Living the homestead life means being self-sufficient, independent, and being able to learn that you don’t have to buy everything you need. Sometimes a DIY option is better than buying new and expensive furniture or fixtures. The best part is that most of the materials like reclaimed wood, chicken wire, and old mason jars are all you need for cheap DIY projects for your home. Most, if not all, of these materials can already be found in your homestead. The only thing you need is patience and a little bit of imagination.
You can custom-make your own furniture for your homestead much more personal or you can go for functionality and make storage pieces for better space arrangement.
1. Reclaimed wooden picture frames
If you already live in a homestead or if you just moved from the city, a reclaimed wood picture frame is as easy to make as it is inexpensive. You can use reclaimed wood from old pieces of furniture, leftover timber from previous renovations, and spare timber you planned to use to repair parts of your homestead. When using reclaimed or leftover wood make sure that its quality is high enough for any DIY project, even a simple picture frame.
The best part of making your own picture frame is that its uniqueness is wholly dependent on what kind of wood you’re using and what the wood was used for before you decided to make it into a picture frame.
2. Farmhouse Table
Another modern DIY home decor is a farmhouse table. This is one DIY project that you should pay extra care and attention to. If done right, a farmhouse or dining table can last you generations. You should still aim to use wood that you already have around your homestead. One of the best ways to make a DIY table is to use old hardwood floorboards that were left over from previous renovations. However, if you don’t have any old hardwood flooring, you can purchase some reclaimed wood from a timber dealer near you. Just make sure it’s good quality reclaimed wood.
If you want to make an even more unique table, choose different kinds of hardwood for the same table. Try using different textures and colors of hardwood. Hardwood can add a whole new dimension to a simple DIY table.
3. Chicken Wire Lampshade
If you raise free-range chicken in your homestead then most likely you have some leftover chicken wire from when you made a fence for them. If you’re looking for ways to use some old chicken wire, then you should consider making them into a lampshade. They’re perfect and easy DIY home decor craft since they don’t take too much time and you have all the materials you need in your homestead. If you need specific instructions on how to make a chicken wire lampshade Peas and Crayons has a step-by-step guide on how to create one.
4. Glass Bottles and Jars
The very definition of easy craft ideas for your home is using glass bottles and jars to store different items. What makes this so easy is that you don’t have to do anything. There is a good chance that you have some old glass bottles that you’ve forgotten about at home. If you grow herbs use these glass bottles and jars to store them. If you dry your herbs first, then these are the perfect way to keep oxygen and moisture away from the dry herbs to preserve their flavor.
5. Repurposed Old Headboards
An old headboard is one of the most versatile pieces you can use for DIY decorations for your homestead. You can use them to decorate a black wall inside your bedroom or kitchen. You can even use them for Christmas decorations like Christmas stockings if you lack a fireplace or you don’t want to use plain old nails on the wall. You can find old headboards at garage sales or used timber sellers near your homestead.
6. Mason Jar Lanterns
Another way to use glass mason jars for decoration is by making them into modern DIY home decor lanterns. Place scented candles inside the mason jars then put them on shelves in your kitchen or inside your master bedroom. With some colored glass bottles and a bit of tinkering, you can place a lightbulb if the mouth of the jar is big enough. There are so many possibilities with glass bottles and jars. You just need some imagination and a little bit of know-how to make it.
7. Burlap Curtains
Burlap isn’t just perfect for carrying potatoes and other vegetables. If you want a cheap DIY project for your home, then look no further. Curtains can be expensive. But if you’re not looking to spend on curtains for your home, then you can use burlap. It’s cheap, and it can add texture to parts of your homestead without having to break the bank.
8. Reclaimed Wood Storage Trunks
A classic way to redecorate your homestead and create some storage space at the same time is to make your own storage trunk. Use reclaimed wood or purchase some from a local timber seller. What’s good with a reclaimed storage trunk is that it fits right into the already rustic feel of your homestead.
Redesigning your homestead can seem like a daunting and expensive task. But if you keep an open mind and look around your own home, you can find all that you need to make your own inexpensive decorations to make your homestead unique.