85 DIY Projects That Dominated 2018

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New year, new you, new reasons to DIY. More specifically: 85 reasons. From furnishings to functional how-tos, there's something for everyone, in every part of your home … no matter if you're a DIY novice or expert. Just keep scrolling through, Hunker friends. These projects will keep you feeling creative and productive throughout the year.

WALL DECOR

1. Oversize Textured Art

Black and white wall art with bench, stool, and plant

Shearling is always a sure thing, especially as a showpiece for your wall.

2. Brass Sconce

Wall sconce with candle with tangerine and container of matches

We know — we, too, can hardly believe this gorgeous sconce is made from a Target serving platter.

3. Graphic Art Prints

Two framed DIY graphic art pieces on white wall in room with plants and wood-framed glass cabinet

It's almost ridiculous how easy these prints are to make. No painting, printing, or skill required.

4. Modern Geometric Quilt Art

Painted quilt hanging with brown foldable chair and plant

Target strikes again, and we ain't mad. This hanging quilt is cleverly made from a pillow sham. (Also, you actually won't even be quilting — shhh!)

5. Dip-Dye Yarn Wall Art

A hula hoop, some yarn, and dye come together to create this show-stopping statement piece.

6. Framed Botanical Art

a gallery wall made of float frames containing preserved green leaves
Image Credit: Maya Marin

Brown thumbs, don't care. Here's how you have the ultimate zero-maintenance plant.

7. Clay Bells

Bells made of clay, black and white paint, and rope

When air-dry clay becomes one-of-a-kind decor in less than 10 steps.

8. Fringed Mirror

Round mirror with fringe beside gold sconces over white dresser with vase

Go boho-chic with this half mirror, half wall hanging. ( In the retail world, this costs over $2K! )

9. Wood Wall Hanging

Good news: you don't have to be a crafting genius to make this earthy, minimalist art piece.

DECORATIVE ACCENTS

10. Wood Photo Transfer

This project has always been a crowd pleaser.

11. Concrete Candle Holder

DIY concrete candle on wooden ledge next to snowflake string against white background

If you love the simplicity of Scandinavian decor, we present this easy concrete DIY.

12. Fringe Pillow

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

Turn an affordable rug into a straight outta Anthropologie pillow.

13. Plywood Clock

a clock with an unfinished plywood face mounted on a plain white wall

To create this understated timepiece, you really only need a little bit of time.

14. Concrete Succulent Planter

two succulents growing out of a diy square concrete planter with rough edges
Image Credit: Maya Marin

We should probably admit to you now how much we love concrete. And succulents. And this entire how-to.

15. Mud Cloth Pillows

Geometric designs, muted colors, budget friendly … perfect.

16. Geo-Disc Abstract Art

a piece of diy abstract art made of small interlocking wooden disks painted gold

This really only costs a few dollars to put together.

17. Succulent Driftwood Planter

Say hello to rustic elegance.

18. Leather Handled Vase

a vase with a decorative diy leather wrap sitting on a tabletop and filled with greenery

It's amazing what some scrap materials can become.

19. Freestanding Plywood Magazine Rack

a magazine rack made of plywood and oak shelves

Oh, and have we also mentioned our mild obsession with plywood? This looks like it belongs in a design shop.

20. Copper Clothing Stand

a clothing rack with a shoe rack attached made from copper pipe

Copper pipe tends to be a fave material to use in DIYs. And here's proof.

21. Midcentury-Inspired Plant Stand

No previous woodworking knowledge required.

22. Geometric Concrete Bookends

Gather your recycled cardboard and quick-drying concrete — your weekend DIY is ready for you.

23. Leather Vase

Way less expensive to make this than to buy. Truth.

24. Display Photos Without Frames

square photos attached to a green pendant with magnets attached to wooden knobs

Five creative ways to show off your favorite moments and memories.

25. Swing Arm Blanket Rack

Wood blanket ladder with plaid blankets with potted plant and leather sofa

So you can keep your favorite throws within easy reach.

26. Copper Candelabra

a candelabra made from copper pipe and four black taper candles

This may have originally been created as a Halloween project, but don't you think this candelabra could be used any time of the year? Just change out the color of the candles.

