9 creative DIY projects for the weekend

Another long weekend in lockdown? Don't worry we got you covered. Here’s 9 inspiring DIY projects that will get your creative juices flowing.

1. Self-portrait masterpiece

Art galleries are a great place to start for DIY inspiration. Luckily for you, the National Portrait Gallery, Tate & Courtauld Gallery have their art collections online right now so you can meander from the comfort of your home. Feel inspired? Click on the links below to learn how to create your own self- portrait masterpiece, or brush up on your art history by MoMa with their free online courses.

- How to: photograph, paint or collage a portrait

- MoMa Free online course

- Tate: How to Paint Like Kandinsky

2. Terracotta Vase Upcycling

#trashtoterracotta has been high up on my DIY list ever since I first saw Insta-famed Geneva Vanderzeil’s upcycled vases last December. She revives unloved ceramic vessels using white or terracotta paint, and it looks pretty simple! I’ll be trying my hands at this, starting with my old lackluster ceramic planters and washing them with a new lease of life.

3. Hanging mobile (balsa wood)

This balsa wood mobile took my breath away when I first discovered it on DIY diva Kate’s website. I was so surprised to find how easy it is to soak bits of wood in the bath and bend them into the most beautiful sculptural shapes. Follow this link to learn how to do it yourself!

4. Hanging mobile (cut-paper)

Looking for a Calder-inspired mobile? Make your own! This step by step guide proves how easy it is. I’d suggest hanging one in the corner of a room to make good use of forgotten space.

5. Wire portrait

Calling all minimalists - this is the project for you. With just a spool of wire, you can recreate your favourite line drawing in a matter of minutes. Check out this quick tutorial.

6. Pressed flower wall art

If you love flowers in your home as much as I do, why not make them last a little longer? With just some heavy books and a bunch of blooms, you can set your flowers in a shadow box with some pins to make them float effortlessly in their own display case. Follow these steps to make this dream a reality.

7. Knot cushion

I’ve always wanted my own knot cushion by Design House Stockholm, but we don't all have the spare cash to purchase one here. I’m going to try this DIY tutorial to make my own. Give it a go and let me know what you think! You could even add a sustainable touch by making this from an old T-shirt or pair of leggings.

8. Triptych pin board

Athena Calderone is currently the taste maker to follow. She’s effortlessly chic in everything she does, and she offers up the best tutorials for DIY projects too. I’ve bookmarked this one for myself, a dreamy set of pin boards. Not only do they look great but they’ll help keep me organised too - a win-win in my eyes.

9. Hobnail Vase

Hobnail, never heard of it? Don't worry, neither had I until now. Apparently it’s the name for that textured bumpy surface that I love used on glassware and ceramics. And believe it or not, you can make it yourself! Follow Rob and Lauren’s thrifty guide to find out how.