These lockdown DIY projects were crowned the most creative

Many people have been getting creative in lockdown in their homes, turning trash into treasure and making wonderful new furniture items and crafts.

Sofa company ScS decided to have a competition to see just who flexed their creative muscles most, and the winners have now been revealed.

Jacqui Ruddy, 56, from Manchester, was crowned the winner of the competition after creating an incredible 9ft long playhouse boat for her seven-year-old nephew made entirely of cardboard.

Having beaten over 200 other entrants, she will receive a brand new sofa from ScS. Not bad given the original creation didn’t cost her a penny.

Jacqui said: ‘My nephew loves boats, so to brighten our days during lockdown, I decided to try my hand at making him a playhouse boat, so he can play in the garden.

‘It is the first time I’ve made anything like this before. My nephew loves it and we have even camped out in it overnight, so it’s already special for those memories.’

And Jacqui wasn’t the only one who’s been busy. Check out the rest of the top 10.

Rachel Watson, 26, Ipswich

Rachel’s husband cooked up a treat when he made their daughter this fabulous kitchen workstation.

He used free wooden pallets and leftover paint for his creation, which his daughter absolutely adores.

Jodie Loveridge, 30, Hereford

This beautiful piece of garden furniture was made entirely from wooden pallets, and now makes a gorgeous space where Jodie and her husband can relax during the Summer.

Catherine Okey, 25, Brighton

After the pandemic put an end to Catherine and her fiance’s plans to go away to celebrate their fifth anniversary, they decided to make their own tropical den.

The result was this attic renovation, so they can enjoy a holiday feel in their very own home.

Duncan Aston, 43, St Neots

Duncan built an amazing den/summerhouse in his garden with the help of his family.

He did the construction, his children took on the painting, and his partner decorated – a real team effort.

Andy Wilson, 46, Oldham

Andy Wilson decided that he couldn’t just make a DIY project for himself, creating this ‘chicknic table’ for his hens to enjoy.

He used leftover wood for the table, and the chickens seem to be having lots of fun with it already.

 Terri Pucill, 67, Derbyshire

Although Terri can’t have guests at the moment, her shed is well prepped for when she’s allowed.

She painted and decorated the outdoor building, and put up some summer decorations to make it her own.

Carrie-Anne Brown, 27, Kent

This sofa bench was made by Carrie-Anne so she can chill in her garden while her little boys play.

She used wooden pallets for the structure, and added wheels on the bottom to make it portable.

James Grist, 36, Otford

Another ‘eggshell-ent’ project, James and his partner built two hutches to house the quails they bought during lockdown.

He says it’s their first attempt at DIY but you certainly can’t tell.

Will Brown, 30, London

Will created this bohemian paradise in his garage, with a homemade bar providing refreshments for his family’s ukulele jam nights.

Dale Gillespie, Head of Acquisition at ScS, said: ‘We were blown away by the number and quality of entries in our competition – it’s clear that Brits have put their time in lockdown to very good use!

‘Jacqui’s fantastic playhouse boat was a very worthy winner and we’re delighted to provide her with a brand new sofa.’

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