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Use What You Got! Inspiring DIY Home and Garden Decor

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From a creative photo display fashioned from chicken wire to a coat rack made from yard sticks, we asked bloggers to share their creative DIY home decor ideas.

1. The Idea: Chicken Wire Photo Display

Cut picture frame or household moulding to desired size of display area, spray paint, and let dry. Measure chicken wire to length and width of moulding and cut to size. Nail the top of frame into wall, using a level to make sure it is straight. Staple the chicken wire into place, and nail the remaining frame pieces along the edges. Use clothespins to hand snapshots, art, etc. This is an easy photo display that you can make as big as you want, that also allows you to swap out pics whenever the mood strikes. (A lot easier than redoing a gallery wall of frames.)

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2. The Idea: Map Magnets

Use hot glue to affix magnets to the back of the pieces of a map puzzle. Alternately, try using self-adhesive magnet tape.
$5 gets you colorful magnets and a project the kids can take part in, too. Easy, and quick: turn this fun project around in 30 minutes or less!

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3. The Idea: Thrift Store Ottoman

Remove the old cushion from a thrift store find and paint the base. Reupholster the cushion with an updated fabric. (If you need some guidance on creating piping or welting, or reupholstering in general, Midwestern Sewing Girl recommends expert village’s YouTube tutorials.)  Some paint and a killer pattern turn an inexpensive castoff into a show-stopping (and practical) piece of furniture. Difficult (but worth it!). This will take up your weekend, and more experienced seamstresses will have an easier time finishing the upholstery.

The Blogger: Midwestern Sewing Girl


4.  The Idea: Book Shelves

Mark the width of your vintage hardcover book on the wall, or trace the outline of the book onto paper and tape it to the wall. Mark the holes in the L brackets, and drill holes for screw anchors. Screw the brackets into place. From below, screw the books into the brackets. Tip: using a clamp to hold the books closed will help create a more secure bond. Top with a lightweight display item. These clever and eye-catching shelves are décor on their own, in addition to supporting your favorite display items. An extra person and experience with power tools and stencils will ease this approximately three-hour project.

The Blogger: A Little Tipsy


5. The Idea: Tiered Succulent Planter

Use epoxy glue to adhere clear glasses in between ceramic dishes of varying sizes, using the largest as a base and the smallest as the top container. Fill planters with a base layer of gravel or pumice, followed by a layer of potting soil. Insert succulent plants, and top with river rocks, moss, driftwood, etc. Use a brush to clean off any dirt that may have settled into plants. For under $10 you can create a modern planter to rival lux versions in stores. This project is several steps, including repotting and arranging the plants to your liking. A good afternoon project.

The Blogger: Craftberrybush


6. The Idea: Corkboard Makeover

Glue four moulding rosettes (available at home supply stores) to frame of bulletin board, one on each corner; clamp and let dry overnight. Measure the space between the rosettes and cut strips of crown moulding to fit; glue into place to complete frame, clamp, and let dry several hours. If you have spaces in between your corner rosettes and moulding, you can use spackle to fill in the gaps. Paint frame with two coats of spray paint. Let dry, and cut paper or cloth to fit corkboard area. Spray paper or cloth with adhesive and press to corkboard; add beaded trim to where paper or cloth meets frame using hot glue gun. Crown molding and some textured details elevate this pragmatic old standby from bland to grand. Aside from waiting for glue to dry, this project takes a few hours.

The Blogger: Midwestern Sewing Girl


7. The Idea: Casserole Spice Rack

Start with silver serving racks picked up at a thrift store or garage sale. Make a small shelf using wood from a home supply store and detailed wood craft moulding: nail the moulding onto the shelf and secure with wood glue. Paint shelf silver paint and dab with blank paint to create a distressed, tarnished look. Attach wood shelves by either drilling small holes into the shelves and securing to the silver frame with wire, or by threading small crews through the fretwork of the frame and screwing them directly into the wood. Hang the display rack with metal wire attached to the server’s legs. A thrift store find solves the problem of providing spice storage that works and adds some elegance to the kitchen. There are several steps to this upgrade, but nothing too challenging. (Plan on setting aside a few hours.) Creator Nita Stacy reports that labeling the spices and filling the bottles took more time than the project itself!

The Blogger: Mod Vintage Life


8. The Idea: DIY Makeup Brush Storage

Cut a small piece off a medium-sized branch; use an electric saw for both speed and ease. Match up the size of electric drill bits with the utensils you intend to store in the wood. Drill straight down to create holes in the wood and sand to remove any rough edges. Natalie rounds up inexpensive ELF cosmetic brushes and makes these stylish holders as gifts. Source a branch from the back yard, drill, sand, and you’re done.

