20 Best Handmade Craft Ideas for Home Decor – DIY Delight

I’m a firm believer that our homes should be a reflection of who we are, and what better way to showcase our personality than through handmade crafts?  Over the years, I’ve dabbled in various DIY projects, from macramé wall hangings to hand-painted cushion covers.

There’s something incredibly satisfying about creating something with your own hands and then seeing it adorn your living space.  Not only do these crafts add a personal touch to my home, but they’ve also been a therapeutic outlet for me.

If you’ve ever felt the itch to create, or simply want to infuse your space with a bit of ‘you’, then you’re in the right place! Here are 20 craft ideas that can enrich your inner space.

1. Macramé Wall Hangings

Macramé, the art of knotting cord or string in patterns, has made a significant comeback in recent years. These wall hangings are versatile and can fit into various home decor styles, from bohemian to modern.

They add texture and warmth to any room. To get started, all you need is:

  1. some macramé cord
  2. a wooden dowel or branch
  3. just a little bit of patience

Crafting Process

Begin by learning a few basic knots. Once you’re comfortable, you can experiment with different patterns and designs. The beauty of macramé is its flexibility and adaptability.

2. Clay Pottery

Handmade pottery pieces can be both functional and decorative, making them perfect for home decor. From vases to bowls, clay pottery offers a rustic charm that complements various interior styles.

Plus, working with clay can be therapeutic!

Materials and Tools

  • Start with air-dry clay or pottery clay
  • pottery tools
  • paints or glazes for finishing touches.

What to Do?

Shape your clay into desired forms. If using pottery clay, you’ll need to fire it in a kiln. Once dried or fired, paint or glaze your pieces for a polished look.

3. Hand-Painted Cushion Covers

Hand-Painted Cushion Covers

Cushions can instantly revamp a living space. Why not customize them with your designs? Hand-painted cushion covers allow you to introduce colors, patterns, and artistry to your living space.

They’re a simple way to refresh your decor without a complete overhaul. You’ll need:

  • plain cushion covers
  • fabric paints
  • brushes
  • perhaps some stencils if you’re not confident in freehand painting

Step-by-step Guide

Wash and iron the cushion covers first. Sketch your design lightly with a pencil, then paint away! Once dried, iron the covers inside out to set the paint.

4. Beaded Chandeliers

Homemade Beaded Chandeliers

Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the ambiance of a room. A beaded chandelier can be a statement piece. Beaded chandeliers, often seen in luxury decor, can be made at home with some time and effort.

They add elegance and a touch of glamour to any room.


  1. wooden beads
  2. a chandelier frame (which you can buy or repurpose)
  3. strong thread or fishing line
  4. a needle

Crafting Process

String the beads in your desired pattern, then attach them to the chandelier frame. Ensure the beads are securely fastened to avoid any mishaps.

5. Fabric Wall Art

Art isn’t just for canvases. Fabric offers a unique medium to showcase patterns and designs on walls. Fabric wall art can be a focal point in a room, introducing textures, patterns, and colors in a large format.

Materials and Tools

Choose fabrics with striking patterns or textures. You’ll also need a frame or a canvas, scissors, and a staple gun.

Crafting Process

Stretch the fabric over your frame or canvas, ensuring it’s taut. Staple it in place at the back. Hang your masterpiece and enjoy the compliments!

6. Handmade Candles

Handmade Candles

Candles create a cozy atmosphere. Making them at home allows customization in terms of scent and appearance. Handmade candles can be tailored to your preferences, making them perfect gifts or decor pieces for your home. You’ll need:

  1. wax (soy or paraffin)
  2. wicks
  3. fragrance oils
  4. molds or containers.

What to Do?

Melt the wax, add your chosen fragrance, and pour it into molds with wicks positioned in the center. Allow them to cool and solidify before using.

7. Mosaic Tile Coasters

Mosaics have been a form of artistic expression for centuries. Why not bring this art form to your living room? Mosaic tile coasters are not only functional but also a conversation starter.

