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D.I.Y - Paper Birds. I love making things to decorate my room with, and this is one of my favourites.

D.I.Y - Paper Birds

These little paper birds are so easy to make and look lovely hanging as a mobile! I like to hang them around my lampshade like this: They're a great way to add a bit of colour to any room. Especially if you're renting and you're not allowed to paint the walls! D.I.Y - Rosebud Lights. Want to know how to spruce up plain fairy lights into something a bit more pretty?

D.I.Y - Rosebud Lights

Here's how I made these rosebud inspired string lights. You will need: -A set of plain (or coloured) LED fairy lights. Cargo Scarf: Free your hands, and your mind will follow! To make a cargo scarf, you will need: 1/2 yard 45" wide cotton for outer layerI chose a cute banana-print cotton; any decorative or fashion fabric will do, but it should be woven (not a stretchy knit). 1/2 yard liningThis is the part of the scarf that will be against your skin, so choose something warm and comfortable.

Cargo Scarf: Free your hands, and your mind will follow!

Softer felts, flannels or fleeces are all good options. 101 Simple Handmade Gift Tutorials. These simple handmade gift tutorials will make any crafty person’s heart sing with joy!

101 Simple Handmade Gift Tutorials

You don’t need special skills or a bunch of time because these can all be done super fast! Simple and cute…that works for me! Oh, and think of all the money you will save making these gifts. {At least that’s the story I tell my husband…shhhh!}

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Little Red Infinity Dress. February 14, 2011 I made this little dress in about 3 hours and for under $20!

Little Red Infinity Dress

I used some soft polyester knit I found at Hancock Fabrics for $4.99/yard. I got 5 yards, and with my 40% off 1 cut of fabric coupon, my total came to $15.87 after tax!! These dresses sell for upwards of $200 in stores, so I’m thrilled with my savings! 7 Ways to Recycle T-Shirts. So way way back, in June, I wrote this Studio Organization post, about starting the process of organizing my studio by cleaning out the closet full of junk.

7 Ways to Recycle T-Shirts

Well, it's September and...let's just say the closet is a work in progress. Some of the things that are taking up space in the closet are shirts that I never wear anymore. I realized I could repurpose them into something else! Here are some tutorials for recycling shirts: Check out these t-shirt scarves! Cheap Decorative Balls. I got an urgent message from one of my readers, Jessica H. with a request/challenge for all my creative Dollar Store Crafting readers out there: I love those decorative ball thingies you can buy all over the place now.

Cheap Decorative Balls

They come in all different styles (mirrored, raffia-covered, floral, etc.) and you put them in pretty bowls and they serve no purpose whatsoever but to sit there and be pretty. Lavender & Brown Sugar Scrub. Sock Monkeys. Amigurumi Bunnies. String Tree Wall Mural. Previous image Next image This impressive mural (along with a few others) were made by artist Kathryn Anderson with nothing more than pushpins and yarn.

String Tree Wall Mural

We'll show you how you can create your own, step by step and with tips from the artist.Kathryn Anderson of KAndeArt has made some great wall murals out of nothing more than string and push pins. French Memo Board. Snow Globes. Newspaper Gift Bags. When I bought something at a store recently, the clerk handed me my purchase in a bag made from a newspaper.

Newspaper Gift Bags

I liked it very much and had to make some more—thus today's DIY recycled newspaper project: gift bags made from the Wall Street Journal. You can vary the dimensions, of course, but here's what I used to create a bag that's 5" tall, 4.5" wide, and 3" deep. Memory Jar and other ideas.

Friday, January 4, 2013 This idea was so popular last year that I’m reposting it again!

Memory Jar and other ideas

Happy New Year everyone! ~Jaden I always say that time goes by too fast. Top Bloggers Favorite DIY Projects. Project Ideas.