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Make a DIY Bathroom Rug in 1 Hour or Less

by Holly Wade

Make a DIY Bathroom Rug in 1 Hour or Less

Having a cushy rug under your feet is the coziest thing I can imagine, and it's nice to be greeted with a fluffy bathroom rug as soon as you get out of the shower or as you stand at the sink to brush your teeth. It just adds to the relaxing feeling of a well-designed bathroom! In order to bring that coziness into your home, you can make your own bathroom rug in just one hour or less using a simple technique for weaving yarn through netting. 

 This is one of those projects that's easy to work on in front of the TV because after a few pieces it begins to feel like a mindless activity. Just let your hands do the work and before you know it, you'll have a new bathroom rug!

Make a DIY Bathroom Rug in 1 Hour or Less

 Materials:

  • Latch hook rug base
  • Fluffy yarn
  • Tape
  • Scissors

Step

Cut the latch hook rug base to your desired size. In this case, I made a 16x24 inch rug. 

Make a DIY Bathroom Rug in 1 Hour or Less

Step

Wrap the end of a piece of yarn in tape. This will make it easy to thread through each opening in the rug base.

Make a DIY Bathroom Rug in 1 Hour or Less

Step

It's easiest when the yarn is cut into 24-inch-long pieces. Starting in one corner of the rug base, push the tape wrapped yarn up through one square of the rug base. Weave over 1-2 squares and continue an under-over weave pattern all the way across the base, pulling the yarn up between stitches to create this plush look. 

Continue this weaving step until the entire base is woven, continuing with multiple pieces of yarn as needed. 

Step

On the bottom of the rug, tape down the loose yarn so prevent it from fraying or coming undone. 

Make a DIY Bathroom Rug in 1 Hour or Less

Homemade rugs don't have to be incredibly difficult! Although this rug may not be as long-lasting as one you purchase from a store, it's nice to have a homemade touch in every room of the house, and this plush yarn will feel so comfortable under your bare feet!

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Four Quick and Clever Ways to Reuse Old Corks

by M.E. Gray

Four Quick and Easy Ways to Reuse Cork

If you love drinking wine as much as you love crafting, then we've got some good news for you! Those natural corks that you might otherwise throw out can be re-purposed in a lot of different ways. Here are four wine cork projects that you can easily complete in 10 minutes or less each.       

Project #1: Succulent Planters

Four Wine Cork Projects: Succulent Planters

Before we get started, let's answer a question: What exactly is cork? Turns out it comes from the cork oak tree, which is native to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. Corks are made from the bark of this tree, which makes them a perfect pairing for planting succulents. Cork also has a unique ability to adapt its shape (like when it creates a tight seal in a wine bottle), which also helps with planting.

Four Wine Cork Projects: Succulent Planters

To make this project, you'll need:

  • 100% natural corks
  • A craft knife
  • Small succulent plants

1. Start by carving out the center of a cork using the tip of the craft knife. Dig out enough cork to fit a succulent plant inside.

2. Repot the plant into the cork. Done!

If you want to display your new wine cork projects on the refrigerator, use hot glue to attach small magnets to the backs of the corks. 

Project #2: DIY Cork Place Holder 

Four Wine Cork Projects: Place Card Holders

Before your next dinner party, save up your wine corks for this simple DIY project. These place card holders also make great cheese labels! Fun fact: The best wines are always sealed with natural corks versus the plastic ones, so you can slyly let your dinner guests know you also have a stellar taste in wine, too.

Four Wine Cork Projects: Place Card Holders

To make this project, you'll need: 

  • One wine cork for each guest
  • A craft knife

1. Hold the cork in an upright position, and slice off one rounded side of the cork. This allows the cork to lay flat on the table.

2. On the opposite side of the cork, cut a slit into the side.

3. Slide your place cards through the slit in the cork. Done!


Project #3: Floating Keychain

Four Wine Cork Projects: Floating Keychains

In addition to cork stoppers being sustainably made (the cork oak tree regenerates nine years after being harvested), cork oak bark is naturally buoyant! It's impermeable, yet the tiny cells that make up the cork release air so slowly that it creates buoyancy (or ages fine wine). Don't worry about losing your keys in the bottom of the swimming pool or lake with this DIY.

