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19 Ideas to Steal for Your Apartment: Ideas for Apartments, Condos, and Rentals. Project: Grönö Lamp Hack. Chevron Trash Can. Altered thrift store art: Some personal faves. Unknown, via Reddit.

Altered thrift store art: Some personal faves

Banksy, via Flickr user goldenticket. It’s a simple idea: Find some bad art, whether original or a print, for a song at a thrift store, then modify it to make, if not “better art,” then at least something that’s more entertaining to look at. (Is it the same thing? Yeah, that sounds like a productive argument.) Anyway. Etsy seller loudxmouse. Banksy, via Flickr user Darrell Godliman. Reportedly Banksy, via Reddit. Banksy, via Flickr user poly_mnia. Banksy, via Flickr user SteeveeGee. Woodgill at Monocol’s Etsy shop. DIY Idea: Rainbow Melted Crayon Art » Man Made DIY. Artist and designer Jessica Kerbawy creates these amazing rainbow wall art pieces by gluing a spectrum of crayons on foam core, and then strategically melting them with a heat gun.

DIY Idea: Rainbow Melted Crayon Art » Man Made DIY

The paper wrappers are left atop, with the remains of the colored wax dripping down. Though it may look like something you've seen before, I find these to be pretty clever and unique, and an update on the playing with melted wax and rainbow techniques. Jessica's prices are actually incredibly reasonable, between $25 and $75 depending on the size. But, it's also something you could try yourself, especially now that it's back-to-school season, and large boxes of crayons will be on sale.

{DIY: Film Light} « sweater eyes the castle builder. So in my never-ending quest to avoid business work, and re-decorate my entire house without spending more than $20, I bring you the “new” addition to my bedroom: the 35mm Film Side-Table Light!

{DIY: Film Light} « sweater eyes the castle builder

I made it by ripping apart an old side table light I had purchased with an ex, so I was more than happy to make it into something way cooler (and of course, rip it apart). It was originally this rather tacky oriental-inspired, flimsy lantern thing, with textured paper (it’s not that it was entirely that ugly, but it was brown, black and white, and I wanted colour!). It was all really easy to do. All I did was take the wooden sides apart, and rip the bamboo and paper out (that was surprisingly easy, it looked like it was hot glued in there with only about 6 dots of glue).

I spray painted the wooden frame yellow, and glued three bands of 35mm film into the back. Online ? Make: Projects ? Doortop Stash. How to Make Cherry Blossom Lights. How to Make a Headboard From Doors - Eco-Friendly Projects. Anthro-Inspired Mirror.

You all know we love a good Anthropologie knockoff around here – so a couple of days ago when I was browsing online I came across this mirror.

Anthro-Inspired Mirror

Oh I definitely need that. Hold the presses – did that say $498??? Huh. We can do better than that. :) So after scouring the thrift shops, cutting myself on mirror glass, and overcoming an unreasonable fear of Mod Podge, here is my version! (Bear with me here – taking a picture of a mirror is a bit tricky. Ready for the tutorial? You’ll need: A MirrorEasy Off Oven CleanerFabric (enough to cover the frame and the back of the mirror)Mod PodgeA Staple Gun or other framing tool I went searching for a method to removing silvering and came across a great tutorial at Mitzi’s Collectibles. I started with a frame that I found at the thrift store. Obviously not clean. We actually had to ask on this one – because it just said 1951. $19.51 seemed way to high – and it was.

Start by taking your mirror out of the frame. Lay your mirror down on a protected surface. Do-it-Yourself DIY String Wedding Lanterns Yarn Chandeliers. Jessica of Wednesday Inc shows us how to make those gorgeous twine chandeliers from the inspiration shoot she shared with us this morning.

Do-it-Yourself DIY String Wedding Lanterns Yarn Chandeliers

Using balloons, glue and twine, you can also make these lanterns for your wedding – and then bring it home and use it as your very own mid century lampshade. What you will need are: balloons, glue, yarn, tray for glue, corn starch 1/2 cup of Corn starch, 1/4 cup of Warm water, clear fast drying spray paint, hanging lamp cord or fishing line (depending on your desired final product), and a lighting kit if you’re looking for a fully functional lantern. Jessica recommends using a sharpie to mark on the inflated balloon how much room you need to leave for the lighting cord. She also recommends coating the balloon with vaseline prior to wrapping the yarn coated with glue so it doesn’t stick on the balloon once it’s dry.

You can see all the details on Jessica’s blog. Are you getting excited to try to do this at home as much I am? Instructions: 1. Frozen in Time: Priceless Castings That ANYONE Can Do... It was just the other day I gave birth to my youngest son, Jake.

Frozen in Time: Priceless Castings That ANYONE Can Do...

Well, at least that's how I feel. Last Saturday was his first birthday. I have no idea where the time went-Any mother or father would tell you how fast time really does go by and that we should all treasure every second of every day with our kids. It's only a matter of time before they grow up and forget all that we go through raising them from day to day. Maybe that is why I have this crazy fascination with preserving my two boys in any way that I can. I would recommend this one since it sets faster. First, find a container big enough to fit your child's hand or feet without it touching the insides of the container. These are the instructions for mixing and molding: Three part water to one part powder.