30+ Genius Home Decor Ideas on a Budget

Small decorating projects are a lot easier than taking on full decorating makeovers and by utilizing all the decor ideas we’ve listed below you can accomplish any renovation job around the home at a fraction of the cost. Some of the projects may take a little bit longer so could be probably put into the weekend makeover category. But no matter how experienced you are you’ll definitely find a home decor project that will get your creative juices flowing.

1. Tension Rod Hacks

Tension Rod Hacks

In the never ending battle to stay organized we all need a secret weapon in our lives and without question it’s the unassuming, humble tension rod!
The list of jobs they can accomplish around the home is endless and the best thing is – you don’t need any power tools. Also, they don’t cause any damage to walls, which is a real bonus to renters like me! So if you need to organize your shoes, jewelry, spray bottles, or pretty much anything.
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2. Easy Shoe Storage with Tension Rods

Tension Rod Shoe Storage

Shoes getting out of hand? No problem, just fit a few tension rods for an immediate shoe rack – no drilling required!
Okay so this is more of a storage idea than a decor idea, but I actually love the look of a wall covered in high heels! The great thing about using tension rods for shoe storage is that you don’t need a drill or any tools to put them up – it literally takes 5 mins to put up 5 tension rods – instant shoe storage!
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3. Copper Tin Planters

Copper Tin Planters

Upcycle your old tins into these eye catching copper planters. All you need is some Rustoleum copper spray paint which has the same beautiful sheen as the gold one – a sort of brushed metal look. These are especially great if you wanted to have your own mini herb garden in your kitchen, but wanted to doubles as a really cool piece of kitchen decor. Also add a chalkboard label around each can with twine, to give it that Anthropologie vibe!
View Tutorial Copper Tin Planters | Buy Rust-Oleum Copper Spray

4. Crate Bench Hack

Crate Bench Hack

Furniture that also doubles as storage for items you need easy access to? Yes please!
Once you have your supplies to hand, two crates, white spray paint and wood board, you could get this project completed in about an hour. Again, no power tools were harmed during the making of the bench, just a whole lotta gorilla glue and some clamps to keep it all tight! You can also add some cushions for extra comfort.
View Tutorial Crate Bench Hack

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5. Dollar Tree Curtain Hook

Dollar Tree DIY Curtain Hook

Here’s another renter friendly tutorial that doesn’t need any power tools, yay!
And what I love about this home decor idea is that no-one ever thinks to bling up their curtain hooks so it really is great for making your decor look that little bit more audacious. You can grab these elephants at your local dollar store and then just spray paint and add command strips.
View Tutorial Dollar Tree Curtain Hook

6. Dollar Tree Gold Organizer

Dollar Tree Marble and Gold Organizer

You haven’t lived unless you’ve completed a dollar store crate tutorial and what a way to start with this gold and marble style organizer.
You’ll need 9 crates that are held together with zip ties, then its the fun part – spraying it all gold! (You’ll probably use an entire bottle in the process). Then you finish off with some marble sheets bringing the cost of the total project to about $25 and timewise your probably looking at half a day. Probably one of my favorite DIY home decor ideas of all time!
View Tutorial Dollar Tree Gold Organizer

7.Stick-On Wall Paper For A Super Cool Accent Wall

Stick On Wall Paper For A Super Cool Accent Wall

Create instant accent walls in the easiest way possible – just peel, stick and decorate. Easy!Buy on Amazon Stick-On Wall Paper

8. Pom Pom Rug

DIY Pom Pom Rug

Imagine waking up every morning and putting your feet on this super soft rug..I’d end up being late for work everyday!
Anyway for the rug in this tutorial you’ll need about 10 skeins of yarn and it seems the fluffier the yarn, the less you’ll need. It’s also recommended to use polyester/wool as they are washable and cheaper than other materials. In terms of colors, you can follow whats in the video or come up with your own color scheme to match your room – the possibilities are endless. Another good tip is to use a non sltip base especially if you have wooden floors.
View Tutorial DIY Pom Pom Rug