Four ways to reuse old wine corks

For this project, you'll need:

  • A 100% natural cork
  • An eye hook
  • A keyring

1. Screw a small eye hook into the bottom of a cork until it is secure.

2. Attach a keyring to the eye hook, then to your keys.


Project #4: Personalized Stamps

Four Wine Cork Projects: Personalized Stamps

For this project, you'll need:

  • Some corks
  • A marker
  • A craft knife
  • A stamp ink pad or acrylic paint

1. Grab a marker, and begin by drawing your design on the end of a cork stopper.

2. Use a craft knife to cut away at the areas you do not want to show (i.e. the negative space).

3. Press the stamp onto an ink pad, or into paint, and start stamping!


Know what else we like about real cork? These forests retain nearly 14 million tons of CO2 per year! which are diverse ecosystems that provide essential habitats. And the best part - cork is 100% recyclable, and there are lots of recycling resources available based on your region. 

Recycle your old wine corks with these four easy projects you can complete in under 10 minutes each
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If these wine cork projects made you fall in love with cork, you'll love these DIY patterned cork coasters

Make it: Patterned cork coasters

Thanks to the Portuguese Cork Association (APCOR) for providing fun cork facts!

 

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10 Ways to Love Your Rental Bathroom

by M.E. Gray

Ugly apartment bathroom solutions: From moldy caulk lines to ugly shower doors, here's one renters take on how to deal with an unsightly restroom.

If you have ever leased a home, you know the struggles that can plague a rental bathroom. Unless it's a brand new building, the restroom is likely going to have a unique set of unfortunate details. I've been a renter for all of my adult life. I've seen my fair share of bizarre bathroom situations - from lime green walls to landline phone accessibility next to the tub (true story). My current apartment bathroom has it's own flaws that over time I've either figured out how to disguise or how to live with. Here's my advice on how to deal with an unsightly apartment bathroom, from one renter to another.      

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IKEA Hack! Add Gemstones to Glass Storage Canisters

by Holly Wade

IKEA Hack! Add Gemstones to Glass Storage Canisters

My small bathroom leaves much to be desired, but we make the most of the space we have. When we moved in, we added two small glass shelves to hold perfumes, candles and bathroom essential stored in frosted glass canisters from IKEA. While its functional, the canisters just seemed a little boring for my taste, so I added gemstones to the storage canisters using agate slices. 

 

This was a simple way to upgrade simple glass canisters and bring a little more personality to a traditionally boring rental bathroom. I love the look of agate and used painted beads to give them height on the canister tops, so it's easy to use them as a handle. 

Materials:

  • IKEA glass canisters, flat topped 
  • Wooden beads, painted gold
  • Small agate slices, about 2 inches long
  • Hot glue gun

Step

Clean the tops of the canisters to ensure the glue will stick well to the surface.

Step

If desired, paint the beads gold or another color. Use the glue gun to attach the bead (hole facing down) in the middle of the top of the canister. 

Step

Then glue the agate slice to the top of the bead. Both holes in the bead should be covered now. 

The canisters are ready to be filled with bathroom supplies like cotton swabs and displayed on a shelf. Now your bathroom storage is a lot prettier!

 

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Upgrade your Space with a Simple Beaded Fan Pull

by Holly Wade

Upgrade your Space with a Simple Beaded Fan Pull

Living in a rental means I'm stuck with a few things I don't like, including vertical blinds, ugly ceiling fans and popcorn ceiling. While some things are more difficult to swap out (whether you're renting or just on a budget), it doesn't have to completely limit you. Upgrade a fan or ceiling lamp with a simple beaded fan pull to replace an ugly, boring chain in about 10 minutes.

