30+ Budget-Friendly DIY Decorating Ideas

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Today I thought I’d share some of my favorite ways to save money while decorating.

30+ Budget Friendly Decorating Ideas - and a $200 gift card giveaway!  (thru 5/26/14) - girlinthegarage.net

It would be great if we all had unlimited bank accounts to hire professional decorators to make our homes gorgeous, but that’s not very practical or very fun, right?  DIY’ing your decor helps your budget and can give you a sense of accomplishment.

Also- you’ll have one-of-a-kind pieces that your neighbors won’t have!  ;)

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1. Instead of buying new furniture, update pieces you already have with new paint and hardware.

Furniture Makeovers by Girl in the Garage

2.  Create your own DIY art and decor.

DIY Art and Decor - girlinthegarage.net

1.  Bejeweled Bottles     2.  Song Lyric Wall Art

3. Washi Tape Clip Magnets     4.  Rose Heart Art

5.  Hanging Mobile     6.  Decoupaged Bottles

7.  French Flower Seed Tray     8.  Vintage Linen as Art

9.  Washi Tape Art

3.  Make or decorate throw pillows to match your decor.

DIY Pillow Tutorials - girlinthegarage.net

1.  DIY Stenciled Pillow     2.  Sweater Pillows by StoneGable

3.  30-Minute Envelope Pillow by Natty by Design

4.  Drop Cloth Pillow with Iron-on Images

4.  Create your own less expensive “knockoff” of something from a high-end home store.  Here are some examples:

5.  Make your own slipcovers or curtains for much less than buying them new.

DIY Curtains and Slipcovers - gathered by girlinthegarage.net

1.  DIY Drop Cloth Shower Curtain    

2.  Slipcovering an Armless Chair by Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

3.  No-Sew Drop Cloth Curtains by Our Southern Home    

4.  Chevron Ottoman Slipcover by Beneath My Heart

5.  Grommet Top Curtains by The Shabby Creek Cottage     

6.  DIY Shower Curtain by Makely Home 

7.  How to Make Curtains by Two Twenty One     

8.  Slipcovering Tips by Cedar Hill Farmhouse

6.  Give items a completely different purpose than what they were originally intended for.

Repurposed Furniture and Decor - girlinthegarage.net

1.  Garage Organizer turned Chic Storage

2.  Dresser Turned Bathroom Vanity by Domestic Imperfection

3.  TV Armoire turned Clothes Storage     4.  Coat Hooks as Jewelry Holders

 By using things you already have or making things yourself, you will save money and reduce waste- which is good for your wallet, good for the planet, and good for your peace of mind.  Often when we bring new/additional items into our homes we are adding to the abundance of “stuff” – and we must find a place to store it, keep it clean, mend it when broken, etc.

Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle, DIY, Simplify!

What tips do you have to share?



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Visit the other blogs below for more great tips to save money and simplify your home!

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  1. says

    I love your tips! I totally agree that it’s better to DIY it than pay retail — it’s also a whole lot more fun! I recently got a new sofa, and have been having the best time making homemade pillows for it!


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