People love DIY crafts, but there is a tendency to run into a very particular issue that doesn’t seem to come with a lot of home improvement ideas. The problem is that sometimes cheap craft ideas for home decor can look exactly like that: cheap. To avoid making a decor piece that resembles a 4th grade craft project, here are some ideas on how to make DIY projects that don’t look DIY.

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Hanging Photos Like a Champ

Learn how to hang up pictures like a boss
Picture mobiles for the DIY home interior. Source: Homey oh my

Here’s a great way to express your DIY creativity on a backdrop that people won’t think twice about. Hang your photos up without a frame. It’s perfectly common in most households, and allows you to express your DIY interior design ideas without seeming over the top. There are many ways you can do this, and here are just a few:

  1. String and tape
  2. Clothespins
  3. Command hooks
  4. Tape
  5. Mobiles
  6. Hanging structures
  7. Signs
  8. String web
  9. Mantel decor

DIY Stencil Curtains

Stenciled in window curtains
A truly surprising DIY for any home window. Source: Simply Designing

Here’s a brilliant idea that will surprise people to learn that you made it. The idea is simple, just buy an ornate stencil and roll or spray paint the design onto blank curtains. Similar cheap craft ideas for home decor include making your own wallpaper designs this way.

In any case all you need is paint, a roller, a paint tray, and fabric. After that, DIY stencil curtains are as good as yours.

Vintage Plate Wall Art

Plates can double as both tableware and decor
Keeping it classy in the kitchen without sacrificing space. Source: Design Sponge

Here’s some great decor that you can accomplish with nothing more than some old plateware and hooks. Vintage plate wall art can be easily incorporated into any home, and because it only takes up wall space, it makes for perfect cheap DIY decorating ideas for apartments. You can do this with other things as well, it’s just that old plateware has a rustic feel that other items do not possess. Try hanging other objects in a similar fashion, such as:

  • Signs
  • Trays
  • Pictures
  • Candles
  • Teacups
  • Hubcaps
  • Hats
  • Bottles

Painted Votives

Here's an easy DIY that can serve as the perfect gift.
Candles that can serve a number of occasions. Source: Ruffled Blog

Light up your home with some delightful painted votives. Draw your own designs, mark them with symbols, or write your friends’ names on them and give them as gifts. They make great presents and are remarkably cheap. Many DIY home decor crafts can also be presented as gifts, but this one seems to be a real crowd pleaser. In any case, this is a very inexpensive and fun DIY.

Gold Dipped Vase

Gold certainly has that effect on people
It has such an appealing look to it. Source: HGTV

Here’s one that’s virtually impossible to mess up. All you need is some golden spray paint, some tape, and a vase. Tape up the top half of the vase and spray paint the bottom half. It’s really that simple.

Your gold dipped vase can house flowers or simply be a standalone decor piece. Other objects that can stand to be dipped (spray painted) in gold include:

  • Mason jars
  • Wine bottles
  • Plastic fruit
  • Old toys
  • Old shoes
  • Figurines
  • Ceramics
  • Cans
  • Magnets
  • Branches
  • Leaves
  • Pinecones

Burned Wooden Piece

Another great DIY idea that can go in nearly every room in the house
Burned wood actually can look really cool inside the home. Source: Reddit

Have you ever wanted to solder wood? Create your own designs with heat? Than this DIY project might be right for you. Try burning your own creation into a panel or plank of wood. Of course, you’ll need a soldering gun first. And then a safe place to work next. But once you’ve secured those, feel free to express yourself on this unorthodox canvas. Burnt wood is always sure to attract attention, especially when hanging up in your interior.

Wine Cork Decor

Cork decor: it's easy and it lasts a long time
It takes awhile to gather the corks, but it's so worth it. Source: Wine Enthusiast

You'd be surprised at how versatile this medium is. Wine corks are amazingly flexible and can be turned into many different, yet equally outstanding, DIY projects. Try making a heart, wreath, door stopper, coaster, or even outline your kitchen with a backsplash. There’s no limit to what wine cork decor can cover, so use your imagination.

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