9. Coffee Stirrer Wall Art

Coffee Stirrer Wall Art

This is a really creative “reclaimed wood” art project you can do for less than $7 using coffee stirrers. Awesome! You can pick up the wooden frames at Michael’s for $1.49 each. You’ll also need acrylic paint, a paint brush and some coffee stirrers of course..where you “acquire” them is up to you.
View Tutorial Coffee Stirrer Wall Art

10. Bohemian Hanging Chimes

DIY Bohemian Hanging Chimes

Add some bright Bohemian style to your walls with these multi-colored, Anthropologie style chimes. Who doesn’t love a good Anthropologie hack that costs next to nothing? In the bohemian spirit you’ll need to be flexible with the style and color of your fabric and bells that are used in the tutorial but as long as you stick closely to what she’s used you should be on to a winner with this one.
View Tutorial Bohemian Hanging Chimes

11. Cotton Ball Lights

Cotton Ball Lights

Learn how to re-purpose some old Christmas tree lights and some yarn into these awesome cotton ball lights.
This is actually a great craft for just after Christmas when you’ve taken your lights down but want to keep a bit of festive cheer about the house. Simply dip the yarn in glue, wrap it around the balloons, let it dry then pop it like it’s hot! Add your lights and you’re done. These could be used anywhere in your home from the bedroom to the living room.
Tutorial Cotton Ball Lights

12. Designer Switchplates

DIY Designer Switchplates
Here’s another Anthropologie inspired tutorial using minimal supplies yet a DIY project that will have a dramatic impact on your wall decor.
Learn how to make your own custom designed wall plates and light switch covers in less than 5 minutes! I mean, who thinks to bling up their switch Plates?

13. DIY Pallet Coffee Table

DIY Pallet Coffee Table
Another great pallet project inspired by the millions of similar types on Pineterst – total cost only $5. Yay!
Not only does this make a great coffee table, because it’s set on caster wheels it would actually work for a number if different purposes, you could even set your patio plants on one and move them around to the sun depending on the time of day and shade. The dark stain give this coffee table a rich, classy finish and would suit almost any decor scheme.

14. Anthro Inspired Copper Shelves

Anthro Inspired DIY Copper Shelves

Take your shelf game to the next level with these uber stylish copper shelves.
No prizes for guessing that this is another Anthropologie inspired tutorial! There’s a little bit of work required for this DIY project but the above tutorial is really thorough and easy to follow. When completed, add some green plants to make an outstanding wall feature that will become the centerpiece of any room.
View Tutorial Anthro Inspired Copper Shelves

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15. DIY Chalkboard Signs

DIY Chalkboard Signs

Here’s a really quick, inexpensive project for chalkboard signs that’d be perfect for menu’s, shopping lists or even inspirational quotes!
You can probably pick up wooden rounds at your local craft store or buy them online. Then start by drilling a couple of holes where the rope will be inserted for hanging, use any leftover paint you have paint as a primer. Once dry, apply two coats of chalkboard paint, and you’re pretty much done!
View Tutorial DIY Chalkboard Signs

16. DIY Pallet Coffee Table

DIY Pallet Coffee Table DIY

Learn how to make this statement pallet table with chevron pattern and under shelf.
This is definitely one of the most amazing pallet DIY’s I’ve ever seen. There’s a little bit of work to do, and you’ll need a bit of space to firstly deconstruct the pallet then put it back together in the chevron pattern. In fact if you do it outdoors all the better as theres a bit of sanding to do as well, however the finished project is simply stunning!
View Tutorial Designer Pallet Coffee Table

17. Wooden Crate Side Table

DIY Wooden Crate Side Table

This definitely comes under the “trash into treasure” DIY project and would be perfect for almost any room in the home.
This is simply an old wooden crate, found at a flea market, turned into a rustic side table. Again this is a really quick project that will only cost a few bucks but will add which adds an abundance of character to any decor scheme.
View Tutorial Wooden Crate Side Table

18. Pottery Barn Knock Off Cabinet

Pottery Barn Knock Off File Cabinet

Learn how to turn a $9 file cabinet into a $599 Pottery Barn knock off. Your wallet can breathe easy now.
This is probably my favorite filing cabinet makeover ever, and it’s the kind of project anyone can do. Materials wise you’re going to need balsa wood strips (which you should be able to cut with a scissors), wood stain and white paint to whitewash with and some Rust-oleum spray paint.
View Tutorial Pottery Barn Cabinet Hack

