19 Home Decor DIYs That Only Look Expensive


Our homes are reflections of our personal style, experiences and even our personalities, so it's only natural to want your place to look its best. If you lust over the kind of modern, stylish homes displayed in high-end catalogues like Dwell and West Elm, then you know the hefty price tag that comes along with them. But adding on-trend pieces like statement wall art or a new area rug doesn't have to cost a lot if you're willing to put in a little DIY time. Keep reading for 19 easy home decor DIYs that only look expensive.

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1. Bohemian Shibori Tie-Dye Fabric

Gain inspiration from the traditional Japanese dyeing technique Shibori to create beautiful fabrics to use in your home. Section off various parts of the fabric with different-sized elastics (these will resist the dye and remain white) and immerse in the dye for 3–5 minutes. Unwrap the fabric and let it air dry before setting the color with a warm iron.

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2. Chic Sculptural Spheres

Add a touch of luxury and glam to your space without breaking the bank. All you need to make these sculptural spheres is vinyl tubing, wire and gold spray paint. Not only is the gold classy and sophisticated, it'll also go with any decor theme.

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3. Faux Ceramic Hanging Planter

Transform empty plastic bottles into a hanging planter that will add interest to a bare corner in your house. Rustic pieces of twine tie the whole thing together, and the finished product is the perfect home for your tiny plants. No one will know these planters are upcycled bottles and not ceramic vessels.

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4. Affordable Arrow Wall Art

Dress up your space with a statement art piece that doesn't come with a hefty price tag. Made from a sheet of aluminum and wooden dowels, these arrows are nothing short of beautiful, and you'll be patting yourself on the back once you see them adorning your wall.

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5. Plush Pom-Pom Rug

A chic throw rug is the perfect finishing touch for any room and looks just as good draped over a chair or ottoman as it does on the floor. The possibilities are endless and since you'll be making the entire thing, you can customize the shape and colors to match your individual style.

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6. Rustic Wood Shelves

More than just a practical storage solution, these hanging wood shelves are an eye-catching way to showcase your favorite belongings. Suspend your shelves from an industrial metal pipe to balance out the rustic rope and wood elements and this will be one piece you'll gush over for years to come.

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7. Modern Marble Table Lamp

Create a luxe lamp for less with just a little planning and minimal work. Marble baseboard tiles and a DIY lamp kit will give you a high class look that will dress up your side table in a single afternoon.

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8. Tufted Ottoman Coffee Table

If your living room is screaming for an oversized piece of furniture, this tufted ottoman is just the ticket. It's a place to kick up your feet after a long day and looks great paired with a wooden tray to hold your must-have accessories like fresh flowers and a cocktail. Basically, this table can do no wrong.

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9. Copper Plant Stand

After a quick trip to the hardware store, you'll have everything you need to construct a pretty stand for your favorite potted plant. Using copper pipe will add an interesting industrial look that will balance out your space and can either be left as is or painted any color of the rainbow.

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10. Geometric Drop Cloth Rug

A great rug can instantly tie a room together, but finding the right one can be tricky, not to mention expensive. Making your own custom one from a canvas drop cloth is a great alternative because it can be customized to your liking with a simple geometric design and yarn tassels.

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11. Dodecahedron Pendant Light

Say goodbye to boring light fixtures and make this statement pendant light instead. A little pre-planning goes a long way and will make your light picture perfect. Once you finish the first one, you'll be itching to make one for every room in the house.

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12. Faux Marble Side Table

Marble contact paper and a can of spray paint are all you need to make a thrift store side table look like a million bucks. Dismantle your table and clean it with rubbing alcohol to ensure the contact paper and spray paint sticks, then get to work. Your new favorite piece of furniture is just an afternoon away.

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13. Gold Leaf Clock

Dress up a plain wood clock with gold leaf, paint and patterned washi tape to make it look like something out of a high-end catalogue. Now just hang your clock, sit back and admire all your hard work.

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14. Faux Antlers

Stay on-trend by adding a pair of antlers to your decor. But don't splurge on real ones when you can craft your own with air-dry clay and aluminum wire. Let the clay dry and smooth out any bumps using water, your fingers and fine-grit sandpaper.

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15. Plexiglass Framed Leaf

Add a bit of interest to your desk or mantle with a simple framed leaf or pressed flower. Use pre-cut sheets of plexiglass and wooden dowels to create your frame and show off a unique leaf you found on vacation or multiple small flowers from a sentimental bouquet. It's better than anything you'd ever find at your standard big-box store.

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16. Side Table and Magazine Holder

Furniture that pulls double duty, like this side table and magazine holder combo, is great for small spaces and apartment living since you won't have to crowd your limited floor space with multiple pieces. Now you'll never misplace the remote or your favorite magazine ever again.

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17. Mid-Century Plant Stand

A stylish, minimalist plant stand doesn't have to take a chunk out of your paycheck if you're willing to put in a couple hours of work. Use plain wooden dowels and pine board to construct your base, which is cheaper than springing for speciality wood, and stain in your choice of color at the end.

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18. Copper and Leather Wine Rack

Put your wine bottles on display with this attractive wine rack made with copper pipes, leather straps and pine board. Stick to the directions and made a rack that holds four bottles or go bigger to fit your needs. Either way, you're going to want to put this somewhere it can be seen.

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19. Faux Metal Table Top

Give your entryway table a faux metal update with a coat of fresh paint. By using different gray paints and spritzing with water before blotting away the brush lines, you'll be able to achieve a finish that looks so convincing your friends will swear they're looking at real metal.

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