You Don’t Need a Drill (or Even an Hour) for These 5 DIY Projects

Listen, I’m not afraid of getting my hands dirty. If I can change my own oil and clean up my own child’s vomit, I promise you, I can handle a toolbox.

But here’s the deal. I really don’t want to. It’s not an everyday happiness for me, because… well… I just don’t feel like yanking my drill out of its hidey hole, realizing the battery is dead, digging for the charging dock, charging the damn thing, hunting for the right size screws, and then playing match-the-head-to-the-bit until I realize that a plain old Allen key was what I needed all along.

Thanks, but I’m good.

Gimme some fishing line and a fistful of sticks to idly tie together while staring mindlessly into the depths of Netflix. Gimme some old embroidery floss I forgot I had to make my kid a friendship bracelet that she will treasure like it’s gold for the next three months.

Honestly, I’m a happy camper with a scrap of fabric and a few of those fluffy pom-pom things.

Okay, maybe a hot glue gun… sometimes.

Point being, even the most novice of crafters can easily handle these five do-it-yourself projects. And if it takes more than an hour, no worries. These are the types of materials you can easily shove in a closet and get back to in a few days. Or weeks. Whenever you fancy, really.

Ladder and Board Bookcase

The measurements are done for you, the supplies are easily accessible, and you don’t even really have to paint if you don’t want to. Should you stumble across an older ladder, so much the better (it’s called “character” these days). While this is perhaps the biggest project size-wise, it’s also as self explanatory as it gets: slide some boards through some ladders, and voila. A bookcase.

– A ladder (or two, if you’re feeling adventurous)
– Ten 1″ x 8″ wooden planks
– Spray paint of your choice (again, this step is optional)

Lucky for us all, any hardware store that sells 1″ x 8″ is also able to trim them to your desired lengths upon request, and nearly every standard ladder you find has 16″ wide rungs, making it easy to slide two eight inch planks side by side.

Easy Crate End Table

I’m a sucker for things that magically appear in those sales bins outside of the craft store, and one of my favorite recurring appearances are these wooden crates, usually five bucks each or less.

– Two slatted wooden crates
– Wood glue

And y’all, I’ve seen “professional” versions of these show up online for $200. If you need yours to look that fancy, a can of stain or paint will run you another couple dollars, and if you’re feeling really adventures, you can even put feet on the bottom!

You can also, of course, stack more of these if you’d like and come out with a bigger piece, but we’re going for ease and speed here, people.

Coat and Scarf Rack (or Necklace Holder – we all have needs)

Okay, I suppose you could use a drill for this if you wanted to, but it’s not necessary. For a smaller wooden undertaking, grab a leftover plank or some scrapped driftwood and that collection of random cabinet knobs and drawer pulls you’ve got stashed in a box somewhere (or that may just be me, after all…).

– Board (a softer wood works better for this)
– Knob tchotchkes (please tell me I’m not the only one who still uses this word…)
– Hammer (truth be told, I’ve done it with a brick, too)
– Screwdriver

Go with me on this: you’re going to hammer the screwdriver into the wood until you have an indent deep enough to screw in the knobs. Not elegant, not exactly finesse, but you know what? It does the trick, and it looks pretty cute at the end.

$2 Cake Stand

Everything is readily available at your dollar store, though I’m a fan of a good thrift shop find myself.

– Candle stick
– Plate
– Super glue

And if you’re feeling especially fancy, use your new stand in other places, like an entryway table to hold your keys or your bathroom to display your essential oil collection (or, of course, whatever else you keep in there).

Knotted Wall Hanging

Yet another thing I will never quite understand people buying on the internet for crazy amounts of money. And don’t be intimidated. You can make these as big or as small as you want to, and they do not have to be complicated. If you’d prefer to knot, go for it. If you’d prefer to not, try painting or dip dying instead.

– Dowel rod or a stick of your choice
– Macrame rope (but honestly, I’ve used regular old yarn for a few I’ve made)

This can be huge, it can be tiny, it can be colorful, or it can be simple. Once you come up with a design you love, it’s also an easy thing to gift to someone in need of something special for their own home.

There are honestly a million more, some that are even simpler and cheaper, so please do comment below with your favorite that I might occupy yet another weekend trying DIY stuff I learn on the internet!

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