Do-It-Yourself projects can be a lot of fun, especially when you work on them with your significant other. Here are the best DIY projects for couples.
If you are going to undertake a DIY project with your significant other, it is imperative to note that these things can take an ugly turn at the drop of a hat. A lack of empathy, communication breakdown and the urge to micro-manage can turn what was supposed to be a fun weekend undertaking into talking points during couples therapy. That is why I have taken the liberty to list a few fun DIY projects that you can SAFELY undertake with your significant other. These projects are not only easy, but they are quite fulfilling and might even improve your communication skills.
A simple cork mat
Let me explain what that is, a ‘cork mat’ is like one of those welcome mats, only made out of old wine bottle corks. If you and your significant other just happen to be oenophiles, this is a good way to make use of all those wine bottle corks you may have lying around. All you have to do is build a frame or get a shadow box from somewhere and meticulously fill it up with wine bottle corks, sort of like they do with toothpick jars. Make sure the corks are tightly packed and you will have an excellently unique cork mat that will be a real conversation starter.
A rustic, distressed wood coffee table
This is a favourite of many couples just starting out on passion projects. And with good reason. Coffee tables are simple enough to make and are the kind of DIY that will actually save you money. Gather old shipping pallets, get an instructions manual online (or just go with blind faith) and get started on what could be an amazing weekend journey for the two of you. The best part is that, with enough wood, you can go completely wild with the table design. Make it something that stands out and is unique.
Build a bookshelf
It doesn’t matter whether you read a lot or not, having a bookshelf (WITH BOOKS) in the house is a wonderful way of giving it an amazing, bourgeois look. These are very simple to make. All you need are planks of wood, nails and a hammer. Go wild with the design and decide how high you want the bookshelf to go.
You never know, it might even inculcate a reading culture in both of you. These projects are not only simple enough, but there are fun, challenging and can actually add some value to your home. Best of all, they give both of you a chance to bond, find common ground and learn to communicate without barking at each other. DIY projects for couples are an excellent way to reconnect and get over that darned hang-over. Take a second to find something both of you might enjoy, see if you can build it, set aside a Saturday or two and get to it. It’s that simple.