So you want your home decor to look more classy and expensive but you don’t have a big budget to spend? It’s actually easier to do than you might think. Yes, expensive furniture, statement art, advanced gadgets make your home look luxurious, but that’s not your only option when it comes to creating a classy look.
Sometimes all it takes is a little creativity and you can create decor that only looks expensive but it actually isn’t. Here are over 40 easy DIY projects that will help you do just that.
Decorative mirrors add architectural interest to home decor and makes it look classier, but they can be quite expensive. Not if you make one yourself following this tutorial.
Lace Fabric Wall
Laces add that extra classy look to your home style but it isn’t just limited to blankets and covers – you can use lace fabric to decorate your walls too. Here’s how.
Floating Shelf Wall Art
A floating shelf can be so much more with just some wall decorating. Turn it into a visual display that looks like a console table without the expense of getting one and taking up space.
Pedestal Sink Skirt
Some things have to be hidden away from the view in order for your decor to look classy. This skirt idea works for things like a pedestal sink or open cabinets.
Faux Built-in Bookshelf
The built-in look is very much classy especially with molding adding to the room’s architecture. You can fake it very easily by using just Ikea’s Billy bookshelves (also read about our picks for the best bookshelves for small spaces).
Marble looks expensive and classy but you don’t have to splurge on the real thing if you just use self-adhesive paper.
Wire Mail Baskets
These mail baskets are very handy and stylish to have in your entryway.
Add marquee lights to your displays for that extra bling and class. Here’s how you can make one yourself.
Sweater Pillow Covers
Repurposing is always a good idea as you save on buying new materials and the results is often unexpectedly beautiful. Such is the case with sweater pillow covers. Get that knitted cover look with very little effort.
Here’s another easy way to use laces and add a little charm to your home decor.
Sequins Wall Art
Gilded accessories certainly look luxurious and you can easily make statement art – here’s how.
Faux Brick Wall World Map
If you like the idea of whimsical wall decor, here’s how you can achieve the chic look of world map painted brick wall.
Decorative Door Trim
Another way to add architectural interest to a room and make it look more classy is to add crown molding trim around doors. It’s very easy to do.
Enamel Painted Vases
Need some nice classy vases but want to avoid the cost? Paint them in enamel to get the look.
Hanging Macrame Chair
As whimsical as it is classy and charming, this hanging macrame chair is actually rather easy to make.
Vintage Door Knob Plate
Can you tell this old rusty vintage door knob plate is actually faux? You really can’t tell the difference and you can get this classy vintage look for your doors without having to bring old rust to your home. Check out the tutorial for the technique you can use.
Mini Macrame Wall Hanging
Macrame wall hangings are all the hype. They can add some boho style and some class to your living room or bedroom decor. This tutorial shows you how to create a simple macrame hanging using just a single knot technique. Check it out.
Moon Phases Wall Hanging
This wall hanging is a nice way to add some cuteness to your home decor. Whether you hang it in your living room or a bedroom, it will add some subtle class. It’s easy to make too, if you follow this wonderful tutorial.
Ombre Jewelry Hanger
A piece of wood and some dowel pieces combined make an ideal jewelry hanger. It can be painted any color to suit any decor and keeps that jewelry up and out of the way. It also displays your pieces so they become another piece of art to admire.
Moroccan Wall Stencil
Stenciling the walls is a fabulous way to add a pop of color, pattern, and character. With getting creative, this can cost next to nothing if you make your own stencil from some cardboard.
Few things are more trendy than the farmhouse look and feel, and using barnwood in a home is the ideal way to get the look. DIY barnwood shutters are easy to make and add instant rustic charm to its surroundings.
DIY Bench Makeover
Re-loving our furniture is a cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to buying new pieces. Giving old pieces new life reduces our consumership, as well as lessening the items that end up in the landfill. Refurbishing a bench with some stain gives it new life.
Log Candle Holders
Accent items made out of log pieces like candle holders can be found in many trendy shops, but with a little ingenuity, you can make them yourself for a fraction of the cost. Dipping the bottoms in paint gives an extra pop of color and sophistication.
Rustic Modern Plant Stand
This rustic plant stand is made easily with a piece of wood and some pipe hangers for legs. This is a practical and charming way to display a beloved plant and keep it off the ground and away from heat vents.
A metal basket with rope twined around it and secured with glue completely changes the look of the basket, making it a great home for cozy throws and other items.
Macramé Plant Hanger
Macramé was huge in the 70s, and it has enjoyed a resurgence in the world of modern home decor. A simple DIY macramé hanger can transform a plant hanger into a beautiful and trendy accent piece bound to start conversations.
Printed Flour Sack Towels
Flour sack towels are DIY home decor items that cultivate the farmhouse look and feel. Some plain towels, a stencil, and some paint can achieve the look with a minimum of time, money, and effort.
Fabric Quote Banner
These DIY banners are so easy to make and are super trendy. Some fabric, a small piece of dowel, paint and a word stencil is all you will need to achieve an effective graphic punch in a space. Making one yourself ensures you can customize your quote.
Copper Wood Hooks
Ideal as space-savers, having a number of hooks around the home gets things off the floor and becomes a handy storage solution. These DIY copper wood hooks marry form and function perfectly.
Who needs boring plain stairs when you can paint them in alternating colors to achieve an interesting and unique staircase.
DIY Drying Rack
Drying racks are great for people with delicate clothes that need to air dry. Making one yourself ensures you have one ideally suited in size to your space.
Faux Metal Letter Wall Art
These DIY faux metal letters are amazingly authentic looking. With a little elbow grease, you too can easily create the look with any word you like. These DIY metal letters cost a fraction of the price to make as they do to buy.
Plywood countertops are easy to make and form beautiful surfaces in a number of areas. Over a washer and dryer, they provide a fabulous and sleek folding station.
Lamp parts are highly accessible at your local craft store, so why not create your own unique DIY lamp to suit your decor.
Copper and Pine Magazine Rack
Copper is such a versatile material, and its warm hue adds just the right pop of shine and color. Some fabric and copper make a lovely home for magazines and papers.
Modern Coat Rack
DIY coat racks are functional as well as aesthetically-pleasing. A rustic piece of wood makes a perfect base upon which to hang your coats and hats.
DIY Glass Terrariums
Glass terrariums make ideal environments for plants and succulents, and they are also lovely to look at and warm up a space.
DIY Dyed Rug
Dye works on almost anything, and with a little effort, you can transform a boring rug into a pop of color with a rich color change.
Bamboo Orb Lights
Pendant lights can be made with a variety of materials used as a shade. Bamboo orbs are great for highlighting an Edison-style bulb within and adding a natural element into the space.
Polaroid Gallery Wall
Gallery walls are one of the best ways to customize a space and create a focal-point wall. Grouping similar items like Polaroid shots is a fun and whimsical way to display those beloved photos.
Reclaimed Wood Buffet
It is very simple to give furniture a makeover with simply a coat of paint or by adding some reclaimed wood for a rustic and warm look. Adding some wood planks to an IKEA buffet completely transforms the piece, and you can do it all by yourself with very little money and effort.
Cabinet-Door Photo Display
A seemingly useless old cabinet door can be transformed into an Instagram-inspired photo display. Gone are the days when photos only lived behind glass frames. These days, there are countless fun and unique ways to DIY a photo display for everyone to enjoy.
Bamboo Sunburst Mirror
Some bamboo sticks emulate the rays of the sun perfectly in this DIY sunburst mirror. While these are easy to find in home decor shops, they can cost a pretty penny. For a fraction of the price, you can create one yourself to spruce up a wall space.