The 25 Most Awesome DIY Features of 2014 So Far

Countdown the top 25 DIY features of 2014, so far. We’re halfway through the year, so we decided to crunch the numbers and show you the most popular #DIYwins.
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25. Loving the Game, Despite the Name

Let's start the #DIYwin countdown with the nation's premier tailgate pastime — cornhole. We have the how-to instructions to build a set according to specs and regulations of the American Cornhole Association. Originally from How to Build a Regulation Cornhole Set

24. Getting Birds Drunk (on Nectar)

When you make this unique feeder upcycled from an empty tequila bottle, you’ll bring the birds buzzing to your backyard. Originally from DIY Tequila Bottle Hummingbird Feeder

23. Seeing Where Ice Jams Out

We went behind-the-scenes with Vanilla Ice to his renovated-home-turned-personal office and music room. It’s a space where he can jam out with his daughters and come up with his next challenging design project. Originally from Behind-the-Scenes: Vanilla Ice’s Personal Office and Music Room

22. Building a Luxury Condo For Your Kids

This deluxe playhouse is a work of art equipped with a chalkboard wall, storage underneath the floor and a loft with a fixed ladder. The roof hatch on this playhouse opens for an alfresco feel or can be shut tight for a sleepover. Now that’s a #DIYwin for the kids. Originally from How To Build a Backyard Playhouse

21. Defying Sewing Stereotypes With a Rock Star

Ariel shows you how you can make a trendy infinity scarf in a quick, easy-to-understand video. All you need is a fabric you love, scissors, pins, thread, a sewing machine and attitude. Originally from Easy Sewing Project: How To Make an Infinity Scarf

20. Decking Out Your Deck

Calling all deck enthusiasts — whether you’re in the mood for a new do-it-yourself project or just searching for amazing inspiration, look no further. Made + Remade blogger Emily Fazio shares her deck construction advice in beautiful detail. Originally from Simple Deck Advice For Everyday DIYers

19. Upcycling Anything Into a Pet Bed

This is a #DIYwin for man’s best friend. From a vintage suitcase to a repurposed TV stand, there are many pieces around your home that you can transform into unusually cool pet beds. Originally from Upcycled Pet Beds on Pinterest

18. Putting Chalkboard Paint on Everything

Chalk it up to its Pinterest popularity, or just the fact that it’s so versatile, but everyone loves chalkboard paint. We’ve collected our favorite chalkboard crafts for you to try out. Let the chalking begin. Originally from 24 Chalkboard Crafts You’ve Got To Try

17. Not Letting Go of the Mason Jar Trend

Mason jars can do more than can preserve veggies and hold sweet tea (although they are very good at that). They also offer the perfect base for a DIY project to decorate your house. Originally from DIY Network’s 10 Most-Pinned Mason Jar Ideas

16. Turning Weird Things Into Bathroom Vanities

Why stick to the norm when you can put your bathroom sink on just about anything? This oak wine barrel is a favorite alternative for a traditional vanity. Originally from 20 Upcycled and One-Of-A-Kind Bathroom Vanities

15. Never Mowing Again

Coming in at number 15 in our #DIYwin countdown is...mow no more! There are lovely, low-maintenance lawn alternatives, including ornamental grasses, red creeping thyme and many more that will keep your yard beautiful without all the hassle. Originally from Mow No More

14. Taking Chances with Your Front Door

Try a splash of head-turning color to boost curb appeal and make your front entry gorgeously welcoming. This quick-and-easy project creates a huge impact for your home. Originally from 28 Inviting Colors To Paint A Front Door

13. Trying to Figure Out What That Cool House Is

From Cape Cods and Craftsman to Mid-Mod and Mediterranean abodes, learn about the most popular American home styles, their history and the key elements of each style. After familiarizing yourself with this gallery, play a #DIYwin game with your family in your neighborhood. Originally from 26 Popular Architectural Home Styles

12. Partying with the Bride-to-Be

To celebrate being a little over halfway to number 1 in our #DIYwin countdown, we’re livening up wedding showers with games that will make the bride and her guests fall over laughing. We've included printable game cards and instructions to make it easy. Originally from 10 Wedding Shower Games and Activities

11. Organizing Your Kitchen

The heart of the home — the kitchen—has to be organized to run well, and we’ve collected tips to inspire you to organize everything you use daily, from pots and pans to the pantry. Originally from Get Inspired By Great Kitchen Organization

10. Being Prepared for a Disaster

This emergency kit contains necessary items that will prepare you for unpredictable circumstances. When tornadoes tore through the southeastern U.S. in April, DIYers wisely took note of this readiness kit, which could make a difference when severe weather strikes. Originally from Create Your Own Disaster Preparedness Kit

9. Watching Nicole Curtis Do What She Does Best

DIY Network’s Rehab Addict is the real deal. Watch these 11 one-minute quick-tip videos, they’ll give you the tools to tackle renovations as daunting as the ones Nicole pours her heart and soul into. Originally from Rehab Addict Videos

8. Picturing Perfect Patios

If you don’t have a patio, you probably want one — and if you have one, you want it to be a destination, not an afterthought. We’ve collected our top patio designs to give you the inspiration to make your backyard a #DIYwin — a haven for relaxing, dining and entertaining. Originally from Pleasing Patio Designs

7. Planting in Wacky Things

There are no limits to your garden when you can reimagine an old shoe or paint can into quirky, one-of-a-kind planters. See 36 more unusual planter ideas. Originally from 37 Upcycled Conatiner Garden Ideas

6. Going From Desperate to Dreamy

Was this building a deserted business or someone’s home? It was hard to tell until Jason Cameron arrived with his team and turned Connie and Jason’s hill country disaster into a Spanish-formal oasis in America’s Most Desperate Landscape 2014. Originally from America’s Most Desperate Landscape 2014: Before and After

5. Wanting Lots and Lots of Things

Starting off the top 5 in our #DIYwin countdown is none other than I Want That Season 4. Our editors have created 11 video channels full of the hottest products from I Want That, featuring outdoors, painting tools and cutting-edge electronics. Originally from I Want That Season 4 Videos

4. Getting Cozy With Fire Pits

A well-built fire pit can bring friends and family together outdoors year-round. That’s why this fun hardscape feature has become so mega popular. Find inspiration for your backyard with 65 more fire pit designs. Originally from 66 Fire Pit and Outdoor Fireplace Ideas

3. Making Your Own Headboard

Barely edging fire pits for the number 3 #DIYwin spot is headboards. They reign as the most sought-after decorative feature on The 53 most remarkable and cost-effective headboards are assembled here. Originally from DIY Headboards: 53 Original Ideas For Easy Style

2. Turning Trash Into Treasure

HGTV’s hit TV show Flea Market Flips speaks to our thrifty, DIY upcycle-minded soul, and that’s why it comes in at number 2. We love these 45 most-dramatic turnarounds, and you do too. Originally from 45 Unbelievable Flea Market Flips

1. Living the Lake Life at Blog Cabin

Ringing in at the top spot of top 25 #DIYwins of 2014 so far is — what else? — Blog Cabin 2014. Updates from Winter Haven are beginning to flow in, with all-new exclusive videos from House Counselor Laurie March showing off the laundry room, highlighting the history of this plantation bungalow, and much more. Hang tight until mid-July, when Blog Cabin will be revealed in all its remodeled glory. Originally from Blog Cabin 2014 Videos