11 of the best lockdown DIY projects

DIY bars, outdoor cinemas, budget kitchen transformations… get inspired with our ultimate round-up of fabulous homemade lockdown projects

17 of the best lockdown DIY projects

2020 has certainly been a year of surprises, and while many of us welcomed in the new year with big plans for the months ahead, nobody could have predicted the events that began to unfold just a few months down the line.


As the UK went into lockdown, it didn’t take long before people started getting creative. Soon, the most incredible and ingenious DIY projects began popping up online, and from tiki bars to driftwood accessories, Brits from all over the country began proving that you can transform your space for little to no cost!

Pastel pink fridge

And, just because lockdown is starting to ease doesn’t mean that you can’t get inspired and start a project of your own! Read on for our round-up of the best lockdown DIY projects, or head to our DIY page for more at-home transformation ideas!

All images courtesy of ERF Electrical.

Outdoor bottletop bar

This unique outdoor bar was created using 1,000 bottletops and 5kg of resin from Amazon, simply poured on top to give it a shiny finish.

The rest of was made using old wood and pallets – amazing!

Boutique coffee table

We often fork out hundreds, if not thousands of pounds, on unique items for our home. The maker of this coffee table treated the wood himself before adding the hair pin legs, which cost £15!

17 of the best lockdown DIY projects
Lockdown DIY project: boutique coffee table

You can easily create your own, bespoke coffee table using a surface of your choice and hairpin legs like these. For a truly impressive transformation, why not stencil on your own design or add some trendy terrazzo print?

Outdoor cinema

Miss going to the cinema? Then create your own! One family transformed their old fire pit area into an outdoor cinema, equipped with a projector for spontaneous movie nights under the stars!

They already had the wood and paint so only needed to spend around £125 on the projector, blind, screws and hardware. If you’re looking to recreate this at home, why not add blankets and cushions for an extra cosy feel?

DIY luxury bathboard

Bath boards are on-trend right now, but can usually cost between £20-£40 to buy brand new.

17 of the best lockdown DIY projects
Lockdown DIY project: bath board

But, did you know that you can create one yourself with a few space pieces of wood and a holesaw? You can even paint yours to match your bathroom scheme – just add some luxurious bubblebath and a glass of your favourite tipple!

Bath rack, £10; hygge candle in Blush Pink, £5; Elements blush tumbler, £5; Zen bubble glass tumbler, £4, all Dunelm

Budget kitchen makeover

This homeowner got creative with panels, paint, vinyl wraps and tile stickers to give her kitchen a makeover, costing just £130 in total!

Why not transform your own kitchen with these budget tricks?
Kitchen makeover: 'We saved money by using what we had'

Garden patio makeover

This homeowner changed the whole look and feel of her garden by painting this quirky geometric triangle pattern!

17 of the best lockdown DIY projects
Lockdown DIY project: garden patio makeover

She already had the masonry paint in so the only cost was the sealer, showing just how easy it is to make home improvements on a small budget!

Tiki bar

Fancy bringing a bit of Hawaii to your home? This Tiki bar was created by painting an old bench and adding a self-adhesive checkered plate to the top, bought from eBay.

The homeowner already had the Tiki sign, so this project only cost a grand total of £13.99!

Pastel wendy house

A splash of pastel pink paint, windows and decorations were all this shed needed to give it a new lease of life!

17 of the best lockdown DIY projects
Lockdown DIY project: pastel wendy house

The paint cost around £40; the windows were made from mirrored shutters which were £15 from eBay. Fancy recreating this transformation at home? Why not check out our guide on how to paint your garden shed in three easy steps. 

Terrazzo Print

Space saving bar

If you’re wanted to build you own bar but don’t quite have enough floor space, this is the solution for you!

This hide-away drinks station is guaranteed to be a talking point when friends and family come to visit. The maker already had everything they needed in for this project so it didn’t cost them anything, but you could easily buy the pallets from your nearest B&Q!

Upcycled drawers

This chest of drawers has been transformed with nothing more than a tin of mustard paint and a roll of wallpaper.

Its owner, an upcycling enthusiast, had everything she needed in for the project, but spraypaint can be purchased for as little as a few pounds in your local budget store!

Driftwood heart accessory

This ‘lockdown love heart’ is the perfect way to remember the lessons learnt during this strange period of our lives.

17 of the best lockdown DIY projects
Lockdown DIY project: driftwood heart

The sticks were glued into position and spray painted, before the finishing touch – a note saying’ made with love lockdown 2020’ – was added. Make it your own with coloured spray paint or even a shimmery gloss sealant, and add any message you like – lockdown related or otherwise!


Feeling inspired? Why not view the rest of our household hacks or have a look at these real home makeovers!