Roundup: 10 Clever Paper Straw DIYs

by Faith Towers
Roundup: 10 Clever Paper Straw DIYs
Photo: Remodelista

Paper straws suddenly became popular a while back (kind of like washi tape), and now I grab a box of them whenever I see them. Which means that now I suddenly have a lifetime supply of them. And I'm guessing some of you are in the same boat. Bur there are other, alternative ways to use them, aside from drinking through them... here are ten super clever DIY projects using paper straws.   

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The Easiest Way to Try the Shibori Dyeing Technique

by Brittni Mehlhoff
Photo: Rachel Brewer

If I had to choose one DIY trend / technique that I never get tired of, it would have to be dyeing. Mostly because it's a very easy process that (truly) anyone can complete. Plus, the before and after transformation is generally pretty dramatic. There are lots of options when it comes to dyeing too, from traditional dyeing to over-dyeing to dip dyeing, etc. 

The one that I've been most interested in as of late though is Shibori dyeing, which basically means shaping and securing the textile before placing in a dye bath. I've simplified the process to make it easy enough for even the most beginner level DIYer to handle, and used rubber bands to create interesting designs in a matter of minutes. Click through to see how the pillows turned out and do some last minute decorating before the holidays roll around.

 

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Make It: Printable "To Go" Pie Boxes

by Stephanie Lee
Printable pie boxes

With Thanksgiving around the corner and Christmas not far behind, I thought it'd be a good time to start thinking about all those desserts that will be leftover in the wake of the festivities. Because at this time of year there always seems to be too much food, despite my best efforts to eat everything in sight! 

These pie boxes are perfect for handing out the extra pieces after the party's over; and best of all, they're so easy to make that you could put them together while the turkey's roasting. Click through for the full tutorial...  

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Eye Candy: 10 Modern Yet Cozy Cabins That Will Make You Want To Escape To The Woods

by Jennifer Farley
Source: Decoist via Webber Studio; On Site Management

I don't know about you, but the holidays bring out my desire to snuggle up and just be with my family. Maybe it is because of the busy nature of the season, but I long to cozy up with my hot cocoa and escape. Here are 10 modern rustic cabins that make you want to live life in the woods...for good.      

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How to: DIY Modern Wall Art in Under 30 Minutes

by Brittni Mehlhoff
DIY Modern wall art in under 30 minutes
Photo: Rachel Brewer

When it comes to revamping a room in my home or studio, I love wall art projects because they usually give you the most bang for your buck in terms of transforming a space. Admittedly though, I don't always have the time it takes to create awesome DIY art pieces. So, I came up with a modern, minimal way to add great artwork to your walls in under 30 minutes and thought I'd share the tutorial,  in case you're always in a time crunch for DIYs like I am.

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Roundup: 10 Clever IKEA Hacks For Your Next Party

by Faith Towers
Roundup: 10 Clever IKEA Hacks For Your Next Party
Photo: Smile and Wave

IKEA is often thought of as solely a furniture retailer, but they have so much more than just furniture... and many of their pieces lend themselves to entertaining. And with the holidays sneaking up on us, I thought I'd share some clever IKEA hacks that would be perfect for your next gathering. Keep reading to check out ten of my favorite hacks for entertaining.   

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Make It: Printable Halloween Fang Treat Bags

by Stephanie Lee
Halloween fang printable treat bags

Halloween is a great time of year to get creative with wrapping up that candy because there's so many occasions to share it with others! You may find yourself dishing out sweets to trick or treaters, at Halloween parties, or for friends, family or neighbours who drop by for a visit. Tis the season for a WHOLE lotta of sugar.

So why not have a little fun with it and wrap your candy in style with this super easy treat bag printable? Click through for all the details!  

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Eye Candy: 10 DIYs for Día de los Muertos

by Stephanie Lee
10 colourful DIYs for Dia De Los Muertos
Photo: Design is Yay

While I've never been a fan of Halloween, I've always loved the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) that takes place from October 31st to November 2nd.

Having grown up thinking of death as a very sombre occasion, I find myself drawn to the beautifully joyous way the deceased are honoured in at this time of year in celebrations full of colour, vibrancy and positivity.  

If you're planning to decorate your house for Día de los Muertos, click through for some of my favourite Day of the Dead DIYs.

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Make It: Printable Halloween Pyramid Decorations

by Stephanie Lee
DIY printable halloween decorations

I love decorating with paper for the holidays. Not only is it inexpensive, it can make a big impact without too much effort and it's easy to change up, recycle or pack-down once the big day is over.

I created some downloadable pyramid boxes that you can print out and use to dress up your walls this Halloween. These little boxes also have a few other handy uses which I'll show you at the end of the post - click through for all the details!

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