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Simple, Easy & CHEAP Textured Vase - Mrs. Polly Rogers. Textures in home accessories seem to be the new trend right now, especially vases, bowls and candle sticks that look like molten silver has been meticulously dropped and dripped on them.

Simple, Easy & CHEAP Textured Vase - Mrs. Polly Rogers

So I thought I’d do a little experimenting, and I couldn’t be happier with the results! This one is silver. This one is Raspberry! First find a simple glass vase or votive, maybe you already have one? Or find one at a thrift store. Line the opening with tape to keep the spray adhesive from getting inside. Homemade Shrinky Dinks from Recycled Plastic. Beware- if you read this you will start compulsively checking plastic containers to see if they can be made into homemade shrinky dinks!

Homemade Shrinky Dinks from Recycled Plastic

Harvest napkin rings. I'm very fortunate this year that I've been excused from hosting Thanksgiving at my house.

harvest napkin rings

My wonderful mother gets to do the honors,so I promised to help embellish table. I came up with these easy, but adorable napkin rings. What you'll need: pages of an old book. Make a Hollow Book. Kid Craft: Upcycled Clipboard. This creative craft for kids project is sponsored by Mod Podge Washout for Kids, an all-in-one sealer, glue, and finish that is designed to be kid-friendly and washes out of clothes in the washing machine and Apple Barrel paint, an all-purpose acrylic paint that comes in a wide variety of colors.

Kid Craft: Upcycled Clipboard

These upcycled clipboards will keep the kids busy crafting, and can be made for a useful Mother’s Day or teacher appreciation gift! They are easy to make, and all you need is some tissue paper, an inexpensive plain clipboard, ModPodge Washout for Kids, paintbrushes, and black Apple Barrel acrylic paint. Cut small squares of tissue paper, and invite your child over to apply a thin coat of ModPodge Washout for Kids over the clipboard using a paintbrush. Repeat Crafter Me. Dull & shiny planter. Though I don’t have a green thumb, I am always looking to enliven a room by incorporating plants.

dull & shiny planter

One challenge that comes with this attempt is finding vessels to hold my plants; there are only so many ways to paint or recover a terracotta pot. Nearly every time I go to the flea market or an antique store, I come across spittoons for under $5. Most are made of copper, brass or porcelain and have not been used for their intended purpose in decades. Their wide bases make them ideal for rooms where you’d want to prevent accidents.

Though I find them both tarnished and polished, I’m drawn to the combination of the old and new together. There are numerous ways to polish brass and copper that do not involve harsh chemicals. See the full how-to after the jump . . . Sewing 101: recycled paper basket. Thanks to a few recent online purchases, I had an enormous pile of long brown packing paper strips in my studio.

sewing 101: recycled paper basket

Reusable wrapped boxes. Every year we save the best shoe, shirt and jewelry boxes from the holidays and recycle them to hold craft supplies, store photos or use as gift boxes for the next giving season.

reusable wrapped boxes

Our stockpiles were getting unruly, as were our drawers full of scrap ribbon and wrapping paper, so we came up with a recycled-wrapping project that can be reused itself. We used the prettiest boxes we had, and many of them needed little more than a ribbon adornment. Good-sized, sturdy boxes with surfaces we didn’t love were covered with scraps of wrapping or kraft paper. Chickadee tree topper + ornament from the wild unknown. Kim Krans of The Wild Unknown is one of my favorite artists, so I was super excited when she wanted to share a holiday DIY with us.

chickadee tree topper + ornament from the wild unknown

Kim has created a lovely chickadee design that you can simply print, fold, embellish and hang, either as a tree topper or an ornament. Salt + coffee watercolor technique. I’ve been painting ever since I was little, but somehow, watercolors never remained in my rotation for very long.

salt + coffee watercolor technique

It’s a shame because watercolor techniques can produce beautiful painterly effects, and some of my favorite artists these days work in the medium. Luckily, this watercolor tutorial from Michelle requires no previous experience; it uses simple household materials like coffee and salt to create cool visual effects in the application of the paint. Not only are you learning how to make an original piece of art, but you can also use Michelle’s technique to give maps, prints and paper of all kinds an unusual, antique look. Thanks for sharing, Michelle! — Kate Read the full how-to after the jump!

Materials. Craft Tools and Techniques. Katie’s glass-jar moroccan lanterns. I’m getting a little tired of the winter weather and will take just about any opportunity to daydream about the sunny warm days ahead.

katie’s glass-jar moroccan lanterns

These Moroccan-inspired lanterns by Ohdeedoh contributor and DIY expert Katie Steuernagle are the perfect antidote to the winter blues; I love the glow of the rich jewel tones and the intricate gold designs. Cinnamon Bird Ornament. Glitter bells. Fun Cheap or Free - Where Frugal Gets a Facelift. Craft Hack: Pottery Barn Inspired American Flag. Summer has started for the schoolkids and the 4th of July will be upon us before long. It'll be cookouts and swimming parties for the next few months, so I've begun thinking about some cool seasonal decor that won't break the bank.