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22 Cool and Inspiring DIY Home Projects for $50 or Less!

22 Cool and Inspiring DIY Home Projects for $50 or Less!

Looking to improve the look of your home or space? Then look no further! Here are 22 cool and inspiring DIY home projects for $50 or less!

Many of us have done away with new year’s resolutions. Instead, we look for ways to be better and do better, without having goals that aren’t necessarily attainable because they aren’t truly actionable. For me, part of continuous improvement is taking pride in my family and home. So today, I’ve gathered some fun, functional and cool DIY home projects for $50 or less!

1. Do you like to showcase your cards? This idea for a DIY holiday card holder can be used for photos, birthday cards, and more. The ideas are endless. I get many people sending new year’s and even Valentine’s Cards because, let’s face it, November and December are just too busy, so I’ve created one to showcase all these new cards I’m getting! Maybe it can become a year-long project of collecting cards from friends and family!

2. West Elm has so many cute designs and can really inspire. DIY Candy really took some inspiration and came up with her own DIY pallet-wood coffee table that she did inexpensively and gave a rustic modern look to her home.

3. A gallery wall can showcase photos, art, leaves or a combination. Simply find matching or coordinating frames and you can create your own gallery wall for so much less than the ones sold at home decor stores!

4. It may not be the optimal beach season yet, but you can take out your bulk mason jars and create faux beach glass jars as a centerpiece, focal point or to create another dimension of color and texture in your decor.

5. Plants not only make a beautiful natural focal point, they also help clean the air through natural photosynthesis. With a DIY hanging plant shelf, you can draw the eye up, especially if you hang the plant to balance art or change where you want your visitors to look. And it’s really inexpensive to make!

6. I’m one who loves to see cement tiles, but it can be expensive! Plus, it isn’t just putting them in, but the prep. A Beautiful Mess uses an Oil Based Sharpie Paint Pen to create this great-looking Faux Cement Tile DIY. Hmm, I’m thinking about my old garage floor while looking at this project!

7. While many people go out of their way for luxe decor, it isn’t in everyone’s budget. This DIY rustic headboard is made from wood, and depending on how you paint it, you may just look like you purchased it from Anthropologie or Pottery Barn.

8. Rugs? Outdoor? For those with year round outdoor weather, an awesome DIY outdoor rug is an easy weekend project that uses masking tape and spray paint to create its design. Have all 4 seasons? Make this a spring project to inspire you to get over the snow.

personalized DIY painted cork coasters

9. Update your home for the season and make some DIY personalized cork coasters. I had a ton of fun making this project and for only $15 total, these coasters make our living room coffee table look more modern and vibrant. I get a lot of compliments with these fun set of DIY painted cork coasters. They can be a lovely decor accent with colors to match decor.

10. Another great use of a wood pallet is this DIY Wood Pallet Ampersand Art by Craftsman Drive. Now, this is some nice inspiration to improve the look of one’s space while keeping it practical!

11. Floating shelves can be versatile and useful. DIY bathroom floating shelves are easy to make and no one can complain about you doing this because they’ll wonder why you didn’t have them earlier.

12. Concrete is a lot more versatile than you think. With a 5 gallon bucket and some tools, you can make your own industrial looking lamp. It will be unique and one of a kind!

DIY tiered cake stand

13. Now if you like upcycling, visit your local thrift store and find some lovely, vintage bowls, cups and plates. Then make a DIY tiered cake stand like I did. This project was so easy and cheap to make and can be a lovely accent on your table at your next party… or, it’s perfect as a jewelry or trinket holder too!

14. If your dream is to have backyard chickens, first, check your local zoning ordinances, and after that you can really build your own chicken coop for a lot less than you think. Live Simply shows how to build a chicken coop from scratch and really it can be done!

15. Stairs can be ugly. Honestly, many times they’re used for storage inadvertently. You can update the look of your staircase with wood stain like Diane from In My Own Style has.

16. If you’re looking for a way to create something fun for a play room or kids’ area, these DIY dinosaur planters are cute! And, they’re one of the cheapest projects out there!

DIY Hanging Marble Serving Boards

17. Marble tiles are a lot more versatile than you think. With just a few tools, you can create a visual focal piece that’s also functional like this DIY Hanging Marble Serving Board.

18. For your home office, create a new wall shelf at home. This will be easier and less expensive than a run to Ikea, so why not give it a try and create space for small items or decor in your work space? Just remember, if the wall you are putting the shelf on is an exterior or block wall, you will need to use a battery powered hammer drill to drill the blocks or bricks. If it is a stud wall, a normal drill will do fine.

19. Looking for new window treatments? Custom made curtains and valances can run into the thousands. Instead, make your own unique curtain rods and save money while still changing up your window decor.

