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How to: Paint a Buffalo Check Table

by Jeran McConnel
Buffalo plaid table painting DIY

I love black and white, and what better pattern to show off this high contrast combo then buffalo check (also known as buffalo plaid). For the last few years, I've been adding more and more of this (usually) red-and-black flannel pattern known to my fall/winter wardrobe and home decor.  Last year, I decorated a whole Christmas tree for $10, and buffalo check was the main star.  

So, when I found this solid little table at a thrift store for $8, I decided to give it a giant gingham makeover.

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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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13 Things You Can Just Go Ahead and Throw Away Right Now

by M.E. Gray

New Years Cleaning Challenge: Get rid of these 13 things cluttering your home

It's a new year. Now that the dust has settled, you want to maintain the great start you've accomplished. That means you gotta make like Elsa in Frozen and just "Let it go! Let it goooo..." That's right, I've caught the purging bug, and I'm talking about getting rid of clutter. After the materialist pressure of the holidays, it always feels good to go through your home and do a quick purge. This January, take on this cleaning challenge and get rid of the unnecessary. Don't think, just act. Here are a few things you can go ahead toss without guilt or a second thought:         

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Roundup: 10 Stylish Ways To Display The Christmas Cards You Receive This Year

by Jennifer Farley

Roundup- 10 Stylish Ways to Display Your Christmas Cards

By now, I am sure your mailbox is starting to be flooded with Christmas cards from your family and friends. Can I mention the fact that I have not sent mine yet? My friends and family might get my family card until sometime in February...or maybe March. Anyway, It really is a fun time of year to get updates on all your friends. Here are some fun ways you can display your Christmas cards you will receive this year.   

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IKEA Entertainment Center Ideas to Elevate your Home Decor

by Holly Wade
IKEA Entertainment Center Ideas to Elevate your Home Decor
Photo via IKEAHackers.net

We all go through that "IKEA phase" in life, and to be honest, I have no intention of leaving that phase! Thanks to the amount of  IKEA hacks out there and newer, unique pieces of IKEA furniture, it's easier than ever to achieve a sophisticated look on a budget. If you're in the market for IKEA entertainment center ideas to upgrade an IKEA sideboard, cabinet, buffet or TV unit into a chic centerpiece in your living room, you can hack it SO many different ways!          

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Tired of Red and Green? Try A Fresh Christmas Color Scheme This Year

by Rachel Jacks

Tired of green and red? Check out this inspiration for decorating with a non-traditional Christmas color scheme.

If someone mentions Christmas colors, red and green probably instantly come to mind. But though they're the default,  they're far from the only choice for a Christmas color scheme. If you're not a fan of the color combination, or it just doesn't look good with your existing regular decor, why not get creative with your Christmas colors? Check out these ideas for alternative Christmas color palettes for decorating your home.          

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Gift Guide For The Creative Type: 12 Fantastic Gifts For Artists

by Faith Provencher
Gift Guide For The Creative Type: 12 Fantastic Gifts For Artists | Curbly  #gift #artist #ideas
Photo:  Adults & Crafts

If you're like me, you probably have a few artists, DIYers or crafters on your Christmas list this year. You might also be running out of ideas for gifts to give these creative individuals, especially if they've been on your nice list for awhile. In an effort to make your gift shopping a little easier this holiday season, here are some ideas of gifts for artists.        

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How To: Arm-Knit a Blanket in Just One Hour!

by M.E. Gray

Arm knit blanket

Do you ever wish you could make a blanket yourself, but don't feel like you have the time to? Then a DIY arm knit blanket might be just the project for you! A chunky knit blanket can be completed in about an hour, and it's PERFECT for beginners. But what is "arm knitting," you might ask? Basically, it's regular knitting, but instead of using needles, you use your arms. As you can imagine, arms in needle terms are big. Really big. And that's exactly why we can whip up a DIY giant knit blanket in under an hour.

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Need a Super Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift Your Mom will Love? Here's What to Do

by Marlene Sauer
DIY Mini Bouquets by Homey oh My
Photo: Homey oh My

So Mother's Day is days away, and you're empty-handed.

Procrastinate much?

JK! There's no judgment here - I am the absolute worst at planning ahead.

But, let's not leave our moms thinking we don't care about them. Instead of panicking and grabbing the first tchotchke that catches your eye on the way home and playing it off as totally intentional, try one of these last-minute gifts your mom will love.

We've got you covered with gifts you can order online, simple ways to make a gift of flowers more special, and experiences you can share with your mom that will really make her day.

Ready, set, go - you got this!         

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You'll Want to Check Out these Free Printable Valetines Featuring Badass Women

by M.E. Gray

Printable Valentines featuring strong women throughout history

Hello, and happy Valentine's Day! Okay, it's not quite the big day yet, but February 14th is just weeks away, and I'm totally ready to celebrate. Ever since the Christmas holiday ended, I've been itching for an excuse to decorate, party, craft - whatever! I wanted to make some cards featuring some of my favorite gals throughout history (some are good, some are bad!), and the captions kind of wrote themselves after that. Click through for these printable valentines!        

