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Hello,

My name is Madeline and I am a DIY rookie. By day I’m a journalism student but starting this Fall 2016 I will be spending my nights exploring and re-creating DIY projects. Follow me as I blog about it all.

My hope is that you look around and find the inspiration to copy and create.

Geometric candle holder

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Here is what you need:

  • Metallic Paint
  • Glue gun
  • Six old CD cases
  • Tape
  • Kraft knife
  • Marker
  • Geometric template

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Separate the pieces of the CD. The inner circle plastic won’t be used for this project- just the back and the front. Take your template and outline the shape. Then take your craft knife and score the plastic.

If you want to break the plastic easily YOU MUST SCORE AND SCORE AND SCORE (trace that pattern with your knife over and over again). If you don’t you will be in for a rough night.

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Once you have 11 pentagons you can start taping the object together. I placed my tape on the outside so it would stop the hot glue from bleeding through the cracks.

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Fold the object and start gluing along the lines.

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Once it’s all dry- spray paint and you’re done.

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Patched Flats

Finding a good pair of back flats is hard so I bought a cheap pair on Amazon and added a little decoration.

This is what you need:

  • Two patches (dimensions will depend on your foot and shoe)
  • Pair of flats
  • Needle and thread

This project took me 20 minutes tops. I centered the patches and pinned the eyes into place. Try on your shoes and make sure the placement works before sewing.

Sew the patches on and Voila!

Lucite Square Tray

A lucite tray can spruce up any room. Plus lucite accents are great to use in small spaces. The see-through material creates an illusion and appears to take up less space.

Just to be up front, this lucite tray wasn’t exactly cheap to make. However it was cheaper than buying it in store. The entire project cost about $50.

Scroll for the details.

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Here’s what you need:

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Measure, mark and drill holes into the plastic sheets. Attach the handles to the sheets. You may have to adjust the screw length depending on the thickness of the sheet. My handles came with break-away screws.

The whole project takes about 30 minutes. Add decorative accents and enjoy!

Felt Message Board

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I’m really excited about this project. You have probably noticed these guys popping up pretty much everywhere. My older sister is using one for my nephew’s first day of school picture (you know the one where mom’s are finding something that the kid wears or holds in every photo, every year, for like ever).

Anyway, here’s what you need:

  • 9″ X 11″ frame- you’ll need a picture frame with a bit of depth to fit all the stuff inside
  • 36″ x 12″ piece of black felt
  • Quantity 36 -3/16 inch thick SQUARE wood dowels 12″ long.
  • 1″ White plastic letters (I ordered mine on Amazon- here)
  • Pencil?
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft knife

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Cut the wood dowels- Let the frame backing be your guide for shape and cuts.

  • Quantity 2: 10-15/16″
  • Quantity 34: 8-15/16

 

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Check and make sure the dowels are long enough to work in your frame.

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Next build a simple rectangle (the two longer dowels as the long side). Lay out the shorter dowels onto the longer dowel frame- try to get them spaced 1/8″ apart. Continue to check spacing throughout all the steps. If the spaces aren’t right the letters will not fit or alternatively, not sit.

Once you have the spacing down, you can start gluing the shorter dowels to the dowel frame. Keep the picture frame backing and your dowel frame separate. Don’t glue together.

 

Now start tucking the felt between the bars. Begin at one end of the frame. Use a ruler to tuck the fabric into the slats. Hold down the slats as you go so the felt doesn’t pull out as you move.

Test your letters and make sure they hold. If the spacing is good, flip the frame over and trim the access fabric and add hot glue to the dowels and felt.

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You’re almost to the finish line- put your felt frame into the picture frame and add the frame backing. Swivel as many of the clips as will fit into place (it’s okay if it’s only the top and bottom swivels). If the two side clips don’t fit you can bend them back and forth until they break off.

Add a message and go crazy!

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Leafy Art

Winters coming. But that doesn’t mean the inside of your house has to match the dreary weather. Framing leaves is a quick easy way to add clean, modern art to your space. As an added bonus this project takes a total of five minutes.

