8 DIY Decor Projects That Will Make Your Life a Little Easier

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A title with a bold claim and a lot to ask from these simple DIY projects, but it's true. In their own small way, each of these eight DIY projects will make life just a little bit easier for you. From chasing bugs away, to keeping kitties occupied to giving you a place to hang and toss your odds and ends, these DIY projects also share something else in common: They all look good!

Pictured above: Keep your spices in check and easy to find while making your cooking area more attractive with these cute chalkboard glass jar paint jobs. Spotted on Make and Tell.

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Don't these homemade citronella oil jars with floating candles just look like the very definition of summer? They'll pretty up an outdoor space and help keep bugs at bay. Seen on adventures in making.

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Don't let stacks of magazines run your life this summer! Keep them under control by installing as many of these simple and sleep copper DIY wall-mounted magazine holders as you need. Spotted on Monsters Circus.

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Let's face it, you could use a small catchall in lots of places in your home. From your landing strip to your bathroom counter to your bedside table, this simple DIY leather tray will collect in style. Seen on eHow.

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Is your black thumb always killing plants? Do you just never know how to keep all your plants alive when you travel during the summer? Don't worry about death with these paper succulents that will give a corner of your home a burst of green without all the need for water and sun. Spotted on Creative Live Blog.

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Never have anywhere to sit when you go to the beach or camp? Sit in style and comfort with this DIY wooden camp chair. It would also make for great seating to keep on hand for any outdoor gatherings you throw this summer! Spotted on Merrythought.

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If your hats to protect your skin from the sun keep ending up all over your house adding to the clutter, you might consider making another hat or coat rack to hang on your wall. We like this rustic look we spotted on kristi murphy.

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Cats driving you crazy because they've got nothing to do and nowhere to go? Give them a place that's just for them but that's also attractive enough to go with your modern decor with this DIY homemade wood cat tower. Seen on Home Tree Atlas.

Have you DIYed anything this summer that's made your life a little easier? Share in the comments below!

(Image credits: Make and Tell; adventures in making; Monsters Circus; eHow; Creative Live Blog; Merrythought; kristi murphy; Home Tree Atlas)

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