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You're Never Too Old to Make a Flower Press

by M.E. Gray

Make this DIY flower press from wood and bolts

I received my first flower press when I turned nine years old - maybe eight? The point is it was forever ago. I got it as a birthday gift from my best friend. The flower press came with a small instructional booklet on how to collect and preserve colorful wildflowers. On the front of the press was an illustration of Anne of Green Gables, happily picking florals and putting them into a giant basket. I still have that flower press, all these years later, with flowers wedged between the pages that are as old as the press itself. It was a fantastic gift that had me hunting for leaves and petals to collect and keep forever. Whether you're making one as a gift for a kid who loves getting outside, or you want to give yourself an excuse to explore the outdoors, a DIY flower press is a quick and easy project to make.        

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Gift Wrapped Switch Plates

by DIY Maven

Gift Wrapped Switch Plates

created at: 12/06/2010

A couple dec'd (as in decoupaged!) wrapped switch plates would be great little somethings for dads and grandfathers this Christmas. Installed at the front and back doors and in guest rooms, they're a lovely greeting for holiday company. And best of all...they're super fast and easy to make!

Here's the ingredients you'll need to whip 'em up:

  • light switch covers, old icky ones work great for this
  • mod podge, matte finish
  • scissors
  • craft...

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Pottery Barn Inspired Typeface Canister Knock-Off

by DIY Maven

Pottery Barn Inspired Typeface Canister Knock-Off

Last week I was perusing Pottery Barn when I spotted an 'etc.' Typeface Canister for the bath. I picked it up, checked the price--on sale for about 9 bucks--and put it into my shopping basket. As I continued to ogle PB's inventory, it occurred to me that my bathrooms have tile floors. One bump and this canister was going to turn the place into a Greek restaurant. Sadly, I returned the canister

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Curbly Video: Using Paper Napkins to Make Decorative Tile Coasters

by DIY Maven

With the help of some 4" square ceramic tiles, turning decorative paper napkins into a set of very polished-looking coasters is easy.

created on: 02/16/09

To make a set of 4 coasters, you’ll need:

  • 4-4" square ceramic tiles (you can find these at your big box store for about 15 cents a piece)
  • Mod Podge 
  • small paint brush
  • polyurethane (I used Aqua-Zar in satin, but glossy would look great too)
  • decorative paper napkins
  • Squares of thin cork or...

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Sixteen Recycled Handmade Gift Ideas

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

 

created on: 11/10/08

  If you're condsidering handmade gifts this holiday season, you most likely have some creative genes already in place.  For that reason, this is a quick "off the top of my head" list of found objects you could artistically and lovingly incorporate into your own sweet handmade offerings.  Feel free to expand this as the ideas start flowing. Don't be tempted to buy used and re-give in the same condition.  Your family and friends will treasure...

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