They add a splash of color and pattern to your coffee table. You’ll need:

  • small tiles
  • adhesive
  • grout
  • plain coasters as a base

Crafting Process

Arrange your tiles on the coaster in your desired pattern. Once satisfied, glue them down. After drying, apply grout to fill the gaps, wipe away the excess, and let it set.

8. Rope Baskets

Storage can be stylish. Rope baskets are a testament to that. They are a chic way to store blankets, magazines, or even plants. They’re functional, stylish, and can be customized to fit any decor.

Materials and Tools

  1. Cotton rope
  2. a hot glue gun
  3. optionally, fabric dye if you want to add some color.

Step-by-step Guide

Start coiling the rope, and securing it with hot glue as you go. Shape it into a basket form, making the base first and then building the sides. If desired, dip-dye the finished basket for a gradient effect.

9. Paper Flower Arrangements

Flowers breathe life into a room. With paper flowers, you get the beauty without the wilt. Paper flower arrangements are timeless, and elegant, and can be tailored to match any color scheme.

Materials and Tools

  • Colored craft paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • floral wire

Crafting Process

Cut the paper into petal shapes and assemble them into flowers, securing them with glue. Attach them to floral wire stems. Arrange in a vase for a bouquet that never fades.

10. Driftwood Art

Driftwood Art homamade

Nature and art come together with driftwood creations. Driftwood art pieces are unique, and rustic, and bring a touch of the outdoors inside.

Materials and Tools

Driftwood pieces (you can find these at beaches or buy them), strong adhesive, and optional embellishments like string lights or paint.

What to Do?

Depending on your chosen project, assemble the driftwood pieces into desired shapes, such as a wall hanging or sculpture. Secure with adhesive and add any desired embellishments.

11. Stenciled Rugs

Why buy a designer rug when you can create your own? Stenciled rugs allow you to customize a plain rug with patterns and colors of your choice. You’ll need:

  • A plain rug
  • fabric paint
  • brushes
  • stencils

Crafting Process

Place your stencil on the rug and paint over it. Remove the stencil and let the paint dry. It’s a simple way to give an old rug a new lease on life.

12. Terrariums

Bring a mini ecosystem into your living space with terrariums. Terrariums are a delightful way to introduce greenery into your home, especially if you lack a green thumb.

Materials and Tools

  1. Glass containers
  2. small plants or succulents
  3. soil
  4. pebbles
  5. decorative elements like moss or figurines.

Step-by-step Guide

Layer pebbles at the bottom of your container for drainage. Add soil, then plant your chosen greenery. Decorate with moss or figurines for added charm.

13. DIY Photo Frames

Photos capture memories, and custom frames make them even more special. DIY photo frames allow you to showcase your memories in a frame that’s as unique as the moment captured.

You’ll need old frames, paint, brushes, and embellishments like beads, buttons, or fabric.

What to Do?

Paint the frame in your desired color. Once dry, decorate with your chosen embellishments. Insert your photo, and it’s ready to be displayed.

14. Handmade Soap Dispensers

Elevate your bathroom or kitchen with custom soap dispensers. Handmade soap dispensers can be a stylish and functional addition, reflecting your personal taste.


  • Glass or ceramic bottles
  • pump dispensers
  • paint or decals
  • adhesive

Crafting Process

Decorate the bottle using paint or decals. Once your design is dry and set, attach the pump dispenser. Fill it with soap, and it’s ready for use.

15. DIY Lampshades

Lighting sets the mood, and a custom lampshade can change the ambiance of a room. DIY lampshades offer a personalized touch to your lighting, making standard lamps stand out.

You will need a plain lampshadefabric or paperadhesivescissors, and optional embellishments.

Step-by-step Guide

Cut the fabric or paper to fit the lampshade. Adhere to it smoothly, ensuring there are no bubbles or wrinkles. Add any embellishments if desired.

