DIY: Fun weekend crafts and home projectsShadowbox wall vase
Turn a shadow-box frame into a vessel for your favorite things from the garden or flower shop.
Flowers or cuttings ― such as these leucadendron blooms ― extend through the opening of a picture mat to create an organic work of 3-dimensional art.
Group two or three frames on the wall or use one for a tabletop display. Change the background and cuttings for a new look any time you like.
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Tabletop twigscapeCreate a mini forest for your table from elegant branches and twigs.
Here, tree-like twigs edge a stream bed of green pebbles running down the center of a sealed 30-inch piece of redwood.
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Painted party glasswarePerk up your table by turning ordinary wine goblets into stylish geometric art glass. It just takes a little glass paint and a stencil or template.
Designer Sarah Caska used a fine-tip black permanent marker and enamel paint formulated for glass to create these Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired designs. The cost was about $36 for 8 decorated glasses, including stemware.
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Fake a Roman shadeIn rooms where privacy isn't important, you can give windows all the dressing they need with shorter faux Roman shades. This is a budget friendly project from DIY.
They aren't full-length, so these tricksters require far less fabric than the real McCoy and can often be made from inexpensive remnants.
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Make a personalized paperweightTurn smooth river rocks into a stylish paperweight with white rub-on transfers. Or turn it into refrigerator art by adding a small magnet to the back.
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Artful lampshadeA plain lampshade becomes instant art when you add a paper design to the inside lining. I LOVE
this affect!!!! What a break from the boring plain shade!!
The design remains invisible until you turn on the light. Click here for our template.
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