Give a modern twist to something old-fashioned, like this footstool from Wooden Furniture Hacks by Hester Van Overbeek. It looked tatty and unloved, but changing its seat from the old rattan to a brightly coloured chunky yarn gave the stool a new lease of life. Any footstool with a fabric or rattan seat can be given a makeover—you might have a similar piece of furniture in your attic or you can pick them up for next to nothing in second hand furniture stores or online. Try the tutorial here.
2. Upcycled Glass Jar Lantern
Turn old preserve or condiment jars into cute and colorful lanterns with this easy project from Handmade Glamping by Charlottle Liddle and Lucy Hopping. These will look great in the garden on those long summer evenings coming our way! Try the tutorial here.
3. DIY Bee House Project
This is a fun and easy project from Handmade Bird, Bee and Bat Houses by Michele McKee-Orsini that small bees will love. Keeping native non-stinging mason bees is a surprisingly easy way to help the environment, and it’s also an inexpensive and educational project for kids. The best news is that these hyper-efficient pollinators will do wonders for your fruit crops and gardens! Try the tutorial here.
Turn your hand to some DIY with the help of Nicolette Tabram and her book Modern Stencils. This stenciled cabinet is a great project to start you off. With just a lick of paint and a bit of love, you can transform an old piece of furniture into a real statement piece. Follow the tutorial here.