Nigerian DIY Projects: 7 Creative Ideas for Home Improvement

by Iroha Mary
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DIY projects for a wall.

Before you rush to replace your old furniture or decor, read this!

Renovating a home is thrilling, especially for a Nigerian with an eye for fine things. They want their homes to reflect the latest trends that suit their personality. But with the state of the economy, many are uncertain about where to start. 

You might head out to pick up some basic decor items for DIY projects, only to realize your budget can’t even cover the cheapest materials. But what if I told you there are smarter, more budget-friendly ways to improve your home that don’t require scouring every corner of the Alaba market? 

Yeah, they’re right under your nose, within your home and neighbourhood, waiting for you to notice them. Curious? Join me as we explore some creative DIY projects that will breathe new life into your home and enhance your living space.

7 Creative DIY Projects Ideas for Home Improvement 

  1. Revamp your space

Try your hand at creating custom wall art using locally sourced materials like Ankara fabric or recycled wood. Frame vibrant Ankara prints for a pop of colour, or repurpose old wooden pallets into rustic picture frames. 

You could even infuse a bit of Nigerian culture into your home decor by incorporating traditional motifs or patterns into your designs. For instance, you can learn to craft beaded throw pillows or hand-paint ceramic pots with intricate tribal designs. 

I’ve also seen some Nigerians make wall decor from straws, cardboard, and even rubber spoons. By thinking creatively, there’s almost nothing you can’t beautify your home with. 

Moreover, if you can’t think out of the box, the internet is there for you. You can find ideas on YouTube, or Facebook, name them. The possibilities are endless.

  1. Illuminate your space 

Lighting can make or break the ambience of a room. Experiment with DIY lighting solutions to add warmth and character to your space. You could start by creating your pendant lights using woven baskets or traditional Nigerian calabashes for a touch of rustic charm. 

You could also craft decorative lanterns from recycled materials like tin cans or glass jars adorned with intricate patterns. These will give your home a simple and peculiar feel. 

Let’s not forget about the practical side of lighting. LED lights are not only energy-efficient but also cost-effective. Consider installing LED strip lights into shelving units or under cabinets for both task lighting and ambient illumination. It’s a practical yet stylish way to brighten up your space while saving on energy bills.

  1. Upcycle furniture

Aside from smart home technologies which Gen-Zers now use to equip their homes, upcycling your furniture is also a good idea. If you have thoughts of discarding your old furniture, kill it. A tired wooden chair can be transformed into a vibrant accent piece with a splash of bold colour or intricate patterns inspired by Nigerian motifs. 

You just have to use your imagination correctly, watch some YouTube videos to get skilled at it, and voilà! You can get to work. Experiment with stencils or hand-painted designs to add a personalized touch that reflects your personality. Play with it, bearing in mind that you’re not only saving money but also creating the home you’d love to live in.

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  1. DIY couch from a tyre

Did someone say their old wooden chairs are too tired to be refurbished? Well, I’ve got an idea for you! Have you seen those trendy DIY couches made from old tyres? It’s a super creative and wallet-friendly option for home improvement. The best part is, that anyone can do it.

Surely, it takes some time and effort, but trust me, it’s worth it. There’s something incredibly satisfying about turning an idea in your head into a real-life masterpiece. So why not give it a try? Get creative with it! 

Add some Ankara fabrics, photos, or any other material that speaks to you. Your couch will tell a story, and you’ll be proud to show it off to your guests.

  1. Vibrant wall art

Blank walls are like canvases waiting to be adorned with your creativity. Now, instead of resorting to store-bought art, why not create your own? You don’t have to be an artist to do this, your life is already an art so let your home reflect that. 

Create a gallery wall showcasing your memorable moments in life, and places you’ve visited or wish to visit. Anything that puts a smile on your face and warms up your home. 

Painting can also enhance the entire appearance of your space. Choosing the right paints and incorporating some interesting patterns like stencils or geometric designs are wonderful. 

Don’t be scared to try something new and have fun while at it. Not only will it add character to your home, but it will also serve as a reminder of who you are.

  1. Grow a green home

Growing a green home is one of the best DIY projects you can embark on. Transform your living space into a lush oasis by repurposing old containers into planters or crafting vertical gardens from recycled materials like bottles or discarded buckets. It’s a simple yet effective way to bring nature indoors and add a touch of green to your home.

Start by growing essential cooking leaves such as pumpkin, scent leaf, and uziza right in your kitchen. Not only will you save on grocery costs, but you’ll also have fresh, flavorful herbs at your fingertips whenever you need them. Don’t forget to sprinkle in some colourful flowers to brighten up your space and lift your spirits.

If you’re fortunate to have outdoor space, take your green thumb to the next level by sprucing up your garden with creative landscaping ideas. Build raised garden beds using reclaimed wood pallets for a sustainable and budget-friendly way to grow herbs, vegetables, or flowers. 

For those who crave a little extra comfort, create a cosy outdoor seating area with DIY pallet furniture topped with plush cushions and throws. It’s the perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying the fresh air.

  1. Organize and declutter 

It’s time to declutter and streamline your living space with clever DIY storage solutions. You can start by installing floating shelves or wall-mounted organizers to display and store items like books, plants, or decorative accessories and maximize vertical spaces. 

Also, as Nigerians, I think we’re already skilled at transforming almost any container into storage. There’s practically no home you’ll go to and you won’t see a mayonnaise container used in storing salt or something. Come, take your flowers. I look forward to seeing you do better!

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DIY projects offer endless opportunities to personalize and enhance your living space. From repurposing everyday items to building custom furniture, there’s no limit to what you can create with a little imagination and effort. So roll up your sleeves, gather your tools, and embark on your DIY journey to transform your home into a reflection of your unique style and personality! 

I’m rooting for your home!

Have some extra tips? Kindly drop them in the comment section. I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for engaging!

Edited by Priscilla Ajayi.

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Iroha Mary
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