19. Yarn Wrapped Recycled Bottles

Yarn Wrapped Recycled Bottles

All you need for this amazing craft are a few old bottles, yarn, mod podge/glue and a pair of scissors.
You’ll need to take your time with the first bottle, working your way down from top to bottom – and even though it gets a bit messy, it’s most definitely worth it, as these bottles could be used as decorative pieces in any room in your home!
View Tutorial Yarn Wrapped Recycled Bottles

20. Moroccan Candle Holders

Moroccan Candle Holders

These decorative candle holders are so simple to make and are a great addition to any room.
All you need is a few glass jars or bottles, glass paint (oh, and an oven!). These would also make great gifts and can be used on balmy summer evenings to create a decadent vibe!
View Tutorial Moroccan Candle Holders

21. Antique Frame Jewelry Holder

DIY Antique Frame Jewelry Holder
Tutorial DIY Antique Frame Jewelry Holder
This is a great way to upcylce an old frame into something practical and beautiful. And if you don’t have one to hand it’ll give you the perfect excuse to get down to your local flea market to pick one up! You’ll also need some linen, hooks and white chalkboard paint.

22. Mirror made from Plastic Spoons

Chrysanthemum Mirror made from Plastic Spoons
View Tutorial Mirror made from Plastic Spoons
Have you ever wondered what amazing diy home decor project you could do with 300 plastic spoons…well wonder no more! You’ll need to get a few supplies down at your local craft store – including about 300 plastic spoons (but they should only cost about $8 in total). Once you get the spoons into place you can paint them different shades to give a really awesome ombre effect.

23. Autumn Leaf Bowls

DIY Autumn Leaf Bowls
View Tutorial DIY Autumn Leaf Bowls Bowls made from leaves…really? Really! And better still you won’t have to wait until Fall to make these!
That’s because they’re faux leaves, which wou can pick up online or in your local craft store. You’ll also need some mod podge, a foam brush and a balloon. (PS – some people have actually used real leaves – so if you’re feeling brave why not give it a go!)

24. Colored Glass Mason Jars

DIY Colored Glass Mason Jars
View Tutorial DIY Colored Glass Mason Jars
Hands up…who’s got about 400 glass jars put away because you can’t stand the thought of throwing them away?
Well it’s time to bring them out and give them a new lease of life with this awesome craft tutorial. By using food coloring you can create these really pretty jars, perfect for vases, candle holders and a whole load of other things.

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25. How to Repurpose a Door into a Table

How to Repurpose a Door into a Table
View Tutorial How to Repurpose a Door into a TableOk just check out the colors on this recycled door/table!
I know a lot of you will have old doors and tables in your shed or garages and if not you can pick them up really easily online. You’ll need a bit of elbow grease for this project but seriously what a unique piece of furniture you’ll have when you’re done. Please note: To make the table functional you’ll need a piece of tempered glass to go over the top of it.

26. Ping Pong Ball Pendant

Ping Pong Ball Pendant
View Tutorial Ping Pong Ball PendantA bag of of 100 ping pong balls will set you back about $7. This pong pong pendant? Priceless!
What you need to do is pick up a bag of ping pong balls (you can get them cheap online – and will need about 180) and spray paint them in different colors. You’ll need to drill holes into each of the balls and tie them all to the lampshade structure, so there’s a little bit of work – but for the end result, its definitely worth the effort.

27. Sunburst Mirror

Sequin TB Roll Sunburst Mirror
Tutorial Sequin TB Roll Sunburst Mirror
Hard to believe this is made from unused PVC piping, but I kid you not! If you have some spare PVC piping lying around (cardboard tubes may also work) then you simply cut it into very thin slices and glue it together and add some sequins (or whatever you have to hand) for some decoration…how very cool!

28. Paint Dipped Frame

Paint Dipped Frame
View Tutorial Paint Dipped Frame
Add some Parisian style chic to your home decor with this fab paint dipped frame.
This is a great way to upcycle an old frame with just a few supplies: gold spray paint, fusion mineral paint and tape. Again, this is a super easy diy decor project that anyone can do no matter what skill level. And if you don’t have an old frame then here’s a great excuse to get down to your local flea market and get one!

