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14 Clever Ways to Create Extra Storage Using Everyday Objects

by Stephanie Lee
14 Clever Ways to Create Extra Storage Using Everyday Objects
Photo: Today's Creative Life

If there's one thing that's better than scoring extra storage, it's creating said storage out of unused items you have lying about the house! And lucky for us, there are plenty of great tutorials online for repurposing old items and turning them into something that's not only functional, but also looks a million dollars. Click through for my favourites! 

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How To: Whip Up a Minimalist Christmas Star

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 12/09/08

It could be an expensive work of art, but it's not. Read about the origin of this star and how simply you can make your own Minimalist Christmas star at OunoDesign, the blog of two very creative designers from British Columbia.  Once you see their work, you'll understand why they consider themselves artisans with modern sensiblity.  And just look at the modern patchwork throws they've made with silk scarves from the 60's and 70's.....

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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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Using Goodwill Materials in Your Handmade Holiday Gifts

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

 

created on: 11/09/08

created on: 11/09/08

There are no hard and fast rules on re-gifting Goodwill treasures or merely using "gently used" materials as building blocks for your handmade, made with love, tremendously creative holiday gifts. Most people aren't tickled to have your  oodwill bargain passed along to them, however, if you've commited to giving HANDMADE this season AND you are the one hand making the gifts, where you buy your materials is up to you. You can save more than a...

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How To: Make Recycled Inside Out Pillows

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/06/08
 

My Recycled Inside Out Throw Pillow ensemble are handily made out of shirts, jackets or skirts that either button up the front or have a long zipper closure.  The beauty of this is that there's no need to handstitch a pillow closed or insert a zipper or add buttons or buttonholes.  Look for modern patterns and stylish color combinations while shopping for "vintage" and I mean CHEAP used apparel that you can easily transform.  

The only...

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Belt Up... Things To Do With Old Belts

by Lilybee

Holding up pants is honorable work but it's possible that your belt is actually aspiring towards some other job, like organising jewellery, or being a handle on a storage box or even forming the seat of a sassy little stool. Readymade Magazine has the know-how to put your belt on a different career path.

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Belt Up... Things To Do With Old Belts

Add flair to basic storage boxes—and make them easier to pull down from your shelves—with pulls made from colorful belts....

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Techhie Trade Show or Mid-Mod Chat Station

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 08/26/08

Donnie Deutsch always says "Look at what everyone is doing, and do the opposite."  That's what Mr. ModHomeEc got when he asked me to help him with booth decor at a medical techhie trade show he's doing.  Once I saw all the dark blues, silvers, tech signs and graphics, I knew his booth would stand out, good or bad, I have yet to hear.  The vintage living-room-like setting already attracted many customers, just during set up.  Time will tell if...

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"Lite Green" Ottoman Made From Repurposed Wooden Spool

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

                             

"Lite Green" Ottoman Made From Repurposed Wooden Spool

  Trying to furnish your new digs on a shoestring?  This fabulous ottoman/hassock can be made for next to nothing.  Go to a hardware store that sells electrical wire off of a wooden spool and ask for a discarded spool.  Next, go to a fabric store and buy a cool fabric remnant that will cover your ottoman. Hint:  Upholstery fabric is 54" wide.  If you have a twenty inch round (diameter) ottoman and you want it...

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