Habitat bright ideas - DIY projects

                                  Tackle projects around your home with these step by step projects from Habitat magazine. There's everything from cleaning your barbecue to creating a pretty posie. New projects will be added as each Habitat magazine is published.

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                                  Playing up plywood
                                  Playing up plywood

                                  Simple shapes can become fun kid-friendly accessories... more
                                  A motorway for boundless play
                                  A motorway

                                  When you love playing with cars, the world is your motorway... more
                                  Courier box
                                  Courier box

                                  Keep daytime deliveries secure with this simple to build box... more
                                  Make an ottoman
                                  Outdoor ottoman

                                  An old tyre gets reimagined as functional furniture... more
                                  Painted shoe project
                                  Foot fancy

                                  Customise a fresh pair of footwear or fancy up some old favourites... more
                                  Painted stone dominoe project
                                  Let the games begin

                                  Recreate a classic game in an unconventional format... more
                                  Make your own modernist art
                                  Make your own modernist art

                                  Release your inner Matisse with these easy-to-create canvas artworks... more

                                  Outdoor storage

                                  A handy and easy to make storage box for all those bits and pieces... more
                                  Painted wall bedhead
                                  Painted headboard

                                  This half-moon headboard uses Scandi-inspired blues to create a modern, moody bedroom... more
                                  Write on wall planner
                                  Write on wall planner

                                  We’re always here for making our lives easier... more
                                  Make your own flower wall
                                  Make a flower wall

                                  Flower walls are perfect for baby showers, birthdays and hen's parties... more
                                  Make a rope basket
                                  Make a pet rope basket

                                  Handmade baskets hold a certain charm – make your own... more
                                  Make your own art masterpiece
                                  How to create abstract art

                                  The trick to this is being free with your brush strokes... more
                                  Print your own table linen.
                                  Print your own table linen

                                  Bring style to your table with these DIY painted linens!.. more
                                  Decorate floating shelves.
                                  Make a glow in the dark wall

                                  Make a glow in the dark galaxy wall – the kids will love it!.. more
                                  Paint drink coasters
                                  Make drink coasters

                                  Whether it’s summer or winter, throwing a cocktail party is always a good idea... more
                                  Decorate floating shelves.
                                  Paint floating shelves

                                  Floating shelves are a clever way to add flair to your wall... more
                                  Hanging plant feature
                                  Make a hanging plant holder

                                  Bring your home to life with a hanging plant holder... more
                                  Make a kids wall flag
                                  Make a kids wall flag

                                  Get arty with the kids by creating this fun wall flag... more
                                  Paint an aged effect on new furniture.
                                  Aged paint effect

                                  Give new pieces a vintage distressed paint effect look... more
                                  Paint a rainbow fan
                                  Paint a rainbow fan

                                  Keep the home cool during the heat of summer, with this rainbow fan... more
                                  How to marble a candle stick
                                  How to create a marble paint effect

                                  A marble finish always looks elegant whichever form it takes... more
                                  Build a magazine rack
                                  How to build a magazine rack

                                  Looking for a way to keep your collection of beloved magazines tidy?... more
                                  Make a leaf print
                                  How to create a autumn leaf print

                                  With autumn’s falling leaves, now is the perfect time to get creative... more
                                  Paint a glass vase
                                  Paint a glass vase

                                  Bring the best of the 70s to your vase collection with this retro-inspired colour scheme... more
                                  Paint a chopping board - serving tray
                                  Paint a chopping board

                                  What’s better than a chopping board that’s beautiful enough to use as a serving tray as well?... more
                                  Make an hanging shelf
                                  Make a hanging shelf

                                  A hanging shelf is an elegant alternative to a night stand... more
                                  Kids day tent
                                  Build a loft dresser

                                  This loft-style dresser is both stylish and easy to make yourself... more
                                  Kids day tent
                                  Build a desk organiser

                                  Keep your desktop clutter free with this clever DIY desk organiser... more
                                  Kids day tent
                                  Make a kids day tent

                                  This concrete plant stand is a stylish addition to any home. And the best part? It’s really easy to make... more
                                  Make a concrete plant stand
                                  Make a concrete planter

                                  This concrete plant stand is a stylish addition to any home. And the best part? It’s really easy to make... more
                                  Make a childs toybox
                                  Make a toy box

                                  This toy box created out of a wooden crate is a clever idea for storing toys and books... more
                                  Make printed fabric
                                  Print a potato stamped fabric

                                  Turns out it’s not just for the kids. We love this printing idea, creating a geometric pattern using the humble potato... more
                                  Paint and wallpapper
                                  Paint a teenager's bookshelf

                                  Using just paint and wallpaper, transform boring shelves into something even your teen will love... more
                                  A diamond inspirded floor
                                  Paint diamond flooring

                                  Add personality to your floors with this simple diamond design... more
                                  Paint your old jars
                                  Upcycling jars

                                  If you’ve been holding onto a few hoping for an inspiring project, you’ll love this super easy idea... more
                                  Make leaf artwork
                                  Paint a leaf picture