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For this project I used a fake large monstera leaf. Another option is to steal a leaf from one of your house plants. Here is a link to a site that shows you how to do it with real leaves.

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Here’s what you need:

 

 

Let’s get started! You may have to cut your leaf to fit your frame. Open up your frame and lay the leaf down in the frame. Add a dot of glue in a few places and put the backing on.

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Here is the finished product:

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Hang it up and Voila! Bright, fresh and it took no time at all.

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Bling for your house plants

These gold geometric objects are great for table or window decor. Below are the directions for a super basic triangle shape but feel free to put your own spin on it.

Here’s what you need:

  • Malleable Wire
  • Any type of straws (reusable plastic, paper, regular plastic)
  • Metallic Spray Paint
  • Scissors

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Let’s get started. Lay out your straws and give them a good coat of paint.

*you can also wait to spray the entire object at the end

 

Now take three of those straws and thread wire through all three. Then bend the wire so that you end up with a triangle.

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Tie of the end.

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Take that triangle and add three more straws. Make sure each straw has enough extra wire on each side to tie it all together.

Notice below that I added glue where the ends meet. I suggest  not adding glue. I think the triangles looked better without.

ANYWAY-Give it another coat of paint.

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Stick a house plant inside and enjoy!

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Lucite Bath Tray

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This lucite bath caddy follows the same simple process as the lucite square tray on the blog with one extra step! Follow along for the instructions.

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Here’s what you need:

Measure, mark and drill holes into the plastic sheets. Attach the handles to the sheets. You may have to adjust the screw length depending on the thickness of the sheet. My handles came with break-away screws.

Some DIY projects added window moulding to line the outside of the tray. I ordered the WRONG moulding so instead I had to improvise. I took apart an old cheap Walmart plastic poster frame that I had lying around.

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I sprayed the frame pieces, cut to size and then used gorilla glue to adhere the plastic frame to the tray.

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My friend came to visit and I set mine up in my spare bathroom with sample toiletries for her.

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Decorative spheres

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You could get a set of these from Target, Overstock or online site that sells home decor BUT doing it yourself is pretty fun, really cheap and super easy.

And you can personalize this project to match your place. Scroll down to get the details.

This is what you need:

  • Clear vinyl tubing
  • Decorative detail- spray paint, rope, metal accents
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pliable wire

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First, cut six pieces of tubing. I cut mine about 6 inches each.

Thread wire through the tubing. Cut extra wire but make sure to leave wire on each side for tying it all together (1-2 inches is plenty).

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Start tying the first circle together. Then add the second circle (should  look like an X from the top and bottom of the sphere like the picture below.

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My sphere has three circles but you can vary the design and add a fourth circle if you want!

To cover all the wire and really bind the piece together add hot glue where to the top and bottom of the sphere (where the tubes meet).

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Now for the really fun part- spray paint the shit out of ’em.

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The finished product-

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In case you a metallic sphere doesn’t really go with your home decor here are some other ideas:

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Nautical Sphere: Same steps as above but instead of spray paint wrap rope or twine around the tubing (hot glue along the way).

The Velvet Choker

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As much as I hope you can’t stop wearing your first choker, here is another one to add to the mix. Again everything is under $10.

Supplies

Here is what you need:

  • A 50cm (20 in) piece of velvet
  • Scissors
  • A large gold jump ring (I took mine off of an old key ring).
  • Needle & thread
  • Jewelry closures

Let’s get started:

Cut your velvet in to two equal pieces.

Cut

Place the hoop on top of the opening of the velvet ribbon.

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Pull the ribbon through and sew a couple of stitches so the ribbon is attached.

Sew Ring

Do the same thing to the other side. It should look like this when you are done with this step.

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Next I folded over the ends about a centimeter and sewed it so the ends would be a little thicker for the clasps.

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Add the clasps on the end. Mine were pretty simple so I just used good tweezers.

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Voila! Now you have two badass chokers to style as you please.

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