Like doing DIY projects but love when they start with something you might already have on hand? We gathered an array of easy-to-do DIY projects that involve upcycling something you might already have in your home — one less thing to buy and one less road block to get in the way of a DIY project this weekend. And some of these are simple enough you could get the kids involved for a family affair!
Of course, while you might have one of these starting objects to upcycle, you may still have to buy some craft supplies to complete these DIYs. But, we think you'll find the supply lists pretty short and simple.
Pictured above: Love this simple but sweet pickle jar project that could leave you with some modern vases you could use for anything spotted on Northstory. Though they use pickle jars, you could use any jar for this project.
This one is surprisingly successful, considering it's made from cheap brown paper lunch bags! You could use these new silver spray-painted bags as some stylish, slouched container in a vignette, or just use them for storage in a closet somewhere. As spotted on Almost Makes Perfect.
Got some boring white bowls lying around? Grab some gold leaf and transform a few into tiny little pint-sized storage bowls for your small things (love the idea of using them for corralling bobby pins). As seen on Why Don't You Make Me?.
Okay this is more for you than it is for home but we love the pattern of this hot drink cozy and love that it's made of old T-shirts! Spark & Chemistry has the instructions.
Another shipping pallet upcycle project...but with considerably less furniture building! Love the idea of making a cute embroidered wood sign for a vignette or to hang on a wall. This might even make a really adorable address numbers sign (if you have an water-tight overhang). Will require some drilling for the holes, but otherwise fairly simple to make. Spotted on My So Called Crafty Life.
Put some spring on your spoons! Spice up any boring wooden spoons you might have with this simple striped paint job using some fun pastel or perky spring paint colors you have lying around. As seen on Wander's Palace.
A super sweet spring centerpiece could be made in a jiff with this DIY etched mason jar spotted on The Homesteady.
If you've noticed, we totally have a thing for stained glass, and this could be just the project to brighten up your day if winter's still bearing down on your neck of the woods. Classic Play can show you how to make these faux stain glass jars.
What upcycled DIY project have you worked on lately? Share your projects in the comments below to inspire someone else!
(Image credits: Northstory; Almost Makes Perfect; Why Don't You Make Me?; Spark & Chemistry; My So Called Crafty Life; Wander's Palace; The Homesteady; Classic Play)