Emma Norris - 27 Aug, 2021

7 Bunnings DIYs to try out when you’re bored

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If you’re like most Australians, you’ve likely spent more time in the last year inside your home than outside it! By this point, you’ve probably exhausted the entire Netflix catalogue, played every board game in the house and spent more time scrolling through social media than you’d care to admit.

The good news is, if you’re screaming out for a new project to stick your teeth into, the answer is already inside your home. There are so many fun Bunnings DIY projects you can tackle using simple materials you have around the house (and some hardware from Bunnings). Not only are they a great way to keep your mind occupied, but they’ll also give your home a mini makeover.

Here are 7 Bunnings DIY projects that are sure to bust the boredom, whether you’re in lockdown or are just looking for a way to spend a rainy day.

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1. Create a mini weaving loom

Looking for a new hobby to keep your mind and hands occupied for hours on end? The art of weaving (a type of textile production used to make carpets and tapestries) is the perfect Bunnings DIY. But first you’ll need a weaving loom — which is an excellent DIY craft project in itself. This is the structure you use to give your weave support and leverage as you work. Not only is it practical, but it has a beautiful, earthy aesthetic that will look great in your living room. You’ll just need some hardware and twine to whip this up.

Get a step-by-step guide to making your weaving loom here.

Small hobby loom with wool and yarn

2. Make your own shoe storage

Whether you’re dreaming of days when the ‘outdoors’ is an option again or getting ready for a spring clean, creating some shoe storage is a practical DIY project. Not only is it a chic addition to any entryway area, but it’s a great way to keep the floor clear from clutter. From a pyramid shape to fun, crisscross pattern, there are so many different shoe rack designs you can create with just a few pieces of timber.

Check out a step-by-step tutorial on how to make it here.

Wooden shoe bench

3. DIY your own bed headboard

Has your boudoir been looking a little boring as of late? Creating your own headboard is the perfect way to elevate your bedroom — and have a lot of fun in the process!

For a chic, adult’s bedroom, you can’t go wrong with a woven, jute or timber bedhead. Or, if you’re looking to inject a little more fun into the kids’ bedrooms, you can create an ‘artwork’ bedhead with painted cork boards in different colours. This is a great Bunnings DIY project to keep the kids busy, too — especially during the school holidays. Once you’ve created your masterpiece, you’ll just need to drill the frame to the wall with wall studs, anchors or L-brackets.

You can learn how to make your own timber headboard here, or tackle the cork headboard here.

Colourful children's bedroom

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4. Create your own indoor jungle

There’s no two ways about it — going green is good for the mind, body, soul and environment. Not only does having indoor plants improve your air quality, but it’s been found to make you happier and more productive. Perfect for those long stretches in lockdown!

But, what’s even more rewarding is creating your own little green space from scratch. The best part is, you don’t even need a lot of space to do it! Hanging plants are a great way to make use of the space you have and add some more visual interest to any room. You can make your own hanging planters with some pots, macrame, hooks and, of course, your indoor-friendly plants of choice.

Get the lowdown on how to hang indoor plants here.

Woman gardener holding macrame plant hanger with houseplant over grey wall

5. Upcycle your own bedside table

Once you’ve got your brand-new bedhead, you’ll want the bedside table to match! This is a home Bunnings DIY project that takes a little longer — which is ideal for when you’ve got a lot of time to kill.

The coolest thing about this project is, you can build it with unwanted materials you have lying around the house. For example, this stylish bedside table was made by repurposing a flat packed kitchen cabinet — adding a timber frame with leather pull handles to give it a modern look.

You can also give your existing bedside table a sleek makeover with some simple materials. Check out the step-by-step tutorial here.

A bedside table made from re-claimed materials

6. Create a pull-out laundry drawer

‘Laundry’ and ‘fun’ aren’t typically two things that go together. But, that may be about to change, thanks to this creative home Bunnings DIY project!

It makes use of your existing space and can be completed in less than a day, but has the potential to change your laundry game in future. It also doesn’t require many tools, and many of them you likely already have lying around the house.

By removing a draw in an existing set of drawers and adding some rods, you can create a pull-out laundry drying rack. This gives you a way to dry your clothes when it’s raining outside, without having to resort to an unsightly drying rack. The best part is, you can neatly tuck it away when you’re not using it. Genius!

You can learn how to make the pull-out drying drawer here.

Man hanging clothes on a drying rack

7. Create a tiled table

Chances are, your desk is a place you’ve been spending a lot of time at lately. If you’re getting a little sick of looking at it, this is the perfect way to give it a makeover without breaking the bank!

This creative upcycling idea from interiors pro Geneva Zandervil quickly transforms an old desk from drab to fab. To achieve this look, she’s covered the desk with mosaic sheet tiles, and painted over with a mix of grout and paint. You can also use this process to create a table for other areas of your house, such as an entryway table or a dresser for your bedroom.

You can give it a whirl yourself at home with this simple tutorial.

No matter whether you’re tackling a solo project or trying to keep the kids busy, these Bunnings DIY projects will enthral and entertain for hours.

Table with craft tile top

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