Decor & DIY

10 Easy DIY projects for beginners

At the start of the year I always feel energized to do something new so I thought I’d share some Easy DIY projects for beginners. All of these products can be done in less than a day, so you still have some time before heading back to the office.

10 Easy DIYs for beginners

1. How to make your own DIY peg board

I started on a DIY Pegboard project at the end of last year and it is finally at a point that I can say it is complete! A pegboard is the perfect solution to a home office that lacks space, it is both neat and pretty and I find it very functional. I searched far and wide for some home office inspiration and finally just decided to take the leap and make a pegboard myself. See you to make one for yourself here.

diy pegboard for home office tutorial

2. Make an on-trend faux flower wall

I was part of the ISCA trends stand and one of the influencers behind the new range of colour taps that they launched. At the Decorex Johannesburg stand I revealed this faux flower wall art. See the DIY in this link.

Faux flower wall art

3. Simple DIY couch arm table

A couch armrest table is a really functional item to have. When it comes to small space living a coffee table is sometimes out of the option, so adding a couch arm table will give you all of the functionality without utilising more space.

View the DIY instructions here.

DIY sofa armrest table by Lauren Kim Photography

4. Make your own terrarium (great gift idea!)

This DIY terrarium tutorial is for all of you who say you cannot grow anything but are desperate for a little garden. These little terrariums can be as big or as small as you want. The terrarium succulents you chose are all your choice – try keep them as small as you can as they will grow and grow. A terrarium make for a great hostess gift or simply use it as a table decoration or a statement piece in your entry way.

View the full DIY terrarium instructions here.

DIY terrarium instructions by Lauren Kim Photography

5. DIY vinyl backsplash

When we updated our kitchen I was not ready to commit to a backsplash so decided to do my own using removable vinyl. This is the perfect solution if you rent a space as the vinyl is removable. View the full DIY here.

Renovate Tile adhesive by Saint-Gobain Weber

6. How to make a DIY desk organiser

Having a pretty Desk organiser should be everyones’ goal this year. I shared this cute house organizer by Pure Sweet Joy that you can replicate here.

DIY desk organiser

7. How to cover an old pin board

A pin board is a great way to create some whimsical fun in your office or bedroom. It is the best place to keep your theater tickets, children’s drawings, special photographs or a list of details you need on hand.

These boards need not be boring and hidden away. All you need to jazz up your space is the following… View the DIY here.

Step by step instructions on how to re-cover an old pin board

8. DIY Copper hooks

These DIY copper hooks was part of the DIYs that I made for the bathroom on a budget make-over challenge for ISCA Taps’ stand at the Johannesburg edition of Decorex 2018. View the full DIY here. These hooks are perfect for use in the kitchen as towel hooks or in the bathroom as towel hooks. So think out of the box!

DIY copper hooks

9. DIY House number

Every home needs a house number – a pretty DIY house number. Lauren Kim Photography shared this lovilee DIY using some artificial grass for a modern look. View the step by step instructions here.

Weekend DIY House number

10. 5 minute DIY cork board

This 5 minute craft DIY cork board is just the thing to add a touch of lovilee and functionality to your kitchen. Decorative cork boards are not only for the home office or classroom. Whether you make use of a bulletin board to keep your notes, pretty picture memories or other items, Pinterest is filled with different cork board ideas!

View the DIY here.

5 minute kitchen craft cork board with free conversion chart printable

Which of these do you think that you will try?! Would love to hear from you, if I can do it, you can too!!!!

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Karen Kelly is the founder and editor of She is a creative at heart and passionate about all things DIY. Learn more about her here and connect with her on social media on the links below.


  1. The Saltbox

    Such a lovely post! Our favourites are the DIY terrarium and the DIY desk organiser. I love how you can get creative with the styling of the organiser ( the little houses stacked together). Will definitely look at trying one for myself this month.

    • Kari

      Eeek! Thank you so much for your lovilee comment! Would looooove to see please send pics or tag lovilee on Insta! #lovilee

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