                                  Leaves are big in art prints right now and are simple enough to create yourself... more
                                  Make a painted placemat
                                  Make herringbone placemats

                                  Herringbone is a look that will never go out of trend... more
                                  Make a moroccan stencil
                                  Moroccan stencil pattern

                                  Bring a piece of Morocco into your home with this easy pattern DIY.... more
                                  Paint a glass vase
                                  Paint a vase

                                  Turn this glass vase from plain to pretty with a lace effect. ... more
                                  Paint a wooden mat
                                  Make a wooden mat

                                  Create a mini city, using wood offcuts and Resene Blackboard Paint... more
                                  Make a blackboard city
                                  Blackboard city

                                  Create a mini city, using wood offcuts and Resene Blackboard Paint... more
                                  Create a wallpaper look with paint Wallpaper hack
                                  Check out this easy wallpaper hack. All it takes is a kitchen sponge... more
                                  Make a cat tree
                                  Make this cube style cat tree

                                  Your cat will love this easy-to make contemporary cat tree... more
                                  Make a fold-out bar
                                  Fold-out bar

                                  Make this nifty fold-out bar and cupboard for your outdoor living space... more
                                  Create a watercolour wall
                                  Create a watercolour wall

                                  This dreamy watercolour paint effect is surprisingly easy to do... more
                                  Make a side table
                                  Make a side table

                                  Bit on side - make this easy rustic side table... view
                                  How to build a compost bin
                                  Build a compost bin

                                  Turn your scraps and cuttings into plant food with this compost bin... view
                                  Projects for kids
                                  Bright ideas for the kids

                                  Check out these cool ideas for the kids – ship shape, blackboard cities and keeping the chaos away… view
                                  How to build a pergola
                                  How to build a pergola

                                  Build a pergola in your backyard, and then sit back and enjoy it... view
                                  Create a swing seat for your backyard
                                  Build a swing seat

                                  Create a swing seat for your backyard, and then sit back and enjoy it… view
                                  Make a child's height measuring stick
                                  Measure up
                                  Create a personalised measuring stick to track your growth... view

                                  Join the circus
                                  Create your own big top with this fun wall art… view
                                  Build a birdhouse
                                  Build a birdhouse
                                  How to build a birdhouse and support local bird life and gain… view
                                  Turn an old drawer front into a coat rack then paint it in soft desert sunset tones.
                                  Rack it up

                                  Turn an old drawer front into a coat rack then paint it in soft desert sunset tones... view
                                  Kids project - a canvas mat
                                  DIY kidz - mat time

                                  Make a cool canvas mat to brighten up your room... view
                                  Make a raised vegetable garden
                                  Raised garden

                                  Join the grow-your-own movement and make this easy-to-use raised vege garden with built-in tomato rack... view
                                  Painted clock
                                  Painted clock

                                  A painted slatted clock with quirky retro appeal is so easy for you or the kids to make... view
                                  Make a pizza oven
                                  Make a pizza oven

                                  They're the latest on-trend addition to our outdoor living spaces - pizza ovens... view
                                  Stencil a rainbow of delicious Resene colour onto a glass table top for a mystical Moroccan look.
                                  Moroccan magic

                                  Stencil a rainbow of delicious Resene colour onto a glass table top for a mystical Moroccan look... view
                                  Wheelie bin locker
                                  Bin locker

                                  A smart and practical way to hide those wheelie bins ... view
                                  Decorated storage cubes
                                  DIY kidz - boxed set

                                  Give a plain set of storage cubes a lift with fun flag designs... view
                                  Build a barbecue bench
                                  Barbecue bench

                                  Outdoor kitchens are all the rage. This one has industrial chic... view
                                  Memory board
                                  Memory board

                                  Take one special image and use it to inspire a memory board for your photos and memorabilia ... view
                                  make a bird feeder
                                  Diy kidz - one for the birds

                                  Make an easy birdhouse with a couple of containers and a lick of paint... view
                                  make a cool noticeboard and pen holders
                                  Diy kidz - taking notice

                                  Make a cool noticeboard and pen pots... view
                                  This easy idea makes it look like your furniture has been dipped in paint
                                  Take a dip

                                  This easy idea makes it look like your furniture has been dipped in paint... view
                                  Refurbishing a tired timber deck
                                  Deck rescue

                                  Give a tired deck a new look. Brought to you by the experts at Hirepool... view
                                  Outdoor storage box to make
                                  Boxing clever

                                  This cool multi-purpose trunk is finished in timber stains for a slightly weathered effect... view
                                  Diy kidz- cool plant labels
                                  Diy kidz - cool plant labels

                                  Use Resene paint stirrers, and seed packets and your own artistic skill for these funky vege labels... view
                                  Make a cool robot out of your old cardboard rolls and boxes
                                  Diy kidz - recycle robot

                                  Make a cool robot out of your old cardboard rolls and boxes... view
                                  French wash effect floor
                                  French wash effect floor

                                  Use a French wash effect and a simple pattern to beautify your floor... view
                                  Make a handy noticeboard
                                  Taking notice

