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There is something special about the tricks and tips people come up with to turn old or useless objects into something fresh and useful. Turning an old gadget or piece of furniture into something completely new is a great way to extend its life, and here are some of our favorite conversions from the last year. Top 10 Ways to Turn Your Retired Gadgetry into the Technology of the Future
Decorating with wall murals ABOVE: Add a touch of elegance to a glam bedroom with chandeliers painted on the wall above the bed. ABOVE and LEFT: A simple black design on a white wall in this dining room makes a dramatic statement. At first glance you might think that this is wallpaper, but upon closer inspection this truly inspiring design is a hand painted mural. The black branches with birds painted on a white background make for a very interesting atmosphere. How to paint your own mural wall
A couple weeks ago, I found a paint-by-number at an unbeatable price. I can't pass these things up even though I already owned this particular design. I thought that I could maybe use it to make a fun D.I.Y., but my new rule is that all thrifts that I purchase with the intent of restyling need to get done right away. I have way too many half finished projects in my life.
You should all know by now that we are all about stacking bracelets on our wrists. The more, the better. In fact . . . the most, the best!
UPDATE: This post originally ran on March 23 2011, but with summer winding down we wanted to bring it back up for some late summer inspiration! a fellow fp girl sent this to me a couple weeks back and i’ve been thinking about it ever since! i can think of a million reasons why these would be awesome… as apartment décor, as outdoor party décor, and – wouldn’t they be the best thing EVER for camping in general or at a festival? just let them sit in the sun all day, and they’ll last all night!
This weekend we were doing bubble activities galore: playing and printing with bubbles. Cassie enjoyed both. What inspired us to do this was when we were at friend's house and they had Crayola Colored Bubbles .
Yes, I am a nerd. I came up with a brilliant idea for a Harry Potter t-shirt and I couldn't resist. "Expecto Patronum!" However, you can make whatever kind of design you want with a freezer paper stencil.
Immediately after removing the paper, place it in a pan, and pour water over it. Hang paper to dry, marbleized side up. Do not touch the paper until it is dry (typically within 2 hours, depending on humidity levels). Decide whether to keep or discard your solution (it can be used several times). To change paint colors, lay strips of newsprint across the solution's surface, then remove; repeat with clean strips until the solution is clear. You can store the solution in an airtight jar for about a week.
I recall an infomercial a few years back for a little plastic triangle that stuck in a corner, between two walls, to make a small corner shelf. I don’t remember the exact name of the product, but I do remember that the commercial exhausted all the obvious self/shelf puns: “shelf esteem,” “shelf confidence,” “shelf defense,” “shelf-employed,” etc., etc. So I’ll forgo the obvious opportunities this topic offers for shelf-referential humor and just get down to business. <img src="http://makezineblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/10-ht-shelf-fungi.jpg?w=574&h=600" alt="" title="10-HT-shelf-fungi" width="574" height="600" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-89002" /> How-To: Turn Shelf Fungi Into Actual Shelves
This post is experiencing technical difficulties. See a similar post here . Things you need for this DIY: *a curb chain bracelet or some curb chain, jump rings and a clasp *embroidery thread *scissors *a bobby pin or a two inch piece of wire bent in half *pliers (if you don't buy the pre-made bracelet) Total time: 1 hour
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In case you haven’t noticed in the past almost 3 years (!!) WANM has been in existence, I am not a crafty person. Nope, I leave the crafts to Chels and I stick to the kitchen (where disasters can easily be shoved down the garbage disposal!).