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TAG : DIY Craft Projects

Ring Holder Dish Gets a New Look

I spotted this dish at a thrift store. My original plan was to put it in the bathroom to hold cotton balls, but the color just didn’t match my décor — so I painted it. This dish had a marbled pattern, but a solid stone dish would work just as well.Directions: Wipe down the dish with a ...

Paint Stencils Add Flair to Ceramic Vases

This vase, which held a little bouquet of very faded artificial flowers, came from a garage sale. I don’t typically buy vases, but this one’s shape was unusual, at least as far as vases go, and I thought I could find some use for it. This project was my first attempt at stenciling — and ...

Useful Key Rack

When I saw this pegged shelf at a garage sale, I thought it would make a nice key rack. However, I knew it would take some work, because it looked as though someone else had already attempted to repurpose it by painting it dark blue. I had originally planned to sand off as much blue paint as ...

Simple Bathroom Cabinet

I’ve had this cabinet for years, and although I’ve never liked the looks of it — a light veneer, similar to pine, but much less appealing — I didn’t want to paint it, so I just left it. After using chalk paint on several projects, though, I knew it was the perfect answer for sprucing ...

Repurposed Wood Table

Chalk painting furniture is so much fun! For this project, I decided to do something I’d seen before but had never tried — using two colors of paint to create a dramatic weathered look. I’m sure glad I tried it. I love how it turned out.Directions:Clean the table with a cloth and glass ...

Photo Frame Makeover

Searching the basement for something simple I could paint, I found a cheap-looking black plastic photo frame that was missing the glass. I figured I’d give it a coat of chalk paint and see what happened. I liked how it turned out, so I designed a scrapbook layout to go inside it. It seemed ...

Make a Decorative Mirror

Among the many treasures in my basement, I came across an unfinished wood frame with a mirror. This would be perfect for a teenager’s school locker or a younger child’s bedroom. It could even be used as a photo frame instead of a mirror, if preferred.The mirror I used had an opening on the ...

Make a Barn Wood Wall Hanging

I love using barn board for craft projects, and although this frame didn’t have any glass, I knew I could create a scrapbook layout and decoupage it, so the lack of glass wasn’t an issue. I wanted to try the paint layering and sanding technique, and I thought this frame would be a great ...

Create a Wooden Shelf With Flair

I found this little shelf at a yard sale, and although the stain on it was very light, I knew I could do something with it. I almost stained it a darker shade. Now I’m glad I decided to paint it instead.Directions:Use a clean rag and glass cleaner to wipe down the shelf. Let it dry for a few ...

Crafted Magnet Board

Some time ago, I saw a project online for a magnet board made out of an old metal tray. I had been wanting to make one, so when I found a jackpot of old, not-very-pretty, metal trays at a yard sale, I bought them — about a dozen in all.Magnet boards are simple and fun to make. You can use ...

Create a Homemade Recipe Book

For the cooks on your gift-giving list, you can’t go wrong with a handmade recipe scrapbook. Trust me! Find a recipe book, then choose enough recipes to fill the pages. Next, pick out scrapbook paper and embellishments to go along with the recipes.Since my recipe book is small (6 inches ...

DIY Dry Erase Calendar

Who can’t use a calendar, especially one that never expires, meaning it never needs to be thrown away? Find a 12-by-12-inch frame that suits your liking — this size of frame keeps with the size of a traditional calendar. Then you’ll either need to purchase a make-your-own calendar kit ...

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