29. Update a Hand Me Down Dresser

How to Update a Hand Me Down Dresser
View Tutorial Update a Hand Me Down DresserUse gift wrap and the superhero that is Mod Podge to update or remodel an old dresser.
I love a great tutorial where you can use up supplies that just seem to take up space, old buckets of white paint and gift wrap being two main ones. Just take note, because it’s Mod Podge, you’ll want to ensure that the dresser you’re planning to remodel won’t be getting wet on a regular basis as it will begin to crinkle a lot. You could also use spare wallpaper instead of the gift wrap.

30. Paint Chip Wall Art

Paint Chip Wall Art
View Tutorial Paint Chip Wall Art
Learn how to turn paint chips into a really creative piece of artwork – instead of using them as bookmarks like most people! Total cost? Zero. Zilch. Nada. 🙂
Everyone’s got a spare frame lying round, so just freshen it up with a lick of paint, acquire some paint chips (you can even get samples online) and you’re good to.

31. Painted Paisley Stones

Painted Paisley Stones
View Tutorial Painted Paisley Stones
Ok for those of you that never “draw outside” the line – this is the perfect project for you so get your paintbrush ready!
If you can get hold of a half dozen river rocks then start by painting them all with an acrylic black paint. Then move onto the Paisley patterns, which by all accounts are rather easy to do! Start by painting a tear drop shape, then add a curled tail to it. Then embellish with dots, dashes and different colors to achieve the look you want.

32. Painted Bottle Vases

DIY Painted Bottle Vases
View Tutorial Painted Bottle Vases
Add some really fresh spring colors to your kitchen decor with these upcycled bottle vases.
This is an awesome recycling project that will help you use up any glass bottles you have lying around your home. The paints used come from the Montana Gold spray paint range: Bazooka Joe, Malachite, and Liberty – and the gold spray paint from Rust-Oleum. These will be the perfect way to display any flowers you grow in your garden.

33. Light Up Headboard

DIY Light Up Headboard DIY
Tutorial Light Up Headboard
Here’s a great way to repurpose Christmas lights and create a statement piece for you bedroom. This tutorial is probably a bit more advanced in terms of skill level, but if you have some basic wood working skills you should be ok. The work time needed is probably around 8 hours but with drying time the project will probably take about two days – so a really good weekend project!

34. Copper Jewelry Display

Copper Jewelry Display
Tutorial Copper Jewelry Display
Learn how to make a stunning jewelry stand from copper pipes to help you organize and display all your jewelry. Once you get the wooden base sorted, assembling the copper pipes into the actual jewelry stand is a piece of cake – so the total project time should take under an hour. You can also experiment with different lengths and sizes.

35. Dollar Tree Faux Mirror

Dollar Tree Faux Mirror
View Tutorial Dollar Tree Faux Mirror
This awesome tutorial will save you having to blow a thousand bucks in the Z Gallerie…!
Not me that’s for sure, but I’m definitely going to make the one in this tutorial and pretend to everyone I’m super rich…ha! The project cost comes in at about $60 and you can get the silver plastic plates online or your local dollar tree store. And the finished item looks amazing and will look great anywhere: living rooms, bedrooms or even your work studio!

36. Brick Vase

Brick Vase
Tutorial Brick Vase
This is such a great little tutorial that will add some chic to any to any room.

37. How to Make Yarn Globes

How to Make Yarn Globes
Tutorial How to Make Yarn Globes
Add the funk factor to any room with these super cool yarn globe lampshades.

38. Black Gold Painted Pebbles

Black Gold Painted Pebbles
View Tutorial Black Gold Painted Pebbles
Create these stunning table centerpieces with black and gold acrylic paint. The original website is in Greek but after a quick Google translate, lo and behold, there aren’t any instructions, it really is a case of getting hold of some medium sized stones or pebbles and painting them initially in black. Let them dry then add any designs you like with the gold paint, you could probably even use some sort of stencils. The combination of black and gold is pretty sophisticated and as DIY’s go this has to got to be one of the easiest.