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A Quarantine Guide to DIY


Article by Audrey Kuether

Photography by Audrey Kuether

Winter is on its way, and that coupled with a quarantine means even more time at home. Looking for some projects to fill your time and tap into your creativity? I've got you covered with 30 DIY project ideas that are totally doable, promise. I know because I have tried them all.

So whether you're looking for a craft to help entertain the kiddos or a more involved home improvement project, there's something for everyone.

Quick and Cozy Candle Sweaters

Let's get warmed up by starting with the laughably easiest DIY ever – candle sweaters made from sweater socks! Yep, you heard that right, socks.

This tutorial shows the few steps and has some cute sock suggestions. Check it out!

Unique Paint Pour Abstract Art

With only a few paint supplies and a cup, you can create an abstract masterpiece in only a few minutes! They add fun pops of color to home decor and make super thoughtful gifts.

See the tutorial for all the steps and links to the supplies!

Simple Body Butter and Lip Scrub

The cold weather months can take a toll on skin and leave behind chapped lips. Battle back with these two simple and all natural recipes. I swear by them!

Pretty Homemade Soy Wax Candles

Are you a soy candle fan, but looking to save some cash? I've got you covered with this easy DIY soy wax candle tutorial. They'll keep your home cozy all winter long, Oh and they make fun gifts too!

Fun and Festive Tea Towels

If you're anything like me, you can never have enough tea towels. I like to use them for all seasons and holidays. I decided to plug in my Cricut and make my own this holiday season. They'll make the perfect gifts for friends, family, neighbors, and teachers this holiday season.

See the tutorial for all the steps and see just how easy they are to make!

Cute Holiday Terrariums

Have some glass jars and canisters laying around? How about some toy cars from the toy box? Adding some mini bottle brush trees with bakers twine and sprinkling in some faux, sparkly snow turns them instantly into the most festive holiday decor ever to exist.

The tutorial has helpful links to all the necessary supplies, even the toy cars. You won't want to sleep on this holiday DIY!

Golden Glam Jewelry Dishes

Before I made these cute gold leaf dishes, my jewelry was a tangled mess. Now I actually enjoy keeping it organized and displayed! Don't let gold leaf intimidate you – it's a game changer. Check out the tutorial to learn how to make some of these pretties for yourself or for gift giving.

Simple and Functional Open Shelving

Looking to affordably add some storage and function to your home? I've got you covered with this step-by-step DIY open shelving tutorial that cost us less than $50. Boom!

Pretty Pom Pom Wall Hangings

It doesn't get more fun than yarn pom poms – ok maybe I need to get a life, but nonetheless ....

In this tutorial , I show you just how easy it is to make your own pom poms and pull them together to make the cutest wall hangings.

Color Blocked Wood Slice Key Holder

Always misplacing your keys? Me too. I decided that a colorful color blocked wood slice key holder would inspire me to actually hang up my keys, and I have to say – it works most of the time.

This is an easy project you can complete in less than an hour and also works well as a jewelry organizer!

Quirky Animal Storage Jars

You might be picking up on the fact that I have a thing with turning miniature toy animals into fun and quirky items. I just can't help it. :)

Grab your toys, spray paint, containers, and superglue and let's make some toy animal organizers!

Colorful Painted Sticks Wall Hanging

Stop what you're doing, put on some shoes, and go shop your backyard for some sticks! Grab some paint and a brush and get your creativity going with some funky painted sticks.

They'll look so cool you'll want to display them. I show you how to do that too!

Adorable Animal Ring Dishes

Here I am again with more toys to treasures! Grab your toys, spray paint, super glue, and dishes – let's make some cute and unique ring dishes.

I love giving these as gifts. they always bring a smile!

Batik Inspired Pillow Covers

Changing out your pillow cases is an affordable and easy way to update your home decor. Why not make your own pillowcases to make your home feel even more personalized.

Make some batik-inspired designs using a ruler, permanent markers, and rubbing alcohol. It's that easy!

Kitschy Mason Jar Snow Globes

Are you a flamingo lover year-round like me? Make your own snow globes using only a few supplies. I've gifted these to tons of people over the years, and they always get rave reviews.