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5-Minute DIY! Update any Pillow with Floral Patches

by Holly Wade

5-Minute DIY! Update any Pillow with Floral Patches

It's strange to see 90s styles coming back to life, but I'm loving the nostalgia it brings and how it's evolved. Patches are back in style but not just the novelty ones you iron onto jean jackets. Today's patches come in so many different styles, including intricate floral applique patches that are often used around clothing necklines. Instead of using those patches for their intended use, I thought they'd be perfect for outlining the corners of a pillow! This project was so easy to make that I finished in just 5 minutes.

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15 Solutions to Small Bathroom Organization Woes

by Holly Wade
How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products

Having lived in apartments for several years, I've learned how to optimize the storage in small spaces, especially in the bathroom. In our last apartment, we did not have a medicine cabinet, and the under-sink storage was very narrow. Nonetheless, there are so many great products out there for organizing small bathrooms, and these are the must-haves for optimizing your space!

 

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
Photo by IKEA

1. No drawers? Use containers like these stackable bins from IKEA to create easy-to-access organization.

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
Photo by IKEA

2. See-through glass shelves like these thin ones from IKEA are great for adding shelf space while keeping the small space feeling open. 

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
Photo by Amazon

3. Sometimes the biggest space is under the sink, but what do you do with such a wide, seemingly unusable space? These under sink shelves are adjustable and perfect for making the most of that weird space.

4. Again, if you don't have drawers, you can make them! Add these mesh drawers in any cabinet to create drawer space. 

5. When you have too much makeup and not enough space, using a makeup organizer can help you organize the clutter. This clear acrylic one helps organize your makeup and keep the space feeling clean and open. Plus, it comes in multiple sizes! 

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
Photo by Amazon

6. Take advantage of the empty space above a toilet by inserting an over-the-toilet shelving unit to hold extra towels, toiletries, etc. 

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
Photo by IKEA

7. When you have a lot of stuff but no space, it can be difficult to store the main items you use every day. Try storing bathroom items on a rolling cart like this thin one from IKEA to easily move your must-have bathroom items in and out from your bedroom or hallway. 

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
Photo by Amazon

8. Hang one of these over-the-cabinet baskets to create a little extra space inside of a cabinet, perfect for holding cleaning supplies and anything else you need to grab conveniently. 

9. For bulky items like hair dryers, curling irons and hair straighteners, store them in a caddy that hangs over a cabinet. This way, they're easy to access and don't need to stay on your countertop. 

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
Photo via Amazon

10. Command Hooks are great for multiple areas of your home, and the bathroom is no different! Use heavy duty Command Hooks to hang towels on the wall or on doors, so there's no need to drill in shelving or hooks. 

11. Instead of using Command Hooks, you can simply use over-the-door hooks to add storage without having to drill anything. These are easily removable and add several hooks for towels, robes, etc. 

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
Photo via Amazon

12. Save valuable counter space by hanging a suction cup toothbrush holder on the bathroom mirror. Now that's one less thing cluttering the counter!

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
Photo via Amazon

13. You can also create even more storage with small suction cup shelves! Available in multiple colors, these will stick to your mirror as well as shower tiles to create extra shelf space. 

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
Photo by Target

14. When your shower doesn't have enough space for your toiletry bottles, create more with a tension rod corner shower caddy. Tension rods hold it in place and create 4 extra shelves to store all of the necessities. 

15. Keep even the smallest drawers organized with small containers so that every item has a place. You can move them around as needed to fit the drawers in your bathroom.

And there you have it! Hopefully you can get past the small bathroom woes and use these tips to create the space you need and live a comfortable life. 

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Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room in your Home

by Holly Wade

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Mobiles have recently made a comeback, and I see them not just in children's rooms but in other areas of the home. Mobiles are a unique way to add color and decor to an empty area of a room or above a child's crib for something interesting to watch. This simple floral mobile is the perfect piece of decor to fill empty corners of a room or as a beautiful piece of decor for a little girl's room. 

