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4 Easy DIY Projects For Apartment Dwellers

Looking for your next DIY project? Whether you’re a DIY pro or a complete novice eager to get started, there’s nothing quite like the experience of creating your own apartment decor. Using upcycled items or affordable raw materials, these four easy projects can be accomplished right at home in your apartment. These projects are so simple you can finish them in a single day or weekend, so you’re soon ready to enjoy that awesome new addition to your apartment.

DIY Planters

Got dreams of being a green thumb? Why not add some flare to your planters without overpaying for a stylish pot? There are many ways to create your own planters, whether you paint your own design over a simple terracotta pot, apply some metallic copper paint to a coffee tin for a gorgeous two-toned option, or upcycle a simple wooden crate into a spot for your herb garden. Just ensure that your planter is well-suited for the plant that will inhabit it by adding drainage holes if needed.

DIY Shoe Organizer

There are multiple ways to build your own shoe organizer from wooden crates, PVC pipe, or even used oat or coffee tins. All you need is some hot glue, wood glue, double-sided tape, and potentially a hand saw depending on your method. Regardless of the strategy you choose, you’ll have a simple shoe organizer in a matter of hours.

DIY Cat Scratch Post

It couldn’t be easier to make your own cat scratching post or incline so your beloved pet doesn’t resort to scratching furniture or doors! Simply get some heavy-duty braided rope and wrap it tightly around a wooden board, pole, traffic cone, or PVC pipe, stapling in place carefully at intervals with a staple gun (or by hammering a staple into place). Then mount your creation on a stable platform and voila! Your pet has its very own scratcher made with love.

DIY Coat Rack

Creating your own coat rack is easier than you might think. Just get a few rods (three to four should suffice) and arrange them so they’re resting together towards one end like the legs of a tripod. Secure the rods to one another with a rope or other fastener, leaving some room at the top for the rods to diverge and provide room for individual hats, scarves, coats, or anything else you want to hang from them.

That’s it for our DIY ideas! If you found this post useful or interesting, we encourage you to share it with your friends and colleagues! If you want to find your ideal home at one of our RPM communities across the US, check out our Communities page.