Over the years, we have seen all sorts of creative and unique DIY projects and ideas on the internet. Sometimes, it is something so clever, we are encouraged to try it ourselves. And other times, they are, well…less inspiring. These DIY projects are some of the most unusual and puzzling we have ever seen – and some are so creepy they may just give you some serious nightmares.
From doll head plant pots to a mailbox made out of a (plugged in) microwave – these have got to be some of the most useless and utterly confusing DIY projects to have ever been made.
TV remote holder
Not being able to place the TV remote control is a common problem that lots of people are familiar with. This guy thought that he found the perfect solution, by taping the remote to a huge plank of wood. While we get where he was going with this we still can’t help but think this went a little too far.
True, you will (hopefully) never lose the remote again, but it also may make actually using the remote a little more difficult as well.
Stairway to denim
True, we all have some old pairs of jeans we should probably get used to lying around in the closet – but using them to reupholster our stairs is not how we would think to put them to use.
Maybe it would have been better to just throw them away or donate them to a thrift store – anything would have been better than this. Who wants to walk up a flight of denim covered stairs every day?
Tiny side mirror
When this driver’s side mirror fell off, they decided instead of taking it to get fixed they would do so themselves. Unfortunately, their ‘fix’ seems to pretty much defeat the purpose – and not to mention doesn’t look so safe. We just have so many questions.
Where did they even find this tiny mirror, from their local dentist? And is this some sort of a joke or do they really think it is a helpful solution? Let’s just hope they get it fixed soon.
Power strip candle holder
We have seen so many DIY candle holders on the internet, but this one has got to be one of the most unusual. Who honestly took the time to think of making their power strip into a set of candle holders?
And how did they manage to carve out the perfectly round spaces to put them? True, it isn’t plugged in in the picture, but it still doesn’t look all too safe if you ask us.
Doll head plant pot
The power strip candle holder seems like nothing compared to this flower and plant holder made of a creepy doll’s head. They had to literally cut off a doll’s head to make this, and then cut off the top in order to stuff it with some plants.
Is it supposed to look like the baby is growing green vertical hair? We don’t know what to think, but we are pretty sure these are frightening enough to give anyone nightmares.
Guitar chair of pain
This guy apparently loves music so much, that he thought it would be a good idea to make a seat out of one of his guitars. While the idea was certainly creative, we really don’t think this was all that necessary.
Not only did they ruin a perfectly good electric guitar by bending its neck, they also made it into a chair that not only looks uncomfortable, but actually looks incredible painful to sit in.
This guy went all out with his love for Legos, so much so that he decided to make a pair of shorts stuffed with tons of pieces of little Legos.
First of all, it seems like a waste of perfectly good Legos, and second of all – just why? Anyone who has ever accidentally stepped or sat on a Lego surely knows the excruciating pain that comes with it – so why would someone purposely make an item of clothes with them?
Line of dishes
If you have a yard, it is always nice to upgrade it with some new landscaping every now and again. While this person’s lawn certainly looks clean and healthy – we kind of feel the line of dishes was a bit overboard.
Not only is it a waste of perfectly usable dishware, we can’t help but wonder how many of these will easily break? All it would take is for someone to accidentally walk on one or for a windy day to come along and send them toppling over.
A real Nissan
We love Liam Nissan just as much as the next guy, but that doesn’t mean we feel the need to plaster his face all over our car.
This Liam Nissan fanatic took their fandom to a whole new level by pasting headshots of the actor all over their car – which just so happens to be a Nissan. Yes, we get the joke, it’s funny, but maybe there’s a chance they took it a little too far?
People have found all sorts of cool things to make a mailbox out of, from birdhouses to tree stumps and everything in between.
This microwave mailbox, however, has got to be one of the most unusual we have seen. What makes the whole thing even more puzzling is the fact that it actually plugs into electricity – you know, just incase the mailman is craving some popcorn before he moves on to his next house.
The most expensive DIY project ever
These expensive kitchen mixers have been transformed into…lamps – of all things. The creator even included a detailed description of how to use them, explaining that the speed control switch is like an on and off switch for the lightbulb.
