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The Ultimate List of Easy DIY Projects For Busy Moms

Inside: As a busy mom, you need easy DIY projects. Here’s a great list full of fun and stylish projects for the home, holidays and outdoor fun.

I love a good DIY project!

My home is full of simple but stylish DIYs that have helped me decorate and improve our home on a budget.

You can also find my kids (and me!) decked out in DIY Halloween costumes.

There’s nothing you can’t tackle with a little creativity and a hot glue gun!

So, if you’re in need of some mom-to-mom DIY inspiration, check out my easy tutorials for home decor, holiday decorations, backyard entertaining, and Halloween fun!

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EASY DIY PROJECTS FOR THE HOME

Our Easy Backyard Fire Pit (with String Lights!)

A mom and her two kids sit around their backyard fire pit.

One of my favorite things about our home is the big backyard!

My kids finally have space to play and so far, we’ve also put in a garden and a super easy DIY fire pit.

You can follow my step-by-step tutorial to make one for your own yard.

Here are some pictures of the process:

The total cost for this project was just $330!

  • $22.2o 4- 12 ft. 2 x 4’s (cut in half to create 6 ft. pieces)
  • $8.58 1 – 4 x 4 (cut into 4 in. blocks)
  • $1.82 1 – 1 x 3 strip wood (cut into 4 in. pieces)
  • $10 2 in. and 3 in. wood screws
  • $37.44 4 -12 qt pails
  • $10 2 bags of fast set concrete
  • $7.16 4 – 8 ft. 2 x 2’s
  • $6.21 Hook screws
  • $58.84 Black steel fire pit
  • $30 String lights
  • $135.98 2 – curved benches

We picked up lots of pro tips along the way:

  • Build the light poles on level ground so you can ensure they are straight. Unfortunately, we built all but one of these light poles in our back yard so there’s one that’s a little crooked.
  • Make sure you purchase long enough screws! We thought 2 in screws would be long enough . . . they weren’t!
  • Assemble the box on a raised surface. Because the wood sits so close to the ground, it’s hard to get the leverage you need to drill into the wood blocks without some height. We started our project outside, but ended up in the garage which was MUCH better!
  • Drill pilot holes! This makes assembly much easier.

It’s so great to have a relaxing and fun place to entertain friends and family. I’m in love with how our DIY fire pit turned out and I hope you’ll learn from some of our mistakes when building your own!

How to Refinish a Kitchen Table

Kitchen table decor featuring blue velvet chairs

When I was updating our kitchen decor, I wanted a modern farmhouse look, but it didn’t work with the table we had.

I did some research to find the best way to refinish a kitchen table and am super happy with the results.

We saved so much money refinishing our kitchen table instead of buying a new one!

Check out these awesome progress shots:

These are a few of the tips and tricks I share to make sure the process goes smoothly:

  • Do NOT attempt this project inside. It’s not practical to refinish a kitchen table indoors. There is so much sawdust involved and you don’t want that all over your kitchen. I highly recommend using your garage.
  • Do put a tarp down before moving your table outside. Refinishing a table over tarp saves time sweeping and saves your garage floor from any drips or spills
  • Do test your stain on a small section of the table before you apply it liberally to all of the wood. Make sure you know what you’re committing to.

I’m so proud we were able to tackle this DIY! The end result looks SO much better than the chipped tabletop we had before.

It was a lot easier to refinish a kitchen table than I initially thought, so don’t be intimidated by the process! 

DIY Juju Hat

White Juju hat hangs above bed.

You’ll love this DIY juju hat!

It’s one of my favorite, easy DIY projects you can do in an afternoon.

What is an African Juju Hat?

The Juju Hat is originally from Cameroon, where it’s called the Bamileke or Tyn hat.

For hundreds of years the Bamileke tribes have been creating these hats for their tribal chiefs, royal families and dignitaries to wear during tribal ceremonies. 

Here are some pictures from the easy step-by-step tutorial:

The cost of this stylish DIY project is just $40!

This is what you’ll need:

4.5 yards of feather trim

Placemat
Scissors
Thread
Straight pins
Sewing Machine
Glue gun

This project is very forgiving and there’s almost no mistake you can make that can’t be fixed with a few extra feathers.