 Faux flowers never go out of style (in my opinion). Choose colors that match the look you're going for in your home and hang them on clear fishing line to achieve the look of floating flowers. If placed above a bed or crib, it's also something cute to wake up to every morning. 

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Materials:

  • 6-inch macramé hoop
  • Clear fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Faux flowers
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle
  • Twine
  • E6000 glue or hot glue gun

How to Make a Floral Mobile for Any Room

Step

Cut 2 long pieces of fishing line, about 8-10 inches. Tie one end to the macramé hoop with double or triple knots to secure. Tie the opposite end of the fishing line to the opposite end of the hoop. The pieces should cross each other. This will be what the mobile will hang from. 

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Step

Use the wire cutters to cut faux flowers from the stems. Repeat with multiple types and sizes of flowers. 

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Step

Thread the needle with a long piece of fishing line, about 12 inches (or however long you want the mobile to be). Poke through a flower, starting from the bottom, and pull the line most of the way through. Tie the end of the fishing line (bottom side of the flower) to the hoop.

Note, the bottom of the flowers will be facing up to the ceiling when hung.

Step

Continue threading various flowers onto the same piece of fishing line several inches apart. Some flowers may not stay in place when hung. In that case, loop a knot into the fishing line so that the flower does not fall. After 4-5 flowers are threaded on the same line, cut and tie a double or triple knot to secure.

Step

Repeat with 4-5 strands of fishing line hung on the hoop with a variety of flowers on each. No need to follow a specific pattern. Spread the lines equal distances apart so that the mobile will hang evenly. 

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Step

Once all lines have been hung, begin wrapping and gluing the twine around the macramé hoop. This step helps to secure the fishing line in place on the hoop so that they do not shift over time and make the mobile lopsided. 

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Once the glue has dried, the mobile is ready to hang! Use the crossed pieces of fishing line at the top of the hoop to hang the mobile from a hook, or secure to the ceiling with a simple thumb tack. It's lightweight, so it doesn't require any additional ceiling support. 

Now this pretty floral mobile is perfect for decorating for the season or just because!  

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IKEA Hack! Make a 10-Minute Side Table

by Holly Wade

IKEA Hack! Make a 10-Minute Side Table

I'm a big-time IKEA fan, but I like to put my own individual spin on their products. One of the best (and easiest) ways to update IKEA furniture is by swapping out the legs. You wouldn't believe the difference it makes! In this case, you can use an IKEA tabletop of any size to make a 10-minute side table that looks beautiful, and no one would even know it's IKEA. 

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18 Gallery Wall Ideas and How to Steal Them

by Holly Wade

18 Gallery Wall Ideas and How to Steal Them

I recently hung a gallery wall in my dining room using a combination of various frames and a couple other items, but first I scoured the internet for inspiration and a variety of gallery wall ideas to bring my boring white wall to life. Gallery walls add so much personality to a space, and you can customize them so many ways using new pieces, pieces you already own or a combination of the two. 

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Here's How to Start Your Gallery Wall Today, Even if Your Art Collection Isn't Complete

by Jennifer Farley

Rustic Eclectic Gallery Wall

I don't know about you, but I swoon over a good, curated art gallery wall. My Pinterest boards are filled with gallery walls created by designers and really talented stylists/bloggers, and these inspire me to display my own pieces. But what do you do when you only have one or two vintage pieces in your collection? Unless you're a designer or stylist who makes a living out of finding treasures, it can take a while to curate a collection of art...

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Elegant DIY Wood and Glass Trough Vase

by Faith Provencher
Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

As a borderline obsessive flower lover, I'm always on the hunt for new vases and centerpiece ideas. So when I ran across a beautiful rectangular glass container on Amazon, I knew I had to have it (and make something out of it, of course). Click through to check out the resulting trough-style vase that I came up with.   

 

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

It has space for four stems, and all four draw from the trough of water below. The wooden top is removable, and keeps the stems securely in place. And it's really quite simple to make! So let's get started.