When the light is out, it creates a sort of desk light and while down, it creates more of an ‘ambient’ lighting. Was this creative? Yes, but is this a waste of a perfectly nice – and super expensive – Kitchen Aid mixer? Maybe. Not only that, they are also selling them online for $60 each!
Out of all of the unusual DIY projects on this list, this has got to be one of the most disturbing. While these are thankfully not real teeth, they are still realistic looking enough to give anyone the heebie-jeebies.
Not to mention, just the fact that there are fake teeth that you can buy, and that someone actually bought them and thought of gluing them onto their lighter is just beyond us.
Paint-on window reflections
To be fair, this crafter probably really thought that adding ‘window reflections’ to their wall would help make it look more interesting. While it is definitely a creative idea, we aren’t really sure it is exactly a good one.
It kind of just looks like a bunch of random white boxes or patches that someone forgot to paint over. Not to mention, if there’s no sun or window around – someone might have a hard time believing these are window reflections.
The pants chair
As if we thought the denim covered stairway was strange enough, this person actually decided to use their old jeans to make some sort of frightening-looking chair.
Not only does it look bizarre, we can’t help but wonder how comfortable it is – which, let’s face it, doesn’t look comfortable at all. Either way, this person does deserve at least a bit of credit for their creativity and the large amount of work it looks like they put into it.
Corner picture frames
What is one to do with those dreaded boring corners in their house? Put a picture frame, of course. While this isn’t the worst idea we have ever seen, it certainly isn’t the best either. Do picture frames really take up so much space that they need to be put on the corner?
And doesn’t it sort of defeat the purpose of picture frames by making not only it harder to see but also folding and ruining the actual photo?
Some beautiful shoes
Believe it or not (we’re sure you’ll believe this), there’s a whole group of people out there who are adamant about their rights to walk around barefoot. Nevermind the hygiene issues surrounding this, but what about the safety issue? What if you step on something sharp? Yikes.
Either way, this person thought they found a DIY workaround for places that need you to wear shoes. They just got rid of the bottoms of their shoes. As the picture shows, this really made their feet look quite nice. Yikes. We’ll keep our kicks.
The denim couch…denouch?
For whatever reason, it really looks like people like to find crafts to do with their old jeans. We definitely support the idea of recycling the old clothes in your closet that you never wear anymore. But was there no higher purpose for these jeans than to be upholstery for a couch?
It’s creative, and honestly it’s surprisingly well done, but seriously…the world didn’t need this. That’s not comfy to sit on. That’s not good to look at. Just throw the whole thing out. We don’t need a denouch.
Hands down, the Nintendo Gamecube was one of the best video game systems ever. Super Mario Sunshine, Super Smash Brothers Melee, Mario Kart Double Dash, Animal Crossing, Wind Waker, need we go on?
Okay, that was probably gibberish to people who don’t care about video games, but trust us that those were great games, and this was the controller you used to play them. So it kinda hurts seeing such a great piece of technology be gutted like this. It looks kinda like they just shoved the pens straight through it. We’re not fans.
Why? Just why?
Some DIY projects may be bad, but a lot of them at least make sense. They serve a purpose. But this one? Yeah, we basically have no idea what the point of this one is. Maybe it was to extend the fence somewhat.
Or maybe they just had an extra van laying around and wanted something to do with it. Or maybe this is just the most aesthetically pleasing car accident that has ever happened. Either way, we are verifiably confused. We’re sure whoever it was that drove past it was as well.
Watch your head
Yes, sadly, you’re seeing this right. We wish we could tell you that this wasn’t a makeshift cactus garden that someone created near the dashboard of their car. But that’s exactly what it is. These DIY projects are honestly so misguided that it’s hard to believe that they’re real.
What happens if you have to slam on the brakes? Do cactuses and dirt just go flying everywhere? And you better make sure to watch your head in an accident. You’ll have bruises AND spikes in your face. That’s definitely no fun.
Okay, we’re lost
This might be the first one on this list that we just literally have no idea about. Seriously, what is this thing? It looks like some colorful pocket lint that was molded into a bowl and then filled with a string of pearls?
Not only does this seem pretty dang useless, but it also just looks straight up weird. The whole thing looks accidental, like it just happened to pop out of someone’s laundry machine and they decided to play it off as an arts-and-crafts project. Do better, DIYers. Do better.
