Getting stuck in a project is great for our mental health. Over the last year, with people stuck at home bored, there has been a huge rise in people trying their hand at DIY. You don’t need to break the bank to get your hands busy, and you don’t have to know about power tools - you just need to be willing and ready to put your mind to the task. From improving your home to fixing your bike, there’s something for everyone in this overview of the easiest DIY projects.
If you’re still asking what the fuss is all about, here’s a quick look at the benefits of DIY. Primarily, DIY helps to boost your health. It can reduce stress, you get a large sense of accomplishment when you finish, and it will increase your self-esteem as you’ll feel like a master amongst your peers.
Who doesn’t love a good fire pit? This is an excellent place to start, and you could even try your hand at metalwork without having power tools. Crafting your firepit will give you a boost up to doing larger works by building your confidence.
All you will need to get started is a 1.2m x 1.2mm sheet of steel to make the bowl, and about 11m of 12 mm steel bar to make the stand. After that, all you need are some basic metal and welding skills - which you can easily pick up by watching some tutorials on YouTube.
Elevated Garden Bed
If you have a garden and want to add some dimension to your plants, why not try and build a wooden garden bed? All you need is some suitable wood, a saw, and some nails. Start by cutting the pieces and building a box, attach legs to the bottom, then finish by treating the underside of the table so that soil doesn’t fall through. Of course, there’s a little more to it than that, but you can get the lowdown here.
Make a Pencil Holder
If you’re one for the arts, why not try your hand at making a pencil holder? There are so many things you can do with this one that go beyond decorating a cup. For instance, grab yourself some treated wood in the shape of a cup (with the bark still on). Sand off the bottom so it stands flat, then measure the thickness of the pencils and drill as many holes as you need… It’s that simple.
Make a Couch Sleeve
If you’re guilty of leaving your cup on the arm of the couch because the coffee table is too far away, then this will be perfect. All you need for this project is three pieces of wood cut to size. Next, glue the side pieces onto the top (to make a horseshoe shape that will sit on the arm). Once your couch sleeve is set and dry, wood stain it and finish with polyurethane.
Make a Blanket Ladder
You know what a ladder looks like, right? Good. For this project, you will make a stylish ladder out of wood so that you can hang your blankets and throws them over. You don’t need any power tools for this DIY project, all you need to get your hands on is a miter box, hand saw, and a few boards. You can see for yourself how easy it is here.
Repurpose a Laptop Stand
If you’ve got a tired-looking laptop stand at home, consider changing the boring wooden top for a custom design board. You can make the board as interesting as you want, you could even piece together different shades of wood for your desired effect. Once you’ve finished, all you need to do is drill holes in the correct places and screw them onto the base.
Paint Your Walls
This is as simple as it comes. If you’ve ever painted a picture, you’ll be more than capable of painting your wall. All you need is your chosen paint, a paintbrush/roller, some dust sheets, and tape to cover fixtures. For extra measures, make sure that you wear something you don’t mind getting Picasso’d.
If you live in an area prone to parcel theft, fight back by making an anti-theft mailbox. You can secure your packages with some wood, a saw, drill, hinges, spray paint, and screws. This is a worthwhile investment that is pretty easy to make. If you want to see parcel thieves getting some much-deserved payback, check out this video here.
There you have it, eight extremely easy DIY projects that anyone can do. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel or use power tools and reinvent your kitchen. Just think small, do it yourself, and have some fun along the way.