Gift-Worthy Hand Towel with Monogram

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Isn’t it funny how a simple monogram takes something ordinary and makes it extra special? Takes these tea towels from Jeran at Oleander + Palm for example. They were just plain old striped towels. Pretty, yes, but still just plain old towels. However, after Jeran added a monogram using the freezer paper stencil technique, they are oh-so adorable and gift-worthy. I guess that’s why stores can charge more for the monogramming than the actual towel {Wink}!

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Sew Your Own Pintuck Duvet Cover

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Tigan of Blake & Tigan purchased a dreamy, cloud-like pintucked duvet cover from West Elm that she totally loved. That is until she felt how scratchy it was and realized how easily it ripped. Boo! Tigan sent that duvet cover packing and decided she would just have to DIY to get the job done right. Tigan used a plain pre-made duvet cover and sewed her own pintucks – all 123 of them! She then added a button to each pintuck to ensure they would hold strong. Despite the time-consuming process, Tigan says she couldn’t be more pleased with how her pleated duvet cover came out!

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Goodwill Honeycomb Vase Makeover

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There’s a whole lot to love about West Elm’s Hive Vases with their honeycomb pattern and distressed finish. Brandi from Blue Cedar Lane had been eyeing these lovelies for awhile and just so happened to spot a vase with similar honeycomb detail at Goodwill. Armed with spray paint and sandpaper, she gave the vase a hive-inspired makeover that really brought out all the detail. What a great technique for giving a new look to an old vase!

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“Rustic Yet Refined” Baby Changing Table

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With a baby on the way, Ana White wanted the perfect changing table for her little guy – something “rustic yet refined” with storage aplenty. She found just what she was looking for in a buffet from West Elm… for $1,100! That was no problem for this handy lady. At 32 weeks preggo, Ana worked alongside her family to build the perfect changing table for their little bundle of joy… for less than $100! All it needs now is a topper, and it’ll be ready for changing time.

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Felt Origami Throw Pillow

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Tiffany at The Little Waffleflower shares my love for a pretty pillow, and this felt origami throw pillow ranks up there as one of her favorite DIYs. I sure can see why. It looks identical to her West Elm inspiration! I love that this pillow goes with absolutely anything yet isn’t plain or boring. The folded felt creates tons of texture and interest.

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Colorful Ruffled Circles Pillow Cover

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Jessica from Sew Homegrown created a DIY version of a ruffled circles pillow she spied at West Elm. She says she just had to spice it up with more color though and chose scraps from her favorite fabric designer Anna Maria Horner. There is so much I love about this pillow from the vibrant colors to the ruffled and slightly disheveled look of the circles. This is a great scrap buster project that you could easily customize to match your décor.

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Paint Your Own Black and White Abstract Wall Art

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After spending months slowly unpacking boxes in her new home, Sarah from Oh Sarah O! knew it was time to address the naked walls. She fell in love with abstract black and white paintings from West Elm, but by the time Sarah had the cash to purchase them, most of the designs were sold out. Sarah decided to grab a canvas and some paintbrushes from her stash and create her own DIY version of the abstract artwork. It’s amazing how similar it looks to the original!

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Decorative Gold Spheres from Clay

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Decorative spheres are a fun way to add interest to a bookshelf or tabletop. Shelley from Crazy Wonderful saw some from West Elm that she thought were pretty stinkin’ cool – just not at $70 for a pair! Shelley instead sculpted her own from clay and finished them in gold  just like her inspiration. I love how metallic spray paint can give an inexpensive material like clay such a beautiful, lustrous finish. You’d never know they aren’t real metal!

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