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How To: Appliqué Anything onto Anything.

By: Chrisjob Jul 30, 2008

Generally, an applique is anything that is 'applied' to another object. In the world of crafting and fabric, an applique is a smaller piece of fabric or needlework is attached to create embellishments, patterns, or designs.

But, despite the stiffness of the definition above, it ain't all that hard to do, and it certainly can open up whole new worlds of customization and fun. This Mama Makes Stuff offers a name applique tutorial here, whichContinue Reading

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Robot Head Toilet Paper Holder

By: Diy maven Jul 29, 2008

The Airyusha Robatan Toilet Paper Holder is the head of a robot that just happens to dispense toilet paper from its mouth. Made of ceramic, the objet d’ kitsch will set you back 50 bucks, but I say it’s totally DIYable. MDF or wood, a table saw, a jig saw, maybe even a hole saw for the eyes and a couple of wooden disks for ears and you’re good to go. Via.

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How to turn a plastic jug into a modern pendant lamp.

By: Diy maven Jul 29, 2008

RePlayGround was inspired by a lamp project in the January ‘07 issue of ReadyMade and came up with this eco-friendly alternative. The ReadyMade version uses paperwood whereas this clever option uses a 1-gallon plastic jug of the vinegar or windshield washer fluid variety. Other ingredients you’ll need include:

  • 2 pairs of chopsticks (leftover from take-out night)
  • fishing line
  • 8 #47 O-rings or small black rubberbands
  • a hangingContinue Reading
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How to turn old socks into groovy potholders.

By: Diy maven Jul 29, 2008

Here’s a superb way to make use of leftover socks bereft of their mates: turn them into potholders! All you need is one of those old school potholder weaving looms and a bunch of lonely cotton socks cut into 1/4" thick loops. Jen at Re-nester bought her loom at a craft store, but she suggests you could make your own by nailing some brads spaced 1/4" apart into a scrap piece of wood that’s the size of an average potholder. For an explanation ofContinue Reading

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The Ethereal Rug

By: Diy maven Jul 28, 2008

The Ethereal Rug is from Top Floor Designs and it makes me swoon. Via.

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Gift: Bottle of Wine with a Handmade Bonus

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 28, 2008

created on: 07/28/08

Is it only me, or do others feel like a mere hostess gift needs a little something extra to make it personal? I usually try to write a short, funny poem to accompany a gift that may come up a bit short.  Instructables, has a simple, quick tutorial to make a necklace out of your favorite wine cork.  I see it working like this:  You buy two bottles of wine, pop the cork on one for the necklace, have a few glasses while you craft your handmadeContinue Reading

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How to make a jewelry pegboard.

By: Diy maven Jul 28, 2008

created on: 07/28/08

I grew tired of not wearing my jewelry because I couldn’t find it in my jewelry box. A display pegboard seemed like a good alternative to the messy box.

Props you’ll need:

  • a large wooden frame (I used an 16" by 20")
  • a piece of MDF veneer or plywood to fit inside the frame. (I used a piece of 1/4" scrap pre-finished MDF maple veneer leftover from a kitchen remodel we did awhile back. But you could cover a less-than-perfect piece ofContinue Reading
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Turning Milk Crates Into....

By: Diy maven Jul 28, 2008

A chandelier

A bench

Tables and chairs


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Make A Laptop Messenger Bag

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 26, 2008

created on: 07/26/08

Made from Anthropologie-looking fabric, the Laptop Messenger Bag has  a smooth chocolate brown recycled leather strap (from an Ann Taylor skirt) and a back pocket cut out of a recycled bomber jacket.  To be perfectly honest, I did take the outside pocket right off of my original Placemat Hack: Flaptop Laptop Cover.  This handy messenger version is easy to carry, quilted on the inside and has the added details of topstitching and thatContinue Reading

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How-to: Wrap Gifts with Fabric

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 25, 2008

created on: 07/25/08

Years ago I used some cute upholstery fabric to wrap a baby shower gift, it only seemed natural.  I tied it and made a bow out of real ball fringe or something darling.  As I remember, it was very difficult to figure out a way to make the wrapping say put.  Happily, the wrapping got more applause than the gift (justifiably, if I do say so myself).

The Ministry of Environment-Government of Japan has a downloadable PDF file to show youContinue Reading

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