PLANTS, FLOWERS, AND FOLIAGE

27. Basic Bouquet Wrapped Like a Pro

Hands holding bouquet with white, pink, red and yellow flowers with green leaves wrapped in brown paper against a light wood background

Because generic wrapping just won't do for those beautiful blooms.

28. Herb Drying Rack

So you can start making your own dried herbs at home. There's nothing like it.

29. Air Plant Holder

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

Low-maintenance air plants are just the best. And this easy-to-make holder is just too cute.

30. Grocery Store Flowers Arrangement

How to make a chic arrangement out of single bunches of flowers.

31. Royal Wedding-Inspired Floral Centerpiece

Textured gold-white vase with white and pink flowers on table with white china

We're still dreamy-eyed over Harry and Megan's wedding. Here's how to keep that love alive.

32. Framed Pressed Flowers

A modern spin on an age-old craft.

33. Pine Cone Fire Starter Kit

If you have a fireplace at home, this is a must during the colder months.

34. Wood Hanger for Potted Herbs

Hanging herb plants with rope and s-hooks by wood door

If you live in an apartment or a space that doesn't have access to a garden, here's how to grow herbs at home.

35. Floral Wall Hanging

A perfect party backdrop. Selfies not included.

SHELVING, STORAGE, AND ORGANIZATION

36. Floating Shelf

Putting up shelves is a classic DIY project.

37. Modern Ladder Shelf

Wood ladder shelf with potted plants in white-walled room

Oh, what you can do these days with cheap wood boards and towel bars.

38. Cutting Board Wall Organizer

a wall-mounted letter holder made from a cutting board and leather strips

Odds and ends are tidy again.

39. Leather and Wood Wall Hooks

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

A stylish way to make smart use of your walls.

40. Pegboard Shelf

a shelving unit hung on a wall made from a plywood sheet with a shelf glued on a many holes drilled for pegs made from thick wooden dowel

This is giving us some serious Scandinavian vibes.

41. Copper Pipe Tool Organizer

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

Your garage is about to get a serious upgrade.

TABLES

42. Collapsible Side Table

Hello, space saver!

43. Terrazzo Table

We just love the terrazzo trend. If you do too, this IKEA hack is for you.

44. Modern Side Table

Another hack! This was made from a plain IKEA nightstand. How gorgeous is it now?

45. Coffee Table With Copper Legs

This table is just the right size for smaller spaces. (Or for larger spaces, make a few of them and fit together like a puzzle!)

SEATING

46. Recovered Director's Chair

before and after pictures of a director's chair with worn panels and with a brand-new faux leather seat and back

From boring to rugged-chic.

KITCHEN

47. Wall-Mounted Knife Rack

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

Fact: this drool-worthy knife rack was made with paint stir sticks.

48. Breakfast Tray

breakfast items on a tray made from plywood with leather strips for handles

If you've been meaning to up your breakfast game, you'll need this.

49. Concrete Utensil Holder

Concrete vase with utensils on wood countertop
Image Credit: Maya Marin

One hundred percent practical with an industrial edge.

50. Scandinavian Drying Cabinet

Kitchen with white-gray tile backsplash and wood countertop with white cabinets

Our editorial team flipped out about this mad-genius hack.

HOME OFFICE

51. Standing Desk

Just between us, if a standing desk turns out not to be your thing, you could just as easily use it as a home bar.

52. Cable Desk Organizer

a cable organizer made out of a square of plywood with cables hanging from it and a potted plant inset

Marie Kondo would be proud.

DINING ROOM

53. Geometric Table Runner

Black and white geometric table runner on wood table with food and flowers

Well, hello, gorgeous.

54. Leather Flatware Pocket

a leather flatware pocket holding gold utensils on a black plate

Keep your table settings tidy. (Also, these are ideal to take with you on a picnic.)

55. Eucalyptus Table Runner

a table runner made from bunches of eucalyptus branches studded with tapers

Fragrant, fresh greenery elevates any table, any time of the year.

BEDROOM

56. Padded Headboard

This DIY is relatively simple and highly customizable.

57. Plywood Headboard With Built-In Shelves

a headboard made out of a sheet of unfinished plywood with two shelves mounted on it

No need to spend extra on nightstands — this headboard is made with built-ins.

