If you’re spending more time indoors this summer, you’re not alone. Like many, home has become the new hot spot for work and leisure time activities. After you’ve cleaned and rearranged everything, and treated yourself to some TV binge watching, you might want something new to do. If you’re on the lookout for something that’s both productive and fun to break up your day, these fun projects might do the trick.


These easy projects are not just a great way to pass the time, they are easy on the wallet and you can get the whole family involved. It’s the perfect way to pass some time from the comfort and safety of home. 


Redesign your wooden furniture


Let’s be honest, even if you love the extra time at home, it can get pretty boring to look at the same decor week after week. The temptation may be to simply hop online and buy some new items for your most used rooms. But, as tempting as it is to do some online shopping, there are many things you can do to change up your home’s look and feel that doesn’t include an expensive shopping spree!


You can find instructions on many DIY sites, but all you really need is some paint, stencils and a furniture item that you’re willing to alter. It can be an old coffee table, a bookshelf, or a wood storage box that’s lost its rustic charm. You’ll even find printable stencils online to make the process even easier. Then all you need to do is gather your family and get to decorating!


A backyard fire pit


It may still be summer, but it’s nice to think ahead to the cool days and crisp nights of Fall. If you’re like many, you look forward to spending some time outside, maybe cozying up to a crackling fire with your favorite drink. Fortunately you can make this happen, without going camping, by building your very own fire pit. This Autumn-inspired project is easy and surprisingly inexpensive, but it does require getting your hands a little dirty.  


Most everything you need can be obtained at your local home improvement store or even ordered online. And while it may seem complicated, it’s actually not hard to do. You can watch this video for complete step-by-step instructions and in no time, you’ll be able to transform your backyard into a fall haven.  


Unleash your inner artist 


Tired of looking at the same old walls day after day? There is an easy fix to this that lets you get creative – painting! We’re not talking about just putting some new color on the walls, but creating your own artwork on canvases. And don’t worry, you don’t have to be an artist to make beautiful art. You also don’t need much more than acrylic paint, brushes, and a few canvases. 


You can get regular canvases or wood canvases, depending on the look you’re going for. From there, there’s really no wrong way to do it, just paint what you feel like. You can simply splash color, try to replicate some scenery, or look online for inspiration. This project is a great way to spend some time at home and it’s something the whole family can do. Invite everyone to  make their own gallery piece for your hallways.


As you can see, there are plenty of things you can do from the comfort of your home that doesn’t involve more TV or cleaning. These low cost, easy options will let you get creative, get active, and freshen up your living space all at the same time. And if you have a full house of bored and restless kids, you can get everyone involved, making DIY projects the perfect way to spend the day.