Easy Upcycled DIY’s for Budget Friendly Decorating

I’ve been busy this summer with the kids home and I haven’t had much time to do any projects. With that being said, you’ve probably noticed a “home tips” series I’ve started where I’ve been sharing thoughts and ideas on anything home! I’m always seeking out inspiration, and I wanted to share a few of my old fun Upcycled DIY’s and a few others that will help anyone decorate on a budget.

Upcycled DIY's for a budget friendly decorating

Upcycled Picture Frames

Don’t throw out any of those old picture frames that you’ve got lying around! A simple Idea to upcycle those old frames is to print out fun quotes and display them in those frames.  

Below is a picture frame my uncle made from wood from the family farm. It had a generic picture in it, one that didn’t really fit my style.  Easy answer; change it out with a free printable you can find online!

Upcycled Picture Frame

Upcycled Storage Ideas

When storage shelves seem too expensive, why not make your own storage solution! I needed a budget friendly storage idea for all my sons Legos (and some of my daughters toys), so I created a cheap Lego Storage Solution.  

This storage table consists of a piece of plywood and three simple storage bins!

simple lego storage idea

Upcycled Rain Gutter Shelves

If you’re keen on the idea of makeshift storage, then why not try making some out of rain guttering. Word to the wise, make sure that you use guttering with a flat bottom otherwise you won’t be able to stand anything on your new shelves. This won’t take any preparation at all, simply screw them into the wall.

Upcycled Painted Vases or Mason Jars

Buying a vase with an interesting design on it is going to cost you significantly more than buying a plain glass one. Then you are completely free to do whatever you want with them, the possibilities are endless. Swirl painting is a really easy and fun way to turn a boring glass vase into something cool. 

Another idea is to upcycle mason jars with a little paint! All it takes a little paint, some twine, and a few flowers and now you have a great upcycled decoration!

Mason Jar decor
A few different ideas on how to style and transform Mason Jars

Upcycled DIY Pine Boards into a headboard

A stylish looking headboard for the bedroom will set you back a fair few dollars but if you make your own you could save yourself a huge amount of money. It’s easy to make a great headboard from a few pieces of salvaged wood.

DIY Pine Board Headboard
How I made this headboard out of Pine Boards

Upcycled Ottoman From An Old Tire

Now, this is one cool project; you can easily make a rustic looking ottoman out of an old tire, some rope and some MDF circles the size of the tire. Once you’ve given the tire a quick clean, screw the circles of MDF onto the top and bottom. Get a glue gun and your rope and, starting from the center of the wood, stick down one end of the rope and spiral outwards. Once you’ve finished attaching the rope to the wood, do the same around the tire, always making sure to keep it tight.

DIY Chalkboard Paint

If you aren’t a confident painter then you might be reluctant to paint the whole room. With blackboard or chalkboard paint, you don’t need to be an expert to get it looking good.  Check out this picture from Pinterest and see how the paint really transforms the space!DIY Chalkboard paint


Before you start painting, the walls will need a quick rub down with sandpaper to get rid of any lumps and bumps. Then give the wall a quick wipe down to get rid of any dust. Let them dry and then start painting. It’s a very forgiving paint and it doesn’t need to be completely smooth so it’s perfect for people that aren’t experts at DIY. Blackboard paint is a great addition to use on a single wall in the house, but don’t go overboard with it. Guests can leave you messages when they come over and if you’re so inclined, you can draw pictures and murals on the wall. That way, you can keep changing it every few weeks or so.

I’m hoping this gave you a little inspiration of budget friendly up cycled DIY’s to decorate with. It’s always fun to create something out of nothing!

As always, thanks for following along friends.


26 thoughts on “Easy Upcycled DIY’s for Budget Friendly Decorating

  1. Some really great ideas here, pinning for future use and to share:)

  2. These are great ideas for up-cycle projects. Whenever something that might end up in the landfill can be up-cycled to become cute home decor, you have a win-win situation. Thank you for linking up at The Blogger’s Pit Stop Link Party. I’m sharing your link on social media.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

  3. So many fun projects to try out! I still love the mason jars I painted last summer – totally worth the hour or so it took to make them. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  4. Hi Lindsey!
    Love your ideas, especially the gutter one, and the tire ottoman, and the Ball jars….oh…all of them! How can I possibly pick just one?? All are wonderful ideas for thinking outside the box! Thank you for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

  5. Those are some great ideas, Lindsey. I love anything that is budget friendly (and eco friendly too!). Thanks for sharing at the Friday Favorites linky party. I hope you’ll come back next time to link up your projects so I can stop by again! 🙂


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