DIY pastel colored mini shelves

20. Shelving is listed here again, but likely because even the minimalists out there have items to showcase! Change up the design from hearts if you’d like, but these cute DIY mini shelves are sweet with Valentine’s Day coming up!

21. Spices are always great to have around, but organizing spices can be difficult. Mom Advice has this free printable spice labels to get you going.

22. Storage can be decor, really! DIY storage option is great for the pantry, and uses old containers to upgrade your storage options.

Working on decor in the home may not be your thing, but with inspiration and a low cost, you have no real excuse for not upgrading your living space.

What home improvement projects do you have on your list? I hope these ideas for DIY home projects for $50 or less will inspire you!

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Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. 11/18/2020 / 12:05 am

    I will have to try some of these! Love these projects and the look of the decor.

  2. 04/06/2019 / 4:29 am

    I love a good DIY project and I love your list of them!! I see some things I would love to do!!

  3. rika
    04/05/2019 / 6:15 pm

    Those look amazing! I love DIY home projects and can spend hours on Pinterest to browse some inspirations.

  4. Ruth I
    04/05/2019 / 4:39 pm

    I love everything! These are all cool ideas to try.

  5. 04/05/2019 / 2:11 pm

    These are perfect for the spring refresh I so desperately need in my home! I love the hanging planters, I am always trying to incorporate more green into our space. And since these are so inexpensive we can brighten up a few different rooms and stay within our budget!

  6. 04/05/2019 / 2:01 pm

    Love all these projects. We are wanting to have our hens and that chicken coop looks easy enough and love the outdoor rug too!

  7. Catalina
    04/05/2019 / 10:45 am

    These home projects are awesome! They seem so easy to make!

  8. 04/05/2019 / 2:58 am

    There are so many fun projects here! Every now and again I like to get out my crafty genes and make something. Saving this post for future reference!

  9. Kimberly Rambles
    04/05/2019 / 1:45 am

    Thank you for all the ideas, I love your style! These are some helpful ideas to freshen things up and a great time of year to do it too!

  10. 04/05/2019 / 1:24 am

    I want to try all of them! I need like 3 hours more in every day in order to accomplish this!

  11. Pam
    04/05/2019 / 12:44 am

    That DIY tiered cake stand looks awesome! These are all fun home projects to work on.

  12. Candy
    04/04/2019 / 10:26 pm

    Love these ideas and that they are handmade is wonderful. That cake stand is great looking

  13. 04/04/2019 / 10:16 pm

    I love these ideas! I’ll be trying some of them out for sure. I like how none of them are expensive.

  14. 04/04/2019 / 9:55 pm

    These were all such great ideas. My house needs so many of those changes especially the stairs could use some sprucing up.

  15. 04/04/2019 / 9:08 pm

    I have always wanted some spice labels. I’m going to check those out. I bought a hanging plant shelf that I’d forgot about until I saw your post. I stuck it in a closet when I moved and now I’ve got to go find it lol. These are all cool DIY projects and I’d love to make some of them.

  16. 04/04/2019 / 8:57 pm

    OK now these are some absolutely fantastic ideas for thing to make for around the home! I can’t believe they are all so cheap to do as well!

  17. Tasheena
    04/04/2019 / 8:49 pm

    These would perfect to add to my Spring project lists. I love the tiered severing tray.

  18. 04/04/2019 / 8:41 pm

    Spring is the perfect time to update the home. I see so many DIY projects I want to try. The DIY outdoor rug sounds like a great project.

  19. Lisa Rios
    01/17/2019 / 4:50 am

    These look like fun activities for a girls’ day in, especially during the rain/bad weather.

  20. 01/12/2019 / 11:41 pm

    These are some really great ideas!! Do you have instagram! I would love to follow you. I just made my first macrame wall hanging and the one on the wall in that picture up there is giving me macrame envy!! My next one is going to be a plant hanger !

  21. Bindu Thomas
    01/11/2019 / 12:29 pm

    Wow..these are some great home ideas. I love that coffee table.

  22. 01/08/2019 / 8:04 am

    These are such great ideas!!! Love it

  23. Rosey
    01/08/2019 / 7:55 am

    I like that plant hanging shelf. I wouldn’t mind making one of those.

  24. Ruth
    01/07/2019 / 11:42 pm

    I love love love the heart wall shelves! They are exactly the type of thing I could picture having in my room once we eventually redecorate. These are all such great ideas! Definitely saving this X

  25. 01/07/2019 / 11:24 pm

    These projects turned out amazing. I love that concrete floor idea. If I did that, the lines would probably still go everywhere. But I love this inspiration!

  26. 01/07/2019 / 6:30 pm

    These are so beautiful!! I love them! Thank you for the inspiration!

  27. 01/07/2019 / 9:07 am

    Such great ideas! I have so much stuff i need to get done in my “new” (since 2+ years…..) apartment – so I’ll definitely make one or two of these!

