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The Best of our 12 Months of DIY

Best of 12 Months of DIY

This year I joined an amazingly talented group of Canadian bloggers for the 12 Months of DIY challenge. Each month we challenged ourselves to use one product in a unique way – all 12 of us used the same product and gave it our own design spin. It’s been SUCH a fun challenge. I couldn’t let the year go by without recapping these great pieces and sharing my favourites.

My Best 12 Months of DIY projects

I joined the challenge part-way through. My first challenge was using paint in a project, and I made this Industrial Style Side Table. I still LOVE this piece. That paint colour is gorgeous!!

Industrial Side Table

Next, I was challenged to use a thrifted item, and I used some beat up old lamps to make these beautiful Industrial Sconces. I was SO surprised to see how popular it was – it was actually my most viewed post of the entire year!

Love the mix of modern and industrial decor in this bedroom design! Great industrial pendant lights for beside the bed.

The next month we were challenged to use Mod Podge – which is NOT something I use on a regular basis! I was forced to think outside of the box, and I came up with a way to use it on my Wood “Home” Sign :) That’s one of the reasons I loved this challenge the most! Forcing me to think outside of my usual box!

Love this DIY Rustic Wood sign. Perfect home decor piece!

The next month we were challenged to use Spray Paint – and since I was working away secretly on my command center – I knew this Pencil Holder would come in handy! I still can’t believe I made this from an old bath caddy.

Perfect desk organization idea! Love the rustic industrial vibe. Perfect for my office, or my teen going off to college!

Then came the month for felt. I made this Felt Wall Organizer and I picked it as my favourite project of the year. Why? First, I LOVE how it turned out! It’s so chic! Second, sometimes I find it hard to come up with projects that are really simple. This project was easy, but it still transformed into something elegant. Third, felt is another material that I don’t use all that often. I had to stretch my creative muscles :)

DIY Felt Wall Organizer

When the vinyl month came, I was SUPER excited because I had been wanting to try to make some large Number Subway Art for a while. Worked out perfectly!

Subway Art

The fall brought with it a challenge to use faux florals and I couldn’t wait to test out my arrangement skills with these Copper Centerpieces for Fall.


I went ultra-modern for my ribbon challenge – making this DIY Modern Christmas Wreath. I love the clean lines and the mixture of textures.

Love the design of this modern embroidery hoop Christmas wreath!

This rustic gift wrap was my project for the paper challenge. If I’m being 100% honest with you, this project was planned and completed in only a couple of hours, lol. And I CANNOT believe how popular it was! My readers LOVE gift wrap!

The perfect rustic gift wrapping ideas. I love the black, white and green. The greenery and wood and perfect natural elements!

My final piece was this DIY Yarn Art. I was trying to come up with an uber creative use of yarn that I had never seen before. Now my head is spinning with more ideas!

LOVE how she repurposed this old picture frame to make some creative wall art! Great idea for using up your yarn!

I hope you enjoyed seeing all of these great projects highlighted again! I definitely LOVED seeing what everyone chose as their favourite pieces!

Collaborating with other bloggers exposes you to new levels of creativity, diversifies your style and helps you build those oh-so-important real friendships (otherwise blogging can be a pretty isolated world!). I’ve enjoyed this challenge SO much! I can’t wait to see which challenges the new year brings me.

Now it’s time to see which projects were my blogging friends’ favourites, and what they thought of our yearly challenge. Click on the project name to visit their project post, and their blog name to visit their blog and see their last #12MonthsofDIY post.

Best of 12 Months of DIY

DIY Vintage Succulent Centerpiece from Vin’yet Etc.
DIY Daisy Frame Art from Lifeovereasy
Pottery Barn Inspired Burlap Lamp Shade & Owl Bookends from Woman In Real Life
Vintage Inspired DIY Vinyl Office Sign from Heather in Heels
How to Make an Infinity Scarf from Fresh Crush
Mason Jar Oil Lamps from Life Is A Party
Upcycling a Coat into a DIY Leather Bag from Sustain My Craft Habit
Thrift Store Patio Table Tray Makeover from Time With Thea
Felt Wall Organizer from Love Create Celebrate
Vinyl Otomi Chargers from PMQ for Two
Make a Giant Reclaimed Wood Clock from an Electrical Reel from The DIY Mommy
Gold Straw Himelli Plant Holders from Brooklyn Berry Designs


Heather Travis

Friday 23rd of December 2016

I can see why those lamps are popular they are FABULOUS!:) I loved all your projects Lindi :) it was such fun getting meet you IRL at BP:) wishing you a very Merry Christmas:)

Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

Wednesday 21st of December 2016

Hey friend! I adore your industrial style as much as I love your open and friendly personality! I know we will stay in touch, it's been an extreme pleasure working with you! Merry Christmas Sweetie! xoxo


Wednesday 21st of December 2016

Your wreath and gift-wrapping are my favourite projects! I love how sleek they are, and of course the velour ribbon :) Working with you has been great, and I hope we continue to do so! I'll be watching from the east coast ;)

Dannyelle @ Life is a Party

Wednesday 21st of December 2016

Lindi, I love seeing all your projects together. Makes me think how much I love your style. You really did some great work. Loved working with you and getting to know you better.