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9. The Idea: Stenciled Rug

Place a craft stencil (this one is by Martha Stewart) over an inexpensive rug and using a direct up and down motion, dab on high gloss acrylic paint with a sponge brush. Keeping the stencil aligned with the painted section, move down the rug until the entire surface is painted. Let dry. Tip: the larger the pattern of the stencil, the easier the paint job, and keeping the design straight, will be. Customize a boring necessity with color and pattern you love — and that everyone will notice. All it takes is a couple hours.

The Blogger: A Little Tipsy


10.The Idea: Yardstick Coat Rack

Buy a sheet of wood a few inches longer and wider than your collection of vintage yardsticks. Arrange yardsticks on the wood in a pattern to your liking. Tip: place ones of similar heights together where you will drill in hooks, so that the hooks will lie flat. Use Liquid Nails to adhere the yardsticks to the wood, clamp or weight the yardsticks and let dry overnight. Decide where to place hooks, mark screw holes, and drill pilot holes so that screws do not split the yardsticks; screw hooks to wood base. Touch up silver screws with craft paint that matches the color of your hooks, and let dry. Paint or stain wood base border, or for a more finished look, frame with painted crown moulding. Familiarity with power tools will make this easier. Aside from the drying time, this project takes an hour or so.

The Blogger: Bon Temps Beignet


11. The Idea: Doily Lace Candle Votives

Select a piece of lace or a paper doily. If the lace you are using frays easily, spray the lace with some fabric stiffener. Cut fabric or doily to the height of the glass votive holder; if you like, follow the pattern of the lace instead of cutting straight across. Make sure to cut about ½ and inch extra for gluing. Trim the fabric or lace so that it wraps the holder, and use hot glue to secure it to the glass. With little effort the humble clear votive holder becomes romantic and atmospheric. (And looks good when not lit, too.) All you need is some lace or a doily, some glue, and a spare hour.

The Blogger: Julie Ann Art 


12. The Idea: Altoid Tin Business Card Holder

Use double-sided tape to affix a piece of lace or strand of ribbon to the outside of an empty Altoids mint case. Create a message for the inside lid of the tin on your computer (try using a fun font to add some personality or style), print, and cut to size. Adhere to inside lid using more double sided tape. Especially great for crafty types, who can customize their business card holder to match their handmade passion.

The Blogger: Julie Ann Art


13. The Idea: Cork Canape Knives

Use a mallet to break off existing decorative handle of an old appetizer knife. (Hint: Wrap the knife in a dishtowel to prevent small pieces from flying.) Remove any remaining pieces with pliers. Cut a small slit into a wine cork with a knife, and push the cleaned end of the appetizer knife into the cork until secure. Take your dated spreaders and give them a festive upgrade using corks saved from special occasions.

The Blogger: Yarnigras


14. The Idea: DIY Rope Container

Using rough rope such a sisal or manila, create the base of the container by making a spiral, adding dots of hot glue to adhere the rope to itself. When you have reached the size of the base you want, simply wind the rope onto the outermost edge of the base, and glue as you go. Finish the top at your desired height by winding and gluing two or three times around the inside of the vessel. Tip: For extra help, you can use a glass container as a guide. Make an on trend home accent for a fraction of what you’d pay in store.

The Blogger: The Gilded Hare


15. The Idea: Birdcage Planter

Remove the top of the birdcage, and if the base contains a liner, remove it or drill holes in it so that water can drain out the bottom. Place a resin or stone statue on top of a wire suet holder in the center of the base. Surround the statue with flowering plants such as impatiens; repot plants into larger containers for longer periods between waterings. (Trailing plants such as calibrachoa and bacopa are good choices to feed carefully through the birdcage walls.) Reattach birdcage top and water frequently throughout growing season, making sure plantings do not dry out. This planter adds a touch of whimsy to the garden or deck area. Once you’ve assembled the basic elements, this planter can be completed in an hour or so.

The Blogger: An Enchanted Cottage


16. The Idea: Egg Shell Candles

Use a sharp awl to make a small hole in the top of the egg, then chip away at the hole to make it larger. Wash hallowed egg shells and allow to dry. To make six egg candles, melt 1/3 lb. beeswax in a double boiler, and pour into shells. Insert wick into center of candle. Tip: if the top layer of wax has solidified, use a toothpick to poke a hole in the top of the wax and feed wick through — the wax below will still be liquefied. Perfect for spring, these delicate candles are impressive looking, but are a cinch to make.

The Blogger: Mom’s Crafty Space



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