2022 is just around the corner and my head is already buzzing with ideas for all the gorgeous new crafts and creative DIY projects to come. Let's not get ahead of ourselves though, 2021 was also full of fun DIY, craft and recycling projects!
Before we say goodbye to the year, I thought it would be fun to pause for a moment to take a look back on the projects that caught your eye this year. These are the one's you loved the most.
Here are my top ten DIY projects of 2021.
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10. Pretty glass jar lanterns - three ways
I made these pretty luminaries from old glass jars and some pressed flowers.
Cheap and easy to make, all you need are some old jars (Jam jars/yoghurt jars/Mason jars or any food jars) and some pressed flowers then you're ready to go.
Glass jar lanterns make magical ambient lighting for outdoor seating areas under the porch or on the patio.
The luminary in the photo above would look great for Valentine's Day too!
Read how to make glass jar luminaries here.
9. Air dry clay ornaments DIY.
In October, I shared some lovely air dry clay ornaments. That was a popular DIY project, especially, on the run-up to Christmas.
I shared all my best tips and tricks for working with air dry clay.
Air dry clay ornaments are so versatile. You can adapt them to embellish birthday or Easter presents too. If you use an alphabet stamper, the possibilities are endless.
Read the full tutorial for making air dry clay ornaments here.
8. How to make seed pots from newspaper
It just goes to show how times are changing. You are looking for organic gardening alternatives. I found some great ideas for starting seedlings without using plastic and shared them with you on the blog.
Read how to start seedlings the organic way here.
7. How to paint your front door black
Painting a front door can be intimidating. What if you mess it up? Well, I painted my front door and patched up some bare spots without removing it from its hinges. It was so easy that I wish I had done it sooner!
Here are my tips and the full DIY tutorial for painting your front door.
6. Outdoor furniture for small spaces
That was another fun post to put together. I created various moodboards showcasing my favourite patio furniture and accessories for small spaces. It seems I wasn't the only one enamoured by these designs. This rocking patio furniture set was very popular with you guys too.
See all the chic outdoor moodboards here.
5. How to shorten curtains with a sewing machine
This easy sewing tutorial was a big hit this year. I bought some linen curtains from Ikea but they were much too long for my window.
In this post, I showed you how I hemmed my curtains and gave you loads of tips along the way.
See the curtain hemming tutorial here.
4. How to build a mirror frame
This is one of the projects from my son's student room makeover earlier in the year.
I picked up a mirror for free but it was a very standard office bathroom mirror with no soul.
I made a wooden frame in industrial style then it was a perfect fit for my son's student room.
You can read how to make a mirror frame here.
3. Tips for stress-free decluttering at any time of year
Technically, not a DIY or craft but it was so popular, I had to include it. It's a very appropriate post for January anyway and was very popular with you throughout the last year.
Beholding a clean and tidy home is like taking a breath of fresh air, but how do you get there?
This post gives actionable stress-free decluttering tips to help you purge your home without the overwhelm factor.
I guess that's why you enjoyed it so much!
Read the post - Tips for stress-free decluttering at any time of year.
2. Modern Industrial style student bedroom
This post shows you how to design and style an industrial style bedroom and how to transform a dark basement bedroom into a modern student sanctuary.
You loved the moodboard and the DIY projects I completed for my son's student room. I'm so glad you liked this project because it was one of my faves too!
Read how to create an industrial-style student bedroom here.
1. How to whitewash wood
I don't know why I'm so surprised that this is my number one post of the year. I mean, who doesn't love a quick and easy furniture upcycling project?
This whitewashed wood furniture painting technique is a great way to update wooden furniture without losing the grain of the wood. Whitewashing wood is so fast and easy that in the space of a day, you could give your furniture a brand new look!
Find out how to whitewash wood here.
I hope you enjoyed revisiting my top ten DIY projects of 2021!
As good as 2021 was, I have a feeling that 2022 is going to be even better!
There are still many projects to be tacked in the Chalking Up Success household. Of course, those projects will make their way onto the blog.
You know me, I love to try new craft projects and pass on my experience to you by way of detailed tutorials and tips and tricks. That's not going to change in 2022.
Did your favourite post of 2021 make it into the top ten? Let me know in the comments below.
Is there a DIY or craft project you would like me to tackle in 2022? Likewise, let me know in the comments below.
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