The 9 Best DIY Decor Tips For Your Creative Space

Most of your days (for those motivated enough, or for those under the watchful eyes of their employer) will be spent at a desk, or in a designated workspace. These are places of work and practical application, so it’s understandable that it can, over time, get a tad clinical. Which is a shame, because as we all know that a space which reflects your own eccentricities is a space that you’re more inclined to call yours. So here are nine DIY decor tips for that special space that won’t take time away from getting down to business. Own your creative space, picc your DIY.

1. Washi Tape

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Washi tape is nothing short of a miracle. We have yet to see it turn water into wine, but not for lack of trying. Get hold of a myriad of patterns and lose yourself in the possibilities of DIY with washi tape. Change up your keyboard, frame photos, decorate your phone, mugs, glasses, cork board, sunglasses, coasters, cables, walls … your whole life, and only with a simple roll of tape.

2. Gift Wrap Bookshelves

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There’s always that odd pile of wrapping paper in a cupboard somewhere from your last gift giving experience. So why not reappropriate it and give yourself the gift of revamping your bookshelves. It’s such a simple change that can make all the difference to your creative space.

3. Cork Planters

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Sometimes you just need something that is living around you, but there are probably restrictions on chinchillas in the office, so rather invest in some succulents. Just keep some corks from the weekend’s wine-centered activities, hollow them out with a craft knife, and plant a little succulent in it. Pop a magnet on it and you have yourself living magnetic art. It’s just that simple.

4. Permanent Markers

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This DIY goes against every rule drilled into you as a child. Namely that permanent markers are not for walls, cushions, or anything that isn’t a pad of paper. But those were the scribblings of a reckless youth and as an adult, you can make marker magic. Draw murals to decorate your home, make posters, update a plant pot, or personalize your favorite mug. The wonder of markers are limitless.

5. Magnetic Containers

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This is a great idea that you can refine to your needs. Take old tea, spice, or any other metallic containers and add a magnet for an easy, and delightful looking, way to makeover your work space. Make containers for stationery that won’t clutter up your desk, or mini terrariums for some greenery.

6. Hollow Books

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We’ve all seen the hollowed-out books in crime movies. It’s the place where you hide piles of cash, passports and a weapon, perfect for Tom Cruise, but for the IT guy … not a necessity. So why not use old books to hide a router, or unsightly tech and wires spilling from every corner of your workspace? If it can work for the CIA, it can work for you.

7. Dry Erase Board

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Lists. It’s the number one key to organizing your daily schedule (or to make sure you get those eggs after work). Regardless, whiteboards can be pretty pricey, and we’re all about keeping that budget down. So repurpose an old picture frame, or buy a cheap one, get some colored paper for backing and presto! One dry erase board to go.

8. Ombre Lamp Shade

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It’s about time that we take the DIY up a level with fabric dye. Sometimes the simplest change can make all the difference. So if you’ve got a lifeless lamp shade, help it out with the gift of ombre. You can even use plain lanterns for the same effect. If your lamp shade is a dark color, try using twine and layer it to cover the original design, or you can use fabric paint.

9. Fabric Wallpaper

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This is a game changer, especially for those that work with fabric and have oodles of off-cuts to play with. Using a simple mixture of cornstarch and water, you can use fabric as wallpaper. You don’t have to cover the whole wall, maybe even just behind your desk as a statement piece, or use it as to accent a door. The choice is yours. Like whether or not you choose to get back to work, or to start planning your DIY extravaganza.

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