                                  Use three clever Resene products to create this handy family noticeboard... view
                                  Cleaning gutters
                                  Gutter buster

                                  Here’s how to deal to your gunky gutters... view
                                  Create a rust effect
                                  Create a rust effect

                                  Jeff demonstrates the ‘incredibly simple’ art of a rust effect ... view
                                  Paint a flag
                                  Diy kidz - colourful bunting

                                  Paint a mini mural and make your own colourful bunting... view
                                  Build a bird house
                                  Caravan-style birdhouse

                                  Make this quirky retro caravan-style birdhouse... view
                                  Diy kids - beaded lampshade
                                  Diy kidz - beaded lampshade

                                  Make the pretty lampshade from our winning room... view
                                  Sowing a new lawn
                                  Sowing a new lawn

                                  Autumn is the perfect time to sow a new lawn... view
                                  French-inspired paint effect desk
                                  French-inspired paint effect desk

                                  Ros de Coek transforms a tired piece of furniture with this French-inspired paint effect ... view
                                  painted frame
                                  Diy kidz - painted frame

                                  Jazz up a plain picture or mirror frame with painted cut-outs... view
                                  paint bedside cabinet
                                  Diy kidz - bedside cabinet

                                  Give a plain bedside cabinet a makeover bedside magic using your favourite images... view
                                  funky painted pots
                                  Diy kidz - funky painted pots

                                  Give old pots a new lease on life with funky colour. Fill them with herbs to add zest to your family’s meals... view
                                  A simple paling fence
                                  A simple paling fence

                                  There's nothing smarter than a simple paling fence, especially when you've built it yourself... view
                                  Create a posie
                                  Create a posie

                                  With the fashion for flower arrangements tending towards more carefree styles, creating a posie... view
                                  Raised vegetable garden
                                  Raised vegetable garden

                                  Join the grow-your-own movement by making this easy-to-use raised vege garden... view
                                  Building a compost bin
                                  Building a compost heap

                                  Build this compost bin... view
                                  Decorate a cardboard house
                                  Decorate a cardboard house

                                  Decorate a cardboard box house in your own unique style... view
                                  Laying paving
                                  Laying paving

                                  How to lay paving... view
                                  personalised paper
                                  Personalised paper

                                  Make this personalised paper... view
                                  Paint a picture
                                  Paint a picture

                                  Step by step instructions to paint a picture... view
                                  Cutting firewood
                                  Cutting firewood

                                  Put another log on the fire... view
                                  window decorations
                                  Diy kidz - window decorations

                                  Make your very own window decorations... view
                                  Photo board
                                  Diy kidz - photo board

                                  Create a photo board... view
                                  Cleaning the barbecue
                                  Cleaning the barbecue

                                  How to clean the barbecue... view
                                  name plates
                                  Diy kidz - name plates

                                  Create this zany name plate for your door... view
                                  Building a dog kennel
                                  Building a dog kennel

                                  How to build a dog kennel... view
                                  Making mosaics
                                  Making mosaics

                                  Decorate a polystyrene ball with coloured tiles... view
                                  Diy kidz - marble run
                                  Diy kidz - marble run

                                  Make a decorative marble run... view
                                  How to tile a bathroom
                                  Tiling a bathroom

                                  How to tile a bathroom... view
                                  Planting a lawn
                                  Planting a lawn

                                  Prepare an area for a new lawn... view
                                  Hanging wallpaper
                                  Hanging wallpaper

                                  How to hang wallpaper... view
                                  Creating a wood-effect paint finish
                                  A wood-effect paint finish

                                  Learn how to create a wood-effect paint finish... view
                                  Virtual painting with Resene EzyPaint
                                  Virtual painting EzyPaint

                                  Get cracking on virtual painting with Resene EzyPaint... view
                                  Recovering a sofa
                                  Re-covering a sofa

                                  Discover how to re-cover a sofa... view
                                  cars and puppets
                                  Diy kidz - cars and puppets

                                  Learn how to make a car out of a supermarket box... view

                                  Redemption Blue Headboard

                                  Indigo blue and dark teal are both having a moment... view

                                  Hanging rack

                                  Upcycle an old cooling tray, by giving it a light sanding and brush.. view

                                  Sturdy bookends

                                  These colourful bookends will look beautiful... view

                                  Note perfect

                                  Personalise your study by painting chalkboard paint triangles... view

                                  Magnetic colour

                                  Another way to hang your paintings and photographs... view

                                  Kids toy boxes

                                  Breathe new life into nail boxes with the Resene KidzColour range... view

                                  Paper tear effect

                                  Zigzags and stripes step aside, there's a cool new paint technique in town... view

                                  Update your old bakeware

                                  Upcycle your old bakeware into planters and plant holders... view

                                  Box it up

                                  Turn scrap wood into box frames to store small treasures and indoor plants... view

                                  Winter vases

                                  Brighten up your days with these pretty vases... view

                                  Painted geo notebook

                                  This brightly-patterned cover proves that geometry can be fun... view

                                  Kid's mini blackboard

                                  This mini blackboard is a nice feature for the desk... view

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