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DIY best of: organization

DIY best of: organization
I think it’s the inspiration and motivation I get from seeing other people’s homes, or maybe it’s the relaxation of being in a clean hotel with modern fixtures, but organization becomes very important to me when I get back to my house after a long trip. Since the weather is improving, I’m feeling ready to tackle spring cleaning head on — just in time too, since summer is right around the corner! Here are some of our favorite DIY projects for organizing loose items and clothing. There’s something great for every room in the house and for storage big and small. Enjoy, and happy spring cleaning! Image above: Grace keeps her keys handy on this pretty patterned key rack. More organizational DIY projects continue after the jump! Image above: Brenna’s secret storage books, all made from paper and cardboard! Image above: Create a compelling art installation on your wall that can also keep your clothing organized with Morgane’s drawer hangers. Related:  Decoración de interiores&exteriores y construcción

Quick Tips: Instagram your images using Photoshop Instagram reinvented the photo sharing on our social media structure. It's a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your pictures to friends and family. And what I like the most about Instagram, are the various schemes that offers you to filter your pictures with your own little touch. My all-time favorite Instagram filter is the "Nashville" and today, I will show you a quick tutorial about how to achieve that same effect on your images. It's a very simple effect and very easy to accomplish in Photoshop. Step 1 Open your image in Photoshop and double-click on the background layer to make into a layer and named it Nashville. For this tutorial, I've used an image from Patrick Smith from Patrick Smith Photography. Step 2 Create a new layer and fill it with the color (Red: 247 , Green: 217 , Blue: 173) and leave the opacity to 100% and your blending options to "Multiply". Step 3 Click back on the "Nashville" layer and click Image > Adjustments > Curves. Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Final Words

Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art Well that’s a mouthful! So the time has come, it’s Pinterest Challenge time again! Every season Sherry from YHL and Katie from Bower Power throw a little link party to get people to stop pinning things and actually start making. This couldn’t have come at a better time because I have wanted to start this project forever and once Miss Kelly made her way into my kitchen I knew it was time to start it. This was the image I saw that sparked me to start saving my toilet paper rolls. I literally have been saving my rolls for. ever. Here’s what my toilet paper wall art turned into! Ok let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Next, I cut them up. Then, I took 4 pieces and glued them together using a hot glue gun. I continued doing this until I had about 40. Then I took the mirror I was going to use (10″ mirror purchased at Joann’s for $8) and placed it on the floor and started adding all the circles around keeping in mind that I wanted to keep it in a circle. Linking Up To: Young House Love Bower Power

Ribbon organizer in Crafts for decorating and home decor, parties and events Do you belong to those people who have dozens of ribbon reels and are looking for an economical and practical method of storage? In Spunky Junky we've found this great idea where using a slotted tupperware bin and inserting a pair of dowl rods inside (smaller than holes), we can organize and categorize all those ribbons that lurk in no order around our house.

Basket Weaving using Recycled Containers I'm always looking for good weaving projects for little hands. I was going thru the storage room and was overwhelmed with just how many recycled plastic containers I had. You know the ones from yogurt or sour cream...the ones you hold on to thinking..... Inspiration strikes and I realized "Hey you could use it as the base for a basket weaving project"........ and that's where it started. - recycled containers - scissors - yarn, string, embroidery floss, and/or fabric strips - glue - old book pages, newspaper, maps Now the problem with recycled containers is they have logos plastered all over them so I decided we would paper mache them over with strips of paper. I use old books that I get from the discard rack at the library or old maps. Leave to dry overnight. Now find out the diameter of your container. The other basket was done with an even # but I had to alternate woven sections. Using your scissors make cuts down the container. Then start weaving in and out of the different sections.

Penny Countertop Last September we finished our butcher block countertops, but we didn’t do our bar area. I mentioned in that post that I was open to suggestions and got the great idea to cover it in pennies and epoxy. Well, EIGHT months later it is finally finished! I started in December when I got the supplies for Christmas… then it was one of my No Spend February goals…then it was one of my projects for the contest over at Every Creative Endeavor….then we finally finished it in April and I put off blogging about it because I didn’t want to write the post. This is one of those projects that if I was to do it again it would be super easy. However, if any of y’all want to make a penny countertop, then you are going to LOVE me for saving you a headache. First we de-laminated the contertop to make it easy to get to the nails to remove it… except that there was NO WAY that sucker was coming off. Next we had to figure out how we wanted our pennies. So I went about finding a new way to shine pennies….