DIY Yarn Wall Hanging and Photo Display

Monthly baby photo display on a wall.

It was a few months from my third baby’s first birthday and I was on the hunt for a fun photo display that would match her pumpkin party theme. 

I saw a floral DIY yarn wall hanging on Pinterest that I fell in love with and decided it would make a perfect monthly photo display!

Here are the materials you’ll need to make the wall hanging:

Here are some pictures from the tutorial:

The hardest part of this DIY project is how long it takes to cut and tie the yarn, so you may want to enlist some help to get it done.

DIY SEASONAL & HOLIDAY DECOR

Cute Painted Pumpkins for Fall

Pink and White Pumpkins are Easy DIY Projects for Fall

Cute painted pumpkins for the win!

I created this little DIY project when I was super pregnant with Mia. I didn’t have a ton of energy but wanted to get some decorations out for fall.

These DIY painted pumpkins are a great way to add some interest to your front porch without a ton of effort.

Here are some pictures of the super simple process:

Here’s what you’ll need:

If pink isn’t your thing (it’s not for everyone) you could do this project with other colors, too!

Navy pumpkins with gold stems would be amazing or shades of green or even black and white.

You can customize this project for your personal taste and decor. You really can’t go wrong with these cute painted pumpkins.

Modern Fall Wreath

Pink and White, Modern Fall Wreath.

Here’s another quick, seasonal DIY.

This modern fall wreath comes together in no time at all but adds a cute touch to your front door.

This post walks you through each step so you can make one, too.

Here are some pictures of the fun and easy process:

You can get all of the items you’ll need for this from your local craft store. I love shopping at Michael’s.

This was a simple decoration to put together and can be totally personalized with the flowers of your choice.

You can also change up the base materials to make a modern holiday wreath for Christmas. Instead of flowers, you can use holly and garland or wherever your creative juices lead!

A Sweet Heart Shaped Wreath for Valentine’s Day

A beautiful heart shaped wreath sits on a dresser.

Add this sweet heart-shaped wreath to your list of easy DIY projects!

Here’s what you’ll need for this fun little DIY:

Heart wreath frame
Floral wire
Faux flowers
Garland (Lamb’s Ear or Eucalyptus)
Wire cutters
Hot glue gun

The total for all of the supplies was $30, which was more than I wanted to spend on the project. But the garland goes on sale for $9.99 sometimes, which would definitely make this project more affordable.

For the full step-by-step process, check out the video I made below. And don’t forget to subscribe!

FUN DIY HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

A Super Easy Elsa Hair Braid

Toddler girl wears an Elsa braid.

How cute is this DIY Elsa hair braid?!

This is a super affordable Halloween costume you can put together at the last minute.

Here are the links for all the supplies I used:

My daughter loved her Elsa hair braid and I got lots of compliments on it at our neighborhood Halloween party. Little did they know the snowflakes were covering up some mistakes haha!

Be sure to check out this post for the full tutorial and a heads up on mistakes to avoid.

My Adorable Sprinkles Costume

Woman wears a last minute sprinkle Halloween costume.

Here’s another last-minute Halloween costume idea.

This sprinkles costume was so inexpensive and easy to make but turned out super adorable.

I got everything I needed from the Dollar Store and the total budget for this little project was $3!

I couldn’t have asked for a better last-minute costume. Everyone raved about how cute the glasses are!

DIY Family Costumes

Family poses in matching Halloween costumes.

Having trouble coming up with family Halloween costumes? 

I asked tons of creative moms to share their favorite DIY Family Halloween Costumes for this ultimate family costume post.

Here are a few of my favs:

Super creative, right?

Be sure to check the full post to see all these amazing costume ideas!

Even More Family Costume Ideas

Circus themed family Halloween costumes.

Want even more Halloween costume inspiration?

I rounded up the cutest DIY family costumes from fellow bloggers.

Take a peek at some of the awesome ideas inside:

Whether you’re looking for cute kid costumes, costumes for women, or fun family costume ideas, this post has it all!

You can make a lot of these costumes with upcycled/recycled items and things you already have around the house.

What are some fun DIY projects?

I hope you enjoyed this ultimate list of easy DIY projects. I love to find inspiration from other moms out there that are willing to share their talents!

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