“I’m a MASSIVE IKEA fan and I go to IKEA at least once a week,” she said. “I always look at their furniture with views of how I can recreate it to fit in my home. When I saw the IVAR shelf sides, I knew they could be used as great panels for a room divider and a place to hang my scarfs, bags and necklaces!”
Magdalena Wöckinger, based in Vienna, created a lovely cottagecore lamp to bring warmth into her home. We can’t get over how cute this glowing mushroom is!
“I wanted a table lamp that would spread cozy light. Similar models to buy were very expensive, so I just made it myself,” she said. “It now sits on a small table in the living room and is always turned on in the evening for a cozy mood.”
This IKEA piece is extremely versatile. You can use it for plenty of DIY projects—like adding fun texture to sideboards and decorating IKEA cabinet doors.
This easy hack used the tray to create a mounted bedside table. You could also use this piece as a jewelry organizer or storage space in another area of your home.
Another use is a fun pendant light! Blogger Aubrey Lambalot, based in Boston, came up with this trendy design. You’ll love how it instantly lightens up your space (literally and figuratively).
“IKEA is the hub for DIY items,” Lambalot said. “There really are so many things you can turn into a DIY from their store that are affordable. You want to go into IKEA with a plan on what you want or need for your DIY so you don’t get overwhelmed or forget anything.”
Billy Oxberg cabinet
Erika Ver based in Cleveland, Ohio, created a gorgeous boho-inspired cabinet with beautiful detailing. This is the perfect spot to display your prized trinkets and decor items.
“The beauty of IKEA furniture is the items often are easy to ‘hack’ and transform into something else because their designs are usually simple and streamlined,” Ver said. “If you aren’t familiar with using power tools, you could still do this project with a thinner particle board or foam board you can cut with a box cutter, and you can use half-round foam dowels on the bottom from the craft store that are easily cut by scissors.”
Sarah Teresinski of Dallas dreamed up a fun wall sconce created out of a plastic bag holder. Talk about imagination! You don’t always have to go big to create an impactful upcycle—pay attention to the small pieces too!
“I am not a big fan of harsh overhead lighting,” she said. “I have a lot of chandeliers and sconces in my home, so I’m always looking for new creative ways to make sconces that don’t need to be hardwired and I thought this trash bag holder was the absolute perfect base to create a sconce!”
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