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

Here's what you'll need for your trough vase:

 

  • Rectangular Centerpiece Vase
  • Two pieces of wood, size 10x4" and 9.5 x 3.5"
  • Wood glue
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Painter's tape
  • Drill with 1/2" drill bit (or similar)
  • Foam brush
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Sandpaper
Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

Before you begin, make sure that the larger piece of wood has the exact same measurements as the outside of the glass centerpiece vase and that the smaller piece fits snugly in the interior of the top of the glass vase. If not, sand it down so that it fits nicely. Apply a healthy dose of glue to the larger piece of wood, leaving about a 1/2 inch glue-less around the edges.  

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

Place the smaller piece of wood on top of the larger one, pressing down firmly. Make sure it is centered. Let it dry for a minute or two until it is quite tacky but not completely adhered.

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

Place it on top of the glass centerpiece vase to make sure that the wood pieces are aligned so that they fit perfectly into the top of the glass vase. Remove it and let it dry for a couple of hours.

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

Next, find the horizontal center line of the wood and place four dots along that line as shown above. They should be evenly spaced, with two inches between each dot. Drill a hole down through each mark. Don't forget to place a piece of scrap wood underneath. Sand any rough edges.

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

Mask off a 3/4 inch perimeter around the top using painter's tape. Press firmly around the edges so that they form a strong bond to the wood.

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

Paint inside this taped-off rectangle with acrylic craft paint in the color of your choice.

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

Remove the tape, let the paint dry, and you're finished! Fill the glass vase with water and insert four stems for a unique centerpiece for your dinner table, kitchen island or accent table.

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

This is sure to be a conversation starter, thanks to its unusual design and contemporary vibe. You can change the look of it by trying different types of flowers... calla lilies would lend a modern feel, while daisies would give it a more rustic sensibility.

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

You might also consider a different color or even a different finish for the top part - a dark stain would be beautiful, or a metallic rose gold would look super glam. 

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

 

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

While this project looks like it would be difficult to complete, it's actually surprisingly simple and quick to finish. You should be able to do it in an hour or two (not including drying time), depending on how quickly you work. Feel free to post questions or links to your own versions in the comments section below!

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
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Step Up Your #Shelfie Game With This DIY Wooden Shelf Organizer

by Faith Towers
Colorful DIY Wooden Shelf Organizer
Photo: Faith Towers

Don't you hate it when your kitchen cabinets don't have a shelf inside, so you end up using only the bottom half? All that wasted space could be used, if only you had an extra level.... so today we're sharing an easy DIY that will help you take advantage of it - in style of course. No boring store-bought shelf risers here!   

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IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set

by Faith Towers
IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

I'm a plant lover through and through. Plants add visual interest to a space, and they clean the air too. So when I saw the Fryken baskets at IKEA, I knew I had to turn them into a hanging planter set. Not only does it look cool, but it also keeps the plants away from the curious nose of my mischievous dog. So read on find out how you can make your own hanging planter basket set.   

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

The final product is a nice combination of rustic and contemporary, with the bright colored cord paired with the natural sea grass. And it's surprisingly easy to make! Let's get started.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Here's what you'll need for your planter:

 

  • IKEA Fryken basket set
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • 10' of parachute cord
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery needle
  • 4" piece of thin wire (not pictured)
IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Begin by painting the bottom of each basket. I mixed up a dark turquoise color, and painted on an angle so that the color would be visible from the side when the baskets were hanging.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Here's a look at the side of the basket. Feel free to use a piece of painters tape to help create a straight line. Let the baskets dry thoroughly.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Now it's time to connect the baskets using parachute cord. You can buy the cord on Amazon or at most craft stores (I bought mine at Michaels). You most likely won't be able to thread your cord through the embroidery needle, so you'll need to fashion a little loop out of wire. To do this, thread the wire through the needle, create a 1 inch opening and then twist the ends together as shown above.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Cut 6 pieces of parachute cord that are 12 inches long each. Thread one piece of cord through your wire loop and push the needle through the top of the largest basket, as shown above. If you have trouble getting the cord through, pull everything back out and use a flat head screwdriver to gently wiggle a small hole in that spot and then try threading it through again.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Once it comes through, pull one end all the way through and tie a knot at the end. Then pull the outside end back out so the knot is positioned on the inside of the basket. Do this for three of the pieces of cord, evenly spacing them around the top of the basket.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Next, use the same process to pull the top of one of the cords through the bottom of the medium sized basket. Tie a knot at the top of that cord. Do the same for the other two cords. 

