Ikea is a great place to buy furniture and home decor, usually when you buy an Ikea product you need to create the finish product yourself with their parts and instructions. But did you know there are many ways you can transform your Ikea products into other things?!

These genius DIY ways to decorate your boring Ikea products will show you some neat tricks like decorating your white shelving and desks with fancy artwork, revamping your old Ikea lamp into a cool plant vase or even decorating your plain wooden chairs with colorful yarn!

1. Turn a Trampa mat into a fruity spring accessory for your entryway.

Turn a Trampa mat into a fruity spring accessory for your entryway.

If you’re not a citrus person, make a watermelon instead.

Full instructions at The House That Lars Built.

2. Brighten up a Bekväm step stool with a few sheets of removable wallpaper.

Brighten up a Bekväm step stool with a few sheets of removable wallpaper.

Use them for their original purpose, or as side tables.

Full instructions at This Little Street.

3. Glitz up an Alex unit with some metallic drawer fronts.

Glitz up an Alex unit with some metallic drawer fronts.

Who doesn’t need a little sparkle?

Full instructions at Sugar & Cloth.

4. Jazz up a plain Regolit lamp shade with some bunting.

Jazz up a plain Regolit lamp shade with some bunting.

There. Much cuter.

Full instructions at Bonjour Quilts.

5. Customize any Ikea bench with planks painted in a rainbow of colors.

No nails or screws required (just some carpenter’s wood glue).

Full instructions at Likes of Us.

6. All you need are some maps and some Mod Podge to recreate this decoupaged Micke desk.

All you need are some maps and some Mod Podge to recreate this decoupaged Micke desk.

Choose maps of the area you live in or the place you long to travel to.

Full instructions at Finding Home.

7. Decoupage illustrations from your favorite picture book to the front of some storage boxes.

Decoupage illustrations from your favorite picture book to the front of some storage boxes.

This blogger used Robert McCloskey’s classic Blueberries for Sal.

Full instructions at Design Marchand.

8. Mount a Hampen rug on a wall to make a rather cuddly pin board.

Mount a Hampen rug on a wall to make a rather cuddly pin board.

This would be perfect for a child’s room: it’s much safer to use clothespins than it is to use tacks.

More information at Ikea Hackers.

9. Turn a Råskog cart into the prettiest portable herb garden ever using some contact paper and washi tape.

Turn a Råskog cart into the prettiest portable herb garden ever using some contact paper and washi tape.

Wheel your garden outside to get some sun and then push it back in when it’s time to cook.

More information at This Little Street.

10. Wrap embroidery thread around the lids of a fewFryken baskets to spice them up a bit.

Wrap embroidery thread around the lids of a few Fryken baskets to spice them up a bit.

Choose four colors for the larger baskets, three for the smallest one.

Full instructions at Tell Love and Chocolate.

11. With a bit of paint, a Fado table lamp becomes a merry moon nightlight.

With a bit of paint, a Fado table lamp becomes a merry moon nightlight.

Mr. Moon is inspired by this adorable poster.

Learn more at Mommo Design.

12. Have your kids help you add some character to their Kritter furniture with vinyl adhesive sheets.

Have your kids help you add some character to their Kritter furniture with vinyl adhesive sheets.

Use a large hole punch to make the scallop shapes.

Full instructions at Pysselbolaget / The Crafty Swedes.

13. Transform Mammut stools into toadstools for your little “elves.”

Transform Mammut stools into toadstools for your little "elves."

These are also a great option for a Mario themed bedroom.

Full instructions at Pink Stripey Socks.

14. If you’re tired of hugging the Famnig Hjärta pillow, you could turn it into an apple.

Just add a leaf and stem (you can knit them or stitch on fabric shapes).

15. Give your son or daughter their dream bedroom and transform a Kura bed into an amazing bed-fort combo.

You’ll need some construction skills to pull this one off, but it’s so worth it.

More information at Ikea Hackers.

16. Cross-stitch a design on the top of a Frosta stool.

Cross-stitch a design on the top of a Frosta stool.

Look up cross-stitch designs on Pinterest to get inspired and then drill some holes.

Full instructions at This Little Street.

17. If you get tired of an old Ikea lamp, turn the shade into a lovely planter.

If you get tired of an old Ikea lamp, turn the shade into a lovely planter.

This tutorial is specifically for the Basisk pendant lamp, but the instructions would work for a ton of others.

Full instructions at Jade and Fern.

18. Add color to the insides of your Kallax shelves if you want to liven up a room.

Add color to the insides of your Kallax shelves if you want to liven up a room.
Anne Weil / Via flaxandtwine.com

This blogger used Panyl decals (they’re specially made to fit Ikea products), but paint would also work.

More information at Flax & Twine.

19. Cover a Regolit shade with images cut from old picture books.

Cover a Regolit shade with images cut from old picture books.

This would be so cute hanging in a nursery: you could use it purely for decorative purposes, or add a bulb for a nightlight-style subtle glow.

Full instructions at Dig&Mig.

20. Organize your make-up supply using a Råskog cart with added labels.

Organize your make-up supply using a Råskog cart with added labels.

Attach an Ordning utensil holder to store curlers and flatirons.

Full instructions at Polkadot Chair.

21. Stitch a Malin Figur cushion cover into a stylish tote.

Stitch a Malin Figur cushion cover into a stylish tote.

…or any other cushion cover you happen to like the pattern of.

Full instructions at Melissa Esplin.

22. Create a Billy bookcase that glows using someDioder lights.

Create a Billy bookcase that glows using some Dioder lights.

If you want a look that’s slightly more subtle, forgo color.

Full instructions at Ikea Hackers.

23. If you know how to crochet, you could whip up enough granny squares to completely cover a Norden bench.

If you know how to crochet, you could whip up enough granny squares to completely cover a Norden bench.

The coziest bench ever.

More information at Sanna & Sania.

24. If you’re more of a sewer than a crocheter, cover the Norden with a fabric slipcover.

If you're more of a sewer than a crocheter, cover the Norden with a fabric slipcover.

The best part of covering your bench with a slipcover? You can hide things under it!

More information at Sanna & Sania.

25. Get out your yarn supply and use it to wrap a Lätt table and chairs in color.

Get out your yarn supply and use it to wrap a Lätt table and chairs in color.

This would also work on adult-sized furniture—you’ll just need a lot more yarn!

Full instructions at One More Mushroom.

26. Turn a Rast chest into a craft station on wheels.

Turn a Rast chest into a craft station on wheels.

Just add hooks and some wheels (the paint job is optional, but a nice touch).

Full instructions at At Home With the Barkers.

27. Add some ears to a Fado lamp to make a bunny nightlight.

Add some ears to a Fado lamp to make a bunny nightlight.

It’s Miffy!

Full instructions at Ikea Hackers.

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