6 Ways to DIY the Boho Look at Home for $50 or Less

published Oct 30, 2020
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Leather butterfly chair and plants

Sure, minimalist style is nice, but for “more is more” decorators, boho is where it’s at. Boho style is all about blending colors, textures, and patterns, and mixing in plenty of vintage and natural touches, too. The result? A space that feels warm and lived-in, and endlessly personal.

Of course, building a layered boho-style room can be expensive if you’re shopping ready-made finds. But with a little DIY know-how and creativity, you can add boho flair to your space on the cheap. Here, six ways to add a boho touch to any space—all for $50 or less.

DIY white leather hanging planters

Jellina of Jellina Detmar Interior & Styling gave an old leather purse a second life by turning it into a hanging planter. The leather pocket paired with natural twine has a casual, offbeat look—and the carrier can fit a range of potted plants (a boho style staple!).

Give an upcycled dresser a boho paint job

Mel of Melanie Jade Design salvaged a $39 vintage mahogany cabinet from a charity shop and upcycled it into a pretty-in-pink boho-chic piece. While she used light pink for much of the front, she left the wood peeking through in parts for an offbeat look. Finishing touches? Big art and tons of plants, of course.

Paint a contemporary boho color-block wall shelf

Suzy of Sweet Bungalow created a contemporary color-block accent for her wall-mount shelf just $20. Circle and half-circle accents are a cheap and easy way to add boho flair to any room, especially in earthy colors like the burnt orange shown here.

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Make leather-and-wood hanging shelves

Jennifer of JCDesign created this stylish shelf using leather straps, which she looped to hold a simple wood board in place of traditional brackets. Hang one solo, like she did, or fill a wall with them for a bolder look.

Hang an oversized planter

Jellina of Jellina Detmar Interior & Styling went all-out with plants, building this hanging wooden box planter for under $30. Painting it a crisp white helps put the plants on display, but you could choose any color—paint or stain—that matches your space. Then, like Jellina, fill your hanging planter with a mix of full and trailing plants.

Add a tile top to a pallet coffee table

Repurposing shipping pallets is a smart way to make custom decor on the cheap. Mel from Melanie Jade Design created a whimsical outdoor coffee table with pallets, using leftover paint to add some color before purchasing Moroccan-style tiles to glue to the top. The tiles not only give the table character—they also provide a level surface that makes this coffee table all the more practical.