Not a flamingo fan? You can use anything you want in there from holiday items to found objects – get creative!

Lovely Linen Closet Makeover

If you're a before and after fan, this tutorial is for YOU! Go see what our linen closet looked like before (I'm not proud, ha) and see all the steps that were taken to turn it into the organized masterpiece it is now.

Oh, and I've kept it organized for 16 months. If I can do this, you can too. This tutorial is a must-see and features lots of tips from a professional organizer.

Show-stopping Play Teepee

Back when our daughter turned one, I set out to make a DIY teepee using only a glue gun, fabric, and wood slats. It was so much easier to make than I expected, and is still a big hit with our kiddo 6 years later!

Check out the tutorial to see the steps I took to make this gem!

Homemade Tic-Tac-Toe Board

I have something I'd like to get off my chest. Our family isn't a big board game family – there I said it! One thing we do all enjoy is tic-tac-toe. I decided to stop wasting paper, and make our own game board and pieces using wood materials and a couple other supplies from a craft store.

It's been a big quarantine hit in this house!

Un-killable Rock Cactus Garden

Are you the person who loves plants of all kinds, but can even kill a cactus? I have the perfect DIY cactus garden for you black thumb-ers!

Grab some rocks and paint and follow my easy tutorial. It's a great kid craft too!

State Pride Tea Towels

Display your state pride on some tea towels! This is a quick and rewarding DIY project that makes a statement. I made these 6 years ago, have washed them a ton of times, and they're still holding up perfectly. Check out the tutorial!

Trash to Treasure Soda Can Vases

Have some aluminum cans in our recycle bin? Go grab them and I'll show you how laughably easy it is to make your own flower vases out of them! I love a good trash to treasure project, and this is it!

Modern Wallpapered Headboard

My daughter's bed really needed a headboard, and I had some wallpaper laying around, so I decided to combine the two and make a DIY wallpapered headboard. It was my first time working with traditional wallpaper, and it was so much easier than I expected.

It's an easy weekend DIY project that makes a big statement!

Fabulous and Fizzy Bath Salts

I love baths – especially in the winter! I've made DIY bath bombs on the past, but they were time consuming. I knew there had to be an easier way! I came up with a recipe that includes all the benefits and coolness of bath bombs, but in the powder form.

These fizzy bath salts are a hug hit with both me and my daughter

Marvelously Marbled Nail Polish Flower Pots

Put your old nail polish to use and make some funky marbled polish flower pots. All you need is a bowl of water and your polish to start making your own! This is an oddly satisfying project.

Cleverly Colorful Coffee Mugs

Turn a basic coffee mug into your own work of art with only tissue paper and dishwasher safe Mod Podge. I like to use mine as a pen cup in my office, but they definitely work for coffee too!

If you have 15 minutes you have time for a mug glow up!

Terrific Toy Animal Photo Displays

You are probably wanting to organize a toy animal intervention at this point, aren't you? I get it. I turned these toys into some fun photo holders, but they are also super fun used as table place settings at a kid's birthday party. They double as a party favor!

Fabulous Fabric Wrapped Flower Pots

Did you know you can Mod Podge fabric to flower pots? It dries hard and turns out super cool!

The tutorial shows all the easy steps to achieve this look!

Clever Clay Jewelry Dishes

You might also be thinking that I have too much jewelry. You would be correct about that!

I used different colors of clay to make these marbled dishes and love how they turned out. You can make them in any size and they're a great kid project!

Vintage Photo To Canvas Transfer

I found some cute digital photos of my parents from their youth and wanted to find a way to display them in a unique way. I made a photo copy of each image and used my photo transfer Mod Podge to make these canvases. I love displaying them

Toy Animal Succulent Planter

Here I am with my final DIY project, and you guessed it – it involves toy animals, haha!

This has to be my very favorite project using toys and faux succulents. I have them displayed in a few spots in our house for a touch of quirkiness. They're always quite the conversation starter. :)

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I hope you're inspired by these 30 quarantine DIY projects!

If you decide to try some of them, I'd absolutely LOVE it if you'd you tag me in your InstaTwitter, or Facebook  posts so I can see how they turn out! :)