5 DIY Projects You Can Do for $100 or less

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DIY Projects can bring a lot of value to a home, or a great way to make extra money. Here are 5 simple DIY projects nearly anyone can do for $100 or less.

Although it’s been a long time since I’ve completed a real, true home DIY project, I still love design magazines and the occasional HGTV show on Amazon Prime. I’m dreaming of the day when my kids are a little older and I have a backyard that I don’t share where I can paint side-of-the-road furniture to my heart’s content.

I love DIY projects but the truth is that as life gets busier (and babies enter the picture) it can be a real challenge to find the time to take them on. Even if I can’t do as many DIY projects as I’d like right now, I can still live vicariously through you, especially if you take on one or more of these do it yourself projects and tell us about it in the comments!

Here are five ways to do a DIY project for less than $100. Some of them are my favorites:

1. Organize Your Home


Home organization is a billion dollar industry. People pay a lot of money to take all the stuff in their homes and put it in decorative boxes with nice little labels. However, one trip to Target just to organize your closet could set you back hundreds of dollars.

Instead, my advice is that you DIY all your home organization. When I lived in the Caribbean, I used to take the bottom of my cereal boxes to make drawer dividers. You can also keep the jars that come with the food you buy and basically dream up anything you like. Think outside the box and you can organize your home with a couple of new things and items you already have for under $100.00.

2. Create a Gallery Wall


I love a good gallery wall, (i.e. several frames together on one wall), but to get one created professionally, it can be several hundred dollars. For example, when my children had their newborn photos, the photographer offered to “design” a gallery wall for me for the small fee of $500 (I politely declined.) The thing is, you can collect frames from Ikea, The Dollar Store, and your big box stores for under $100, use coupons to print photos, and you can DIY a gallery wall yourself.

3. Build an Outdoor Fire Pit


This is one DIY project that can be as inexpensive or as expensive as you want it to be. You can certainly build a huge fire pit for $500 but you can also take leftover pavers from your last garden project and build it yourself. There are tons of tutorials online, and the great news is that you don’t have to be extremely experienced to make one. So, create your own little backyard haven and make some s’mores already!

4. Refinish a Piece of Wood Furniture


I’ve written before about how you can flip furniture and sell it on Craigslist for profit, but you can also refinish furniture that you find at thrift stores or on the side of the road and add a new piece to your home. In the past, I’ve painted dressers, light fixtures, and even made my own wooden memo board. Refinishing wood furniture costs less than $100 in supplies and as long as you find a nice piece of solid wood furniture, it’s a good return on your investment.

5. Start a Blog


Okay, it’s not exactly a hands on, construction type of DIY project but as one of my blogger friends told me, it’s far cheaper to design a blog than it is to design a house. I started my blog for only $10 and now, five years later, it’s my full-time job.

Obviously I’ve reinvested and re-designed my blog over the years, but if you are just starting out, you can definitely DIY it and start a blog for cheap. The only cost, other than your time, will be hosting, which you can get from BlueHost for as low as $2.95 per month when you sign up through our link. Who knows, it could be your best DIY project ever.


What are some of your favorite, inexpensive DIY projects? How did you save money on a recent home organization or furniture refinishing project? Where do you like to look for craft and photo deals in your city? 

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Catherine Alford is the go to personal finance expert for parents who want to better their finances and take on a more active financial role in their families.


  • Miss PF says:

    Just started a blog and am working on that now! Hopefully, it can also become one full-time job one day. 🙂

  • Hannah says:

    I always say that cleaning is my best DIY project, but we recently stripped the paint (yes, the paint) from a wall in our house, and we’ll be painting it with free paint from the recycling center tonight. All we had to pay for is primer (which the original builder clearly thought was unnecessary). I think this will really brighten up our hallway.

  • Melissa says:

    We actually created an outdoor fire pit, and it was awesome! Unfortunately, it got pretty messed up in one of our storm-floods, so we eventually took it out, but it was an affordable DIY project that was really cool for a while 🙂 These are great tips!

  • Kayla @ The Jenny Pincher says:

    I LOVE DIY projects! I’m not the best at some of them (yet), but I think I’ll get better with more practice now that I’m not working 2 jobs.

  • Michelle says:

    I’ve been pinning tons of DIY outdoor fire pits on Pinterest. I love them all! Once we are in our “forever home,” I will definitely be building one.

  • Ramona says:

    Love these ideas. I have started doing more ‘around’ the house, and it’s pretty inspiring to remember some of my ‘lost’ skills. I’ve spent way too much time online in the past decade, so doing ‘regular’ stuff is challenging and fun at the same time.

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