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About Tracy Anderson

Tracy has worked as a freelance copywriter and marketing consultant for more than 16 years. During that time, she also opened and ran an eclectic wine shop on Cape Cod with her sister. She and her son Max, 10, live in Yarmouthport.

Weekend Projects: 5 Creative Ways to DIY Your Next Calendar

It's a busy time of year, and while there's much to recommend digital schedule-keeping, many of us prefer something we can actually touch. Here are five creative twists on the the traditional calendar.

It used to be that people relied on the seasons to measure the passage of time, but once the calendar came into common use—well, it stuck around. In recent years, though, many have chosen to go digital, transferring schedule-keeping to the online realm. But perhaps an equal number of us have chosen to stick with our traditional, tangible calendars. You can always buy a new one at the bookshop or stationery store, but since the appeal of a real calendar is that you can actually hold it in your hands, there’s poetic justice to the idea of making your own. Scroll down to see five DIY calendar projects to mimic or to inspire your very own design.

 

1. STICK IT

DIY Calendar - Washi Tape

Photo: modishandmain.com

DIY decorators have made a darling out of washi tape, which is Japanese adhesive paper that not only goes on and peels off easily, but also comes in an endless array of designs. Use the tape to create a border for your DIY calendar, then fill the grid with colored post-it notes, one for each day, as Modish and Main cleverly did here.

 

2. PAINT IT

DIY Calendar - Chalkboard Window

Photo: housebyhoff.com

Plenty of non-energy-efficient vintage windows are homeless and looking for a second life. House by Hoff figure out that for a weekly calendar, a paned window lends itself extraordinary well to use in a DIY calendar. Simply chalkboard-paint the glazed portions of the window and use vinyl letters to define the different days.

 

3. SNAP IT

Photo Calendar

Photo: photojojo.com

From Photojojo, here’s a DIY calendar perfect for any amateur photographers in the crowd. To get started, head outside and start snapping pictures of letters and numbers in your neighborhood. You’ll need 49 total: the numbers 1 through 31, a set of letters or words to represent the different days of the week, and 11 fillers.

 

4. CLIP IT

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Paint a regular clipboard and hang it from a nail in your entry hall or home office. Swap in patterned paper and simple print-out calendar templates for each passing month. It’s a quick way to see your month at a glance. For details on the (readily available) materials needed to make your own, head on over to Jenna Rose Journal.

 

5. BOX IT

Daily Calendar in a Box

Photo: witandwhistle.com

Some people use calendars to organize and plan; others use calendars to remember dates and reflect. Designed for the latter, a DIY calendar journal provides space to record your daily activities so that you can revisit them fondly year after year. Wit and WhistleWit and Whistle shows how to create one using only index cards and a recipe box.

, all you need to get started are a stack of index cards (365 of them) and an embellished recipe box for storage.


5 Things to Do with… Shoeboxes


Take a few old shoeboxes from the dusty stack in your closet and with a little creativity, transform them into stylish yet functional everyday objects for the home.

There’s something about the size, durability, and versatility of shoeboxes that compels us to keep them long after our footwear has done its walking. If you’ve still got a shoebox (or four) lying around, your hoarding instincts were right-on—that box retains plenty of potential. Many simple and quick projects can breathe new life into your old shoe storage, whether you’re looking for pure function or something more fun. Here are five favorite shoebox crafts to help get you started.

 

1. STORE SPOOLS

Shoebox Crafts - Spools

Photo: justcraftyenough.com

The one pitfall of having a large inventory of ribbon for wrapping and embellishing? The inevitable tangle that occurs when your ribbons aren’t in use. But with a shoebox and some basic crafting tools, you can keep your trimmings tidy. To make an organizer of your own, follow the step-by-step at Just Crafty Enough.

 

2. WAKE UP YOUR WALLS

Shoebox Crafts - Canvas

Photo: cremedelacraft.com

For budget-friendly decor, try these trendy color-blocked “canvases” with a twist: Instead of using pricier pulled canvas, create the same dimensional effect using a covered shoebox lid. Grab some painter’s tape and a few spray paints in your favorite colors, and follow these easy instructions from Creme de la Craft.

 

3. START A PUPPET THEATER

Shoebox Crafts - Puppet Theater

Photo: handmadecharlotte.com

Create a charming shoebox puppet theater guaranteed to make little ones smile. While an adult should take care of the handiwork (involving an X-acto knife), smaller children can help with the puppets—and, of course, run the show. Miniature LED lights adds a final magical touch. Handmade Charlotte has the tutorial.

