Doll Balance Beam

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Paula from Sweet Pea fulfilled a little girl’s Christmas wish by making a balance beam for her American Girl McKenna doll. The balance beam was on back order until March so Paula and her husband really came to the rescue. Their little friend tells everyone that her balance beam was crafted by “real live elves.” Too cute!

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Upholstered Bench

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Kristen from Lipstick and Sawdust just completed the latest addition to her “Jewel Box” guest room – an upholstered bench that she planned and built herself! Kristen saved money on materials by using foam from clearance IKEA cushions and some scrap wood pieces. I love how Kristen always finds ways to save money while still producing gorgeous results!

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Beaded Bark Candles

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Candles with the woodsy look of tree trunks have been crazy popular lately. Angie of the Country Chic Cottage for Crafts Unleashed tackled her own rendition that combines the perfect mix of nature and glam with a sparkly beaded finish. Angie’s candles are crazy easy to make too – just slather them with Mod Podge, roll them in the beads, and you’re done!

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Wood Framed Wall Clock

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Debbie at Me and My DIY again shows how simple it is to make a stylish wall clock without breaking the bank. Debbie’s Pottery Barn inspired clock began its humble life on a shelf at Wal-mart. Debbie took it from ordinary to eye catching by inserting it into a wood frame she constructed from leftover boards.

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Oversized Wall Clock

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It was the end to a great day when Doreen from Hymns and Verses scored a free tabletop on top of all her other junk store treasures. Doreen knew she wanted to make a large wall clock using the tabletop and pulled it off for only $15 with stunning results. She did a stellar job hand cutting out all the numerals and then tracing and painting them onto the clock face. Hands down, I’d pick Doreen’s  creamy white clock over Ballard’s $229 clock any day!

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Beadboard Drying Rack

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Here’s a blast from the past from one of my fave repurposing gurus around, Gail of My Repurposed Life. Gail turned an old crib rail into a laundry drying rack like Ballard’s ever- popular wall-mounted racks. Of course it wouldn’t escape Gail’s notice that those crib rungs are perfectly suited for their new life!

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Paper Flower Art

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The second Nikki from Tikkido saw pictures of the striking paper flower backdrop from Chanel’s Spring 2009 show she knew she wanted to recreate it. Happily, she did! And it only cost her about $15. Nikki says, “It was perfect as a backdrop for the party I was designing, and now has a second life as a gorgeous, large scale art piece in my home.”

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Hello Kitty Sleeping Bag

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Jenn of A Jennuine Life had been planning to make her daughter a sleeping bag for Christmas. When her daughter went gaga for a Sherpa sleeping bag in the PB Kids catalog, the project got pushed to the top of Jenn’s to-do list. Jenn totally outdid herself with this snuggly Hello Kitty bag that features a plush Kitty face and fleece lining. I am amazed by Jenn’s work! I just might start sleeping on the floor if I had a sleeping bag like this one!

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