Now repeat the exact same process for the medium basket and attach it to the smallest basket. Adjust the knots slightly if the baskets aren't sitting flat.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Then cut three pieces of cord that are 15 inches long each, and attach those to the top of the smallest basket. Knot the three pieces together at the top as shown above, and hang it from a hook. Your planter set is finished!

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

You'll want to use plants that are already in plastic containers so you can take them out to water them... if the sea grass baskets get wet repeatedly, they may start to get a bit moldy. For the bottom basket, I used cuttings from another Pothos plant and put them in a plastic container that I found in my recycling bin. I did the same for the Jade plant in the middle, and the top one is an air plant - so no soil needed!

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

You can customize these to your liking, using colors that match your decor - or you might even consider using different colors for each section if you like a multi-color look.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

You could fill the entire thing with air plants, for a lower maintenance option. Just don't forget to water them like I did last time! Spritz them thoroughly in the sink every week or two to keep them looking good.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

If you try this project, feel free to share a link to it in the comments section below. Happy crafting everyone!

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
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How to: Repurpose an Old Drying Rack into a Stylish Magazine Rack

by Jennifer Farley

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

I love to read magazine and so does my family. Long live the paper subscription! So, I wanted magazine storage for our living room to keep them all in one place. So, let's get to it: how to make a simple and stylish wood and leather magazine rack. 

 First the research: I am really drawn leather and brass/gold magazine racks like this one.

DIY Leather Luggage Rack
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I was originally going to attempt this with a vintage folding tray table but realized quickly a folding tray table is too tall for magazine rack. My second thought was a luggage rack, but they also weren't the right height or width.

But then! I pulled into a garage sale and found the below clothes drying rack and thought, hmm.... this thing actually might work.

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

The funny thing is this drying rack (I think) is the cheapest one you can by at a discount store. I got lucky with a garage sale price but I will link to a new option in the materials list.

materials

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

Here is what you need:

  • Wooden clothes drying rack. Here is a great one from Amazon
  • leather, vinyl, or upholstery fabric. I chose this faux leather from Joann's
  • hot glue gun or sewing machine
  • gold spray paint
  • hand saw or multi tool
  • chain or string
  • cutting pliers (optional)
  • thumbtacks
  • scissors (not pictured)
  • ruler 

Step

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

Take apart your drying rack and set the aside the dowels. Now, we need to cut it up. There are many ways to do this, but through trial and error (and a few mistakes) this is how I did it:

The bottom half of the rack would become the side pieces of the rack. It is hard to tell in pictures but we cut underneath the grommet at a 90 degree angle. To truly get a 90 degree angle we needed a little more freedom of movement from the accordion rack. To get this we FIRST cut the rack where you see the pink Xs. 

Step

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

After you have made the cuts to give the rack freedom you can adjust the piece of wood you are cutting of to make a nice clean 90 degree cut under the grommet. Cut one side, then flip it over and cut the other side.

 I originally tried to keep the grommets since the dowel rods where made to fit in them, but it was hard because the grommets went through both pieces of wood. The dowel rods are made to be smaller where they are to be inserted. I decided I could drill holes in faster time than to figure out how to remove/cut the grommet and sand down the freshly cut dowel rods to fit.

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

Here is what one side should look like when it is cut. You will need two of these. The middle grommet is your connecting point. Since we cut of the top grommets the distance from the grommet to the end of the wood is not the same on this side. This was actually better for the structure of the magazine rack. Use the longer side to be the base of the magazine rack and the shorter side to be the top. This will allow the leather/fabric of the magazine rack to hang down a little more.

