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Get creative with clever craft project ideas that cost next to nothing.
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Jewelry designer Andrea Singarella fashioned these bibliophilic baubles for just a few bucks each. To assemble your own, cut velvet ribbon into nine-inch lengths. Purchase ribbon clamps the same width as your ribbon, then use flat-nose jewelry pliers to affix clamps to both ends of each ribbon. Finish by attaching charms, trinkets, or vintage earrings to the clamps with jump rings.
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Photo Coasters3 of 11
Refocus plain ceramic tiles as snappy coasters. First, trim a photo. Using a foam brush, spread Mod Podge on the back of the image; then position it on a tile, leaving a 1/4-inch border at the top and sides, and a 3/4-inch border at the bottom. Let dry for 30 minutes. Spread Mod Podge over the photo and exposed tile borders and let dry for one hour; repeat two more times. Spray with clear sealant and let dry for 24 hours. Finally, affix adhesive felt pads to the underside corners of your picture-perfect tiles.
Book Box for Remote Control4 of 11
A fresh plotline for a used book: storing a remote! Unlike Downton Abbey, your clunky clicker isn't exactly a must-see. So stash the eyesore in a book: You'll need one at least two inches longer and 1/4 inch deeper than your remote control.
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Paint-Stick Lampshade5 of 11
Transform a basic shade with paint sticks. Those hardware-store stirrers can do more than just blend semigloss. Instead, use them to ring any cylindrical shade that's up to 14 inches tall.
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Sharp Knife Block6 of 11
Elevate a basic knife block with some paint. Start spray-painting the block with two coats of white semigloss. Allow two hours of drying time between coats; then let them dry overnight. Using the knives you plan to keep in the block, lay one utensil atop the block in a spot that reflects the blade's placement when stored; carefully trace the shape with a pencil. Repeat with the other three knives. Fill the inside of each shape with another paint color. Let dry, add a second coat, then let dry again before inserting cutlery.
Shell Collection7 of 11
Instead of hitting the souvenir shop, bring home a bit of the beach from your next vacation. Simply scoop up shells and sand, decant into pretty bottles—like these corked vials and apothecary jars—then add labels. Over time, you'll create truly personal mementos that double as a stunning vignette.
Vintage Trophy Wine Stoppers8 of 11
We spotted these sporty toppers at our Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio — then persuaded vendor Shannon Vance, of Stash Style, to share how she and pal Robin Sweeney created them. First, use a drill to make a 1/8-inch-wide hole halfway down into a new cork, then twist off the top of a vintage trophy. Apply superglue to the underside of the trophy top's base and the screw that extends from it. Insert the screw into the cork and twist the pieces together until flush and a tight bond forms.
Kitchen Canisters9 of 11
Cross-stitch makes the leap from fabric to glassware with help from a free font and transparent sticker sheets. Download the Home Sweet Home font. Use it to type out the names of pantry staples, in a Microsoft Word document, then adjust the type size and alignment to fit your canisters. Print your documents. Once the ink has dried, lightly coat each sheet with a thin layer of hair spray, to prevent smearing; let dry. Cut out and trim each label, then affix to the canisters.
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Door Pulls10 of 11
Fashion these sturdy handles from two same-size serving pieces. Flip one facedown, then following the package directions, apply bonding glue to the flat end of a one-inch aluminum screw post. Quickly press the post to the base of the flatware's handle (approximately a half inch from the end), and hold until a bond forms. Let dry for 20 minutes. At the serving end of the utensil, find the flattest point to glue on a second post (approximately two inches in from the end). Finish by screwing flatware into place from the inside of the doors.
Photo Vase11 of 11
Clip images from a magazine or photocopy family photos to dress up a glass vase. Glue images to a solid sheet of paper and attach to the vase with colorful clothespins.