It’s a nice time of year to start a new project to get ready for the fall. I’ve been loving all the DIYs I’ve been seeing online as of late and thought I’d share a few I’ve been collecting for inspiration. From a cement hanging pendant that would look cool in a reading corner to Shou Sugi Ban outdoor table that offers to prevent mold or rot for 80 years, here’s what I’ve found.
1. Cement Hanging Pendant
A semi-failed slipcast concrete project becomes this rather unique and attractive pendant lamp. Get the how to from instructables.com.
4. Trimming Pillowcases
By using strips of cloth or lace to trim the opening of a cotton pillowcase, or by placing a monogrammed vintage handkerchief diagonally one can easily personalize a plain cotton pillowcase, making for a unique bedding accessory or gift to a friend. Get the instructions here.
5. Make A Rug With A Paperclip
A clever and economical way to make a big rug using small rugs which are weaved together. I’ve seen this done with hall runners before, and love how this example turned out. Check out the how-to from Vintage Revivals.
6. Recyled Jeans Patchwork Bowl
Recycle a pair of old patchwork jeans into a clever catch-all bowl using mod podge. A fun project from Henry Happened.
7. DIY Geo Lampshade
Using whiteboard and a template, this geo lampshade is super easy to make! Get the how-to at Ohoh Blog here.
8. Paint Stick Table Top
Keep your old paint sticks from jobs of ‘yore to repurpose for a new surface; perhaps like this paint stick table top! Get the details on this fun recycling project at Saved by Love Creations.
9. Slipcovered Headboard
Update an old headboard with a new slipcover. No scraping, sanding, or painting required! Get the full instructions at Martha Stewart.
10. Shou Sugi Ban Outdoor Table
A Japanese charring method is used to prevent rot and mold for 80 years on this outdoor table. Get the how-to at The Felted Fox.
Jan Halvarson is the co-founder of Poppytalk, a lifestyle and design blog based in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.