Spring cleaning brings a renewed sense of pride in your home. Redecorating, styling and brightening each room will be top of mind as you blow away the dust bunnies and embrace the warmer spring and summer months. But, new styles and redecorating can come with a hefty price tag. Restoration Hardware and Urban Barn will give you the desired look, but not without a depleting bank account, too. If you’re looking to spruce up your home in an affordable way, don’t rule out the home decor improvements that you can make with your own two hands.

We have a list of five favourite DIY home decorations that are tasteful, but won’t break the bank.

1. Table Runner Lumbar Pillow

Throw pillows are all the rage in today’s home decor trends. And, unless you’re Ben Stiller in Along Came Polly, you’ll find that the addition of a throw pillow (or two) can bring new life to any room—whether that be a bedroom, a living room or simply a barren bay window. We particularly like the unique look of a lumbar pillow which can be crafted from, believe it or not, a table runner. This long throw of fabric works perfectly for a DIY sewing project, especially if you’re a novice sewer.

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2. Pegboard Coat Hanger

The entrance of your home is the “welcoming committee” for the rest of your abode. A warm, convivial and tidy entrance says a lot about what lies ahead. Functional, yet charming, we have included a Do It Yourself pegboard piece to add to the walls of your entryway. This pegboard coat/hat hanger doubles as a shelving unit and says, “All guests are welcome… but please be tidy on your way in!”

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3. Marbled Art

Marble accents were huge in home showcases this year. But any marble accent, from countertops to wall clocks, may require some cold, hard cash. Not to worry, DIY marbled wall art capitalizes on this amazing trend, leaving you with a colourful display not unlike a Jackson Pollock. Although this DIY activity may take a few tries until you get it just right, the end result is well worth the effort.

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4. Golden Fixtures

Statement fixtures were very popular among home designers this year. Home decor expert Emily Henderson took on a massive bathroom renovation, and one of the most notable and glamourous updates was her addition of trendy fixtures, like golden sink taps. But, if you’re not looking to hire a designer for your home project, a little facelift for your sink is still within reach!  Try painting your sink fixtures, including taps and piping, gold with this easy DIY.

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5.Decorative Bowls

Last on the list is a DIY guide to beautiful trinkets! Luckily, the Great Glebe Garage Sale takes place this weekend, in downtown Ottawa, where you’ll be sure to find some trinkets that need a little TLC. Get yourself a set of small white bowls and use this helpful DIY tutorial to craft stunning bowls, with an artisan flare.

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