade soap is so easy to make, and so practical. There are so many ways, methods and ingredients to make your own soap, so you can get super creative with it! If you have a friend that can’t use certain soaps or ingredients, try making them their very own personalised soap! Try these 4 soaps here, that are moisturising, easy to make, and so cute!
2. Jar Garden Mini Terrarium
DIY projects are such a great way to experiment with your creative side, and what better way to get creative AND use those spare jars lying around, than to create a mini terrarium! These woodland masterpieces are made with layers of potting soil, charcoal, pebbles, moss and any small plants of your choice (succulents work great for this project).
3. Lip Balm
Can we talk about lip balms for sec? Those little pots of chap-stopping goodness that live at the bottom of our handbag, can be made at home in just a few minutes! And for your basic lip balm, all you need is three ingredients; beeswax, coconut oil and the essential oils of your choice. Melt them together, transfer the mixture to a small tin or clear pot, and wait for it to harden in the pot. Make these cute and easy lip balms for your friends, as cute gifts or just for yourself!
4. Framed Jewellery Holder
The trouble with having a lot of cute jewellery pieces, is that if you don’t have an organised place to put them, they can get tangled up and damaged. But not anymore, with this easy DIY framed jewellery holder! Go thrifting and try to find an awesome, vintage frame as your jewellery holder. Attach tiny hooks to the top inside edge of the frame for your necklaces and bracelets, and pins in the sides for your rings and earrings. Your jewellery will look picture perfect inside their new home, and add a surprisingly cute art addition to your room!
5. Chunky Knit Blanket
Handmade chunky knit blankets can be super expensive (but for good reason; they’re soo cosy!), so why not try and make your own! Head on down to your local craft store and pick up a couple balls of yarn. All you need is your soft, chunky yarn and your hands; no needles needed! The method to this soft, cute madness will set you for life for any knit DIY projects you decide to pick up in the future. Definitely a cute and easy project!
6. Wrapped Mason Jar Tea Light Holders
Tea lights are a great way to add a little bit of ambience to your room, or set the mood for a romantic evening. Make your own tea light holders out of mason jars that can be bought in any craft store or even your local grocery store. Wrap them in rubber bands or twine, and paint over the whole jar with white paint (or any colour of your choosing), and let it dry. Once it’s dry, light a candle inside and watch the glow make a mesmerising wrapped pattern on the jar!
7. Jar Candles
Instead of buying your candles at the store, why not try your hand at making them instead? Soy wax jar candles are so easy to make, use natural ingredients and smell amazing. The ingredients include both soy wax and beeswax, essential oils, a candle wick, an empty canning jar and pressed herb sprigs. This recipe for rosemary pressed herb candles is a great starting off point for your first DIY candle. But be careful; once you make one, you might not be able to stop!
8. Macrame Woven Bag
Woven rope bags are a European trend that is so chic and popular around the world right now. Try making your own with this cute and easy project that is so handy for days at the beach, an impromptu grocery trip, or just as a carry bag for all your things! All you’ll need is some rope, a hot glue gun and scissors, and you’re on your way! Tying the knots might take a couple tries to get right, but once you do, your bag will be done in no time!
9. Aged French Pot
Achieve that vintage Parisian aesthetic with these aged flower pots you can grow your house plants in, hold knick knacks or just place around your space to create a cool vintage look! This is a DIY project that is incredibly easy; just dip a brush into some white acrylic paint, dab off the excess and paint your terracotta put with irregular brush strokes until you’ve reached your desired texture and look. There are DIY’ers online that suggest applying vintage-esque labels onto your pots, but if you love the way your painted pot looks just as it is, then you’ve already got your awesome aged French pot!
10. Agate Coasters
Agate coasters make for awesome DIY projects you can whip up with some creativity and a spare afternoon! All you need for this project is a couple of agate slices you can buy from Etsy, thin cork sheets, scissors, double sided adhesive tape and ink pens. All this project involves is a little bit of tracing, a bit of cutting and a bit of sticking together, and voila! Cute agate coasters you can show off to your guests.