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How to Make a Faux Fur Pouf for Under $40!

by M.E. Russell

Faux fur pouf DIY: Make this project for under $40!

I have a secret infatuation with faux fur. I'm the gal who raids the remnant bin at the fabric store for any and all furry fabrics. What I'm saving them for, I don't know. They're just so fun! The faux fur pouf is trending, but some of the nicer onces available to purchase are over $100. With back-to-school season upon us again, I wanted to find a way to make one of these fun and furry ottomans on the cheap. Keep reading to see how I made this one for under $40!     

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Sew Yourself a Pair of Shorts in Under an Hour!

by M.E. Russell

How to sew shorts without needing a pattern

I have a really hard time buying shorts. I usually can't find any in the store that I like, because, let's face it - most women's shorts are so short they're actually just denim underwear in disguise. Even if I do find shorts I like, I can't seem to bring myself to pay $25 for an article of clothing that requires so little fabric, and that I'm only going to wear for a few months out of the year. Fortunately, you can sew shorts on your own really easily. I made these without a pattern, got to pick out my own funky and fun fabric, and more importantly, I made them as long as I wanted them to be.     

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How To: Make a Bridal Bouquet That'll Last Forever

by M.E. Russell

Learn how to make this life-like floral bouquet - perfect for the bride who wants to plan ahead

Why hello there, wedding season! If you're currently planning or have planned a wedding before, you know that there are a million little details to consider. Centerpieces, wedding favors, planning a menu that is considerate of everyone's dietary needs, seating arrangements that keep peace in the family - the list could go on forever. Flowers are a huge part of weddings, but fresh flowers generally need to be picked up day of, adding to your already huge to-do list. If you're DIY-ing your upcoming nuptials, making a faux bouquet ahead of time can help you tackle your checklist in a timely fashion. Plus you'll be able to keep the bouquet forever as a memento of the special occasion.            

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The Dollar Store Rental Kitchen Makeover - Again

by Lilybee

Once upon a time, way back when, I became enraged with my ugly rental kitchen. Observe the horror:

The Dollar Store Rental Kitchen Makeover - Again

I cursed it, I cried, I shook my fists at it. Then I did what everybody does (surely?), I looked for a solution on the internets.
What I found was Curbly. Inspired by the spirit of Curbly Daring-Do I figured out a solution, and posted pictures of it here..

Three (three!) years have passed. My temporary contact paper solution has withstood all kinds of shenanigans and is, I suspect, INVULNERABLE to anything but Robot Laser Eyes.

BUT, it is a New Year, a new decade even, and that always prods the part of my brain that likes things NEW and CLEAN and SHINY. So I turned a beady and critical eye to my kitchen. And decided it was time for a change.
So I did this.

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How To: Paper Silhouette Art

by Chris Gardner

From TimeOut New York, these lively framed paper silhouette in series interact with each other and the wall. A perfect use for a collection of thrifted frames (paint 'em black), and a great way to honor your friends that hate to be photographed, just print 'em, trace 'em, cut and frame!

How To: Paper Silhouette Art

Materials

• Old photographs or a camera and printer to make new ones
• Black construction paper
• Scissors
• Tape
• An assortment of picture frames

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How To: Customize Roman Shades.

by Chris Gardner

How To: Customize Roman Shades.

Every television design show lauds the ease of the basic Roman shade, which can be endlessly customized. Well, fine, but I still don't know how to make one...and those strings intimidate me.

Luckily, I have Jennifer's how-to from Apartment Therapy. "Jennifer took simple, plain and inexpensive Roman shades from Target and completely transformed them with a graphic patterned fabric from IKEA — providing customized window coverings on a...

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Homemade Non-Toxic Mold Prevention Spray

by Lilybee

created on: 01/08/09

Mold. It's BAD NEWS. As well as just being gross it can do some pretty rotten things to your lungs. Prevention is definitely the way to go, as once you've got mold it's the very devil to get rid of. Luckily, you don't need harsh chemicals to stop mold arriving and bringing 50 gazillion of it's friends. Jennifer Chait, green-mama-maven over at Inhabitots has a recipe for an all-natural mold prevention spray.

You mix two cups

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10 Tips for Decorating on a Budget.

by Chris Gardner

10 Tips for Decorating on a Budget.

Make it beautiful, and make it cheap. Holly Becker has collected ten tips from her own experience of decorating a small one bedroom in Germany. Go and do likewise.

1. Take IKEA seriously.

2. Yard sales!

3. Bargain at flea markets and secondhand stores

4. Share a car.

5. Shop online at places like Craigslist, Ebay, and Amazon

6. Do it yourself.

7. Bundle your services like phone, internet, and cable.

8. Recycle and repurpose.

9. Switch...

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DIY: Real Simple Centerpiece Ideas

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/17/08

Forget about ordering a floral arrangement for Thanksgiving.  Look around your house, in the pantry, at your bowls to find simple and pretty vessels to fill with fruit, water, river rocks, flowers or even a branch from a leaf-barren tree.  This arrangement allows everyone to see across the table while either enjoying the family, or self-righteously analyzing each other. We do a little of both.

What you need:

  • large shallow bowl
  • river rocks
  • ...

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Ceramic Decals, Like A Facelift For Plates

by Lilybee

Replacing your whole dinner service might be out of the question what with the scary economy, but for $6 you could give it a visual tweak, like this:

created on: 11/14/08

These Ceramic Decals from The curiosity shoppe are "steam, heat and water resistant," and apparently they're "guaranteed to last until you're ready to peel them off". If horsies (and other farm animals) aren't your bag they also come in these Leafy and Birdy patterns

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How To: Make Perfect Cardboard Pillow Patterns

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/06/08

If you're planning on whipping up some custom throw pillows it can be such a time saver to make cardboard pillow forms in varying shapes and sizes. I have an entire set of these under my work table so I don't have to re-measure each time. For the sake of the reader's eyes, I covered a large piece of cardboard with green paper so you don't have to look at brown cardboard.

In order to make the perfect knife edge pillow, there are a few tips. If...

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Use What You Have: Tea Towel Cafe Curtains

by Lilybee

Cafe curtains, they always make me feel like I should be wearing a beret and sitting at a bistro table and doodling masterpieces on paper napkins... in Paris. Which is a feeling I like.  

The super-simplest way to get the look in seconds, without sewing, is to use a cafe curtain tension rod, some clip-on curtain rings and a few tea-towels. If you happen to have favorite tea-towels (what? I just like them) then this is a good way to display...

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Use What You Have: 5 Things to Do With Placemats

by Lilybee
As discussed earlier, this time of year makes me feel like the only way to set a table is with a tablecloth and napkins.... napkins made of fabric (as opposed to wodges of paper towel). Which means I have a heap of placemats lurking in my kitchen linen drawer (the swine, they confuse and enrage me by pretending to be tea towels)
created on: 10/21/08
Here are a few things to do with placemats that aren't well, using them as placemats...
 
1. Sew them end to end...

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How to Make a 3 Ingredient Moisturizer - CHEAP!

by DIY Maven

How to Make a 3 Ingredient Moisturizer - CHEAP!

Wabi Sabi Baby gets back to basics with this unbelievably easy and inexpensive way to make homemade moisturizer. They say a 12 oz batch will cost us less than a dollar to make! Also, because it’s au naturel, it’s great for babies and those with sensitive skin.

What you’ll need:
1 cup glass measuring cup
2 cup glass measuring cup
small saucepan
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup emulsifying wax, available at craft stores and online

What you’ll...

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