 

4. CORRAL CORDS

Shoebox Crafts - Organizer

Photo: tashachawner.com

Cord clutter? Put a shoebox to work as a charging station, which keeps tangled cables out of sight. This one, shared by Tasha Chawner on her lifestyle blog, took just 30 minutes to build. Tasha simply cut holes for the cords to poke through, painted the box red for a pop of color, and framed the slots with metal bookplates.

 

5. MAKE A PLANTER

Shoebox Crafts - Planter

Photo: magilkey.com

Take a tip from Laura Gilkey at Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. and upcycle your extra shoeboxes into a container garden. This project is a snap, requiring only a little potting soil and your choice of small plants, flowers, or herbs. The best part? You can plant the whole box, if you choose, as cardboard is often biodegradable!


Weekend Projects: 5 Creative Ways to Build a Garden Trellis

In the backyard, a simple (or simply brilliant) DIY trellis provides visual interest at eye level, while serving as scaffolding for plants that love to go vertical.

You can buy a trellis, sure—but where’s the fun in that? With no sacrifice in function, a unique DIY trellis separates your garden from the others on your block. And you get to choose the design, customizing the structure to your exact specifications. From free-standing trellises to ones that integrate with the house, there are countless projects, ranging from sophisticated woodworking to quick and easy repurposing. Scroll down to see five of our favorite ways to create a DIY trellis.

 

1. BREAK WITH TRADITION

DIY Trellis - Chevron

Photo: smileandwave.typepad.com

Foregoing the traditional square pattern, Rachel at Smile and Wave based her DIY trellis on a chevron pattern that zigzags across five tall stakes. The diagonal members are actually repurposed wood shims, each cut with a hack saw and nailed into place. To finish, Rachel painted the trellis a crisp, eye-catching white.

 

2. TURN THE CORNER

DIY Trellis - Corner

Photo: especiallycreativebroad.wordpress.com

Defy gravity with a DIY trellis modeled on this wonderful construction from Especially Creative Broad. It goes up and over the garage door, not only providing ample room for climbing plants to thrive, but also adding decorative detail to a primarily utilitarian and typically characterless part of the home.

 

3. REWORK A RACK

DIY Trellis - Painted

Photo: sybilalfano.com

Artist Sybil Alfano found the perfect way to grow vines in a container. It starts with an inexpensive accordion-style peg rack. Next, embellish the rack with a series of pencils, both to disguise the original purpose of the rack and to lend more support to climbing plants. Finally, paint the DIY trellis in a bold color of your choice.

 

4. STUDY STRING THEORY

Photo: fortheloveofskinny.com

For this unconventional DIY trellis, courtesy of Morgan at For the Love of Skinny, you need only a handful of materials: two bike tires, gardening string, a threaded metal rod and matching nuts. While the tire spokes add decorative flair, the string guides the growth of plants upward—in this case, sweet peas.

 

5. EAMES MADE EASY

Photo: JoAnn Moser, curbly.com

Inspired by the work of Charles and Ray Eames—in particular, a color-studded coat rack the couple designed and made world-famous—this DIY trellis project (from the good folks at Curbly) lets you take your love of modernism into the backyard. If you were seeking out a summery woodworking project, look no further!


Weekend Projects: 5 Easy-to-Make Pet Beds

Let these DIY dog bed projects be your inspiration and within a single weekend, you can construct something that really makes Rex feel like a king.

Is there a Rufus or Rover in your clan? Even if your pet is allowed on all the soft spots enjoyed by the two-legged members of your household, chances are that your canine craves a haven all his own. No matter your skill level as a maker of things, you should find—as the below ideas demonstrate—that it’s easy to create a DIY dog bed. Because there are so many different ways to go about the project, you can choose the DIY dog bed you feel the most capable of completing and whose style most closely matches your taste. Scroll down now to see five designs you can mimic. Perhaps they’ll inspire you to devise a doggy divan of your very own!

 

1. MAKE A MAISON MODERNE

DIY Dog Bed - Modern

Photo: ournerdhome.com

From Our Nerd Home comes a DIY dog bed project fit for anyone with intermediate woodworking experience. To start, build a simple plywood box. Next, attach the legs (buy these premade at your local home center), then finish by applying a coat of paint in your favorite bold hue. Add a pillow, and that’s it—Fido’s home.