Storing teas idea in Crafts for decorating and home decor Using a shelf in your kitchen, this project can be ideal for you to order all kinds of tea we usually buy and do not know how organize them. Just need a shelf (if you do not have them, the model Ribba from Ikea is perfect), 3 glass jars with lids (you can use spray paint over them if you're interested), 3 short screws, two hooks for cups, a screwdriver and drill. Paint the lids with spray, let them dry and make a hole in the center with the help of the drill. Mark a on the shelf with a pencil where you'll want to place the glass jars and hooks for cups. Secure the lids to the shelf in the area marked with the screws and the rack to the wall according to instructions. And finally, what we like best: fill glass jars with your favorite teas, the mugs and place your tea accessories above the shelf.

Grocery Bag “Yarn” | When people see the handbags some of us carry around they never believe that we’ve made them from regular grocery bags. I bet I’ve been asked about 65,000 times in the last few years–”How can you possibly crochet with a grocery bag?” Consequently, this story has been told quite a bit, but never here on the blog. So, for those of you who’d like to know—this is how you do it. Take one innocent looking grocery–the thin, noisy kind–and smooth it out flat. Fold it in half lengthwise and smooth out again. Fold in half again, and smooth out. Cut off the bottom seam, and the handles at the top. Fold in half again. Cut the strip into 1 inch pieces… until you’ve cut the whole strip. Open up the loops… Remember making rubberband chains when you were a kid? Well, it’s like that. Pull one loop through the other until… they knot together. -pretty much like yarn. It’s a great way to recycle those silly bags and make our own teeny tiny dent in the local land fill. And now you know the true secret of the universe.

Make Your Own Canvas Portrait! I love the look of family photos printed on canvas, but I never knew I could make them at home! After transferring photos to fabric, I was super excited to try some pieces using stretched canvas. I hope this inspires some of you to make something special for your home... Here's how I transferred my photo to canvas: 1. ), paint brush and the image you want to transfer (laser copy) and a spray bottle filled with water. Note: You can expect an imperfect transfer. I'm so excited to have this little keepsake for our home. Wedding photo courtesty of Arrow and Apple. EDITED TO ADD: Wow, guys! Always Chrysti - Always Chrysti - My Lil' Studio & Organizing Tips - A Video Tour Meet the bane of my existence today - that video above. It only ended up online, so that I felt like I completed something and the day didn't become a waste. I did however learn alot, and tomorrow I'm sure I'll see that ...not right now though. Trying to figur eout some conversion stuff, get the widescreen format back -- the waviness out...blah blah.... SO sorry for some of the waviness in this! While I was a bit shaky while filming it (handheld) ... converting it to a smaller file made the quality terrible with motion... I almost didn't upload this, but since some of you asked.. I am learning all this video stuff, so I can bring y'all High-quality online workshops. Anyway – Hope this helps a bit, or at least one person with studio organization. Links mentioned in the video: Other artists whose work are in my room: and that list is by no means, all-inclusive!

Metal Flowers Picture Tutorial I am just in love with my metal flowers!! Love making them in all different sizes and shapes. Getting better at each time! So many ways you can use them. Hope the picture tutorial will help you make some pretty ones too! Enjoy! Using a scrapbook brad, secure your flowers together. After this project, I end up with a lot of soda can bottoms. Found a way to use some of them by making this upcycle project!! DIY Faux Curled Rosewood Wreath {Made From Rolled Recycled Book Pages} I have seen various versions of Faux Rosewood Wreaths in just about every store and catalog for the upcoming season; most with a price tag running upwards of $40 or more. Some are crafted of paper and other of real wood shavings. Last year I made a few rolled flower gift toppers from recycled book pages and they remind me so much of the curled wood roses I thought they would make a good substitute. {with a much lower price tag} Materials Needed:Foam Wreath FormRecycled Book PagesLots of Hot GlueRibbon to Hang The full step by step tutorial I posted last year can be found {here}.Basically you layer three book pages together and draw a spiral circle. Starting with the outside of the spiral, roll the paper inward to create the flower shape. Give the wreath form a light coat of white {or light color} spray paint to help camouflage any see-through spaces. It seriously takes quite a few roses to fill the entire wreath, however I think the finished project has such a unique look. {Simply Lovely}

DIY: Magazine Bowl I made this bowl a couple of years ago while Daniel and I were visiting his parents in Michigan. It is made from magazine pages that I picked specifically for their bright colors. I've seen this project on various blogs here and there, but I think Cindy brought it to my attention way back when. We had quite a few lovely crafting days at her house. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. When my bowl was finished and the glue was dry, I sprayed it with shellac to make it shiny. Great for storing hair thingies in the bathroom.

DIY String Chandeliers Ruffled Jessica of Wednesday Inc shows us how to make those gorgeous twine chandeliers from the inspiration shoot she shared with us this morning. 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. Are you getting excited to try to do this at home as much I am? Instructions: 1.