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35 DIY Projects That Cost Less Than $100 to Create

When you do projects yourself, improving your home costs a lot less than you might think!

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Pot and Pan PulloutFamily Handyman

Pot and Pan Pullout

Pots and pans are difficult to organize; if you stack them up, it’s a hassle getting to the bottom ones. If you spread them out, they take up tons of valuable cabinet space. This pot and pan pullout makes your pans easy to access and organize and—depending on your cookware—may even give you a place to stash your lids. Click here for some more kitchen organization ideas that’ll save your sanity.

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Wall-Mounted Wine RackFamily Handyman

Wall-Mounted Wine Rack

This super-simple wall-mounted wine rack is customizable and really easy to build. You can get it done in an afternoon! It makes for a perfect gift, along with any of these gifts for wine lovers.

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Kitchen Cabinet OrganizersFamily Handyman

Kitchen Cabinet Organizers

Cookie sheets, cutting boards, cooling racks, serving trays, pizza pans…Most of us have a disorderly pile of large, flat cookware—and the thing we need is always at the bottom of the stack. This simple system of dividers brings order to the chaos. It requires minimal skills and materials and goes together fast, which allows you to spend more time cooking and less time searching and sorting.

Once it’s finished, pull out your pizza pan and make one of these 33 amazing pizza recipes.

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Magnetic Knife StripFamily Handyman

Magnetic Knife Strip

Build this simple and beautiful magnetic knife strip in an afternoon with some scrap materials and incredibly strong magnets. This strip not your taste. Take a look at one of these other knife holders that are more unique than a knife block.

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Masterpiece Cutting Board

This cutting board dazzles the eye, but making it is easy: Just cut strips of wood and glue them together. You can use walnut and maple scraps cut at increments of 1/8-in., but the variations are endless. Click here for a step-by-step how-to.

This cutting board oil is a perfect finish for this project.

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Shelves Above Kitchen CabinetsFamily Handyman

Add Shelves Above Kitchen Cabinets

Create an attractive display shelf for the empty space above your kitchen cabinets. This project requires only basic carpentry skills, and you can build it in a day. Click here to see how.

Click here for some more kitchen storage ideas.

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Small Candle HolderFamily Handyman

Small Candle Holder

Candles impart a warm, inviting glow to any room. This candle holder accepts three standard tea lights, and is a perfect project for someone interested in honing their notch cutting skills. Take a look at these other easy ways to brighten your home.

Find tea light candles here.

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Speaker StandsFamily Handyman

Speaker Stands

Speakers come in various sizes and shapes, so the height of your speaker stands is dependent on your unique speakers. For this project, we give you the dimensions suited for the speakers shown in the photo, but you can alter the design to fit your individual needs. See the whole process here.

Before you buy new speakers, be sure to check out the best stores to buy appliances at.

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Hexagon ShelvesFamily Handyman

Hexagon Shelves

Hexagon or honeycomb shelves have become very popular in the DIY world recently. The reason for this is that they are interestingly designed, different from the norm and incredibly easy to build. You can push out six of these in an afternoon and not break a sweat! 

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Contemporary Key HangerFamily Handyman

Contemporary Key Hanger

Build this clever key hanger in an hour with two strips of contrasting wood. Each set of keys has its own small fob which nests in between the spacers. You don’t need much material, and it’s going to hang on your wall, so splurge on some attractive wood and get building! Click here for the full article.

Here are some more DIY projects that’ll make your home feel brand new. 

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Portable Laptop Computer StandFamily Handyman

Portable Laptop Computer Stand

Laptop computers are unmatched for portability, but they’re lacking in ergonomics. A good laptop stand helps, but they can be pricey and cumbersome, which detracts from portability. Instead, you can make your own stand that collapses down to a very portable size— and for a fraction of the cost!

Your computer keyboard is one of the places in your house that needs a serious deep cleaning.

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Hairpin Leg Coffee TableFamily Handyman

Hairpin Leg Coffee Table

Build this stylish hairpin leg coffee table in just a few hours. Follow along with the video tutorial and step-by-step photos to see how.

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Window CornicesFamily Handyman

Window Cornices

Adding window or door cornices will bring freshness and style to any room decor. They’ll hide unsightly drapery rods and add a touch of custom-made detailing that makes an ordinary window or patio door look like something special. The top of the cornice can even serve as a display shelf for art or collectibles. Need to clean those windows? Get some tips from cleaning professionals here.

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Stacking TotesFamily Handyman

Stacking Totes

Perfect for a kid’s room or entryway, these stacking totes will hide a lot of clutter but still keep items easily accessible. Follow the video tutorial, how-to instructions and tech art below to build one (or 10!) of these simple storage containers. Do you remember these amazing vintage toys?

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Collapsible Dog RampFamily Handyman

Collapsible Dog Ramp

We all love our dogs to be at our side, but when they age and can no longer jump up to a bed or other places they once could, it can break an owner’s heart. Or your pup may simply be too small to access those places throughout its life. This bedside dog ramp is a sturdy, reliable project that you can build in an afternoon. Next, treat your dog to one of these super cute gifts.

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Folding StoolFamily Handyman

Folding Stool

All practicality aside, this stool is as irresistible as a wooden puzzle. You’ll love the way the stool unfolds—the two halves of the seat glide together as the legs slide apart below. In order for the stool to work smoothly, you’ll have to be precise when you shape the parts and drill the dowel holes. Find the full plans here.

This stool is perfect if you plan on going on a picnic. 

