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    August 18, 2015
    Awesome West Elm Hacks

    Buzzfeed has compiled a very doable list of fantastic West Elm hacks for those of us who love the West Elm look, but throw some serious shade at West Elm prices. Above, industrial curtain rods very convincingly recreated with threaded pipe from the home improvement store. I’ve done a few projects with threaded pipe and I can tell you it is both affordable and fairly easy to work with. Just make sure to clean off the oil first. Check out the whole list here.


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    April 29, 2015
    Fabric Scrap Twine

    I love this idea for recycling fabric scraps into a gorgeous, colorful fabric twine. How great would this be for gift wrapping? Get the tutorial at My Moppet. More ideas for recycling fabric at Curbly.


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    March 23, 2015
    Mobiles from Kim Baise

    Gorgeous papier mache art by Kim Baise. She has an Etsy store, but there is only one item available right now.

    Via the Jealous Curator.


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    October 28, 2014
    Pom Pom Rug

    I own a set of pom pom makers. Most days, I wonder why I bought them. Then I run across something like this pom pom rug diy and I feel vindicated. By the way, you don’t need a pom pom maker to create this. You can make pom poms using cardboard or forks. The maker just makes it slightly easier. Get the full instructions at Say Yes.


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    October 7, 2014
    Spin Me a Yarn

    There’s something so charming and folksy about these Yarn Tassel Knob Bobbles from Aunt Peaches. And that’s leaving out how amazingly fun it is to say “Yarn Tassel Knob Bobbles.” All you need to make them is some colorful yarn and a few inexpensive bracelets. Get the how-to here.


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    September 18, 2014
    I Scream, You Scream

    Someone have an ice cream party so that I have an excuse to make these adorable pinatas. You can get the full DIY instructions over at Oh Happy Day.


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    August 8, 2014
    Frame Loom Weaving

    I’ve been seeing woven wall art all over the internet for the last month or so. It’s beautiful and potentially a nice hobby. I did a little research recently and found a few good resources. Image above via Brick House.

    DIY Decor Projects has this frame loom tutorial.

    A Beautiful Mess has this tutorial for a fast and easy wall hanging hack using a small woven rug as a base.

    And if you really want to dive in, you can pick up this well-rated and thorough tome over at Amazon.


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    August 4, 2014
    Sophisticated Papier Mache

    I remember doing the occasional papier mache project as a kid – usually in art class. We made masks once and I know I made at least one pi├▒ata, but nothing so grown-up and lovely as some of the papier mache projects I’ve seen on Pinterest. Above, papier mache cactuses from Design Sponge. Get the tutorial here.

    I also love these mushrooms. You can get the PDF tutorial here.

    A mobile of papier mache nests from Poppy Talk.

    And if you prefer not to do it yourself, you can purchase these beautiful, quirky sculptures by Abigail Brown here.


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    July 16, 2014
    Pom-Pom Wonderful

    Another fantastic pom-pom project: super cute pom-pom magnets. If you’re looking for a fast, easy way to make pom-poms, I recommend picking up a set of these.


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    December 5, 2013
    Gift Idea: Custom Cross-Stitch Patterns

    For just $10.50, Robyne Melia Is Bobby La! will transform any image or photo into a PDF cross stitch pattern for you. You can see the pattern for the above piece below. You can see a close up here. What a wonderful idea for a holiday gift.

     


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