 

2. SEW A PATCHWORK PILLOW

DIY Dog Bed - Patchwork

Photo: apartmenttherapy.com

If your pooch seems to like wearing a sweater on winter walks, then imagine how cozy he would be on a patchwork DIY dog bed sewn from fuzzy old sweaters. This bed is a great way to save retired clothing from the landfill, and it’s great practice for those who are new to threads and needles. For instructions, head to Sew Darn Cute.

 

3. UPDATE A VINTAGE SUITCASE

DIY Dog Bed - Suitcase

Photo: moxandfodder.com

When you’re roaming through thrift stores, you often encounter the odd vintage suitcase. You love how the luggage looks but can’t see yourself actually traveling with it. Well, here’s a reason to finally get one of those very tempting valises: With little hassle, you can transform it into a DIY dog bed. The clever couple at Mox & Fodder explain how.

 

4. CREATE A CRATE

DIY Dog Bed - Crate

Photo: home-frosting.blogspot.com

Scrap wood offers something like a blank canvas for creative do-it-yourselfers. A DIY dog bed is just one of the many useful objects that can be made with a pile of leftover 1x4s. Particularly when the bed is decoratively painted, as Home Frosting has done here, the result is a stylishly rustic-looking crate, handily portable, thanks to casters.

 

5. WORK WITH A WINE BARREL

DIY Dog Bed - Barrel

Photo: thegildedhorn.blogspot.com

The Gilded Horn demonstrates how to convert a half- or full-size wine barrel (available online and often at home improvement retail stores) into a remarkable DIY dog bed that looks like fine furniture. To maximize the effect, choose a stain that closely matches the color of wood already in your home.


Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Make Your Own Hammock

One of summer's great pleasures is lazing in a hammock, just sleeping, reading, or doing nothing at all. But first, you need a hammock. Here are some great DIY ideas for creating a beautiful, relaxing hammock of your very own.

What else says summer like a hammock gently swaying in the afternoon breeze? If you do not love the styles—or the prices—of the hammocks you’ve seen for sale in stores, or if you’re looking for a productive way to earn your nap time, consider getting this season into full swing by constructing your own DIY hammock. Scroll down to check out five inviting designs, each one easy to achieve with a set of basic tools and only a small quantity of readily available materials.

 

1. DROP IN

DIY Hammock - Drop Cloth

Photo: marthastewart.com

We normally think of drop cloths as hardworking, durable, and unabashedly simple. As it turns out, those same qualities make a drop cloth perfect for reuse in a DIY hammock. Visit Martha Stewart to see how you can transform a 6′ x 9′ sheet of canvas, together with grommets and rope, into a lovely backyard lounger.

 

2. SAIL AWAY

DIY Hammock - Sail Rope

Photo: design-milk.com

To put a modern spin on the classic hammock design, opt to use rope in two colors. A list of the needed supplies can be found over at Design Milk, along with detailed instructions. We think that when it comes to de-stressing, the process of weaving a DIY hammock actually rivals the simple pleasure of lying on one.

 

3. FLOAT ON

DIY Hammock - Muslin

Photo: camillestyles.com

From Camille Styles, here’s a romantically ethereal DIY hammock comprising a combination of airy, breathable muslin and sturdy canvas. Clothesline and simple chains do the work of suspending the hammock from adjacent trees, but it can be made even more elegant with optional lace or fringe embellishments.

 

4. RIP IT

DIY Hammock - Nylon

Photo: instructables.com

Ripstop nylon shows up in pants, parachutes, and a variety of other everyday applications. Light as a feather yet strong as a bull, it’s ideal stuff from which to craft a DIY hammock. To re-create this one, drop by Instructables for details on sewing together sections of nylon and forming the channels for the twin suspension cords.

 

5. BECKON THE BEACH

DIY Hammock - Cotton Towels

Photo: designsponge.com

Comfortable and completely customizable, this creative DIY hammock ingeniously incorporates a bright beach towel made of plush cotton. To start on yours, the first step is to choose an oversize towel (at least 40″ x 80″) in your favorite summery color or pattern. Then head on over to Design Sponge to get the project tutorial.


Weekend Projects: 5 Easy DIY Beanbag Chairs

With an appropriate fabric, the filling material of your choice, and some inspiration, you can create a comfy beanbag chair that will satisfy your most slothful dreams. Check around your house for the fabric and filling, but first find your inspiration here.