Step

Repeat Steps 1-2 on the opposite side of the drying rack. Make sure both sides are the same length.

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DIY Leather Magazine Rack

You now have two Xs which are the two sides of your magazine rack. Drill holes in each end of one side of the magazine rack. To make sure they match, stack them and drill both at the same time.  Then lay the side with drilled holes on top of the side with no holes and mark where the holes should be drilled (not pictured). Drill the holes on the second side of the magazine rack.  It is important to measure well so your dowel rods will be level when inserted.

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DIY Leather Magazine Rack

Now it is time to measure the dowel rods. I used a magazine to estimate my length. I wanted it to be a bit larger than the magazine just in case I wanted to store big coffee table books as well. 

The length is up to you, but I wanted my magazine rack (the exposed part) to be 17 inches wide. In measuring, I had to take into consideration that I would cut off the sanded ends.  I cut off the grommets in Step 2 so I needed both sides of the dowel to be the same thickness. Before measured, I cut these off. (not pictured)

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

Your two dowel rods will be different lengths due to one being inserted into the inside of the rack and one being inserted into the outside of the rack. I wanted my dowel rods to be inserted all the way through the wood to be flush with the outside of the rack. The depth of my wood was 1/4 inch. The bottom dowel was easy. I needed to cut the dowel 17.5 inches.

The top dowel had to be 1 inch longer because it had to extend the length of two of the .25 inch deep pieces on each side totaling .5 inches more on each side.  I cut it 18 inches. [17inches + .5 + .5 = 18 inches]

Summary: Whatever your measurement cut one dowel 1/2 inch longer than the other.

 

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DIY Leather Magazine Rack

Cut your dowel rods. The picture shows me cutting three rods, but I learned later that you only need to cut two. Use a clamp to tighten them down. I used my multi-tool to cut them down. You could use a hacksaw or chop saw.

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DIY Leather Magazine Rack

 

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

 

To keep the magazine rack from closing you need to secure the sides. I used my snippers to cut an old necklace I had.

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DIY Leather Magazine Rack

 

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

 

I used thumb tacks to secure the chain. Any chain would work or you could also use a small strip of your leather/fabric or string.

To make sure each side opens the same measure where you place the thumb tacks from the grommet.

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DIY Leather Magazine Rack

 

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

 

Insert your dowel rods and secure them with glue. I squeezed a little hot glue in the hole before I inserted the dowel rod. 

I added thumbtacks to the outside of my rack where the dowel was showing to get it a more finished look.

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DIY Leather Magazine Rack

Spray paint your magazine rack.

Note: You can spray paint your parts separately and install the finished rack after the leather/fabric part is sewn.

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DIY Leather Magazine Rack

Now, it is time to cut your leather.  I couldn't find a large enough piece of cognac leather in the remnant pile at our local leather store so I chose to use vinyl faux leather in a caramel color. I am always amazed at how far vinyl has come in looking like leather. I found mine at Joann Fabric.

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

Cut the fabric into two pieces. I noticed my inspiration piece had the finished side of the leather on both sides of the magazine rack. If you are using real leather this step is optional. You might like the look of your magazine rack to have the softer side of the leather on the inside. If you want the finished side seen on the outside and inside then cut two pieces. I had to use two pieces because the unfinished side of faux leather is not pretty. Your measurements will depend on the size of your magazine rack. Here are the sizes of the two pieces I cut.

The exposed part of my inserted dowel is 17 inches. I wanted the dowel to have 1/4 inch on each side of exposed dowel. The smaller piece will be cut the exact width of the finished product. You will fold the sizes of the larger piece over this smaller piece.

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DIY Leather Magazine Rack

Place the the two "wrong sides" of the fabric/leather together. Place the smaller piece in the middle. There should be two inches of leather to fold on the top and the bottom. There should be one inch to fold on each side.