Finally, a rocky mat!
Here’s one item that we’ve all been wanting our entire lives, yet we were all too afraid to just make it ourselves. A doormat covered in rocks! Don’t lie, you’ve always wished you could have one of these bad boys. What’s that? No one wants one? Okay, yeah, we guess that makes more sense.
We appreciate the vision and applaud the effort that went into making this, but we’ve got a few questions. Why are they big gaps where there are no rocks? Why are the rocks so uneven. And then, of course, just WHY?
A hat that will help you lose weight
Okay, we’ve seen a lot of crazy diet fads over the years, but this one might take the cake (er, take the cake away, we guess). It’s a hat that claims it’ll make you lose weight!
While it probably doesn’t do that, it will maybe help you remember to watch your weight every time you look in the mirror and see the phrase Weight Watchers on your head. This hat was clearly made by someone who knew what they were doing, they just didn’t know WHY they were doing it.
Oh, great, now I can hold it!
Cups without handles on them aren’t necessarily inferior to cups with handles. There, we said it. Maybe it’s a hot take, but you can hold them just as easily as those with handles. And honestly, cups need to be pretty big to have enough room for a handle that is comfortable to actually stick your whole hand into.
This person thought up a DIY hack to add a handle to a cup without one, but really, it seems kinda useless. That’s a whole lot of work to just hold a cup that you could hold just fine before.
A designer phone case
Phones are undeniably ubiquitous these days. They are always in everyone’s pockets, we’re constantly looking at them, and they basically run our lives. Sorry boomers, but that’s just the way things are now. (For better or for worse.) If this is the case, you oughta have a fashionable phone case to match your fashionable self!
This person decided to take a stab at designing their own phone case, and honestly, it doesn’t look too bad! Ah, who are we kidding. It looks really bad. We tried to be nice for this one. At least it’s unique.
Defying all logic
When you think of beauty, what do you think of? A graceful bird, a field full of flowers, an elegant dancer? No matter what it is, we’d bet the big bucks that you don’t think of a baby doll hand sticking out of someone’s head.
We honestly have no clue what kind of look this person was going for, but we’re not sure how a baby doll hand factors into any look, frankly. Maybe some kind of creepy, goth, graveyard-dweller vibe? A Tim Burton vibe? Yeah, this kinda fits that bill, we guess.
And it doesn’t even work!
While plenty of these DIY projects are successfully done, many of them are just completely unnecessary. Interestingly, this door project is a two-for-one: not only does it make no sense and is totally unneeded, but it also seems like it doesn’t work. Impressive!
It seems like they tried to install that wooden door on a sliding mechanism so that it could cover up the other door (which, you know, makes perfect sense), but that bar definitely gets in the way. So now it’s just a random door that does nothing. Nice work everybody, job well done.
See, it’s a CD holder
As outdated as CDs are at this point (who doesn’t have Spotify nowadays?), plenty of people have a ton of them sitting around the house. So what do you do with them? The logical response would be to download all of the albums to your computer and then drop the CDs off at Goodwill.
But this person went a step further and decided to make a DIY holder for all of the loose CDs that were laying around their home. Their idea? Just shove them into an empty juice carton. Brilliant.
The biggest candle we’ve ever seen
Okay, we’ve got to give this person some credit: they definitely did it themselves. This is a true DIY project with no outside help, that much is clear. But there’s still so much mystery behind this one that we can’t truly call it a success yet.
Why did they start working on it? Why are they selling it now, after 15 years? What would happen if you lit it? It just doesn’t really make any sense. Plus it kinda looks like a monstrosity from a horror movie about wax monsters.
CROCHET NAILS…yes or no?
Look, we won’t tell you what to think. If you’re totally into weird nail styles and this strikes you as the best idea ever, that’s great. But for us, this is a hard no. It looks kinda cool, but it also has weird Coraline vibes that are making us a little uncomfortable. Plus, they’re totally not practical.
And yes, we know that a ton of fake nail styles are really impractical. But this is a different level of impractical. What happens when they get wet? Do they just sag and fall off?
Only 23 steps? Wow!