Beanbag chairs come with a host of often negative connotations. In the eyes of an average homeowner—someone who perhaps cringes upon remembering his college dorm room—beanbag chairs belong only in the kids’ playroom, if anywhere. Fair enough. But if you’re on a budget and have a knack with the sewing machine, there’s no more affordable or quicker-to-make seating solution than a DIY beanbag chair. Scroll down for five favorite examples from around the Web!

 

1. MAKE A MOVABLE POUF

DIY Bean Bag Chair - One Seater

Photo: livingwithpunks.com

Fancy interior designers call them poufs, but we know what they really are: somewhat cylindrical beanbag chairs! You can keep yours in a closet if you wish, pulling it out of storage only on occasions that call for extra seating. The carrying strap added to this DIY beanbag chair makes it even easier to move around at a moment’s notice.

 

2. CREATE A PATCHWORK PERCH

DIY Bean Bag Chair - Pillow

Photo: craftygemini.blogspot.com

Crafty Gemini—whose video tutorial you can watch here—demonstrates the process of sewing together a patchwork of fabrics, including cozy fleece and fuzzy chenille, to create a DIY beanbag chair that is large and soft enough to be comfortable while still light enough to be easily moved to an out-of-the-way spot when not in use.

 

3. SUPPORT YOUR TABLET

DIY Bean Bag Chair - iPad

Photo: mypatchwork.wordpress.com

Stuffed with uncooked beans or cloud-like polyester fill, a wedge pillow like this one can serve as a sort of DIY beanbag chair for your tablet device. You’ll need about one-half yard of the fabric of your choice (floral prints aren’t for everyone, after all). For step-by-step instructions, visit Sewn Up by Theresa Down Under.

 

4. GET SQUARED AWAY

DIY Bean Bag Chair - Cube

Photo: theochrelephant.com

A rectangular DIY beanbag chair is actually easier to make than the traditional round shape. Fill the angular seat (in the best dimensions for your space) with whatever material you think will be most comfortable. Alternatively, use what you have on hand—packing peanuts, bubble wrap, or scrap fabric would all work.

 

5. FLOAT ON A PILLOWY RAFT

DIY Bean Bag Chair - Floating

Photo: coolest-gadgets.com

Water-resistant fabrics are available for purchase by the yard both online and in local craft stores. Using this stuff in combination with naturally buoyant foam beads, you can—believe it or not—put together a DIY beanbag chair that can be used comfortably both on land or floating in your backyard swimming pool.


Weekend Projects: 5 Easy and Elegant DIY Canopy Beds

Do you crave the romance and coziness of a canopy bed? Then try out one of these accessible variations on the traditional canopy. You'll be sleeping in style in no time.

We tend to think of canopy beds as being romantic, glamorous, and perhaps a bit showy. Yet their origins are humble. Back in the Middle Ages, people cordoned off their sleeping areas behind fabric in order to deter pests and insects. Today’s homeowners choose canopy beds for a variety of reasons, but practicality usually isn’t one of them. These billowy sanctuaries have remained popular mainly due to their decorative value. If you’ve always wanted your own private canopy, be heartened by the fact that it’s actually pretty easy to transform a regular mattress and frame into a DIY canopy bed that’s replete with magic and mystery, comfort and calm.

 

1. JUMP THROUGH HOOPS

DIY Canopy Bed - Hoop

Photo: acasadava.com

Create a DIY canopy bed using little more than a basic embroidery hoop and a pair of store-bought or homemade curtains. Fit the fabric panels onto the hoop, then hang using hardware (a pot rack hook works well). Get the tutorial from Country Living; so long as you already have the curtains, the project should cost only about $10.

 

2. PULL THE CURTAIN

DIY Canopy Bed - Curtain Rod

Photo: bargainhoot.com

Surround your bed with a 360-degree fabric canopy—inexpensively, and without modifying your headboard, bed frame, mattress, or box spring. It’s as simple as mounting curtain rods to the ceiling; the rods should echo the shape and size of your bed. Once the rods are in place, add gauzy curtains to each side, and voilà!

