Cheap Items Are All You Need to Make These 21 Super Creative DIYs

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As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Luckily here at Hunker, we've cultivated a team of contributors who have the ability to see more than what meets the eye. Driftwood, kids clay, a plain Ikea dresser — these basic materials and everyday items shouldn't be pigeonholed. There's an art to doing DIY well, and we've found the best artisans and experts who skillfully share their visions with you. Wait till you see what these innovators have created from the simplest things.

1. Take a plain Ikea doormat and turn it into this:

This doormat is only five bucks at Ikea. Marry it with some materials you've used since your elementary school days, and voila: A design-worthy doormat that sets a fun tone for your home.

2. Take kid-friendly clay and turn it into this:

Chances are if you're into boho decor, you've been eyeing clay bells like these. But perhaps your wallet weeps when it thinks about ponying up for one of these bad boys. Enter air-dry clay and it's magical abilities to go from a hunk of nothing into enviable wall art.

3. Take an old piece of driftwood and turn it into this:

All is well when a simple piece of rustic wood becomes the holder of the hottest greenery around: succulents and air plants.

4. Take a simple Ikea table and turn it into this:

Holy Hack! This DIY takes everyone's favorite store (Oh hey, Ikea) and marries it with one of the hottest trends of 2018: terrazzo.

5. Take basic flowers from the grocery store a and turn it into this:

Grab a couple bunches of single flowers from Trader Joe's and turn them into an arrangement that looks like it was bought from the fancy florist shop down the block. By following a few pro tips, no one will ever know.

6. Take a cheap mirror from Amazon and turn it into this:

White fringe fringe mirror with gold sconces over dresser with vase

A cheap mirror on your wall? Not if you're adulting. But a cheap mirror that is transformed into a boho fringed half moon mirror? Yes, you're ready.

7. Take a fallen stick and turn it into this:

Literally a stick from your yard, plus some inexpensive wood rings from your local craft store, will create this beautiful wall hanging. Artwork like this goes for big bucks at high-end stores. But you're smarter than that.

8. Take an inexpensive rug and turn it into this:

Black and white fringed pillow on chair next to bookcase
Image Credit: Maya Marin

This rug is from Amazon for fewer than 20 bucks. With an easy snip and sew, it transforms into a gorgeous pillow. We're talking Anthropologie-like gorgeousness.

9. Take standard copper pipe and turn it into this:

garage tools hanging on s-hooks that are suspended from copper pipes mounted on a wall

As far as we're concerned, copper pipe can do no wrong. This humble workhorse can be transformed into an organizer for tools, a clothing stand for when space is an issue, and so much more for your home decor.

10. Take scrap leather and turn it into this:

three coat hooks made from thick wooden dowels and a leather loop hanging below, with clothes and bags hanging from them

Scrap leather can be so scrappy – in the best of ways. So don't throw away those plucky little pieces. Did you know you could use it to make wall hooks or a vase that look like boutique finds?

11. Take an unadorned frame and turn it into this:

An inexpensive floating frame plus flowers from Mother Earth come together to create one of the hottest trends of 2018: pressed flowers. Remember pressing botanicals as a kid?

12. Take ordinary concrete and turn it into this:

It's no secret that we at Hunker love concrete. The transformation from basic concrete material to drool worthy decor pieces (such as these bookends, succulent planters, or a tabletop fire bowl) just feels magical.

13. Take a basic pillow sham and turn it into this:

Painted quilt hanging with brown foldable chair and plant

Wall hangings are having a heyday, and quilts specifically are experiencing a modern renaissance. What we love is that you can take a basic Target pillow sham and turn it into modern "quilted" art. (Bonus: no actual quilting involved!)

15. Take an everyday bulletin board and turn it into this:

a diy bathmat made of moss

Yes, really. You can turn a cork bulletin board into a spa-like moss shower mat that really works. It may seem a little wacky, but just go with it.

16. Take a plain piece of wood and turn it into this:

Wood bath tray with reading glasses, book, and plants over bathtub

Just like you can't deny the power of Oprah, you can't deny the power of wood and all the many ways it can be used in the DIY world. One of our faves is this bath tray. Pair it with a book, some candles, and let's be honest, a glass of wine at bath time, and we'll see you later.

17. Take a humble dresser and turn it into this:

White wood IKEA dresser with plant on wood floor

Ikea hack is back! Turn a humble Tarva dresser into an ornate chevron beauty for your bedroom. Can you believe this transformation?!

18. Take a simple wood block and turn it into this:

air plants cupped in wire plant holders sticking out of wooden blocks
Image Credit: Maya Marin

A $5 wood block becomes the base of this too-cute air plant holder. We say make a few of these and style them together on a fireplace mantle or coffee table.

19. Take rudimentary paint stirrers and turn it into this:

a knife holder made from magnets behind a layer of herringbone paint sticks mounted on a kitchen wall

Only a true DIYer would have thought this one up. People, this artisan knife rack is made from paint stirrers. Paint stirrers.

20. Take a kid's hula hoop and turn it into this:

Be it Instagram or Pinterest, we're betting that you've seen a similar design to this beauty — but a way more expensive design. Luckily, you don't need to add it to your wish list of wants because you can make it for a fraction of the price using a hula hoop.

21. Take an old pallet and turn it into this:

Rustic decor rears it's charming head when pallets are turned into outdoor couches. Granted this may be a bigger DIY for some, but we've laid it out for you step by step.


Laurie Gunning Grossman, Hunker’s editorial director, caught the California boho minimalist bug. So, she bought a cream-colored couch. And she also lives with two kids and two dogs, so we’ll see how that decision pans out.

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