No offense to whoever made this, keep doing your thing. But this really is the stuff of nightmares. Drinking wine out of a baby doll’s head? That’s the type of thing that we expect to see some terrifying villain in a movie doing.
There’s also just something so funny about the fact that the title of the article boasts the fact that it only took them 23 steps to make this item. To be honest, we wouldn’t make this if it only took one step. We wouldn’t make this under any circumstances.
A fly pair of joots
What is it about jeans that make people want to do ill-advised DIY projects? There’s nothing particularly bad about these, as they honestly are pretty well-constructed, but…why do these exist? Sure, maybe it’s a fun project, but does anyone really think it’s gonna be a hit on the runway if you walk out wearing a pair of joots?
Also, in case you didn’t notice, these are not only denim boots, but they are also flip-flops. Kinda. Check the feet. Yeah, we don’t really know either.
Worth every penny
Doing some custom work on your car isn’t exactly advised for most people. Sure, maybe you think painting some flames on the side of your Toyota will make it look sick, but it will just wind up looking like you spilled red paint on it if you don’t do it right.
This person obviously had a steady hand and lots of time to work on their car, but the idea just wasn’t that great. Some of the coins have already fallen off, showing off nasty glue stains. Still, we’d say this one was worth every penny.
DIY peanut M&Ms
Peanut M&Ms are a delicious candy. The mixture of sweet and salty that they have is perfect, and they’re obviously just the right size for constant snacking. But what happens when you get home from the store and realize that you just got normal M&Ms instead of the peanut variety? Well, we have the perfect solution for you. You just do it yourself!
All you need is some M&Ms, some peanuts, and a hot glue gun. Start combining your two ingredients with the glue, and voila! Do not eat them, however. Definitely don’t eat.
Okay, these are actually kinda awesome. They’re totally impractical and tacky looking, but to be honest, we’re kinda into it. From the looks of it, it seems like this was once printed in a magazine, and it’s funny to imagine what kind of article went alongside it. We have to imagine that it was a little more convincing than what we’re writing.
Regardless, this guy is rocking these lemon-lime shades, and we support it. Also, we don’t really understand what’s going on with that ring in the glasses. Oh well. Some things aren’t meant to be understood.
A corset for a cup
This one just has bad taste written all over it. Not only does it just look out of place and bizarre, but can you imagine actually holding onto a drink covered in a floral pattern and lace?
We’ll give them some points for actually executing their design, but the design itself is no good, so we actually revoke those points. Coffee cups were perfectly fine how they were before. Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.
Nice suitcases…er, drawers
The Wes Anderson fans reading this are probably looking at this one and wondering how quickly they can replicate it, but let us advise you against that. This might scream vintage chic in a way that appeals to some, but it’s a terrible idea.
First of all, you have to go out and buy vintage suitcases, and that isn’t cheap. Second of all, it forces you to throw out perfectly good drawers. Third of all, there is no way that these suitcases actually work as well as drawers do.
We’ll give credit where credit’s due: whoever made this managed to find some rocks that suit this project well. That’s about where our compliments are going to end, however. These are completely useless, sure, but even worse than that is the idea of someone decorating their home with feet.
Feet aren’t cute. No one wants feet all over their house, even if they are made of stone. Plus, the ones on top just evoke the image of someone with dirty feet, and no one wants that mental image.
A soda hater’s nightmare
Soda is a relatively controversial topic. Lots of people drink it, but there are plenty of other folks who think soda is basically the most unhealthy thing around. We personally think it’s fine to partake every now and again as a treat, but drinking enough that you can make this? Probably not so good for you.
We’re not even really sure what this is. It might be a chandelier or wind chimes or something. We can’t really think of anything that it could be that would make it a redeemable item.
Not all of the ill-advised DIY projects out there actually end with you having a brand new decoration for your home or something like that. Some of them are home improvement projects or even DIY life-hacks that you can try out yourself. This falls into the life-hacks category, and we are staunchly unimpressed.
It might make you save a bit of water, but is that feeling of helping the environment really worth getting your bath water all over your dishes? We can only hope that this one is a joke…but we’re losing faith.
Check out my brand new bike!
Never did we think that combining a bike and a barstool would be a good idea. A barstool seat on a bike? Obviously a bad idea. A bike seat on a barstool? Also obviously a bad idea. But someone tried it out anyway, and we’re appreciative of that, as it proves us correct.
