Tree Stump Side Tables with Casters

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Emma from A Beautiful Mess had seen tree stump side tables of all varieties – metallic, painted, stained, and even dipped. She didn’t know what finish she wanted, but Emma knew she wanted to give the project a try. She was fortunate to come by a slew of stumps through a friend. After the drying process was complete, Emma went to work, chiseling away the bark, sanding until smooth, and then applying a white stain. I can’t get over the beautiful shape of these stumps!

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Glass Vase Makeover with Tons of Texture

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Ashley from Bigger Than the Three of Us is always drawn to larger pieces on her shopping expeditions, and smaller accents, like vases and picture frames, tend to escape her notice. So this year she’s on a mission to DIY some of these decorative accents on the cheap. Ashley shares at Lovely Etc. how she created a a textural vase that mimics the look of fish scales using homemade baking soda dough. She says, “Don’t you just love super easy crafts? I know I do.”

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Black and White Painted Herringbone Frame

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Andrea from Decorating Cents was browsing around Pinterest when she came across a graphic black and white frame from West Elm. Unfortunately, Andrea found that the frame was no longer available. Bummer! However, Andrea knew she could just make her own and did just that with an unfinished wood frame from Michaels and paint. Her inexpensive knock-off frame sure packs a lot of punch! I love what a little paint can do!

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Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods

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Jen and Brian from Something We Whipped Up both loved the “simply yet sturdy look” of West Elm’s industrial curtain rods. Unfortunately, at $99 a piece, there was no way they were buying two! A quick trip to the hardware store, and Jen and Brian had everything they needed to make their own pipe curtain rods for less than a quarter the price. Most stores will cut and rethread the pipe for you, so basically all you have to do is connect the pieces and voila!

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Metallic Polka Dot Sharpie Art Mugs

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Daniela from Put A Bird On It is all about creating lovely, “Pinterest-worthy” décor on a dime. She also happens to be a sucker for polka dots, so it’s no wonder metallic confetti mugs from West Elm caught her eye. Daniela shares how she made her own decorative mugs with Sharpies. She even took it a step further to customize a mug with her “phrase” for 2014 – Choose Happy.

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Scrap Fabric Patchwork Wall Art

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Zoica, one of the crafty gals at Two Creative Women, shares a fairly simple project for turning fabric scraps into works of art. All it requires is a few rectangles of fabric and a little sewing. Of course, this is perfect for those last little bits of fabric you’ve been saving, or it could also be a fun way to give sentimental pieces like baby bedding new life.

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Faux Capiz Shell Chandelier from Wax Paper

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Would you believe this gorgeous chandelier is made out of just wax paper??? Yep, that’s right – wax paper! Jenn from A Home in the Making used an old lamp shade from Goodwill as the structure for her chandy and then attached strings of wax paper circles. While cutting and sewing 2,640 circles may seem crazy tedious and time consuming, Jenn guarantees this is not a hard project and will save you a pretty penny from costly capiz shell pendants. Jen says, “If you love this light, the cost alone is worth it.”

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DIY Wood-Tiled Nightstands

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Monica and Jess of East Coast Creative were inspired by one of the amazing projects in their Creating with the Stars competition last March to transform an unfinished wood nightstand from IKEA into a truly unique and eye-catching piece. The crafty gals cut and stained wood pieces in varying shades to have the look of pricey tile and then glued them to the drawer fronts. Thanks to IKEA’s $35 nightstands, it cost less than $100 for the PAIR of stylin’ nightstands.

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