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Let's Hit the Beach! Double DIY: Popsicle Tote and Watermelon Towel

by Stephanie Lee

DIY popsicle tote and watermelon beach towel

One of the things we look forward to most come summertime are visits to our local beach. Lying back on a towel with our toes in the warm sand and the sound of waves in the background is pure bliss.

But once we head to the water for a dip and emerge from the ocean to stroll back to our towels, we often find ourselves looking around in confusion because our little bundle of belongings looks just like every other bundle on the beach!

Well no more. I've decided the easiest way to easily identify our stuff is to make sure it looks different to everyone else's, and I think this bright watermelon and popsicle combo might just do the trick!              

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How To: Make Mud Cloth Paper Lanterns

by Marlene Sauer
DIY Mud Cloth Paper Lanterns
Photo: Marlene Sauer

 

There may still be snow on the ground in some places (I’m looking at you, Boston), but spring will be here before you know it. And that means -- patio season!

New England winters have trained me to take advantage of every available moment of spring and summer weather, so I am always looking for easy ways to make my tiny driveway patio cuter. That’s where these DIY Mud Cloth Paper Lanterns come in. They’re on-trend, inexpensive, and wicked easy. Keep reading to see how to make them for yourself!            

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How to Update a Throw Pillow Using Only a Marker

by Holly Wade

How to Update a Throw Pillow Using Only a Marker

I'm a self-proclaimed pillow hoarder. Because of this, I tend to drive my boyfriend crazy, so I try to limit my pillow purchases, but since I love swapping out my couch pillows often, I like to try DIY techniques that can help me save money. When I stumbled upon this Urban Outfitters typographic pillow, I instantly thought "I can make that." It's easy to update a throw pillow with marker to create this abstract typographic look! 

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How to Easily Personalize Any Pillow with Your Own Design

by Holly Wade

How to Easily Personalize Any Pillow with Your Own Design

I'm a pillow hoarder, so it's probably no surprise that I always have extra pillow covers in the house. I swap out my pillows every time I get sick of something, and because purchasing new pillows all the time is an expensive hobby, I've found a surefire way to personalize any pillow with my own designs using inexpensive IKEA pillow covers! The secret: sticker paper and paint. 

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Make This: Scandinavian-Inspired Hand Printed Tablecloth

by M.E. Gray

Make This: Simple Swiss-Cross Patterend Stamped Tablecloth

Make This: Scandinavian Tablecloth

I can't get enough of Scandinavian design, and I'm on the hunt for ways to bring this style into my home. The decor in my house hasn't had a theme until very recently (unless you consider furniture inherited from past roommates a theme). Now that I'm almost 30 (panicked bells ringing as I type that), the items in my home are brought in with more intention. I love all things monochromatic, so the Scandinavian look fits my mostly-gray furniture perfectly. This dining table needed a new tablecloth, and the Scandinavian-inspried Swiss cross pattern seemed the perfect fit.      

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Words to Live By: 10 Free Typographic Downloads to Inspire You This Year

by Lidy Dipert

Happy New Year! What better way to kickstart 2017 than focusing ahead on positive and encouraging words that anyone can live by? I'm not big on resolutions (even though I still make them year after year), because I feel I usually end up just setting myself up for failure. So instead, I'm focusing on new ways of looking at the day to day.

Round-Up: Words to Live By

 These ten quotes will be sure to start any day on the right foot and remind you to just smile and enjoy this new year, one day at a time. Best part is, you can download these free printables to place anywhere you need some extra motivation.   

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How To: Make Your Own Stylishly Spooky Decorations with Vintage Halloween Printables

by Jennifer Farley

Halloween Decor With Vintage Printables

Vintage prints of animals and specimens definitely have a Halloween vibe so I decided, for my decor this year, to do a simple DIY using free vintage prints I found online. This post has the instructions on how to do this simple DIY project and a roundup of some sweet vintage Halloween prints for you to download and use.   

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Printables To Help You Pull Off An Organized Multi-Family Garage Sale

by Jennifer Farley

Multi Family Garage Sale

I don't like doing garage sales by myself. If I am going to be sitting outside for hours I want to be there with my friends. Multi-family sales attract more people which means you have a better chance of selling stuff, yet they do require some serious planning and organization. Here are some printables, and a few helpful tips, that can help you pull off a successful multi-family garage sale.      

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Make It: Scandinavian-Inspired Leaf Wall Hanging

by Stephanie Lee
Scandinavian inspired leaf wall hanging

I've always loved Scandinavian prints. They manage to be both sophisticated and fun at the same time, and they combine so many of my favourite things; bold colours, plenty of patterns, playful shapes... what's not to love? So when I needed a little something to brighten up my bare walls, a Scandi-inspired wall hanging was the first thing that came to mind. Click through to make one of your own!

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How-To: Modern Potato Prints

by Rachel Mae Smith
DIY Wall Art
via Design Sponge

I'm sure by now we've all seen potato stamping, but for me, this is the first time I've ever seen it done so beautifully. There's something about the monochromic color scheme and repeating pattern that makes these pieces feel so modern, clean and new. If your walls are in need of new art, grab the supplies from your kitchen and get to stamping! The possibilities of what you can do are endless. 

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How To: Make Large-Scale Artwork on a Modest Budget of $10 or Less

by Brittni Mehlhoff

How To: Make Large-Scale Artwork on a Modest Budget of $10 or Less

Artwork can take a room from good to great in a matter of minutes. But, if you're on a tight budget, it's not always a practical investment. So, while you're saving up for the pieces you really want, but can't yet afford, you can make your own large-scale artwork for just a few bucks. And you don't even need to have any skills in the art department to do it, although I'm sure you do.   

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