 

3. JUST HANG OUT

DIY Canopy Bed - Modern

Photo: elementsofstyleblog.com

Display a graphic textile in this modern, minimalist take on a DIY canopy bed. Install a grommet in each corner of the fabric, string rope through each hole, and then tie the panel to the ceiling by means of hooks or screws. Bear in mind, this idea can work in many rooms: You can cast a cozy vibe not only in a bed, but also over a couch or chaise.

 

4. MAKE IT SWING

DIY Canopy Bed - Swing Arms

Photo: bhg.com

Here’s another way to make a lovely, low-cost DIY canopy bed using hardware originally designed for window treatments. Fasten a pair of swing-arm curtain rods to the wall a few inches below the ceiling, one on either side of the bed. To complete the look, loosely drape a swag of fabric across the bed from one rod to the other.

 

5. CLIMB THE LADDER

DIY Canopy Bed - Ladder

Photo: chippingwithcharm.blogspot.com

Chipping with Charm offers up a solution for those who love the concept of a DIY canopy bed but don’t love frilly home design. Mount a vintage ladder over the bed—granted, that’s no easy feat—then weave fabric through the ladder rungs. Alternatively, hang panels only on the ends of the ladder for a more open and uniform aesthetic.


Weekend Projects: 5 Unique Coasters You Can Easily Create

If you DIY your own coasters, they won't only keep your wood furniture safe from water rings, but they can also express a little bit of your personality. Here's how.

In bars and restaurants, drink coasters often bear the logos and slogans of popular beverage brands. At home, DIY coasters are equally communicative, but rather than promote businesses, they show off your individuality and personal sense of style. No matter what you care about most—nature, travel, literature, or something else entirely—it’s easier than you thought to channel your passion into a set of DIY coasters. Scroll down now to see five favorite examples from around the Web.

 

1. ROCK IT OUT

DIY Coasters - Stone

Photo: taradennis.com

These stone border tiles turned DIY coasters are an earthy accent sure to draw attention whether in a modern or traditional living space. Tara Dennis explains how to make them. It’s quick and super simple: Apply a coat of clear varnish to the tops of the tiles, and to protect your furniture from scratches, put surface savers on the bottoms.

 

2. FIND A WAY

DIY Coasters - Map

Photo: thewritestuffdesign.etsy.com

Working with cutouts from road maps or an old atlas, or even Internet printouts, you can use decoupage to transform ceramic or porcelain tiles into DIY coasters that celebrate your favorite travel destinations, neighborhoods where you’ve lived, or your hometown. Visit The Country Cottage for the easy step-by-step tutorial.

 

3. CAST A SPELL 

DIY Coasters - Scrabble Tiles

Photo: shopallthings.etsy.com

Looking for a gift to give a person who’s always playing word games? Why not repurpose that old Scrabble set gathering dust in your attic? Domestic for Dummies shows how it’s done. All you need are hot glue and a sheet of thin cork. Probably the hardest part is choosing the words to spell out on the squares.

 

4. SHOW SOME GLASS

DIY Coasters - Beach Glass

Photo: sincerelykinsey.blogspot.com

Devote part of your sea glass collection to creating these perky, refreshing DIY coasters. First, place an arrangement of glass onto square or circular cork coasters. Next, trace the outline of each piece of glass. Finally, cut out the shapes you’ve drawn and glue the glass into the slots you’ve made. Sincerely Kinsey explains it all.

 

5. HAVE A BALL

DIY Coasters - Felt Balls

Photo: inspiredbycharm.com

Bright and colorful, these DIY coasters are made of wool felt balls that you can purchase either online or in your local craft store. Simply glue the balls on top of cork coasters. Better yet, if you are skilled with a needle and thread, you can sew the balls together in a circular pattern. Want details? Check out Inspired by Charm.


Weekend Projects: 5 Clever Designs for a DIY Curtain Rod

Sure, you want a rod to hold up your curtains. But if you take the time to DIY something unusual, it can also be a stunning expression of your individual style.

Details: They make a house a home. Every element you add to serve a purpose also offers an opportunity to personalize your space. Curtain rods are no exception. Functionally, these metal, plastic, or wooden poles do nothing more than support your window treatments. Decoratively speaking, however, they are capable of much more. The look you choose is, of course, a matter of personal taste, but with so many DIY curtain rod options out there, you’re bound to discover a design you love.

 

1. ROPE OFF

DIY Curtain Rod - Rope

Photo: hgtv.com

If your curtains come with eyes—that is, grommets or other types of circular cutouts along the top of the fabric—consider using rope as a DIY curtain rod. Although this is an inexpensive, utilitarian solution, it’s also a stylishly offbeat and eye-catching design. For added authenticity, use boat cleats to secure the rope across the window.

