Springtime brings bugs. D.I.Y. bugs, to be exact. And if done right, D.I.Y. can be an affordable way to refresh your home. There's just one caveat: Doing things yourself takes time—and patience.

There's the planning, the research, the scavenging for materials, the first coat of paint, the second coat of paint . . .

Knowing that your patience could wear out long before that paint dries, here's the perfect compromise: 10 projects from around the web that are cheap (you'll be using things that you already have) and quick—you can knock each of these projects off in under an hour.


Wine Bottle Vases

Wine bottles, jars and even old drinking glasses can be transformed into colorful storage containers and vases. All you need is a fresh coat of paint and a well-ventilated work space.


Picture Frame Sunglass Holders

For this project, you just need to string two rows of wire or sturdy ribbon across the back of a frame, nail the ends to the frame and then hang your favorite glasses across each row.


Teacup Candles

By melting candles into old cups (here's a simple tutorial on how to do it), and adding some wicking (available at craft stores) before the wax sets, you'll create one-of-a-kind candles to use at home or give as gifts.

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