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DIY Roundup: 6 Easy Projects, Perfect for Spring

As spring approaches, I often feel like a bear lumbering out of hibernation. The chilly days that dull the senses give way to fresh breezes, longer daylight hours, and a renewed sense of energy. And what better way to channel that energy than a weekend DIY project?

Here are 6 of our favorite DIYs perfect for spring, whether you’re embarking on seasonal cleaning or getting ready to throw open the doors for an en plein air dinner party.

1. A Swedish-Striped Canvas Floorcloth

Washing your kitchen rugs or mats every week is less than ideal. Resident DIY maven Justine Hand came up with an ingenious and stylish solution by turning canvas floorcloths into primed, waterproof rugs ideal for the space between the sink and stove. Photo by Justine Hand.
Above: Washing your kitchen rugs or mats every week is less than ideal. Resident DIY maven Justine Hand came up with an ingenious and stylish solution by turning canvas floorcloths into primed, waterproof rugs ideal for the space between the sink and stove. Photo by Justine Hand.

2. Homemade Dish Soap

Searching for an eco-conscious alternative to traditional detergent-based dish soap? Look no further than this easy, inexpensive DIY natural dish soap, comprised of only a few simple ingredients. Photo by Justine Hand.
Above: Searching for an eco-conscious alternative to traditional detergent-based dish soap? Look no further than this easy, inexpensive DIY natural dish soap, comprised of only a few simple ingredients. Photo by Justine Hand.

3. Rope-Wrapped Mason Jar Lights

With the arrival of spring, temperatures are finally warming up enough to host outdoor soirees. For a nautical theme, consider these easy rope-wrapped mason jar lights from Geneva Vanderzeil, creator of Hong-Kong- and Australia-based crafty lifestyle blog A Pair & A Spare. Photo via Charlie & Rose and AP&AS.
Above: With the arrival of spring, temperatures are finally warming up enough to host outdoor soirees. For a nautical theme, consider these easy rope-wrapped mason jar lights from Geneva Vanderzeil, creator of Hong-Kong- and Australia-based crafty lifestyle blog A Pair & A Spare. Photo via Charlie & Rose and AP&AS.

4. A Jewel-Toned Easter Tablescape 

NYC event designer David Stark shows us how to make moody, jewel-toned easter eggs in lieu of the usual pastels. The kicker? He also uses all-natural dyes to create the effect. Photo by Corrie Hogg of David Stark Design for Remodelista.
Above: NYC event designer David Stark shows us how to make moody, jewel-toned easter eggs in lieu of the usual pastels. The kicker? He also uses all-natural dyes to create the effect. Photo by Corrie Hogg of David Stark Design for Remodelista.

5. A Painted Canvas Tissue Box Cover

Unfortunately, spring brings with it allergies, colds, and flu. But having a runny nose doesn’t mean resigning yourself to the cardboard Kleenex box– Alexa Hotz shows us how to make an easy painted canvas tissue box cover, ready for display. Photo by Alexa Hotz.
Above: Unfortunately, spring brings with it allergies, colds, and flu. But having a runny nose doesn’t mean resigning yourself to the cardboard Kleenex box– Alexa Hotz shows us how to make an easy painted canvas tissue box cover, ready for display. Photo by Alexa Hotz.

6. Wrapped Metal Clothes Hangers

Spring is the perfect time to sort through your clothes and get rid of anything that you haven’t worn in the last year. And while you’re at it, why not make these colorful, pattern-wrapped metal clothes hangers, inspired by shop Pez in Madrid? Photo courtesy of Pez.
Above: Spring is the perfect time to sort through your clothes and get rid of anything that you haven’t worn in the last year. And while you’re at it, why not make these colorful, pattern-wrapped metal clothes hangers, inspired by shop Pez in Madrid? Photo courtesy of Pez.

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