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DIY Leather Magazine Rack

 

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

 

Fold the sides in 1/2 inch and sew or glue.

For these next steps you can sew or you can use glue. If you are going to put heavy books in the rack I would suggest sewing. Mine will only hold 3-5 magazines and hot glue/super glue is sturdy enough for this.

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DIY Leather Magazine Rack

Fold the folded side another 1/2 inch to finish off the sides.

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DIY Leather Magazine Rack

Take the top and fold the top side over the dowel rod and glue. I made sure I cut straight lines on my vinyl so I didn't have to fold over twice on the top.

Note: If you have not assembled your magazine rack then this would be where you would place the fabric on the dowel rods and assemble your stand.

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

You are done! All you need are some magazines.

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

 

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

 

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

The magazine rack is quite sturdy and can hold more magazines than shown.

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

I love how this little project turned out. Who knew it came from an old drying rack!

DIY Leather Magazine Rack
Pin It: DIY Faux Leather Magazine Rack

 

I love a good repurpose. The drying rack has enough parts to make a couple of these, so I think I'll do a few more!

 

Want another fun DIY project? Check out his adorable kitchen utensil wall art here on Curbly.

 

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How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

by Holly Wade

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

As the warm weather continues to emerge, I'm looking forward to spending more time outdoors and enjoying our front porch. Last summer, we purchased inexpensive metal chairs, but since metal is not very comfortable to sit on, I finally got around to making a set of leave printed chair cushions. The best part is you can sew outdoor chair cushions in 30 minutes or less with a few specific materials and this envelope style pillow case. 

 How long it takes you will depend on your skill level, but as someone who is not an expert, I can assure you this should not take more than 30 minutes to make, so it's a perfect "quick" project or a perfect project for beginners. This envelope style pillow case is very simple to make because it does not require zippers or stuffing, and you can easily remove the covers for washing anytime. 

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

The key materials I suggest for this project are outdoor fabric (more durable, thick) and densified polyester pad in your desired size. I used a brand called NuFoam in size 15 x 17, 2 inches thick and simply trimmed it to my desired size because they did not sell the exact size. I found this to be the best material because it's very light, washable and water will run right through it (as opposed to solid foam). 

I ended up with size 15 x 16 cushions, so make sure you adjust your sizes accordingly. The materials below are per cushion. 

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

Materials:

  • NuFoam densified polyester pad, size 15 x 17, 2 inches thick
  • 1 yard outdoor fabric
  • Scissors/rotary cutter
  • Pins
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

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First, cut the pad to the size of the chair. In my case, I cut about 1 inch off to create a 15 x 16 pad. Because the pads have layers, it's easiest to cut only a little bit at a time. 

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

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Then cut one piece of fabric that is about 2 inches wider around than the pad (17 x 18 inches in this case), one piece that is 18 x 10 inches and one more that is 18 x 12 inches. These two pieces will create an envelope flap, so one should be slightly larger than the other.

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

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On the larger flap (18 x 12), pin a thin seam along the 18-inch side and sew. 

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

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Pin all of the pieces together with patterned sides facing in and the sewn edge as the inner-most piece. This will be the one you see when the pillowcase is complete (see above).

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Sew a thin seam all the way around the pillowcase without stopping, back stitching at each end. Trim loose threads. 

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

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Turn the pillowcase right side out and insert the foam piece. Place the cushion envelope-side down on a chair and lounge comfortably! 

When it's time to wash them, simply remove the foam piece and wash all pieces. They're super easy to make and take care of, and they're just as stylish as store-bought cushions!

 

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DIY Pastel Gold Leaf Bud Vases

Spring is in the air! To me, spring is always, first and foremost, about color. It's also my favorite time of year to keep flowers in the house, but this can be a very expensive habit. Instead, I've committed to getting my flower fix by picking one or two flowers from my daily walks to display in small bud vases. To honor each bloom, I wanted to whip some special bud vases to give them just-the-right place to live.


 

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by Faith Towers

Curbly Original: Charming Paper Flower Easter Mantel

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