Outdoor Dining Table

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After spending all last summer sans a backyard as a pool and fence were put in, Melissa of The Happier Homemaker and her husband can’t wait to actually utilize the dream space this year. One thing they wanted was a nice outdoor dining set, but they all came with steep price tags. Instead, Melissa and her hubs worked together to build their own using a combination of plans that included Ana White’s farmhouse table. Would you believe it only cost them $100 and one afternoon?!?

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Drop Cloth Bag

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Jennifer from Jennifer’s Mentionables was leafing through her Pottery Barn spring catalog when some burlap bags caught her eye. Jennifer knew she could put her new sewing skills to work and create her own version of the little bag. She used a bag she already had as a model and created this drop cloth bag, or as she says, “a sewing project to hold my other sewing projects.” It looks like Jennifer’s sewing is coming right along!

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Ombre Paint Stick Party Backdrop

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Christine from Pure Joy Events has a passion for planning kids’ parties and finds Anthropologie’s window displays to be a great source of inspiration for her backdrops. I have been known to find creative uses for paint stirrers so it’s no wonder this ombre paint stick design caught my eye. Christine created her beachy backdrop by painting large paint stirrers and them simply sticking them on the wall with painter’s tape. How cute is this for a surf-themed birthday or pool party?

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Stenciled Number Pillows

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If you follow me on Infarrantly Creative or have been around KOD for some time, you know I have a little (okay… a big) thing for making pillows. One of my favorite time savers is using ready-made covers from IKEA just like Erika from Retropolitan did to create these number pillows. Since the covers cost just a few dollars each, they are still cost-effective for the DIYer and provide a great starting point for stenciling and embellishing. In just an hour, Erika was able to make all four of these stenciled number pillows!

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Ikat Stenciled Cabinet

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I have said time and again how much I love the possibilities with stenciling, and Melissa from 5 Foot 12 Creations totally drives it home with her ikat console. I mean… wowzers! With a small paint brush and plate of craft paint in hand, Melissa completely transformed an IKEA console into a trendy piece of furniture that is sure to spark lots of conversations. It’s no wonder Melissa’s cabinet was one of the faves in the Creating with the Stars knockoff round!

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Patterned Monogram Letters

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We all love a good monogram, and Angie from The Country Chic Cottage for Crafts Unleashed shows how to make them come to life with some scrapbook paper and Mod Podge. It’s really as simple as cutting and gluing! And with all the craft paper options out there, the possibilities are pretty much endless. Why be limited by store bought letters when you can design your own with a scene you love?

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Mason Jar Sewing Kit

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Linda from It All Started with Paint was a little slow to jump on the mason jar bandwagon. However, after a hand injury put a damper on her DIYing for awhile, Linda challenged herself to find creative uses for the 12-pack of jars that has been sitting untouched in her truck for months. First up was a cute little sewing kit that Linda pulled together for next to nothing. Linda offers clever tricks for giving the kit a more high end look without the expense and will give you with a few chuckles along the way!

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Twig and Easter Egg Spring Wreath

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As the name of her blog implies, Debbie from Confessions of a Plate Addict has a little love affair with plates. And… if you read KOD regularly, you know Debbie has made a pillow or two in her time. Well, let’s also add wreaths to Debbie’s list of obsessions! Debbie couldn’t resist creating her second spring wreath, a combination of twigs, pussy willow, and sparkly eggs, since she had almost all the needed materials on hand. Debbie’s newest wreath addition cost her only $7.50 compared to $79 for the PB version!

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