Sew Your Own Pintuck Duvet Cover

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

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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$100 Wood and Metal Bookshelf

Draven of Draven Made found a budget-friendly alternative dishing out $1,000 for a wood and metal bookshelf from Restoration Hardware. The answer came in an inexpensive metal shelf frame from IKEA. Draven simply traded out the existing glass shelves for wood ones she had cut at Home Depot. Unless you are into welding, this is a great starting place for creating a custom metal shelf. As Draven says, “You could Krylon-spray paint the metal any color, add crown molding to the edges of all the shelves, build a wood base if you don’t like the exposed legs…”

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Vintage Floral and Gingham Kitchen Towel

There’s only so much decorating you can do in a kitchen, so it’s fun when you can add flair through simple things like your kitchen towels. Jen from Eat.Sleep.Make sewed up a vintage-style kitchen towel that features a large floral motif and gingham print. Jen went all out with the details, sewing all around the applique, adding “rough lines” with a Sharpie, and blanket-stitching the edge for a pop of color and texture.

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Fun and Festive Felt Garland for All Occasions

I love creating things out of felt. It’s crazy cheap, comes in an array of colors, and with a dose of creativity can become something beautiful. Kym from Cobberson + Company created a colorful and festive garland by simply cutting strips of felt, tying them into little bows, and stringing them onto fishing line. It was a project that came in at less than $10 and is fun to pull out throughout the year for birthdays and other events. As Kym suggests, you could even customize the colors for specific holidays, like a red and pink garland for Valentine’s Day.

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Wooden Star Cutout Wall Décor

We’ve all been there… we’ve been eyeing that special something something for weeks and finally get around to ordering it, and… it’s No. longer. available. Erg! That’s what happened to Melissa of The Happier Homemaker with Pottery Barn’s wooden star panel. Thanks to Melissa’s savvy skills though it turned out to be a blessing! Melissa was about to create her own star art for absolutely nothing using supplies she already had. Melissa says this is a great beginner project for those of you who want to take up wood work in 2014!

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“Rustic Yet Refined” Baby Changing Table

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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Embroidery Hoop Orb Pendant Light

Jessica of Dear Emmeline was inspired by a fellow blogger to create a geometric pendant light with tons of style but not tons of work! Jessica created the orb-shaped frame by simply connecting embroidery hoops. She then fed through a pendant light kit, popped in a filament bulb, and voila! This light fixture looks waaay pricier than the expense of a couple of embroidery hoops!

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