That’s One Patriotic Pool Noodle

If you happen to have a pool noodle lying around (yep, I see all those nodding heads) then you are going to love this! With summer on the way, Camille realized that she didn't have "a nice red, white, and blue decoration to celebrate Memorial Day or Independence Day." So at Growing up Gabel she's showing us how she quickly turned a pool noodle into a sparkly, patriotic wreath, using duct tape and a few goodies from the dollar store.

Stepladder Performs Double Duty

Debbie at Refresh Restyle has big plans for a backyard "outdoor oasis" and says, "I give myself bonus points for using things that I already have." A short ladder from her stash is the perfect candidate for a little multi-purpose makeover, making its debut as a side table AND planter!

Anthropologie on the Free: Geometric Pendant Lamp

When you see wooden skewers you might think of summer grilling (mmmm . . . grilling) but Amy's mind went in a completely different direction! Instead of going the shish kabob route, she used hers to create an absolutely free Anthropologie-inspired geometric pendant lamp. She's showing us how it's done at Delineate Your Dwelling.

Turning an Old Sketch Pad into an Office Accessory

Spotting a large sketch pad sticking out of her trash bin, Laura exclaimed, "Who threw this away? Don’t these kiddos know that the bestest most awesomest chipboard ever is the backing from these sketch pads?" She knew that sturdy chipboard leftover after all the paper had been used was perfect for recycling into a writing mat, and posted the project at Me and My Inklings.
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Drop Cloth Upgraded to Elegant Crib Skirt

Today's feature comes from Rachel at Maison de Pax. She may say her sewing skills are "basic, at best," but it only took her an hour to turn leftover drop cloth scraps into a beautiful Restoration Hardware-inspired neutral crib skirt. I'm kind of jealous of any baby that gets to live in this nursery!

Red White & Blue Colored Rice Jars

I will never get tired of seeing new mason jar ideas! This one came from Cheryl at Tidy Mom. She is using colored rice and candles to add patriotic flair to this season's get-togethers. Cheryl says, "I love how simple and pretty they look during the day and even better when glowing on a summer night at dusk." I bet you probably already have all the ingredients for this super-quick decoration!

Marbled Tin Can Luminaries for Summer Evenings

Are you opening any cans for dinner tonight? Amanda from Dwelling in Happiness turned hers into a set of colorful marbled luminaries that look amazing when the sun goes down! (Actually, they look amazing when the sun it up, too.) She shared her project at Juggling Act Mama and says, "These luminaries are perfect for hanging around the patio, lit up along stairs, or sitting on outdoor tables."
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Eye-catching Elephant Bookends

During a playroom makeover, Liz came across a set of Pottery Barn animal bookends and "instantly fell in love." She knew they would look fabulous in her new playroom, so she's showing us how she used scrap wood and the dollar bin to make her own elephant version at Love Grows Wild.

A Tic Tac Toe Board that Rocks

Taryn (of Design, Dining, and Diapers) is in the Pacific Northwest and now that winter is over she's ready to "spend every second outside!" (I know the feeling!) She used a piece of scrap wood and some stones from her back yard to create an outdoor tic tac toe game that's "inexpensive and provides great entertainment for all ages." At Tater Tots & Jello she's showing us how she did it.

DIY Bedsheet Teepee

Aniko from Place of My Taste wanted to add a fun element to her little boy's bedroom. And what's more fun than your very own teepee? (Answer: pretty much nothing.) Opting not to spend $150 or more, Aniko instead used an old duvet cover for what she calls an "inexpensive, easy and YOU CAN DO IT TOO project!"