Inventor’s Bell Jar Lamp

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I can’t help but get excited when I come across a knock-off that’s totally unique and fun, and this lamp from Jessica at Mad In Crafts is all that and more! Jessica designed her “steampunk-style, industrial accent lamp” using a secondhand bell jar from Goodwill and metal odds and ends from her local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. She spent  only $20 on materials, which is a far cry from the $1298 price tag of her inspiration!

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Wintery Pom-Pom Yarn Wreath

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Melaine from My Sweet Savannah had been wanting to make a puffy yarn wreath like one from Anthropologie for some time. After a fellow blogging buddy made one and showed just how easy it was, Melaine was motivated to get her pom-pom on and create her own. I just love how thick and soft this wintery wreath looks – so perfect for these coooold days!

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DIY iPad Case from Canvas Artwork

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Caitlin, a contributor on Say Yes to Hoboken, had purchased several unstretched, unframed canvas prints at an auction a couple of years ago and had grand plans for them. They ended up being stored away and forgotten until Caitlin came across an artsy iPad case from Anthropologie with a similar look. Caitlin decided to finally cash in on their DIY potential and sew her own case. Don’t have your own stash of canvases lying around? Caitlin suggests purchasing one for a few bucks online or even printing your own!

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Pretty Patterned Notebook with Gift Tag

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Zandi from Radical Possibility shows how easy it is to turn a bland blank book into a gift-worthy moleskine. Basically, all you have to do is use Mod Podge to adhere scrapbook paper or wrapping paper to the journal and wrap it up like a present. Pretty easy, huh?!? My favorite part is how Zandi made the tag from a paint chip. I love all the color options and the fact that it’s free!

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Glittered Elastic Hair Ties and Bracelets

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These glittered hair ties from Arena at The Nerd’s Wife are so cute and would make great gifts for gals who likes a little glitz. Anthro’s price of five hair ties for $12 may not seem too painful, but it hardly compares to 28 for less than $8! Plus, they are SO easy to make. Arena literally just cut glitter stretch elastic fabric into strips and tied a loop at the end. I love the idea of tossing some into stockings or attaching them to presents so they double as gift tags.

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Accordion Strands Ribbon Necklace

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Most ladies can’t resist a new bauble, and in my book, the bigger the better! I love a statement piece like this accordion strand necklace made by Aubree from Yellow Blackbird. When Aubree first laid eyes on the inspiration necklace from Anthropologie, she immediately knew she could make her own. Sure, it’s not made from real silk, but it’s also not $278! Aubree made her necklace for only a few bucks using grosgrain ribbon, and the effect is just as lovely.

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Cedar Bath Caddy for Under $5

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This morning I shared how you can give the gift of relaxation this Christmas with luxurious bath bombs. Here’s another gift idea for the bath-lover in your life – a fancy-schmancy cedar bath caddy. Julie, a contributor on Sawdust Girl, shows how you can turn cedar fence posts into this bath caddy that looks gorgeous and holds everything needed for a nice soak in the tub. She says, “What could be better for $5 in an hour or less?”

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Horse Candle Holders from Plastic Toys

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Carmel from Our Fifth House has a big old love affair with equestrian-inspired décor. So it’s no question why a horse candle holder from Anthropologie caught her eye. It’s also no question why she didn’t purchase the holder for $24 when she could make TWO for only $7. Carmel says, “I’m pretty much crazy for their cuteness and having two for about $7… makes me even crazier for them!  Plus getting a fun project done in less than an hour isn’t half bad either.”

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