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10 nifty DIY projects that can save you money

Change the way your home looks, start a family gardening project or make a cool new t-shirt for your kids with these money-saving DIY projects:

woman in gray tank top and blue denim jeans sitting on bed

  1. Painting your interior walls

A lot of preparation goes into this, so you have to be ready to spend a good amount of time with this project. You could add a captivating mural or paint one wall in a more vibrant colour. The current Makro specials catalogue has the equipment to help you; page 11 has everything from paint and primer to brushes, sandpaper, and turpentine.

  • First, pick a colour or the colours that you want to use.
  • Move furniture or cover furniture with old sheets or plastic to protect it from stains.
  • Tape the borders and areas close to the ceiling and the floor.
  • Prime your wall.
  • Paint!
  • Paint at least two coats/layers to get full coverage.
  • If you’re painting a mural, ensure that every area is adequately covered with your base paint. Then, sketch out the image or the pattern you want to use.
  • Start by painting the base colours of your image, then layer on details until you’re done.
  1. Wall Decor

You can do many things to add a personal and stylish touch to your home. One way you could do this is by making your own canvas art. Use hangers, cylinders or squares as stencils and tape them onto your canvas. Spray over your set up with spray paint, remove the stencils and voila!

  1. Storage/ Kitchen containers

Repurpose old coffee jars by removing the labels, cleaning the jars and spray painting the lids in your chosen colour. You can use them to store sugar, tea and small items around the house. If you want to add an extra touch, you could glue objects like stones, small toy figurines or knobs onto the lids before spray painting them.

  1. Vegetable/herb garden

How rewarding would it be to cook vegetables that you have grown in your backyard? Not only do you save money, but you can make it an activity for the whole family to enjoy.

You don’t need heavy equipment like a plough to grow vegetables at home. You don’t even need to go as far as digging up the soil in your backyard. Use planters; a wooden box, buckets or old paint or jam cans.

You could grow herbs like parsley, mint and basil. Tomatoes, beans, pepper, spinach squash and even carrots can all be grown in containers.

10 nifty DIY projects that can save you money

 Tyre patio chairs

Repurpose old tyres by spray painting them white. Using builders rope or ski rope, staple the cord inside the tyre to make a star pattern that will hold a cushion’s weight. Use old cushion covers and stuff with old clothes, or create your ‘new’ covers using old t-shirts and fabric glue.

  1. Household Cleaners

Making your own household cleaners is a great way to support the environment while saving money. An all-purpose cleaning recipe: 4 tablespoons baking soda with 4 cups of warm water. Baking soda answereth all things we tell you! You can clean so many things with it, so it’s good to have it in your pantry in abundance.

7.Refresh your shower or bathtub with a caulk job.

This is a time-consuming project, but one that could save a lot of money. Instead of hiring someone to recaulk, buy some fresh caulk and do it yourself. Here is how to do it:

  • Scrape away all of the old caulk.
  • Clean the area thoroughly.
  • Cover the full surface or boundary with your fingertips and smooth it over to make a water-tight seal.
  • After you’ve finished, look through it again and make sure you haven’t missed an area. Allow it to dry.
  • It might take days for the caulk to dry, so be prepared to wait.

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  1. Make new clothes

There are many tutorials available online to help you upcycle your clothes.

Below are a few ideas for you:

  • Bleach shirts or old sweaters by painting them or tying them with rubber bands to create attractive patterns.
  • Ripped or distressed jeans are easy to make. Using an old pair of jeans will add more style and character. Use sanding paper to break down the fibre in the areas you want to cut. Use scissors to cut into the jeans and tweezers to pull out fibres or separate fibres for the distressed look.
  1. Repurpose old Furniture

If you are handy, you could refurbish or make new furniture out of old furniture;

  • Sand down an old table and cover it with a glossy finish.
  • Attach old dining room chairs to each other to make a bench.
  • Or, break down a four-legged table to make smaller tables to put in bedrooms as dressing tables or in your hallways with candles or a vase of flowers.
  1. Mirror

Do you have an old mirror lying around the house? You can transform it and make it look new by using wooden boards to create an entirely different frame, or use a can of spray paint:

  • Cover the mirror with plastic and tape the inside edges to secure it.
  • Using spray paint, spray the whole mirror twice over.
  • You can use a paintbrush to add extra details, different coloured corners, stripes, or to outline any existing patterns on a mirror.

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