16. Handcrafted Bookends

Handcrafted Bookends

For book lovers, custom bookends can add a touch of personality to your shelves. Handcrafted bookends not only serve a functional purpose but also act as decorative pieces, reflecting your style. You’ll need:

  1. Wooden blocks
  2. paint
  3. brushes
  4. optional decorative elements like figurines or stones.

Crafting Process

Paint the wooden blocks in your desired color or design. Once dry, attach any additional decorative elements. Place them at the ends of your bookshelf to keep your books upright and stylish.

17. DIY Clocks

Time is precious, and a custom clock can remind you of that in style. DIY clocks can be a centerpiece in a room, showcasing both functionality and artistry. You’ll need a clock mechanismbase material (wood, canvas, etc.), paintbrushes, and numbers or markers.

What to Do?

Paint and decorate your base material. Once dry, attach the clock mechanism and numbers or markers. Set the time, and your custom clock is ready to tick!

18. Hand-painted Plant Pots

Plants liven up a space, and their pots can be a reflection of your artistic flair. Hand-painted plant pots can be a vibrant addition to your indoor or outdoor garden.

Materials and Tools

  • Plain plant pots
  • paint
  • brushes
  • sealant

Crafting Process

Clean the pots and paint your desired design. Once dry, apply a sealant to protect your artwork from water and sunlight.

19. Custom Coasters

Protect your surfaces in style with custom coasters. Custom coasters can be both functional and decorative, adding a personal touch to your dining or coffee table. For this project, you’ll need tiles or wooden discspaint or decalsbrushes, and sealant.

What to Do?

Decorate your base material with paint or decals. Once dry, apply a sealant to protect against moisture and heat.

20. Handmade Wind Chimes

Handmade Wind Chimes

Bring music to your outdoor space with custom wind chimes. Handmade wind chimes can be a soothing addition to your balcony, patio, or garden.

Materials and Tools

  1. Metal tubes or wooden pieces
  2. string or fishing line
  3. beads
  4. a central piece to hang the chimes from

Crafting Process

Tie the tubes or wooden pieces at varying lengths from the central piece. Add beads for decoration and to create varying sounds. Hang in a breezy spot and enjoy the melodies.


Why should I consider handmade crafts over store-bought decor items?

Handmade crafts offer a unique and personalized touch to your home decor. Unlike mass-produced items, handmade crafts carry a story, creativity, and effort, making them special.

They allow for customization, ensuring that the decor resonates with your personal style and preferences.

How can I ensure the longevity of my handmade crafts?

  • Use quality materials.
  • Protect items from direct sunlight, which can fade colors.
  • For painted items, consider using a sealant or varnish.
  • Handle delicate crafts with care, and place them in low-traffic areas to prevent accidental damage.

Can I sell my home decor crafts?

Absolutely! Many people appreciate the uniqueness and quality of handmade items. Platforms like Etsy, local craft fairs, or even social media can be great places to start selling your crafts.

Ensure you price them appropriately, considering the materials used and the time invested.

How can I make my crafts eco-friendly?

To make eco-friendly crafts use sustainable or recycled materials, avoid materials that release toxins or are non-biodegradable. Consider natural dyes or paints. Upcycle old items, giving them a new purpose instead of discarding them.

Are there any online resources or communities for home decor craft enthusiasts?

Yes, there are numerous online platforms and communities dedicated to crafting. Websites like Pinterest offer a plethora of ideas, while platforms like Craftster or Ravelry (for knitting and crocheting) provide communities where enthusiasts can share projects, ask questions, and get feedback.

Additionally, many YouTube channels offer step-by-step tutorials for various crafts.

The Bottom Line

Having tried many of these crafts myself, I can genuinely say that the joy of creating something from scratch is unparalleled. Every time I look at the macramé hanging by my window or light up the candle I molded, there’s a sense of pride and accomplishment.

And trust me, the compliments from friends and family are just the cherry on top! If I can do it, so can you. So, roll up your sleeves, dive into these ideas, and let your creativity flow.

While we’re on the topic of personalized crafts, have you ever thought about creating a custom travel jewelry case that’s both functional and stylish? It’s another fantastic way to infuse your personal touch into everyday items.”