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Make a Valentine’s Day Banner with Crafty at Home

r January 31, 2014 | B 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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8 Porch Light Upgrades

r January 27, 2014 | B DIY Projects, Home Decor

That tarnished brass porch light isn’t doing anything for your curb appeal. Swap it out for one of the many stylish alternatives available today. This is an easy project that just about anyone can do, and it makes such a difference!   1. Traditional Lantern – Glass panes and wrought iron will bounce light for a soft, romantic feel on your live-in porch.  Get the look   2. In-Line Lighting – Make sure every inch of your wrap around porch is well lit with matching light fixtures down the entire length. Get the look   3. Clean Lines – Try this minimalist fixture above your front door to welcome guests with simplicity. Get the look   4. Starry Light –…

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Ornaments, Math and Blinds, Oh My!

r December 24, 2013 | B DIY Projects

Our awesome friend Bon writes at MathFour.com about teaching math and using everyday situations as learning opportunities. Today she’s crafting with free Blinds.com samples and she made gorgeous geometric Christmas ornaments. Did we mention that Bon did all of this cutting and gluing from her cozy room in the delivery wing, waiting to have a baby! That’s what we’d call crafting commitment. Bon used her Signature Roman Pleat sample in Snow to make a modern Christmas Tree. Doesn’t this ornament made from the Velvet Red and Sage samples look just like old fashioned ribbon candy? See all of Bon’s festive creations over at MathFour.com and check out how she used each design to teach the different kinds of symmetry. Take a…

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Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas for Christmas

r December 18, 2013 | B 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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DIY Snowflake Ornament Made From Free Blinds Samples

Have you ordered free blinds samples and don’t want to just chuck them in the trash? Make a greener choice and turn them into DIY ornaments! Don’t already have samples on hand? Browse our cellular shades and be dazzled by the vast color collection and crisp fabrics. Order free samples to see them in person. You might just find the perfect stylish insulator for your windows this winter! How to Make Cellular Shade Ornaments: 1. Shop Cellular Shades from Blinds.com and order free samples. 2. Cut off 1/2″ with an exacto knife and safe cutting surface. 3. Repeat step 2. 4, 5. Hot glue the two pieces on top of each other. 6. Place a little hot glue on the…

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DIY: Make Windows Look Taller with Molding

You may have heard this designer trick: Hang draperies a foot or two above the window to instantly make them look taller. Did you know that you can get the same effect with plantation shutters? Add decorative trim around shutters and your ceilings and windows will instantly look taller. The deceptively easy detailing gives you a classic, custom look. This project involves some carpentry, but if you’re a novice, don’t be nervous. Lisa from The Pennington Point is here to tell us how it’s done. Meet Lisa Lisa Pennington lives in the country as a homeschooling mom of 9, and is the queen of home decor tricks that cost practically nothing. With so many teenagers at home, she has tried…

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Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas – Watch the video!

r October 23, 2013 | B 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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Roller Shade Design Challenge: Fun-For-Kids Edition

r October 21, 2013 | B DIY Projects

We sent eight top bloggers a plain white roller shade and challenged them to send us their best creation. See what our crafty friends came up with!   Teachers and parents we know you hear us. You want your kids to learn while they play, but the fancy educational toys can really take a bite out of your budget. With the speed that kids can lose interest in toys, a lot of moms are moving to homemade educational games. We had so much fun with our last Roller Shade Design Challenge that we had to do it again!  This round of top bloggers came up with some incredible, DIY educational toys. Who knew you could do so much with a…

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Blogs We Love: Brittany Makes

r September 13, 2013 | B Design Inspiration, Home Decor
Brittany

When roaming across the blogosphere, Brittany Makes immediately caught my attention. All it took was to read Brittany’s bio and I was sold: she’s an accountant by day and a blogger by night using Brittany Makes as her creative outlet while climbing the corporate ladder. Her goal to flex those creative muscles is a noble one and I found it very refreshing to find a blogger who leads a double life on what many would consider opposite ends of the spectrum: accounting and being artistic. Brittany’s blog is full of interior design inspiration, photos, and DIY crafts. Not only will you find an endless supply of beautiful things on her site, but her writing is hilarious. I don’t play favorites but…here’s…

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Blogs We Love: Little Pincushion Studio

r September 2, 2013 | B Design Inspiration, Design Links, Home Decor
Little Pincushion Studio

While browsing Houzz one day, I became immediately entranced after seeing the work of Annabel from Little Pincushion Studio. She teaches young girls how to sew and think with their crafty minds in this adorable studio she put together in rural Virginia. As one would expect, Annabel is an avid DIYer. Her blog consists of tons of crafty tutorials and projects. These 3 projects were especially inspiring: 1. Chair Reinvention Annabel found this vintage chair at her local Habitat for Humanity store, and after adding a little paint to it, it looks amazing! Transformations like this give me the urge to go thrift shopping, especially since the chair only cost her $10! 2. DIY Painted Clutch Inspired by “the most beautiful waxed…

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