35+ useless and confusing DIY projects people made

35+ useless and confusing DIY projects people made

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.

TV remote holder

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.

Stairway to denim

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.

Tiny side mirror

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?

Power strip candle holder

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.

Doll head plant pot

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.

Guitar chair of pain

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.

Lego shorts

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.

Lego shorts

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.

Line of dishes

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.

A real Nissan

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?

Microwave mailbox

People have found all sorts of cool things to make a mailbox out of, from birdhouses to tree stumps and everything in between.

Microwave mailbox

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.

Mixer lamp

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.

Mixer lamp

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 kitchen mixer? Maybe. Not only that, they are also selling them online for $60 each!

Tooth lighter

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 human teeth, they are still realistic looking enough to give anyone the heebie-jeebies.

Tooth lighter

Not to mention, just the fact that there are fake human teeth online 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.

Paint-on window reflections

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.

The pants 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?

Corner picture frames

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.

Some beautiful shoes

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?

The denim couch…denouch?

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.

Pencube controller

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?

Pencube controller

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.

Why? Just why?

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.

Watch your head

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?

Okay, we’re lost

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.

Finally, a rocky mat!

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!

A hat that will help 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.

Oh, great, now I can hold it!

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!

A designer phone case

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.

Defying all logic

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!

And it doesn’t even work!

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.

See, it’s a CD holder

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.

The biggest candle we’ve ever seen

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.

CROCHET NAILS…yes or no?

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.

Only 23 steps? Wow!

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?

A fly 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.

Worth every penny

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!

DIY peanut M&Ms

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.

Sprite glasses

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.

Sprite glasses

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.