5 of the Easiest & Cheapest Rustic DIY Projects Out There


For newbie DIY’ers, projects that you see on Pinterest can be super intimidating. They look very pretty and relatively easy at a glance, but upon further inspection actually require all sorts of tools and materials that the average person doesn’t have. Don’t be fooled when the title says “Easy DIY Bookshelf!” Yes, it’s probably easy… as long as you have a table saw, drill, hammer, tape measure, screws, a level, wood, wood glue, a vice grip…

So I scoured the internet for some DIY tutorials that are ACTUALLY easy. As in they require tools or materials that you probably already have some or most of. I tried to find projects that can be made on the cheap, too. Easy and cheap, what’s better than that?

1. DIY Crate Bookcase

by One Artsy Mama

This DIY tutorial from One Artsy Mama says that she used an air nailer to nail the crates together, but I’m sure you could use a good ‘ol hammer and nails. This project might not be the cheapest in the world either because I’m sure those crates cost a stupid amount at Micheal’s here in Canada, but maybe you could find some on Varagesale or at a garage sale to re-purpose.


  • 6 large crates (or 3, or 2… whatever look you’re going for)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Hammer and nails

2. DIY Wood Signs

by Salvaged Inspirations

This is one of my favourites that I think I’m going to try out soon, it looks so easy!


  • Piece of wood (like old pallet board or barnwood)
  • Printer paper and access to a printer and computer (to print the graphic)
  • Chalk
  • Pencil
  • Small artist’s paintbrush
  • Paint

3. DIY Mason Jar Bathroom Set

by Mason Jar Crafts

The only materials that might be hard to find for this one is a mason jar soap converter and the mason jar flower frog. I imagine you could find these at your local craft store or Michael’s. I’m sure you could do without them though, you just wouldn’t have a soap dispenser.


  • Mason jars of any size that you like
  • Paint
  • Paint Sealer (optional)
  • Soap converter top (optional)
  • Flower frog top meant for arranging flowers in mason jars (optional)

4. DIY Rustic Blanket Ladder

by Naptime Decorator

This one looks surprisingly easy with a really awesome result! I think I would pre-measure how big I want the ladder, then get the minions at your local home store to cut the wood for you. And I would buy some rubber or padded things to go on the bottom legs of the ladder so it doesn’t slip on hardwood.


  • Wood (she used one 6 ft piece and two 48 inch dowels, whatever width or wood type you prefer)
  • Hammer & nails
  • Wood glue (optional)
  • Stain or paint (optional)
  • Hand saw or other (or a Lowe’s minion to cut them for you!)

5. “Sea Glass” Painted Bottles

Articles about this here and here

DIY Sea Glass Painted Bottles

image via Liz Marie Blog

I think this project has to be the easiest on this list. Pick a glass bottle of any kind, and spray it! I had no idea that this sea glass spray paint existed – it looks so awesome. This is another one that I might try out sometime soon. You could spray candle holders, vases, glass light fixtures… think of the possibilities!


  • Glass bottles of any size or shape
  • Glass spray paint (I found some at Home Depot online here for us Canadians – it says it’s in stock in Regina)

Do you have a DIY project that you’ve tried out recently? How did it go? Was it as easy as you thought it would be? Let me know in the comments below!

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