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New Air, New You: Purify Your Home with These 7 Houseplants

by M.E. Gray

Air-purifying houseplants: Seven plants that can actually increase the quality of the air in your home

The month of January is usually all about improvement. You get a gym membership, you begin eating healthier, you buy a planner, and you start recycling. In this season of self-care, it's good to reflect on how our home benefits us - specifically, the things within our home. Houseplants are a great addition to any dwelling, not only because they visually make spaces feel more "alive," but because they are also good at improving health and productivity. Want some more good news? There are also air-purifying houseplants that can naturally clean out organic pollutants in your home. Check out these attractive plants that can make your home happier and healthier in the new year.          

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Modernize Your Boring Desk with this DIY Giant Wood Block Calendar

by Brittni Mehlhoff

Modernize Your Boring Desk with this DIY Giant Wood Block Calendar

Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff

In an effort to get organized early in the new year, I've been making myself little desk accessories to get excited about computer work. And I'm happy to say, it's actually working. So, I thought I would share one of the projects that I recently made, for a jumbo wood block perpetual calendar. The larger size makes this calendar a statment piece and adds a fun playfulness to the typically bland work station. Click...

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Make This: Simple Clothesline Basket

by M.E. Gray

Learn to make these minimal clothesline baskets.

If you're anything like me, you have a running list of projects you want to try. Things you save repeatedly on Pinterest, ideas you scribble down in the back of your planner, or maybe you just keep a mental list in your brain. Clothesline baskets have been on my want-to-try list for forever, and this week I took the plunge. After conquering the first one, I want to make a million of these clothesline baskets. A million! Additionally, I'm loving the simple stripe in this basket. We're exploring all things Scandinavian this month, and this basket fills the bill with equal parts monochrome and texture.        

 

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen my story about adventures in DIY basket land. No lie, it was a little rocky at first. I did have to start over twice, but hopefully my floundering can help you succeed. Here's what I learned: The key to a successful clothesline basket it to not rush. Take your time, and whatever you do, don't be forceful! Just sit back and let the machine do the majority of the work. Okay, let's get started! Watch to see how this basket came together, and follow the full tutorial below.

 

Materials

 

  • Cotton clothesline, which can be found at your local hardware store
  • Thread to match the clothesline (I chose a colored called "natural")
  • Sewing machine and notions
  • Floss or yarn (optional)
  • Thread to match the floss or yarn (optional)

What you'll need to make clothesline baskets

Step

How to sew a cotton coil clothesline basket

To begin, set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch, and load it with the neutral thread color. You will want a wide enough stitch to join the edges of clothesline together. Next, coil one end of the clothesline in a snail-shape. Keep the coil in place using straight pins.

Use a zigzag stitch to start the base of the coil rope basket

Using a zigzag stitch, sew around the coil starting from the center, following the snail-shaped path. Your zigzag stitches should reach across the divot between the edges of clothesline. Go slowly as you begin. As needed, leave the needle down and rotate after releasing the pressure foot to make tighter turns.  

Step

Continue the clothesline to form the base of the basket

Continue following the coil shape, stitching the clothesline to the perimeter of your initial coil. Make sure that the zigzag stitch is catching both sides of the clothesline, otherwise you'll end up with holes in your basket. Do not pull or push on the clothesline as you stitch it in place - this will make the shape warp! The dogs of your sewing machine will feed the clothesline through as you go, keeping you at a good pace and tension. All you have to do is feed the clothesline through and keep it on track. Continue sewing until you've reached the desired size for the bottom of your basket.

Step

Turn the bottom of your basket at an angle

When you're ready to start working on the sides, rotate the bottom of the basket up, and continue stitching as before. Try to force the bottom of the basket at an angle as you stitch, but again, don't pull or push. Stitch at an angle as you continue, and the basket will begin to curl up and take shape. Once your basket has successfully turned, stitch as before. Keep sewing around and around until your basket is as tall as you want it to be. 

Step

Use thread or floss to wrap your cording as you go to create stripes in your clothesline basket.

If you want to add a little extra detail to your basket, you can wrap the clothesline in floss, thread, or yarn intermittently before stitching it in place. I paused 4-5 rotations from the top to wrap the clothesline in floss, creating a stripe. 

Use alternating thread to create different color patterns while sewing your clothesline basket

After wrapping the clothesline in floss, use matching thread to carry on the zigzag stitch.  

Step 

How to make a basket from cotton rope

When the basket has reached the desired height, it's time to add handles. Carry the clothesline away from the basket in a handle shape and pin in place, as seen above. Continue the zigzag stitch up to the point where the handle starts. Backstitch to tie off, and pick the zigzag stitch back up where the handle ends. Repeat for the other handle.

Make This: The Clothesline Basket

Stitch around again, and when you meet with the first handle, sew along the top of the handle, carrying your clothesline along the handle. Continue around, and repeat for the second handle. Repeat this type of rotation as many times as desired, depending on how thick you want your handles to be. 

Step

When you are finished, cut the end of the clothesline 1-2 inches away from the stitch. Sew the end in place on the inside of the basket. 


And voilá! A clothesline basket!

Make This: Simple and versatile clothesline baskets

Details from a DIY clothesline basket

Use cotton rope to make baskets of unique and varying sizes!

 

Make this simple Scandinavian-inspired clothesline basket
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After getting the hang of the process, I could see marathoning a Netflix show and making a whole slew of these. Once the basket starts to take shape, it's kind of relaxing and cathartic. Basically the perfect rainy day activity. Happy sewing!

 

 

Watch as we transform a plain IKEA organizer into an adorable picnic basket!

IKEA hack picnic basket

 

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