When you're pregnant, it's exciting to buy everything you might possibly need for the new baby, but once your little one is born, you realize just how quickly these kids outgrow their once-special items. Some of us don't really think about holding onto baby jars, cribs, puzzles, or even kids' shoe boxes, but other moms have found crafty ways to reuse them. From swinging benches to cute votive candles, we're sharing 48 amazing (and easy) things to make from the outgrown baby or kid stuff you may have considered tossing. Take a gander before you call the garbageman for an extra pickup — you won't be disappointed!
My living room needed an overhaul, so recently we scraped together what we could to purchase two new sofas. They're my dream pieces, but their spare mid-century design screamed for a little adornment, and our investment left little in the way of a budget for throw pillows. Additionally, I forgot to account for the cost of what seemed to be simple decor items (often $100 or more) and the fact that I would need more than one! Fortunately for pillow shoppers on a budget, there's a plush supply of inexpensive options out there in a diversity of design styles. We've rounded up some of our favorites under $50 as well as some easy DIY ideas for sewers and non-sewers alike!
Source: California Home and Design
A DIY wedding may seem overwhelming at first, but if you take it one project at a time — and round up some girlfriends to help! — it can be a fun, rewarding way to save money and personalize your big day. From favors to fans, I've rounded up 10 of my favorite creative DIY wedding projects. I hope they inspire you to get crafty!
Start sharing your big day with our community. Just head to the Lovely Little Vignettes group, click "new post," and check the wedding content box.
If your family is anything like mine at Thanksgiving, there are likely a few kids running underfoot who'd love a planned activity. That's why this Thanksgiving leaf garland is so perfect: it gives kids a meaningful task, and is a quick enough project that you can make it before turkey hits the table.
Here's What You'll Need
- This leaf template
- Colored paper/construction paper
- Twine, yarn, or string
- Double-sided tape
- Pens or pencils
To find out how to make it, read more
A good friend of mine just sent me photos of her new house in Los Angeles, and I was excited to see that she made room for a craft corner. My pal loves to craft and sew, and now she has an established space for her handiwork (which is more than I can say for my own house).
There are many advantages to maintaining a permanent space for your crafting or sewing hobby. For one, you won't have to haul everything in and out of a closet or cupboard every time you want to work on a project. Additionally, you won't have to clean up your crafting area and put it away once you have guests over. And perhaps most importantly, having a craft corner will help you to get motivated and actually finish all of those projects you've started!
For all of my tips on creating a craft corner, read more
I have some more sad news today. Craft magazine has made an official announcement that its latest issue, Volume 10, will be its last.
Due to diminishing interests among advertisers and the rise in print and distribution costs, the magazine was facing more and more challenges in publishing a print issue, and decided print publishing is no longer sensible. But, there is a silver lining: The magazine's companion website, Craftzine.com, will live on. Craftzine is a thriving website, with a huge following and plenty of wonderful content. They plan "to bring the best of the magazine to the website," including more craft projects with greater frequency. As sad it is to see Craft cash in its chips, it's encouraging to see the site live on. If only Domino would do the same . . .
I'm so envious of Craftster member Vertigoat's craft space. She writes, "I've spent the last few days turning a pit of a room I could barely walk through the doorway of into a craftroom . . . I'm really excited about having a space where all this stuff is out and accessible and I can make things."
I've never had a designated crafting room, or even crafting closet! I'm sure that all of us who love to craft, make art, or work on projects, but don't have the room in our house to do so efficiently, are envious of Vertigoat's space.
So, where do you work on projects? Are you lucky enough to have a designated room for it? Do you settle for a corner? Or do you have to haul out your materials and then put them away every time you work on something? Tell me by commenting below!
I love upcycling items, but since I'm also a bit of a design snob, I want those upcycled items to look beautiful as well. Luckily, I've stumbled across an awesome tutorial that shows you how to make beautiful holiday ornaments out of the humble aluminum can. You'd never believe this pretty leaf started out life as an aluminum can to look at it, would you?
What You'll Need
- Empty aluminum cans
- Sandpaper or sanding block
- Pen or pencil
- Ribbon or cord for hanging
To find out how to make it, read more