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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 piñata, 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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    October 1, 2013
    Etsy Find: All Dressed Up

    When I was a kid my mom would sew us the coolest Halloween costumes. I particularly remember a year when both my brother and I, inspired by the musical Cats, requested elaborate cat costumes which my mom somehow managed to replicate. Having neither the time nor the talent to sew, I was thrilled to discover featured Etsy seller BHB Kid Style, who’s fantastic and inexpensive ($15-$80) kids costumes are giving me a serious case of nostalgia. And don’t worry, they’ve got a few big-kid options, too.


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    June 17, 2013
    I Love to Hate You

    I don’t know about you, but I have a love-hate relationship with Anthropologie. On the one hand, I hoard their beautifully styled catalogs. On the other, I am constantly shocked by their prices. If you feel the same way, you’ll appreciate this collection of 38 Anthropologie DIYs from Buzzfeed. They’re not all easy, but they certainly are cheaper than the real thing.


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    May 16, 2013
    DIY Braided Basket

    The Corner Blog has a straightforward-looking DIY for this beautiful braided fabric basket. She made her out of old T-shirt, but you could use any scrap cotton you have laying around. The only part that looks a bit daunting is the whole stitching the braided fabric into a basket part.

    But, I think I’ve got the braiding part down. Probably.

     

     


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    March 29, 2013
    By the Numbers

    The only drawback to this giant number (or letter) pinata DIY is having to wait for an excuse to make them. All you need is cardboard, an exacto, pen, a ruler, tape, crepe paper and glue. Find detailed instructions over at Oh Happy Day.


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    March 26, 2013
    Gorgeous Natural Dyes

    Made with natural ingredients like marigold leaves, cranberries, tumeric, beets, blueberries and coffee, these dyes will lend your Easter eggs some serious vintage appeal. Instructions at Design Sponge.

     


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