24 Amazing Cheap DIY Projects for $10 and Under

cactus ring holder

Lovely Indeed

Some bloggers have such a knack for wowing us with their innovative and inspiring DIYs. The problem, though, is that many of these ideas are incredibly difficult and expensive to replicate.

We've come up with a list of the best cheap DIY projects that are not only inexpensive, but they are easy to make. For many of these ideas to cost less than $10, make sure you use coupons for craft stores and shop the sales. A little planning as far as materials are concerned will save you a lot of cash. 

  • 01 of 24

    Organize Craft Supplies in a More Stylish Way

    Sea glass jars
    I Spy DIY

    To upgrade your craft supply storage, all you need are some glass jars, vinyl lettering, and the right kind of spray paint. If you don't have any jars yet at home, shop at the Dollar Store or some thrift shops. 

    Sea Glass Supply Jars from I Spy DIY

  • 02 of 24

    Upgrade Your Bathtub for Next to Nothing

    Wooden bath shelf
    Jenna Sue Design Co

    Head to your local lumber yard and grab a bunch of wood for next to nothing for this bathroom project. The more aged and imperfect the wood is, the better this bath caddy will look. 

    DIY Rustic Wood Projects from Jenna Sue Design Co

  • 03 of 24

    Paint a Terracotta Pot for an Updated Look

    Painted terracotta pots
    The Spruce Crafts / Caylin Harris

    Terracotta pots are pretty dull by nature, despite being ideal for a variety of indoor and outdoor plants. Get creative with some paint to better match the containers with your space. 

    DIY Painted Terracotta Flower Pots from The Spruce Crafts

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    Store Small Objects on This Inexpensive Shelving Unit

    Wooden display
    A Beautiful Mess

    This shelving unit was made to house essential oil bottles, but it would work well to organize a lot of small household items. Consider placing it on vanity and displaying lipsticks or nail polish.  

    Easy Essential Oil Organizer DIY from A Beautiful Mess

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  • 05 of 24

    Learn How to Make Reversible Placemats

    Tasseled placemats
    Lovely Indeed

    Add some playful style to your dining room with this inexpensive DIY idea. If you can find remnant fabric, this simple project will cost you even less to make. The reversible function also makes this idea more cost-effective because you get two placemats in one. 

    How to Make Reversible Tassel Placemats from The Spruce Crafts

  • 06 of 24

    Make a Cheese Board Gift More Custom

    Cheese board
    Joanna Meyer

    It's easy to find inexpensive mini cheese boards at Ikea or online, so that part won't cost you a ton of money. From there, you can buy a wood-burning tool for under $20 that you can use time and time again. 

    Monogrammed Cheese Board DIY from Joanna Meyer

  • 07 of 24

    Update a Bathroom With Floating Shelves

    Floating shelves
    Thrifty and Chic

    Floating shelves make any space look more polished and luxurious, but they can be expensive to buy and difficult to install. Believe it or not, this blogger made both of these shelves for just about $10!

    DIY Floating Shelves from Thrifty and Chic

  • 08 of 24

    Drink Hot Beverages Without Burning Yourself

    Hot drink sleeve
    Dream A Little Bigger

    This colorful DIY is perfect for regular coffee and tea drinkers that are on the run. Have fun mixing and matching different colors of felt and ribbon. 

    Boho Felt Coffee Sleeves from Dream A Little Bigger

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  • 09 of 24

    Perfect the Marbling Technique Using Nail Polish

    Painted coasters
    Fresh Crush

    Marbling with nail polish is not a new concept, but it's one to try if you haven't already. Just about any ceramic item can be marbelized, but these coasters are an excellent place to start because they are flat and easy to work with. 

    Marbling DIY With Nail Polish from Fresh Crush

  • 10 of 24

    Give Your Plants a Little Extra Height

    Plant on wooden stool
    Mountain Modern Life

    This cheap DIY project looks much more expensive than it is to make. The crafter took the time to find affordable hairpin legs and explains how to find wood slices for bargain prices. 

    DIY Rustic Modern Plant Stand from Mountain Modern Life


    This Stylish Pedestal Bowl Is Easier to Make Than You Think

  • 11 of 24

    Add Patterns to Plain White Dishware

    Colorfully patterned bowls
    The Lovely Drawer

    Ceramic paint and sharpies are all you need to transform otherwise boring dishes into one of a kind showpieces. If you plan on adding patterns to the inside of the object without a kiln, keep the piece out of the kitchen and use it to store items like jewelry instead. 

    DIY Japanese Printed Bowls from The Lovely Drawer

  • 12 of 24

    Make a Blanket Ladder for Under $5

    Blanket ladder
    Hey There Home

    Blanket ladders are everywhere, and so are the tutorials. However, not all blanket ladder tutorials are created equal. Some will end up costing you more than a ladder would reasonably cost in the store. This tutorial, however, will require just about $5 to make.

