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TAG : do it yourself projects

Give the Gift of Mother’s Day Flowers

This Mother’s Day, instead of spending money on pricey flower bouquets, spend a little quiet time in the craft room and surprise Mom with hand-picked flowers beautifully arranged in a container you already have on hand. Baskets of all shapes and sizes, old wooden boxes, and vases and jars ...

Surface Design: Monoprinting, Patterns, and More

Courtney Cerruti’s Playing with Surface Design: Modern Techniques for Painting, Stamping, Printing and More (Quarry Books, 2015),is a practical resource that can teach you many creative styles of surface design. She provides detailed instructions on how to make creative art projects with ...

10 DIY Craft Projects

Are you a flea market and yard sale enthusiast who buys old relics with the intention of doing “something” with them? Do you have a basement chock-full of old picture frames, jars, bowls, shelves, end tables and more — and you’re not sure what to do with it any of it? I did … and then ...

Homemade Light Fixture for a Rustic Kitchen

More From Plowing with Pigs   Whole Grain Cookies Recipe Homemade Baguettes Recipe Purpose-Bred Work Dogs on the Farm   Homemade Light Fixture One of the final steps in our ongoing kitchen renovation was to fill the (electrical) box left by a ceiling fan, which we had moved because ...

DIY Jean Apron

Of all the things you can do with an old pair of jeans, recycling them into a cute apron is perhaps the most perfect application. By design, the denim is rugged and durable — perfect for protecting your clothes while out in the garden or cooking on the grill. The fabric will hold up to ...

DIY Remembrance Pillows

A great way to honor a loved one who has passed away is to make a remembrance pillow out of one of his or her button-down shirts.Even if you’re not an experienced seamstress, this is a simple project. If you don’t have a sewing machine, and you don’t want to invest in one, you can ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...