DIY Skill Share - Tips & Tricks For Your DIY Projects

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Did you know less than a third* of Brits would speak to another person to learn new DIY skills?

We’re big believers in encouraging people to simply have a go when it comes to all things home and garden improvement – so welcome to the #DIYSkillShare movement.

By sharing knowledge and empowering one another, we can create a nation of DIY Heroes!

Here, we’ll be sharing your top skills, hacks and top tips alongside some of our favourites from DIY enthusiasts we’ve partnered with.

Transform an unused space

Make like Jenny from @jenshomejournal and turn an old piece of furniture into a useful bench in an unused space. Jenny advises avoiding MDF across the top as it can easily be water damaged – and use a paint with a built-in primer to save time and make the bench suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

Woman sitting on a shoe storage bench in a hallway

Lay a wooden floor with ease

Hannah from @theottothouse demonstrates the ease of laying a wooden floor. The best bit? It doesn’t need to be perfect. When it comes to intricate corners, cut the boards as best you can, leaving a slight gap between the board and wall to allow for movement in the wood – finish with skirting board to keep everything looking tidy.

Woman laying wooden floor for DIY Project

Create an impactful skirting board on a budget

Becky from @alittlecotswoldhome reveals her top tips for creating a skirting board panelling effect on a budget. She suggests using additional mouldings to give the impression of a taller, more impactful skirting board – use a room laser to ensure everything is straight, it’s much easier than juggling a spirit level if you’re tackling a DIY project solo.

Woman working on DIY project for panelled skirting board

Gardening in the winter months

Gardening isn’t just for the warmer months! Paula from @homewiththedenhams demonstrates how to make your own window box, using spare wood, to display evergreens and winter flowers. Just remember to add drainage holes to the bottom of the box – a number 8 drill bit is perfect for this.

Woman drilling hole in an exterior brick wall for brackets

Add interest with floating shelves

Freshen up an area with versatile floating shelves, perfect for easily changing up décor throughout the season. Cut down, sand and paint existing wooden boards, as per Forida from @thehomemama and create a minimalist effect through the use of concealed brackets specifically for floating shelves.

Woman sawing wood to build floating shelves DIY project


Follow us on Instagram to find out more and for more tips on boosting your DIY confidence, take a look at our top tips here.

*28% of Brits would speak to someone else to learn new DIY skills, according to research carried out online on behalf of HIPPO by Opinion Matters.

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