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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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    September 17, 2014
    Tally-ho

    These equestrian-inspired handles are the perfect candidates for dressing up an inexpensive Ikea piece or flea market find. $18-$22 each at Anthropologie.


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    September 10, 2014
    Mirror Mirror

    I am in love with the sideways-hung mirror in this kitchen and have been formulating a plan for making one for myself. I figured the easiest way to go about it would be with vinyl decals. I managed to find the perfect mirror on Overstock.com for $349.

    I couldn’t find a wall decal that exactly mimicked the effect above, but I’m thinking a combination of small flourish decals like the one below might work. $15 each from Creative Expressions.

     

     


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    September 4, 2014
    Hot Off the Presses

    I’ve always had trouble parting with old magazines – especially cooking and decorating magazines. In fact, I still have an entire box of Domino Magazines wedged under my bed. That’s why I love the idea of repurposing a stack of magazines as the support for a picture ledge. It might just be time for me to dust off those back issues. Via Wit and Delight.


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    September 3, 2014
    Ikea Hack: Mid-Century Sideboard

    Most Ikea hacks are too complicated for me to tackle, but this simple change really makes all the difference. The folks at ikeahackers.net took a plain Expedit shelf and added 12mm plywood and mid-century legs. All it took was liquid nails, four table legs and some screws. Via Poppytalk.


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    August 25, 2014
    DIY Temptation

    This 4040 Locust industrial storage rack is the perfect candidate for a weekend DIY project. You could easily put the whole thing together with threaded pipe fittings and wood from Home Depot. Home Depot will cut wood for you, so you wouldn’t need anything more than a drill. If you like the copper accents (and who wouldn’t), I would recommend faking them with copper metallic paint from Rust-Oleum. But if you’re not up for a big project, you can buy this at Urban Outfitters for $498.


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    August 19, 2014
    DIY Leather Mason Jar Holder

    These are great for storing art supplies, but would also be perfect for utensils and silverware in rustic or industrial kitchen. Find the how-to at Natalme.


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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 piƱata, 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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