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Garden ArchwayFamily Handyman

Garden Archway

You can make this metal garden arch trellis from just $25 of steel rebar. And you won’t have to weld a thing. When you’re done, cover it with climbing plants for an attractive addition to your garden.

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Plywood ReindeerFamily Handyman

Plywood Reindeer

Everybody loves to decorate their yards with some festive adornments. These plywood reindeer will add that necessary holiday spice with just 3-hours’ worth of work. The most important part of this project is the creation of the template. Click here for the downloadable PDF and full plans.

Check out some more Christmas decorations you’ll love.

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Adirondack Chair and Love SeatFamily Handyman

Adirondack Chair and Love Seat

This Adirondack chair and matching love seat are designed for outdoor comfort. They’re designed for easy assembly, so that a novice can build them. And you can build them from inexpensive, durable wood that, once stained, looks beautiful. Make a few of these chairs so you can throw the best backyard party ever.

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Fix and Revive TrimFamily Handyman

Fix and Revive Trim

Renew the lustrous appearance of stained and varnished woodwork without the messy stripping process. We show you how if you click here.

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Fix Stubborn Bifold Closet DoorsFamily Handyman

Fix Stubborn Bifold Closet Doors

Tired of bifold doors that don’t work right? Learn how to adjust a door that’s always sticking, trim a door that binds, repair a broken corner and tighten annoying handles that keep coming loose. Once it’s fixed, fill it with these Container Store products that professional organizers use in their own home.

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Leather chairFamily Handyman

Clean Leather Furniture Stains with Natural Products

These natural leather cleaning tips will make old furniture look new. The best part is you probably already have everything you need in the cupboard! Did you know that leather is a top home decor trend this year? 

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The Best Way to Remove WallpaperFamily Handyman

The Best Way to Remove Wallpaper

Removing wallpaper before painting is a tough job, but it doesn’t have to be terrible. Learn how to make it go quicker and easier and how to make sure you end up with walls that are smooth and clean. Speaking of your walls, check out these adorable kitchen backsplash ideas.

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Use Epoxy on Wood for RepairsFamily Handyman

Use Epoxy on Wood for Repairs

Epoxy is the perfect material to make permanent repairs of rotting window sills, door jambs and exterior molding that are difficult to remove and expensive to replace. Epoxy is easy to handle too. You mix it like cookie dough, mold it like modeling clay and, when it hardens, you carve and sand it just like wood. It sticks like crazy and is formulated to flex and move with the wood, so it won’t crack and fall out like some wood fillers. Find out the whole process here.

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Weather Strip a DoorFamily Handyman

Weather Strip a Door

Stop energy-wasting air leaks around entry doors by installing a weatherstripping kit with a foam flange or vinyl bulb. Use a door sweep to seal the bottom of the door. See the whole process here.

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Install Bathroom Grab BarsFamily Handyman

Install Bathroom Grab Bars

Make your bathroom safer and more versatile by adding grab bars. In your bathtub or shower, grab bars provide extra security for that first slippery step. We’ll show you the best way to install them. Be sure to know these 7 ways you might be cleaning your bathroom wrong.

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Clean ShowerheadsFamily Handyman

Clean Showerheads

We’ll show you an easy way to clean your clogged showerhead and get it operating like new again. Here’s a simple way to restore the flow. You can also clean up mineral build up that plugs up spray holes in 4 easy steps.

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Double Decker Garage Storage ShelvesFamily Handyman

Double Decker Garage Storage Shelves

Floor space in most garages is hard to come by so the best place to find storage space for garage shelves is overhead. You can make your own DIY shelves for the garage easily go double-decker for twice the storage capacity. See the full plans for this ingenious storage system here.

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Replace a Water Heater ThermocoupleFamily Handyman

Replace a Water Heater Thermocouple

A hot water heater that doesn’t heat might just need a new thermocouple. Learn how to replace this inexpensive part and keep your hot water heater working for years to come.

Learn how to extend the life of your water heater here.

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Changing Wiper BladesFamily Handyman

Change Wiper Blades in 3 Steps

Stop annoying streaks and chatter from worn wiper blades. Replace them in minutes in these three steps. By the way, leaving a water bottle in your car can actually be a fire risk.

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Refinish WheelsFamily Handyman

Refinish Wheels

If you go through the trouble of detailing your aging car, sooner or later the rusty wheels are going to bug you. Here’s how to refinish the wheels so they look new again.

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Replace Bad Spark Plug WiresFamily Handyman

Replace Bad Spark Plug Wires

Worn spark plug wires and boots can start to leak voltage to nearby engine parts, causing arcing and creating performance problems. Find out how to replace them before that happens.

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Illustration of person holding up a magnifying glass to show mildewFamily Handyman

Get Rid of Mildew and Mold

How mold and mildew get a foothold in your home, how to clean and get rid of it and how to prevent its return. Eliminate moisture sources; water and mold go hand in hand. Click here to find the secrets!

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Changing a Car Serpentine BeltFamily Handyman

Changing a Car Serpentine Belt

Automatic belt tensioners, standard in most cars now, make changing a serpentine belt a simple DIY repair. Follow the clear photos and step-by-step instructions and you’ll be done in 15 minutes.

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Lockable Storage CabinetFamily Handyman

Lockable Storage Cabinet

There are a lot of dangerous tools and products around the home that kids can get into, especially in your workshop and garage. This lockable cabinet gives you a safe place to store chemicals, paint, pest control products, sharp tools and other potentially dangerous objects. The cabinet could be painted or stained and used in the house as an extra pantry, cleaning supplies closet or hobby center. See the full plans here.

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Originally Published on The Family Handyman

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