58. IKEA Dresser Makeover

White wood IKEA dresser with plant on wood floor

This is hands down one of our favorite handmade Hunker projects.

59. Mod Painted Headboard

Admittedly this one takes some woodworking skills, but we have faith in your abilities.

BATHROOM

60. Wood Bath Tray

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

To live your best Oprah, you'll need a tray. Specifically this bath tray.

61. Moss Shower Mat

Yes, this will complete your spa-like bathroom sanctuary.

62. Mint and Ginger Body Scrub

stirring wet and dry ingredients together in a bowl with a wooden spoon

Mint to relax your mind and body, ginger to invigorate your skin and senses.

63. Bath Salts

Tired? Stressed? Poor baby. You need a nice warm bath sprinkled with these beautiful bath salts. And that aforementioned bath tray.

OUTDOOR LIVING

64. Free-Sanding Hammock Stand

Build this and let your staycation begin.

65. Wood and Concrete Bench

There is something about this bench that our readers just love. It's a hugely popular do-it-yourself project.

66. Murphy Bar

Your warm weather outdoor entertaining needs this bar. Needs.

67. Citronella Torch

an industrial diy outdoor torch with a gold metallic finish and a lit flame

Banish unwelcome guests with a beautiful citronella torch.

68. Macrame Hammock

All you really need to know is how to knot. We'll show you the rest.

69. Tabletop Concrete Fire Bowl

How cute would this be as a housewarming gift for someone? That is, if you can bear to part with it.

70. Bug Repelling Candle

a diy beeswax candle burning in a glass jar on a saucer

Nice aroma, warm glow … and no pesky bugs to be found. This candle is a win, win, win.

FRONT DOOR AND ENTRYWAY

71. Wall-Mounted Mirror/Organizer

a shelving unit made from a sheet of plywood with a shelf, several thick wooden pegs, and a mirror at eye level

Restore order to your entryway — and have a place to touch up your lipgloss before you go. Both equally important.

72. Doormat

With the free printable, this cheeky welcome mat is a no-brainer to make.

73. Eucalyptus Gold Hoop Wreath

attaching greenery to a brass hoop to make a diy wreath
Image Credit: Maya Marin

Any time of year is a good time to refresh your front door. Don't you want to be greeted with fragrant eucalyptus whenever you arrive home?

74. Rose Gold Wreath

This stunning piece is made entirely of recycled aluminum cans. Can you believe?

KIDS

75. Wooden Mobile

a diy mobile made from wooden dowels and disks

This simple wooden mobile is tailor-made for nurseries with a minimalist vibe.

76. Modern Reading Nook

So cute for kids … but don't you want one for yourself?

77. Book Bin

Light tan book bin with metal legs and picture books in a white room next to elephant stuffed animal and medium-sized plant

Take an IKEA bamboo storage box, add some hairpin legs, and presto! This sweet little book bin is born.

78. Brass Mobile

Mobile with gold sheeting and wire

This mobile is so chic; it can work in any room of your home, not just the nursery.

PETS (Specifically, Your Cat)

79. Modern Kitty Hammock

Orange cat in kitty hammock with pillow and wood frame on white rug

Don't get up, Kitty. You just relax where you are.

80. Plywood Kitty Litter Box

a cat pokes its head out of a plywood box on angled mid-century legs that hides a litter box and doubles as an end table

A chic way to hide the usual kitty litter eyesore.

SEMIPERMANENT PROJECTS

81. Build a Radiator Cover

From unsightly radiator to useful vanity. A smart and stylish choice.

82. Make New Wood Look Weathered and Distressed

Can't get your hands on genuine reclaimed wood? With paint and stain, you can get the look — without having to strip an old barn bare!

83. Paint Walls With Limewash

Table with lit candle and two blue chairs against white lime-washed wall with framed painting

Weathered walls are trending high in home design.

84. Acid Stain a Concrete Floor

This do-it-yourself acid-staining project will help you create durable, high-impact flooring.

85. Build an Accent Wall With Pallets

This is one of our most popular projects on Pinterest. If you're considering adding an accent wall, perhaps pallets might provide the perfect look for your home.


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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