Cheap Christmas Decorating: Gift Wrapped Door

by DIY Maven

Cheap Christmas Decorating: Gift Wrapped Door

Although we don’t see it often up in the northland–probably because of the snowstorms and such–I’ve heard down south it’s quite popular to gift wrap your front door for the holidays.

A novice at door-wrapping, I consulted the experts. Here’s a blow by blow to get the job done.

Supplies Needed

The same stuff you’d use to wrap a present, only more of them. Although, the instructions I found made a point of stating that it’s...

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Everything But The Squeal

by DIY Maven
Everything But The Squeal

The title of this post needs explanation. It’s something country folk my mother’s age say when referring to butchering pigs. And although as a vegetarian I find the origins of this edict revolting, I couldn’t agree with it more.

Snout to tail, nothing was wasted; everything but the squeal was used.

Fast Forward to the 21st Century

Which leads me to the leftover paint can lid from a previous post. It was a nice little paint can lid. It wasn’t...

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Paint Can Glam

by DIY Maven

Paint Can Glam
What You Need

Empty, cleaned paint cans. I used a quart sized can, but gallon sized cans will work too. (If you don’t have an empty paint can laying around, most hardware stores sell new, unused paint cans. A quart size will cost you about a buck.)

Drill

1/8" drill bit

A Sharpie

Metal or wood block to support the inside of the can

Sandpaper. Any grit will do.

Small jelly-jar-sized-jar (or larger jar for gallon sized can)

Votive candle (or larger pillar...

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The chickens are coming: a peck inside the growing urban movement

by Alexrussell

The chickens are coming: a peck inside the growing urban movement
No longer are chickens and their fresh-laid eggs fit only for farmers in the countryside. More and more city-folk are raising their own chickens in home-made backyard coops. These rebels are part of a growing movement of Americans taking chickens and eggs into their own hands. 

In 2002, urban chickens started to gain national attention with stories on ABC News online, and local venues like the Mobile Register. Since then the movement has...

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Fake Paper Pictures: Capitalizing on a Stupid Idea

by DIY Maven

Beside using newsprint to gauge furniture placement, you can use it to determine layout of pictures/art before you take hammer to nail.

 

Fake Paper Pictures: Capitalizing on a Stupid Idea
So Easy You Don’t Need a "Need" List

Just measure and cut your newsprint to the size of the pictures/art you want to display. Tape and, better yet, RE-tape them to the wall of your choosing until you have them in the positions desired. And then hammer away. This also works great if you’re using those marvelous 3M...

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Fake Paper Furniture: The Stupidest Idea Ever

by DIY Maven

 

Fake Paper Furniture: The Stupidest Idea Ever

Something called Lay It Out has "invented" life-sized furniture templates that help you envision where your furniture will go before buy it. Or move it in. Or whatever. This idea is so stupid, I’m tempted not to go on, but I will.

The Point

The templates, starting at $14.99, are available in various shapes including sofas, chairs, beds, love seats, dining tables and rugs. Yeah, that’s right, templates for rugs. Sheesh.

Save Your Money; Use Your...

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Make Costume Jewelry Artwork Collage for your wall

by Nimue

  This idea comes straight out of the 1960's.  It's an easy and creative way to make art from your costume or junk jewelry (any outdated & cheap stuff - nothing valuable of course) - or any other small items that are appealing to you (marbles, small toys, misc. doodads found in your junk drawer?)  The examples shown here were made by my Grandmother and her sister.  When I repaired the larger tree piece, I used Omni-Stick glue, but any waterproof...

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Elegant Outdoor Luminaries: Free

by DIY Maven

Elegant Outdoor Luminaries: Free

What You Need

Plastic bucket or empty-ice cream pail

Small plastic jar or storage container

Stones, marbles, etc for weight

Votives or tea lights

Cold weather, or a freezer if you live in warmer climes

What You Need to Do

1. Place smaller container in center of pail

2. Place rocks, marbles, etc. in smaller container for weight

3. Fill larger pail with water until it reaches 1 inch or so from rim of center container

4. Place bucket outside in freezing...

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Unless it's cracked or ugly: don't replace that old toilet, fix it!

by Alexrussell

Unless it's cracked or ugly: don't replace that old toilet, fix it!
Just because your toilet runs a little doesn’t mean you need a new one. Of course, if it’s cracked or ugly, have at it. But if your water bill’s high and you’re sure the culprit is your toilet, more than likely it just needs some new mechanical parts inside, all of which are easy to install. Why pay a plumber a minimum $100 for something you can fix on your own for $20?

That is, if you have a simple toilet with a separate tank and bowl. None of...

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Mini Modern Artwork for the Frugal Collector ($20)

by Alicia Lacy
Mini Modern Artwork for the Frugal Collector ($20)

 
  
While paging through this month's edition of Real Simple magazine, I came upon this gem...www.tinyshowcase.com.
 
This website features a community of artists who post one original piece of mini artwork every Tuesday. Each print sells for about $20, and is approximately 4 x 6 inches. What's more is that a percentage of each print sold goes to a charity of the artist's choosing. They have a gallery of several pieces from the past, and this week's...

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