This was definitely not something that the world needed. Not only is it going to be far less comfortable than a normal barstool, but you’ve also ruined a perfectly good bike to make it. For shame.
Play me a song, Mr. Piano Man
A lot of people say that food comes from the soul. It makes sense, as we cook for those close to us, and we often put lots of love into what we make. People also say the same thing about music. The connection between food and music is definitely a strong one, so having some musical decorations hung up in your kitchen seems like a no brainer.
Well, we can definitely say that it seems like someone failed to use their brain when they decided hanging an entire piano in their kitchen was a good idea.
Anyone needs to go to the bathroom?
You might think that the bathroom would be one place that was safe from the obsessive DIY-ers, and you’d be right. Instead of messing with the bathroom, they just added a toilet into the kitchen.
This could easily be mistaken for just a temporary storage spot for the toilet, but closer inspection will reveal that this cabinet was obviously designed just for this purpose. The top lifts up so that you have room to sit there and there is a hole in the bottom that the toilet fits right into.
Home minimization project
We’ve all heard of home improvement projects before. But how about home minimization projects? Most people in our society only want their things to be bigger and better, so it almost seems like an admirable desire to want a smaller home. But we still don’t understand this one at all.
Someone really went through all that effort to chop their house in half? We suppose that tiny homes are all the rage, lately. Maybe the house just came like that? We can’t really figure out a way to make this one make sense.
There are certain DIY projects that are just silly. They’re funny to laugh at for a second, but we forget about them once we move on. This, on the other hand, is one that we don’t think we’ll be forgetting any time soon. It’s so cursed that we honestly think we might sleep with a nightlight tonight.
Who thinks that it’s a good idea to affix 50 tiny baby dolls onto a mug? Oh wait, scratch that, the baby dolls are the mug itself. Talk about creepy.
Teddies in jars
For many, stuffed toys, especially teddies, represent precious memories of childhood. They are often kept into adulthood, and either put on display or gathered together in one’s bedroom. As you grow older, you’ll likely want to keep them in good condition, but this person’s approach may be a step too far.
They’ve not only put them on display, but they appear to have pickled their beloved stuffies in jars. Why? We’re not sure. Whatever the reason, in the end, it’s just plain creepy. They can’t even be held anymore!
It’s always nice to have a room with a view, especially one that is scenic. That could mean a majestic cityscape from a high-rise skyscraper, or a cozy rustic view full of trees. In this instance, it appears to be the latter. Those two birch trees have simply been painted onto this homeowner’s windows. It has to be said, though, that it’s a little confusing.
While snow-covered birch trees may simply be their aesthetic, there is already an impressive number of real trees outside. Sure, they’re not as wintery, but they seem close enough.
What happens to unused clothes depends on the owner. Some donate to thrift shops, others may try to sell their belongings online. There’s also the option of upcycling into something new. That third avenue doesn’t usually lead to a curiously trendy stool. Dressing up a stool in clothes is not for everyone.
In fact, this stool simply comes off as weird. Call us old fashioned, but we don’t want to get scared at night by thinking furniture is a real life person.
Nightmare plant pots
Repurposed dolls heads seem to be a popular choice for DIY projects. Unfortunately, they can be as creepy as they might be useful. Take these adapted pots that are being used to house some plants. Thanks to the dolls heads, even the plants have an unsettling quality straight out of a Tim Burton movie.
The sleeping one in particular adds a lot to the eerie vibe. All the photograph needs is a score by Danny Elfman and an ominous fog. These must be terrifying to see, especially for unsuspecting neighbors.
Life finds a way
When you love crafting, you’re bound to want to make all manner of handy things. Yet, just because something is craftable, doesn’t necessarily mean that it should be used. Someone has decided to combine their love of dinosaurs with their affinity for heeled shoes.
Though there’s no question that they do make a statement, it doesn’t feel like a natural mix. Indeed, it wouldn’t be surprising if Dr Ian Malcolm spontaneously appeared to caution against these shoes and use them as proof of chaos theory.
A fake sunroof
To some, a car is their pride and joy, and even a status symbol. When that’s the case, a person may not want their ride to appear inadequate compared to someone else’s vehicle.
