10 Expensive Looking DIYs (That Are Secretly Cheap)

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Photo: Abeautifulmess.com

Photo: Abeautifulmess.com

Picture this: you walk into a store that’s pure white, minimalist and hyper-curated, and use that as a justification for paying $300 for a succulent holder. Turns out all you need to achieve a home filled with expensive-looking accents is a little DIY know-how! And for those non-crafty folks, we’ve also included some helpful Krrb-ready alternatives. From wall hangings to modern coffee tables, these affordable crafts would look right at home in your local (and impossibly cool) home goods store.

A Marble Serving Tray

Photo: Almostmakesperfect.com

Photo: Almostmakesperfect.com

We’re serving up some fancy-looking style with this brass and marble tray, and for a surprisingly great price. Cabinet drawer pulls, sticky pads, marble and glue all come together to make something you’ll be proud to serve guests with (or curate organized makeup and accessories on top of). And despite looking like an investment piece, an 8×10″ slab of marble from your local hardware store shouldn’t cost more than $10.

Buy Supplies: This vintage tray might do the trick!

Ampersand Marquee Light

Photo: Popsugar.com

Photo: Popsugar.com

You have two options when shopping around for this typographic home update: spend a couple hundred dollars on a store-bought ampersand marquee light, or DIY one for a lot less. Framed by surprisingly durable chip and poster board, this accent piece is lit by a row of string lights, so there’s no electrical background required. Looks like metal, affects your bank account like everyday craft items.

The Shortcut: No judgement. This vibrant letter is lit and ready to go.

Clay Wall Planters

Photo: Designlovefest.com

Photo: Designlovefest.com

Cheery, minimalist, functional…I shudder to think what a set of clay wall planters like these would go for in a high-end shop. Turns out all you need to achieve this look is air-dry clay (about $8 per tub), paint, and some art supplies. The beauty of air-dry clay is that there’s no kiln or pottery knowledge required, just referencing some art class basics. Cover your walls to make your friends green with envy about your artsy green thumb.

The Shortcut: Try retro-inspired planters, or work the repurposing angle!

Modern Graphic Cutout Artwork

Photo: Designertrapped.com

Photo: Designertrapped.com

Hey, is that an original Matisse hanging from your walls? Nope, just insanely affordable modern graphic cutout art! The author of this DIY suggests getting kids involved in the cutting and arrangement, it’s seriously that easy. You’ll just need a canvas, paint, paper to make the shapes, and wood scraps for the frame if desired. The easiest way to curate an art collection is to start with your own!

The Shortcut: There are tons of other geometric and bold graphic art options on Krrb.

A Mid-century Inspired Wall Clock

Photo: Sugarandcloth.com

Photo: Sugarandcloth.com

How gorgeous is this wooden wonder? Though it may look like an investment piece, this Mid-century inspired wall clock only needs a wood round, stain, and some essential clock parts to come to life. The beauty of this DIY is that you can also customize it: try different stains, silver clock fixtures, or even some bold paint. This is one retro beauty that still holds weight today.

The Shortcut: It’s time for some ready-made, Mid-century modern style.

Live Edge Coffee Table

Photo: Annabode.com

Photo: Annabode.com

Let’s get to the point: you can replicate this live-edge coffee table for under $150. As long as you’re confident with an electric sander and drill (or have a trusted companion who is), this centerpiece only requires a wood slab, hairpin legs and some accessories to prime and coat it. With a cost of the table being so low, feel free to splurge a little with the table toppings.

The Shortcut: Great selection of live-edge, hairpin leg coffee tables? Check.

Pegboard Wall Organizer

Photo: Themerrythought.com

Photo: Themerrythought.com

Keep all of your essentials within arm’s reach with this DIY pegboard organizer. The process couldn’t be simpler: Made from only plywood, dowels and screws, you’re free to customize the design for your personal organization needs. No on needs to know that your chic new minimalist organizer was just some scrap wood you worked your magic on!

Buy Supplies: Perhaps brass pegs are more your style?

Embellished Wood Pencil Holder

Photo: Designsponge.com

Photo: Designsponge.com

Embrace natural wood patterns with a little metal embellishment: this DIY pencil holder is a rustic and modern way to stay organized. It may look like a fancy artisan piece, but is made from a wood block, metal pins, stain, and a little machinery know-how. Not only a great idea to upgrade your decor, it also can be dressed “down” (less embellishment) for any hard to buy for guys in your life. Father’s Day, here I come.

The Shortcut: However you choose to hold your pencils is the right way.

Leather Floor Pouf

Photo: Brittanymakes.com

Photo: Brittanymakes.com

Every room could use a little bit of leather. Resist the urge to buy it pre-made (with all of the associated extra cost) and DIY a leather floor pouf that you’ll be excited to kick back on. The best part about making it yourself is that you can customize how firm or soft you’d like it to be, as well as a super-specific type of leather. Use your basic sewing skills to stitch together leather swatches, fill it with upholstery foam and you’re good to go!

The Shortcut: Try one of these colorful leather options!

Copper Pipe Wall Hanging

Photo: Abeautifulmess.com

Photo: Abeautifulmess.com

And lastly, the wall hanging. Weaving may not be everyone’s forte, so luckily this copper version only requires some fast knotting skills to assemble. You’ll need cotton piping, copper pipes and a hack saw…that’s it! Save yourself a hundred dollars or so by whipping up some modern texture art you’ll be proud to display.

The Shortcut: You can’t go wrong with some 1970’s macrame.

Hope you’ve been inspired to DIY instead of buy! If you have any other favorite crafts that fool those with expensive taste, let us know in the comments.

 

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