  28. 01/07/2019 / 2:17 am

    These ideas are so cool. I love floating shelves and rustic looking decor. It always seemed to hard to do, but so worth it!

  29. Aia
    01/06/2019 / 4:41 pm

    i love the heart thingy. I want one in my room.

  30. 01/06/2019 / 4:25 pm

    I would LOVE to do a gallery wall. I didn’t know it could be done affordably while still looking nice. This is the push I need to get started on it. Thank you for sharing.

  31. Kayla
    01/06/2019 / 1:34 pm

    The floating shelves look super cute. I need to find a way to put more shelving in my house for school books etc.

  32. Jenn E
    07/16/2018 / 11:12 pm

    A DIY headboard was on my to do list for a long time but I was never ready to take the plunge so we ended up buying one instead. I tend to do better with smaller projects – like the Faux beach glass mason jar lanterns idea and especially the DIY hanging plant shelf idea … what a great way to add some greenery to a home!

  33. 01/30/2017 / 12:43 am

    I love projects like these that I can do right at home and not spend a lot of money on. It can be expensive to redecorate and it is always nice not to have to break the bank.

  34. amber
    01/29/2017 / 4:58 am

    I love the little wall shelf… adorable! All are such great ideas, I’ll be sure to pin them!

  35. 01/28/2017 / 1:54 am

    These are all really cool and unique ideas! I love the hanging plant holder!

  36. 01/27/2017 / 8:47 pm

    Fun project ideas. I loved the desk idea. Super simple and cute. Oh and the little wall shelf with the Xo. 🙂

  37. 01/27/2017 / 2:09 am

    Seems like some cool projects. My staircase could use a makeover too. I’ll have to check these out.

  38. 01/27/2017 / 1:20 am

    I’m not much of a DIY person at all but I always love to see projects people are working on in their homes. Reading and finding DIY projects is always fun but I never go through with trying any of it.

  39. 01/27/2017 / 12:54 am

    These are all great ideas! I love a good DIY. The home improvement projects on my list are turning my family room into a craft/game room, redecorating my bedroom, and painting my house!

  40. 01/26/2017 / 11:43 pm

    I love diy. If I only got around to doing them on my own lol.

  41. 01/26/2017 / 7:11 pm

    I love all the shelves! We have a lot of blank wall space in my house – and no closets…so shelves might be a good functional option.

  42. 01/26/2017 / 4:41 pm

    I love cheap diy projects, and there are several here that I want to do for our home! Love the shelf and desk!

  43. 01/26/2017 / 3:19 pm

    Oh my gosh I love all of these! I especially love the little XO and heart shelves! Super cute!

  44. 01/26/2017 / 2:55 pm

    I wish i had more time and energy for fun projects like these! I always see these great ideas and then run out of time or worry that I will ruin it!

  45. 01/26/2017 / 2:15 pm

    Ohh, I want that ampersand art in my office! Not that I have a office — one day!

  46. Silvia
    01/26/2017 / 6:08 am

    I’m seriously so in love with those shells! They are absolutely adorable for kids rooms or a girly beauty room!

  47. 01/26/2017 / 4:07 am

    I love DIY projects I never actually end up doing them but I always see plenty I want to try

  48. 01/26/2017 / 3:19 am

    I so wish that I was handy. All of these DIYs look so cool and fairly easy!

  49. 01/26/2017 / 1:58 am

    I love DIY decor if it’s still not that obvious. One of the reasons will always be the cost! It’s cheaper to just make your own than to buy something that’s ready-made. Plus, you can also make it to your liking, you can customize as much as you want. These are all lovely ideas!

  50. 01/25/2017 / 11:56 pm

    These are great diy projects for home and the fact that they are cheap means that anyone can do this. Great post!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  51. 01/25/2017 / 10:11 pm

    I look forward to doing some small home decor projects this year. These are great ideas!

  52. 01/25/2017 / 9:59 pm

    These are really cute DIY projects. I like the coffee table best. Probably because I like the wood look. No DIY projects in our future. I need to declutter first.

  53. 01/25/2017 / 9:37 pm

    These are awesome ideas that really make a space stand-out. I have some DIY projects to do this 2017. Most of them consist of re-painting walls and refurbishing furniture. Thanks for sharing!

  54. 01/25/2017 / 7:57 pm

    I love love love that coffee table! I can see myself making the end tables for that to match and it would love so fantastic in my loft! What a great idea!

  55. 01/25/2017 / 5:13 pm

    I always look at these like I am going to do them, but I never end up finishing a project. I am the least crafty person haha I usually have a friend or my husband end up doing a project and I supervise.

  56. robin masshole mommy
    01/25/2017 / 2:40 pm

    You have so many fun project ideas here. I definitely want to try a few of these.

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