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Cheap and Chic: 7 DIY Projects Under $20

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07.28.15

Summer sure can shrink a budget! Between vacations, wedding invitations and one-too-many dinner parties, warm weather can leave your wallet substantially lighter. So, spending a little moola on dressing up your home may not be at the top of your summer to-do list. Not to worry! If your cash flow is a little low, you can still add style to your home with one of these DIY projects. Each one costs less than $20! 

1. Dip-dye table runner. Brighten up your table with this simple project. The creative geniuses over at Sweet Paul Magazine have proved that all it takes to spice up your next dinner party is a box of Rit dye and an unloved table runner. 

Photo: Sweet Paul Magazine

2. Spray Paint Hangers

Whether you want to color code your hangers for closet organization or just want to add a burst of color, this idea is low-effort and high-reward. Perfect! If you don’t want your metal hook to be the same shade as the hanger, tape it off. Tip: While it’s possible to do this with plastic hangers, wooden hangers tend to be better at absorbing the spray paint.  

3. Clothespin Frame

We’re always on the lookout for new ways to display photos, and this idea caught our eye. To make the DIY clothespin frame from Morning Creativity, you’ll need a frame from a thrift store, clothespins, small nails, hammer and twine. So easy! 

Photo: Morning Creativity

4. Stenciled Rug

Your one-toned solid pattern rug may have worked in its younger days, but a few years (and stains) later, you’re probably ready for a change. Good news: you can effortlessly upgrade your solid rug and mask stains by painting a fun stencil on top. Check out this how-to from Natalme to get started. 

Photo: Natalme

5. Confetti Tumblers

Love Anthropologie’s look? Try this successful (and easy) Anthropologie hack! Grab some acrylic paint and a fine paintbrush, and then start dabbing. Check out Radical Possibility for the full instructions

6. Colored-Edge Picture Frames

To make a big change, sometimes you need to start small. We’re totally smitten with this DIY upgrade because it’s so simple! Grab a roll of colorful, sticky craft vinyl at your local craft store. Then, just cut pieces of the vinyl to fit around the edges of your frame. The vinyl adds a perfect pop of color! 

Photo: Natalme

7. Patterned Paint Roller

If you like the look of patterned walls, but aren’t quite ready to take the wallpaper plunge, try a patterned paint roller, instead. The possibilities of what you can pattern for a DIY project are endless. These ingenious rollers can be used on wood, fabric, concrete and, of course, walls. Check out the patterned rollers from NotWallpaper for more ideas. 

Photo: NotWallpaper

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