 

2. BRANCH OUT

Photo: shelterness.com

Slender tree branches are “natural” DIY curtain rods, equally perfect for those who just love the rustic look and anyone on a budget who has easy access to woodland. Seek out branches slightly larger than your window frames. Prune if necessary, and paint if you choose. For hanging, use regular brackets or—to complete the theme—twigs.

 

3. PIPE DREAMS

DIY Curtain Rod - Pipe Fittings

Photo: yellowbrickhome.com

Even a total novice could piece together this DIY curtain rod, made of galvanized metal plumbing pipes that join without special tools. One trip to your local hardware store or home improvement center will furnish you with all the materials you need. Head over to Yellow Brick Home for an easy-to-follow project guide.

 

4. EITHER “OAR”

DIY Curtain Rod - Oar

Photo: abeachcottage.com

You can finish this charming, beach cottage-y DIY curtain rod project quicker than you can say “ahoy matey.” Vintage oars are readily available from online auctions; choosing the perfect one may very well be the most difficult and time-consuming part of the job. Alternatively, use a golf club, baseball bat, or even fishing gear.

 

5. GET HOOKED

DIY Curtain Rod - Hooks

Photo: oliveandlove.com

To re-create this unique DIY curtain rod from Olive and Love, start with a wood board, one whose finish (or lack thereof) is worthy of display. Cut the board to the appropriate length, then mount it above the window. Finally, attach simple coat hooks at intervals that correspond to the space between the tabs, grommets, or other connecting pieces at the top of your curtain.


Weekend Projects: 5 Very Versatile DIY Ottomans

We all know that ottomans are handy to have around—they're a convenient place to rest your feet or seat an extra guest. But did you know how easy it is to make one?

Available in all shapes and sizes and with or without built-in storage features, ottomans are among the most versatile pieces of furniture that a person can own. In a space with limited seating, an ottoman can accommodate extra guests, and if there’s not enough storage, the right ottoman may be used to hold magazines, remote controls, and countless other accessories. In fact, some ottomans are large enough to substitute for the traditional coffee table. The very best part is that if you’re handy, it’s easy to make a DIY ottoman that meets your needs exactly. Don’t know where to start? Scroll down now to see our five favorite DIY ottoman projects.

 

1. FINE FUR-NITURE 

DIY Ottoman - Fur

Photo: abeautifulmess.com

Look no further if you’re searching for a DIY ottoman idea that’s in line with current trends. Faux fur is hot right now, and when covering a compact footstool, it’s a wonderfully cozy, eye-catching accent. Start with a round piece of precut wood. Layer foam and batting on top, then finish by attaching the fuzz and screwing on legs.

 

2. CRATE WORK

DIY Ottoman - Crate

Photo: littlestvillage.com

From Littlest Village, here’s a DIY ottoman that multitasks. While the crate base stows throw blankets and pillows, the tufted top provides a comfortable perch for sitting. If you choose, add caster wheels to make the ottoman yet more practical. You can even paint the wood in a color that coordinates with your chosen fabric.

 

3. SWIFT RE-COVERY

DIY Ottoman - Fabric

Photo: bhg.com

If you no longer love the ottoman you already have, why not go ahead and give it a brand-new look? Believe it or not, you can do so with zero sewing. After stapling a decorative textile over the existing fabric, proceed to glue on any embellishments you choose, such as beads or sequins. That’s it! Piece of cake, right?

 

4. RE-TIRE NOW

DIY Ottoman - Rope

Photo: thatwasawhat.blogspot.com

Although it looks like it came directly out of a high-end home decor catalog, this rope-covered DIY ottoman owes its existence to a repurposed rubber tire. The project requires no special skills or materials—only sisal cord, strong adhesive, and a tire in whatever diameter you have available that’s appropriately sized for your space.

 

5. NO BAGGAGE

DIY Ottoman - Suitcase

Photo: silverpennyinhershoe.blogspot.com

Did you find a great-looking vintage suitcase at your local thrift store? With plywood, foam, and fabric as well as four wooden legs, you can transform that old baggage into a unique, conversation-starting DIY ottoman. Light enough to be portable, this seat is easy to carry anywhere you want (except maybe on an airplane).