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5 Crafty DIY Projects That Are Perfect for the Portland Spring


Decorate Your Portland Home This Spring With a Crafty DIY Project

After a particularly gloomy winter, your home might be in need of a bit of a pick-me-up. A few bright throw pillows, a new vase to show off your garden blooms, or even a backyard makeover — each of these changes can help to revitalize your home for the new season.

Of course, we know that spring doesn’t mean it’s time to start spending money like crazy. With summer vacation coming up in the months ahead, now’s a great time to be frugal as you set funds aside for upcoming trips, moving expenses, etc. But that doesn’t mean you can’t redecorate your home for spring!

In the end, it’s all about being creative. Fortunately, we know that DIY projects save you big money when it comes to decorating for spring. Ready to get started? Here are 5 DIY crafts we think you’ll love!

DIY Hairpin Plant Stand

While many of us have gushed over West Elm’s beautiful hairpin plant stands, most of us balk at the $200-plus price tags attached to the minimally styled planters. But this spring, you can decorate your home with a bit of new greenery on a DIY hairpin plant stand that will cost you a lot less.

Start by gathering the necessary materials: hairpin table legs, wood, and screws, then follow Room to Ramble’s straightforward DIY tutorial. In a matter of minutes, you’ll place the hairpin legs upside-down on each corner of the wood slab, then secure the legs with screws, and flip the plant stand over to display your spring plants!

DIY Entry Way Table

As spring brings sunnier skies and time for more outdoor play, be prepared for muddied boots and rainy day gear to infiltrate your home. To help keep things in order, here’s another DIY project for you to tackle: an entryway table.

If you follow the Brewed Blonde’s tutorial, you can craft your very own entryway table for less than $40. All you need is a long slab of wood, stain, sponge brushes, screws, and a bit a patience to get you started.

Once complete, your new DIY table will help you organize purses and keys while marking a space for shoes (either underneath or alongside) to keep your home’s entryway tidy.


Repurposed Kitchen Accessories Holder

This one is so simple that it’s almost cheating, but we love it so much we had to include it. Your days of raking fall leaves are long-since gone, so why not repurpose your rusty, old rake into a vintage kitchen-accessories holder?

We’re all about Love in a Mason Jar’s idea to find “new uses for old things,” especially when it comes to turning an abandoned rake into a farmhouse-chic kitchen accessory. If you have extra space above your stove or on a kitchen wall, follow this tutorial to add a vintage touch to your spring kitchen!

DIY Birch Log Coffee Table

Spring temperatures in Portland are finally climbing, but there are still a few chilly weeks ahead of us! If you’re not quite ready to venture outside, why not bring nature indoors?

This DIY birch log coffee table is a perfect spring craft to help you bring warmth and nature into your home. We love BGH’s tutorial, as it shows that trendy furniture pieces don’t need to cost you an arm and a leg. While this is a project that just about any skill level can tackle, moderate wood skills are advised.

DIY Kitchen Cutting Boards

If you feel like you’re not ready to tackle a big DIY project on your own, Portland has a lot of great resources to help you build DIY projects for your home. Next month, North Portland’s Rebuilding Center is offering a host of classes, including this DIY Cutting Board class. With a sliding scale payment plan and hands-on help, this is the perfect way to create a fun-shaped cutting board for your home this spring.

Happy crafting from Urban Nest! PS – Spring is also the classic beginning to home buying season, and Portland is surely no exception. Check out the amazing new listings here, and get in touch when you’re ready to start your PDX home search – we’d love to help!

[images via: Room to Ramble, Love in a Mason Jar]