This stunning star mirror looks like it belongs in Pottery Barn’s summer catalog. But actually, it costs less than $25 to make.
Jute rope turns a cheap vase into a statement piece. It’s as easy as it looks: Simply, hot-glue jute rope around a vessel for a beach-ready look.
With paint and a pair of drawer pulls, a salvaged cabinet door becomes a makeshift cheese board or TV dinner tray. To make, fill holes in the board with wood filler and let dry. Sand and paint the surface, pre-drill holes, and screw in handles.
Because your living room isn’t cozy unless it has at least three fuzzy throws. Before putting it on display, dress up a plain blanket by creating extra-large tassels and pom-poms from thick yarn and knotting them onto the end. Joanna Gaines would be proud.
Here, your kid’s knack for writing on the wall isn’t a bad thing. This easel is attached to the wall, which is an easy way to put your kid’s artwork on display or keep your grocery list in plain sight.
Spruce up an IKEA chest with new hardware, paint, and wallpaper. Even sample swatches of your favorite print can get the job done.
7Book Side Table
Put your dusty encyclopedias to good use with this side table. To assemble, cut trim to form a box frame that fits snugly around one book, nail frame to the tabletop’s underside, and paint the top. Drill a hole the size of dowel through each book’s center add glue dowel to the center of the table’s underside. Stack encyclopedias, lining up holes, and twisting (as shown). Skewer the dowel through the holes to attach the tabletop
This bulletin board goes off the wall and around a lamp base in this easy-to-follow craft. Trim a length of cork to the height and circumference of the lamp. Notch a small hole in the back for the
cord to poke through, if needed. Peel off the backing of cork and attach, smoothing it down and around with your hands. Cut out a circle for the base’s top and attach with hot glue.
Existing curtains or pillows look extra luxe with new fringe. Another quick fix? Use leftover wall paint to refresh the frame of an old chair.
11Tissue Box Cover
Create a stylish tissue box cover that’ll last much longer than your common cold. Coat a wooden tissue box cover with polyurethane three times. Cut four two-inch-wide strips of veneer, one to fit each side of the box. Glue on strips and coat both sides of each strip with glue, as well as the entire box and let dry.
Instead of settling for kid-friendly placements that don’t align with your décor, craft your own with the fabric of your choice. Cut fabric into 12-by-17 inch rectangles and iron. For each mat, cut two rectangles of the same size from a sheet of vinyl. Iron a piece of vinyl on each side of the place mat and trim the edges with pinking shears.
Want to teach the little ones that every penny counts? Make a coin bank — for free. Rinse an empty cleaning-wipe container and remove the label. Print your own “Fun Money” label and attach with tape.
Some call it a remote, others call it a clicker. No matter what you call it, store it in this no-sew pillow pocket. Start by cutting a pocket from an old pair of jeans (men’s work best). Then sandwich fusible fleece between the jean pocket and pillow cover, and iron layers together. Put the cover back on the pillow and cozy up for game day.
15Ruffle Accent Lamp
See? You can fill your home with Anthrolopie décor — well, Anthropologie-inspired décor. All you need is a hot glue gun, old lamp, and linen fabric.
This simple craft turns your tattered cardigans, shrunken V-necks, or the kids’ castoffs into coasters that you can use time and time again. Wash 100% wool in hot water, then dry with an agitator like jeans. After three rounds, sweaters should feel taut and felt-like. Use a pencil and a large-mouthed glass to trace circles onto the fabric and then snip out a set.
17Shutter Side Table
Skip painting and embrace a weathered finish for this tiny table. A set of rustic shutters provides the perfect base for a potted plant or a vase of blooms.
Dress up bare walls with a trip to the photo shop. Get a favorite shot digitally enlarged and then add strips of wood along the top and bottom as a quick frame.
A set of nesting bowls can accessorize your shelf or illuminate the dinner table thanks to this bright idea. Bonus: You can make it in under an hour.
Furniture making doesn’t get easier than this: Attach hairpin legs to a piece of laminated shelf pine for a simple shoe-tying spot.
Dress up plain white dishes the easy way with ombre linens. The faded hues look fresh as napkins, but can double as placemats too.
The upholstery tack isn’t just for sofas. Push or tap brass tacks along the lines of a table, bench, or chair for an eye-catching accent.
The dinner table shines brighter with a few clever “lamps.” Just pop a LED tea light in a wineglass and top with a paper shade.
It’s easy for your delicates to get lost in a heap of dirty laundry. This patterned laundry bag, made with fabric, ribbon, and an embroidery hoop, will keep your lingerie in one spot. To make, clamp the pillowcase into the hoop, tie on a loop of ribbon to the hoop’s clamp, and hang near your hamper.