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5 DIY Home Decorating Smartphone Apps To Love

r June 11, 2014 | B Crafty at Home, Design Links

Make your phone work as hard as you do to beautify your home. Last year I featured 5 popular apps to help with home decoration in the post: Design Help From Your Smartphone – 5 DIY Apps. Because of its tremendous success, I’m back with more great iPhone and Android apps to help you decorate! Metal Detector As a company, one of our core values is to make everything easy and exciting for our customers. So, the metal detector app was a great find.  Available for the iPhone only, the metal detector app is the perfect tool for anyone ready to hang a window blind, a picture frame, etc.  The app helps customers locate steel studs in the wall or lost magnetized…

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Make Chalkboard Garden Markers with Blinds Slats

r May 13, 2014 | B Crafty at Home

Recycling has become so ingrained in our lives, that it’s puzzling when things can’t be recycled easily. If you’ve recently upgraded your window coverings, you may feel guilty sending a house full of blinds to the landfill. To go a little greener, you can take aluminum blinds to a scrap metal yard or recycling center, and faux wood or wood blinds are gladly accepted at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore. Before you donate them all, save one set to upcycle into chalkboard garden markers. Learn more about recycling blinds. Chalkboard Garden Makers Made With Blinds Slats What You Need: Chalkboard Paint Paintbrush Aluminum or wooden blinds slats cut to 6″-12″ lengths Chalk How to Make Garden Markers with Recycled Blinds…

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DIY Lace Cut Frosted Window Film (VIDEO)

r March 31, 2014 | B Crafty at Home, DIY Projects

Etched glass is a huge trend for DIY home decor. People are using etching chemicals to create permanent designs and labels on drinking glasses, glass storage containers and mirrors. Today we’re using Etched Window Film from Blinds.com to get this patterned look for windows without the long term commitment. We’ll be cutting a decorative lace-like border around the edge of the film to give it a custom look. Get the Skinny on Thomas Hicks Decorative Window Film This versatile window covering is one of our favorites. It’s perfect for covering odd shaped windows, and gives full privacy to areas like bathrooms without losing light. Customers love it for glass doors too! How it Works Thomas Hicks Windows Film from Blinds.com…

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Make a Valentine’s Day Banner with Crafty at Home

r January 31, 2014 | B Crafty at Home, DIY Projects, Home Safety

Spread some love at home with a simple felt banner for Valentine’s Day. It’s tempting to pick up new seasonal decor every year, but that can get awfully pricey. Why now make this year’s holiday decor?  You’ll save lots and can brag about your handiwork! How to Make A Valentine’s Day Banner Welcome guests into your home with this cheerful sign on the door. What You Need: White Felt – Small sheet Red Felt – Large sheet. We bought about a yard. Ink Pen  Scissors Hot Glue Gun Dowel Rod - Cut 2″ wider than your felt banner will be. Baker’s Twine Pom-Pom Trim How To Make A Valentine’s Wall Hanging 1. Trace banner shape onto red felt and cut out. Ours is…

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Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas for Christmas

r December 18, 2013 | B Crafty at Home, DIY Projects

You’ve already spent a lot on holiday gifts, why dole out another chunk of change on expensive gift wrapping supplies? Save some money by using kraft paper (found with the postage supplies) and easy DIY embellishments. Learn how with guest host, and scrapbook diva, Sarah! Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas for Christmas: Find out just how easy it is to make this year’s presents pop with heat embossed wrapping paper and DIY paper bows. What You Need: Scrapbook Paper (double sided preferred) Scissors Hot Glue Gun Kraft Paper or Butcher Paper Holiday Stamps Embossing Powder Clear Embossing Ink Embossing Heat Tool How To Make Embossed Wrapping Paper: 1. Wrap gifts with kraft paper. 2. Moisten stamp with embossing ink and press…

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3 Minute Sugar Scrub – How To!

r December 11, 2013 | B Crafty at Home, DIY Projects, Holiday Fun

Wintertime brings holiday cheer and time with family, but for many it also means itchy dry skin. Make homemade sugar scrub for yourself and decompress from holiday stress (get ready for buttery soft skin). Or make a big batch – this is the perfect gift idea for grandmothers, moms, sisters, and aunts. Honestly, the guys in your life will steal a scoop when you’re not looking, so don’t be afraid to make an unscented batch for them too. 3 Minute Homemade Sugar Scrub This project is deceptively easy (and cheap!). All you need is sugar from the pantry and baby oil. What You Need: Granulated Sugar Baby Oil – We used this shea & cocoa butter scent. Essential Oils – Find…

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Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas – Watch the video!

r October 23, 2013 | B Crafty at Home, DIY Projects

Are you a Halloween procrastinator? Learn how to make a Halloween mask with everyday craft supplies and complete your costume with simple accessories from home. How To Make An Easy Halloween Mask This tutorial is perfect for inexpensive adult Halloween costumes or kid’s Halloween costumes. Need a refresher? Here are step-by-step instructions and a few more ideas for using this technique. 1. Hold one sheet of craft paper up to your face to estimate the size of your mask. 2. Use a ballpoint pen to draw the shape of your mask and cut out the shape with an Exacto knife. Make sure you cut on a cutting board or safe cutting surface. Expert Tip! It can be tough to place…

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Crafty At Home: How to Style Your Home By Layering [Kim from Design Thoughts]

Choosing furniture and sticking to a color scheme can be somewhat intuitive when it comes to decorating.  But after that, things can get a little hairy. One of our favorite designers, Kim teaches us how to style your home with layers. Kim is an interior designer and blogger at Design Thoughts who lives in Nashville with her husband and son.  She is a DIY fiend who’s not afraid to pull out the paintbrush for an off-the-cuff accent wall or a completely unique work of art to transform a space. Find out more reasons we love Kim. How To Style Surfaces By Layering See the difference styling can make! Kim’s Top Tips for Accessorizing Your Home: 1.Create a layered look by grouping pieces…

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Crafty at Home – Scratchboard Cards

r August 16, 2013 | B Crafty at Home, DIY Projects
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If you’re looking for a fun and easy craft that the kids will love, scratchboard cards are the perfect solution! Did you ever color on those seemingly magical black sheets of paper to reveal the rainbow colors underneath? I can tell you I was obsessed – now you can make them yourself for MUCH cheaper than the $2 a sheet you’d pay at the store! Not only are they a blast to make, but they have so many uses! Make personalized thank you cards, works of art, room signs, gift tags or even garlands – either way you’ll impress all who see your crafty creation! See How It’s Done: Click Here to Download the Printable Instructions To Make the Scratchboard…

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DIY Upholstered Cornice – Crafty At Home with The Local Cook

r July 11, 2013 | B Crafty at Home, DIY Projects

Our friend Wendy Hammond writes at The Local Cook about gardening, seasonal cooking, cheesemaking, home decor and more.  She’s schooling us in cornice construction as a part of our Crafty At Home Video Series.   Custom upholstery gives softness and an upscale feel to nearly any project. Just as upholstered headboards make bedrooms feel cozy and pulled together, a homemade cornice can really dress up windows. Cornices can be decoratively carved and stained to give wood blinds and other window treatments some crowning glory. This DIY upholstered cornice can be used to hide blinds when raised, cover up hardware, or simply add some color to your windows. Learn to Make a DIY Upholstered Cornice Get Started: DIY upholstery may sound intimidating, but with a staple gun…

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