How to... step by step DIY projects

Tackle projects around your home with these step by step projects from Habitat magazine. There's everything from cleaning your barbecue to creating a pretty posie. New projects will be added as each Habitat magazine is published.

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Create a wallpaper look with paint Wallpaper hack
Check out this easy wallpaper hack. All it takes is a kitchen sponge... more
Make a cat tree
Make this cube style cat tree

Your cat will love this easy-to make contemporary cat tree... more
Make a fold-out bar
Fold-out bar

Make this nifty fold-out bar and cupboard for your outdoor living space... more
Create a watercolour wall
Create a watercolour wall

This dreamy watercolour paint effect is surprisingly easy to do... more
Make a side table
Make a side table

Bit on side - make this easy rustic side table... view
How to build a compost bin
Build a compost bin

Turn your scraps and cuttings into plant food with this compost bin... view
Projects for kids
Bright ideas for the kids

Check out these cool ideas for the kids – ship shape, blackboard cities and keeping the chaos away… view
How to build a pergola
How to build a pergola

Build a pergola in your backyard, and then sit back and enjoy it... view
Create a swing seat for your backyard
Build a swing seat

Create a swing seat for your backyard, and then sit back and enjoy it… view
Make a child's height measuring stick
Measure up
Create a personalised measuring stick to track your growth... view

Join the circus
Create your own big top with this fun wall art… view
Build a birdhouse
Build a birdhouse
How to build a birdhouse and support local bird life and gain… view
Turn an old drawer front into a coat rack then paint it in soft desert sunset tones.
Rack it up

Turn an old drawer front into a coat rack then paint it in soft desert sunset tones... view
Kids project - a canvas mat
DIY kidz - mat time

Make a cool canvas mat to brighten up your room... view
Make a raised vegetable garden
Raised garden

Join the grow-your-own movement and make this easy-to-use raised vege garden with built-in tomato rack... view
Painted clock
Painted clock

A painted slatted clock with quirky retro appeal is so easy for you or the kids to make... view
Make a pizza oven
Make a pizza oven

They're the latest on-trend addition to our outdoor living spaces - pizza ovens... view
Stencil a rainbow of delicious Resene colour onto a glass table top for a mystical Moroccan look.
Moroccan magic

Stencil a rainbow of delicious Resene colour onto a glass table top for a mystical Moroccan look... view
Wheelie bin locker
Bin locker

A smart and practical way to hide those wheelie bins ... view
Decorated storage cubes
DIY kidz - boxed set

Give a plain set of storage cubes a lift with fun flag designs... view
Build a barbecue bench
Barbecue bench

Outdoor kitchens are all the rage. This one has industrial chic... view
Memory board
Memory board

Take one special image and use it to inspire a memory board for your photos and memorabilia ... view
make a bird feeder
Diy kidz - one for the birds

Make an easy birdhouse with a couple of containers and a lick of paint... view
make a cool noticeboard and pen holders
Diy kidz - taking notice

Make a cool noticeboard and pen pots... view
This easy idea makes it look like your furniture has been dipped in paint
Take a dip

This easy idea makes it look like your furniture has been dipped in paint... view
Refurbishing a tired timber deck
Deck rescue

Give a tired deck a new look. Brought to you by the experts at Hirepool... view
Outdoor storage box to make
Boxing clever

This cool multi-purpose trunk is finished in timber stains for a slightly weathered effect... view
Diy kidz- cool plant labels
Diy kidz - cool plant labels

Use Resene paint stirrers, and seed packets and your own artistic skill for these funky vege labels... view
Make a cool robot out of your old cardboard rolls and boxes
Diy kidz - recycle robot

Make a cool robot out of your old cardboard rolls and boxes... view
French wash effect floor
French wash effect floor

Use a French wash effect and a simple pattern to beautify your floor... view
Make a handy noticeboard
Taking notice

Use three clever Resene products to create this handy family noticeboard... view
Cleaning gutters
Gutter buster

Here’s how to deal to your gunky gutters... view
Create a rust effect
Create a rust effect

Jeff demonstrates the ‘incredibly simple’ art of a rust effect ... view
Paint a flag
Diy kidz - colourful bunting

Paint a mini mural and make your own colourful bunting... view
Build a bird house
Caravan-style birdhouse

Make this quirky retro caravan-style birdhouse... view
Diy kids - beaded lampshade
Diy kidz - beaded lampshade

Make the pretty lampshade from our winning room... view
Sowing a new lawn
Sowing a new lawn

Autumn is the perfect time to sow a new lawn... view
French-inspired paint effect desk
French-inspired paint effect desk

Ros de Coek transforms a tired piece of furniture with this French-inspired paint effect ... view
painted frame
Diy kidz - painted frame

Jazz up a plain picture or mirror frame with painted cut-outs... view
paint bedside cabinet
Diy kidz - bedside cabinet

Give a plain bedside cabinet a makeover bedside magic using your favourite images... view
funky painted pots
Diy kidz - funky painted pots

Give old pots a new lease on life with funky colour. Fill them with herbs to add zest to your family’s meals... view
A simple paling fence
A simple paling fence

There's nothing smarter than a simple paling fence, especially when you've built it yourself... view
Create a posie
Create a posie

With the fashion for flower arrangements tending towards more carefree styles, creating a posie... view
Raised vegetable garden
Raised vegetable garden

Join the grow-your-own movement by making this easy-to-use raised vege garden... view
Building a compost bin
Building a compost heap

Build this compost bin... view
Decorate a cardboard house
Decorate a cardboard house

Decorate a cardboard box house in your own unique style... view
Laying paving
Laying paving

How to lay paving... view
personalised paper
Personalised paper

Make this personalised paper... view
Paint a picture
Paint a picture

Step by step instructions to paint a picture... view
Cutting firewood
Cutting firewood

Put another log on the fire... view
window decorations
Diy kidz - window decorations

Make your very own window decorations... view
Photo board
Diy kidz - photo board

Create a photo board... view
Cleaning the barbecue
Cleaning the barbecue

How to clean the barbecue... view
name plates
Diy kidz - name plates

Create this zany name plate for your door... view
Building a dog kennel
Building a dog kennel

How to build a dog kennel... view
Making mosaics
Making mosaics

Decorate a polystyrene ball with coloured tiles... view
Diy kidz - marble run
Diy kidz - marble run

Make a decorative marble run... view
How to tile a bathroom
Tiling a bathroom

How to tile a bathroom... view
Planting a lawn
Planting a lawn

Prepare an area for a new lawn... view
Hanging wallpaper
Hanging wallpaper

How to hang wallpaper... view
Creating a wood-effect paint finish
A wood-effect paint finish

Learn how to create a wood-effect paint finish... view
Virtual painting with Resene EzyPaint
Virtual painting with Resene EzyPaint

Get cracking on virtual painting with Resene EzyPaint... view
Recovering a sofa
Re-covering a sofa

Discover how to re-cover a sofa... view
cars and puppets
Diy kidz - cars and puppets

Learn how to make a car out of a supermarket box... view
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