Summer Picnic Mason Jars

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One thing I’ve learned over the years is that there are literally thousands of ways you can repurpose a glass canning jar.  Those things aren’t just for holding canned beans, you know!  This latest mason jar project comes from Dee of Meatloaf & Melodrama, just in time for summer and al fresco dining! Inspired by {…Read More…}

Pretty Patterned Drinking Straw Vases

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Anima can’t stop herself from collecting pretty paper straws, but she also can’t bring herself to ruin them by (gasp!) drinking from them. So she’s decided to “use them to make pretty things instead.” At This Design Journal, Anima is showing us an easy way to transform a straw stash into colorful vases.

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Hair Clips Get a Retro Fabric Makeover

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Courtney is one of the three fabulous sisters you’ll meet at Fry Sauce and Grits. When her two-year-old daughter finally got fed up with Mom borrowing her hair clips, Courtney took it as a sign to dig into her fabric scrap bag and create some great new fabric-covered hair clips for herself!

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Jeannie in a Bottle: Mid-century Mod Lamp Makeover

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Jenna of Rain on a Tin Roof decided it was finally time to do something with the garage sale lamp that had been sitting around for over a year. It reminded her of the old TV show “I Dream of Jeannie,” but it was going to take more than just folding her arms and blinking to update this old piece. Armed with her own brand of magic and some great paint colors, Jenna worked a masterful transformation! (See what I did there?)

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Patriotic Window Shutter

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Kim tells us, “I have had three old shutters hanging out in my “junk” pile in my garage for the past 2 years.” She recently upgraded one of those plain shutters into a piece of flag wall art, just in time for Memorial Day and the 4th of July. The two-year wait was well worth it, as you can see at her blog Too Much Time on My Hands.

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Tufted Bench Beauty

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I had to laugh when I read Abby’s awesome confession over at Just a Girl and Her Blog. Her dining room set has three chairs, but she has a family of four. So one of her sons “has always sat on an uncomfortable folding chair” at meal times. Ah . . . the joys of working with what you have! When her sister offered up an old bench, Abby knew it was time “to make my little guy a cushy bench to sit on instead!”

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DIY Scarf Organizer

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Here’s a quick project that you can make that you probably have most of the materials for already on hand. It’s a hanging scarf organizer, and Jessica from Living on the Cheap came up with it. The first step is easy: pull out a plastic hanger from your closet.

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From Plastic Spoons to Artichoke Garden Sculpture

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Hang on to those plastic spoons, because we’ve got yet another way to turn them into something awesome! Mona turned hers into a fabulous garden sculpture. Friends, she made an artichoke. And I’m kind of ridiculously in love with it. She’s showing us how it’s done (in text and video) at Craft Klatch.

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