Nevertheless, we’re not sure of what the logic is behind wanting a sunroof decal. Sure, it’s cheaper than installing an actual one. It’s also much less invasive, but it does seem like a pointless addition. In the end, will it help someone keep up with the Joneses? Probably not.
Didn’t stop to think if they should
When you don’t have something on hand, it’s only natural to want to try and improvise a solution. Say the lights go out, and you have to use a candle. Yet, what if you’re in dire need of a candle holder? This person offers up a curious alternative. It’s certainly an imaginative trick, but it might not be viable in the long-term.
Besides the fact that it uses up some precious cutlery, there’s the potential for a lot of mess. Candle holders, after all, are typically designed to collect the melting wax.
Wooden bumper paneling
Car modding is often done to not only upgrade a vehicle, but make it a reflection of who the driver is. This car owner has to be a passionate carpenter since they have opted for wood paneling over more routine decals. Certainly, these wooden additions do look to have been lovingly crafted. The question is whether they offer any meaningful protection when driving on the road.
Beyond those concerns, this unusual design may not get many fans. We are, however, confident that Jack Sparrow would approve of the mashup.
Toothpaste tube purse
Coin purses are handy to have since loose change has a tendency to randomly disappear. They are also a great accessory to express personality, whether one is fashionable or quicky. This crafty person, therefore, may be declaring a deep love for Colgate.
After all, this must have been a labor of love as it can’t have been too easy to turn a tube into a purse. It’d be ironic if the process of getting the materials ended up being more expensive than buying second hand.
A well-read knife block
Upcycling has many benefits, not the least being how environmentally friendly the practice is. However, sometimes it can feel entirely unnecessary. These antique books may be one example. Sure, the owner may not have enjoyed reading them, and the books might have become unused ornaments.
But, despite their apparent age, they seem to be in reasonable condition. Why not just donate them to a vintage bookstore instead and purchase a second-hand knife block? That’s not only environmentally-friendly, but it could protect the pages from being needlessly damaged.
We’re not sure what to make of this, but it appears the lampshade has found itself in a sticky situation. It seems to have been discarded by its former owner rather than be given away. Of course, they might have listed it online without getting interest. That could be for good reason. The yellow material holding the twigs is bizarre, as it looks almost like a mixture of cheese and melted pasta.
Given that, the creator may have found it difficult to attract a buyer. After all, it’s likely to clash with many decor schemes.
They’re going to hurt
When you think of car customization, you might immediately think of a new color scheme, some fresh upholstery, or perhaps brand new rims. This car modder took a whole different approach. They have glued rocks and stones of varying types to their steering wheel. Though they are colorful and have been made into a pretty shape, the idea may have some drawbacks.
Not the least is what happens if there’s an accident? Those stones are likely sharp and hard. Combining them with a deployed airbag might bring forth a lot of ouchies.
Game of doors
This unusual collection was found on Facebook Marketplace. What prompted the creator to incorporate doors into chairs is a mystery. They might have had a surplus of them or a frugal spirit, but why did they keep some of the door knobs? Still, the premise is surprisingly sound, and they do seem to be of a sturdy design.
Unfortunately, they aren’t really attractive pieces, and they might be an acquired taste. Perhaps for someone looking for a rustic version of the iconic Iron Throne.
Is that lamp possessed?
Look! Another repurposed doll’s head. There appears to be an endless supply of them, judging by their extensive use in DIY projects. This example has a lot going on, and it all contributes to serious creepage. The doll has been placed inside of a terrarium, mounted on a set of feet, and has been given hair thanks to the addition of some flora.
You might think that that alone is unnerving. It doesn’t stop there, however. For the coup de grace, the doll lights up, giving its eyes a menacing glow. Spooky!
Ever wanted to combine a bicycle with a section of table that looks more like a rustic ironing board? No? Unsurprisingly, neither have we. To compound this contraption’s lack of appeal, there’s very little surface space. It can’t even be taken on the road.
Why? Well, the bicycle itself has been strapped to a pair of heavy looking blocks. At least it’s been given a new paint job, but even the color leaves a lot to be desired. It may be time to give creativity a break.