11 Inexpensive and Easy DIY Projects to Try This Summer

Hey guys! Sorry I’m a day late posting this, I actually spent all of yesterday car shopping! We got our first SUV, and I’m in love. I look like those cartoon characters with the heart-shaped eyes every time I look at it!

Anyway, do you ever get into the mood to do random DIY projects? Lately I’ve been in that kind of mood, and I’ve had a real itch to do some crafts. Unfortunately, some DIY projects can get expensive real quick.

Not always though! There are plenty of fun, easy, and inexpensive DIY projects you can do without breaking the bank.

Below are some of my favorite DIY projects that are simple and cheap to do, so enjoy!

1. DIY Gold Dotted Champagne Flutes

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Okay, but how cute are these?! We had a very simple wedding, and did all kinds of DIY projects to save some money (for the honeymoon!) while still having a beautiful wedding. But I really wish I had seen this DIY before my wedding, as I totally would’ve done this simple and cute upgrade to our champagne flutes!

This would also be cute for a New Year’s party!

If you’d like to try this DIY for your wedding or party, you can find the tutorial here!


2. DIY Eraser Boards

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Such a genius idea! Never would I have thought to use picture frames as eraser boards.

What I love most about this project is that there are so many ways to personalize these boards, and overall they just look really pretty. A unique frame is another way to spruce up the board further!

On top of all of that, you’re saving paper! Win-win!

Want to try this yourself? Look over here for the tutorial!


3. Pop-Up Photo Box

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I actually made this for my mom for Mother’s Day, and it was such a fun and easy project. She absolutely loved it, too!

Michael’s sells small boxes like this for roughly $2, so this can be a cheap project. The hardest thing about this project is trying to narrow down what pictures you want to include!

This really is a great gift for a loved one. If you’d like to make it, head over here!


4. DIY Teacup Plants

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Next up is teacup plants! This one is for those who like to do outdoors crafts. I’ll be honest, I’m not the best at growing plants, but I’m in love with this one! I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks so adorable and seems pretty straightforward, so it’s been added to my list of things to do!

The most expensive thing about this is probably the teacup, but it’s not too bad! You can find them pretty cheap at thrift stores, I see them there every once in a while.

I couldn’t actually find a tutorial on this one, but it looks like you would just place the plant and potting soil in the teacup. Easy enough!


5. Fridge Shelf Liners

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I am so sad I am only just seeing this DIY! Just a few days ago we cleaned out and wiped down our whole fridge because it was such a mess. These would’ve been so helpful (needless to say I’m going to make these very soon to avoid that fiasco in the future!)

But, really, it’s so easy to make. Cheap, too! You can easily find these mats at the dollar store.

If you’d like to find out just how easily you can make these, head over here!


6. Frame Lantern

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I have seen a similar DIY project, where you put pictures in the frames and make a photo box out of it, but I love this idea to make it a candle lantern instead!

It’s an easy way to add that last little touch to your home and is very cost-effective! I’ve seen a product similar to this at department stores and it easily goes for $20, and this project could probably be done for $5!

If you’d like to add this lantern to your home, check out the tutorial here.


7. Plastic Bottle Jewelry Stand

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When I first saw this project, I couldn’t believe it was made out of a plastic bottle! This is a great way to organize your jewelry (especially rings), and you could even remove or add stacks as needed to give yourself more room!

Want to try this one? Head over here for the tutorial!


8. Marbleize Anything DIY

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This is a fun way to add a bit of color to your stuff! It’s such an easy way to marbleize basically everything. You can even marbleize a drinking cup to add some color to your cup!

Plus, the polish doesn’t come off when you wash it! Yay!

You can learn how to do this over here!


9. DIY Gift Box

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How simple and cute is this? I’ll be keeping this one marked for when Christmas rolls around, because I’ve always wanted to wrap and box my presents in a super unique and pretty way, but it can get expensive! This uses construction paper, though, so it doesn’t cost a lot to make!

If you’d like to make this super cute gift box, check out the tutorial over here!


10. Heart Corner Bookmark

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This project only takes 2 things: scissors and paper! Super easy, and if you don’t have origami paper you can cut regular paper to the right size and still get the same effect!

We did a similar project to this at my cousin’s church on Easter, and I still use mine. It’s a great gift for that avid reader in your life.

You can find the tutorial over here!


11. Chalkboard Serving Tray

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Finally, we have one of my favorite DIY projects ever.

Wanna know why this is one of my all-time favorites? Because it’s pretty simple, but it also only costs like $15 to make.

Serving trays are ridiculously expensive in stores nowadays. Who knew that it was so simple and cheap to make?! I sure didn’t, which is why I’m glad I saw this tutorial before buying one!

There is a video tutorial also, which is pretty nice. I love watching videos on how people made something, as sometimes pictures just don’t tell you everything.

If you want to find out how to make this, go here now!


Hope this fuels your creativity this summer! If you’re feeling super creative and inspired, check out these 50 Bullet Journal Page Ideas (With Examples!) to add to your bullet journal!

Don’t have a bullet journal? Head over here to learn how to set one up!