Do-It-Yourself projects are not only popular, but also extremely affordable and rather easy to accomplish. To go along with our mission of helping heroes buy, sell and/or refinance a home, we thought it was only fitting to share a few DIY projects that would make any house a home. Check them out!

Pallet Planter Box

What You Will Need:

  • Pallet wood (or wood of choice)
  • Mitre Saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • (2) 13-1/2″ boards
  • (11) 12″ boards
  • (4) 9″ boards

*The width of your boards will vary on your pallet.

Creating Your New Planter Box:

Step One:

Take two of your 12″ pieces and lay them horizontally parallel to one another. Whether they’re flush or there is a slight gap will depend upon on the width of your pallet boards.

Step Two:

Take your other two 9″ pieces and place them vertically on top of the other boards (one on each end).

Step Three:

Now take the 13-1/2″ board (the piece I refer to as the brace, although it’s not technically a brace) and place it horizontally parallel centered to the top and bottom of the bottom pieces.

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Step Four:

 Repeat for the back piece.

Step Five:

For the sides, you’ll want to grab two 12″  boards for each side. Take those boards and nail them into the ends of both the front and the back pieces we’ve already put together.

Step Six:

Once those are attached, you’ll nail your three remaining 12″ pieces on the bottom.

And you’re done!

To view Live, Laugh, Rowe’s full guide, click here.

Mason Jar Soap Pump

What You Will Need:

  • Mason Jars – This number will vary depending on how many you would like to make
  • Large drill bit
  • Wire cutters
  • Caulk
  • Soap Pump
  • Hand Soap

Creating Your New Soap Pumps:

Step One:

With the lid screwed onto the mason jar, use the large drill bit to punch a hole in the top of the lid. These aren’t difficult to break through, so you don’t need to actually turn the drill on. The Gracious Wife punched through the lid.

Do be careful with this step though for two reasons:  1. If you punch too hard, you will hit the bottom of the mason jar and it could break. Sharp glass everywhere is never great for safety.  2. When you do safely punch through, there will be sharp metal edges. Be careful not to cut your fingers on these very sharp edges.

Step Two:

Using the wire cutters, cut off as much of the sharp metal edges as you can, again being very careful not to accidentally cut yourself on the sharp metal. It’s okay if there’s still a little of sharp edge left. We’ll take care of that in a minute, and make sure these are safe for use even for the clumsy folks.

Step Three:

Make sure the hole is big enough to fit your soap pump, but small enough so that the actual pump stays on top. When your hole is the right size, place your soap pump snugly in the hole.

Step Four:

Grab your caulk and seal around the bottom part of the lid where you poked your hole, again being careful of the metal edges. This will cover your sharp edges and hold your soap pump in place. Allow the caulk to dry completely, 12-24 hours.

Step Five:

When your caulk is finally dry, you can add hand soap to your new Easy DIY Mason Jar Soap, and it’s ready for use!

To view The Gracious Wife’s full guide, click here.

Hanging Shelves

What You Will Need:

  • Wooden board(s)
  • Rope cord
  • Metal rings
  • Scissors
  • Saw
  • Drill

Creating Your Hanging Shelves:

Step One:

If needed, cut your boards to size. Why Don’t You Make Me cut a 24″ board in half. Drill two holes on opposite ends of the board. You can measure the exact distances or eyeball it.

Step Two:

To hang your first shelf, cut two pieces of cord to your desired length, remembering to leave room for the knotted ends. Why Don’t You Make Me cut 2 pieces of 40″ cord. Fold the two pieces in half, and place the folded end underneath the metal ring.

Step Three:

Pull the folded end over the metal ring, then pull the rest of the cord up and through the loop.

Step Four:

Pull the cord taut to create the knot around the metal ring.

Step Five:

Separate two of the strands. Pull each strand through one of the drill holes. Repeat on the other side.

Step Six:

Adjust the length of the cord to make your shelves hang as high or low as you want. Then, tie knots at the end of each piece of cord. Trim off the excess cord.

Step Seven:

Hang your shelves!

To view Why Don’t You Make Me’s full guide, click here.

Concrete Block Bookshelf

What You Will Need:

  • 4 – Pine 1x10s cut 40-inches long
  • Minwax Wood Finish in Jacobean 2750
  • Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane in Clear Satin
  • Pavers – The Crazy Craft Lady found their’s in the Home Depot gardening department, they were roughly 2x5x8 for the rectangles and 2x4x4 for the smaller squares. They purchased 20 rectangles and 6 squares

Creating Your New Bookshelf:

Step One:

To start your bookshelf, you will need to stain your wood boards first. The Crazy Craft Lady used Minwax Wood Finish in Jacobean 2750 (one coat) and Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane in Clear Satin (two coats). Just follow the instructions on the can.  

Step Two:

Next you will want to wash off the pavers. Once they are dry, you can begin stacking them. The Crazy Craft Lady used a ruler to make sure the pavers were exactly 2 inches from the edge of the board. Just be sure you don’t forget to place your boards between each level!

The rectangle pavers went on the first two levels and the square pavers finished off the third level. You can add more square pavers to the top shelf if you want to be able to store large books.

To view The Crazy Craft Lady’s full guide, click here.

Birchwood Candle Holder

What You Will Need:

  • Birch tree branch
  • Saw
  • C-Clamp
  • Drill
  • 1-1/2″ Drill bit
  • Tea Lights

Creating Your New Candle Holders:

Step One:

Take your branch and cut it into three different sizes. One piece being 8 inches, another 6 inches and the last one being 4 inches.

Step Two:

Next, take and drill out the tops of each piece with your drill and bit. This will create the hole that the tea light will sit in. Be sure to use your clamp to hold the piece of wood down while drilling the hole.

Step Three:

Place your tea lights in each piece and light them!

To view Oleander And Palm’s full guide, click here.