    DIY Blanket Ladder from Hey There Home

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  • 13 of 24

    Upcycle a Laundry Basket From the Dollar Store

    Ombre basket
    Lydi Out Loud

    The main cost in this DIY project is going to be the jute cord you use to wrap the basket. The basket can be found at the Dollar Store for a buck, but the jute might need to be purchased with a coupon to keep this under $10. 

    DIY Metallic Rope Throw Basket Tutorial from Lydi Out Loud

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    Give Your Plain Vases a Tattoo

    Colorful decor
    The Crafted Life

    All you need to tackle this DIY is a plain vase and some temporary tattoos. The great thing about this project is that it's both fun and temporary. If you get sick of the design on your vase, just use a little nail polish remover to get the tattoo off and start again. 

    DIY Temporary Tattoo Vase from The Crafted Life

  • 15 of 24

    Never Forget the Date With This DIY Calendar

    Perpetual calendar
    Lovely Indeed

    This cheap DIY project is fun to make as a gift and can be customized with different fonts and colors. Remember, you can opt to stack the days of the week on the top or bottom for a slightly different effect. 

    How to Make a Perpetual Block Calendar from The Spruce Crafts

  • 16 of 24

    Stay on Trend With a Macrame Plant Hanger

    Macrame planter
    Hey Lila Hey

    There's one primary material for this project, and that's the macrame. The real challenge with this project will be learning how to do all the different knots and techniques to have your plant hanger stand out.

    Easy Home-DIY: Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial from Hey Lila Hey

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  • 17 of 24

    Craft These Rosemary Candles With Care

    Homemade candles
    Garden Therapy

    Making candles is a relatively inexpensive craft project, especially if you buy the wax in bulk. This pressed herb candle is beautiful, but be sure to follow the instructions carefully to prevent it from being a fire hazard. 

    Rosemary Pressed Herb Candles from Garden Therapy

  • 18 of 24

    Update Your Mousepad With a Cosmic Scene

    Starry mousepad
    Passion Shake

    Even though some computers don't require mousepads, why not have one anyway when it looks this good? It's possible to either paint over an existing mousepad or create a new one using a thin sheet of cork. Either way, this cosmic scene will likely be a welcomed improvement on your desk. 

    DIY Cosmic Trend Inspired Mousepad from Passion Shake

  • 19 of 24

    Hand Paint Tea Towels for a More Elegant Look

    Tea towels
    Twine and Braids

    Making tea towels is simple enough using flour sacks or scraps of linen. The challenge for most novice DIYers is how to embellish them to make them look expensive. Opt for simple stripes or get more fancy with stencils like the ones you see here. 

    DIY Flour Sack Towels from Twine & Braids

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    Keep Your Rings Safe in this Ring Holder

    Cactus ring holder

    Lovely Indeed

    If you're able to find modeling clay on a discount, you could create multiple ring holders for less than $10, since there's not much to this project. The cactus design is easy to freehand, which makes this project much more manageable to replicate than some other ring holders out there.

    How to Make a Clay Cactus Ring Holder from The Spruce Crafts

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  • 21 of 24

    Create an Outdoor Tiered Planter Box

    DIY planter boxes under $10
    Anika's DIY Life

    Believe it or not, the wood for this tiered planter box cost just about $10, which makes this an ideal project for a beginner woodworker. To add more character, consider staining the exterior with a plant-friendly stain.

    DIY Tiered Planter Box Plans from Anika's DIY Life

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    Add Modern Whimsy to Your Space With a Dreamcatcher

    DIY dreamcatcher
    Almost Makes Perfect

    Modern DIY decor projects tend to be less expensive because of the simple lines and minimalist feel. Since there isn't anything too intricate going on here, this wall hanging will be very easy to make.

    DIY Modern Dreamcatcher from Almost Makes Perfect

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    Create Hanging Frames With Only a Few Materials

    Black and white decor
    Homey Oh My

    If you're looking to add family photos to the bedroom but want them to feel more like artwork, consider this project. Most hanging frames have a predominately vintage character to them, but these feel sleek and modern. To get the same look, print off your photos in grayscale or a high-contrast black and white.

    DIY Hanging Frames from Homey Oh My

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    Personalize Your Bulletin Board Using Fabric

    Blue bulletin board
    The Creativity Exchange

    Bulletin boards can look bland, but this inexpensive DIY idea will turn this desk accessory into a functional piece of wall art. Instead of only using push pins on a bulletin board, consider wrapping some decorative ribbon around it for more versatility. 

    Quick and Chic DIY Fabric Covered Bulletin Board from The Creativity Exchange