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How-To: Stylish DIY Hand Warmers

Stay cozy and cute with these stylish DIY hand warmers from Armommy!<p>Ready to sew up a set of your own? Head over to Armommy to see how it’s done.


It is December which means that it is time to start with the holiday gift guides! The first post of this series is a DIY gift guide as these gifts …


Easy To Make Bird Feeders

The original intent of this article was nature-friendly and easy to make bird feeders. By the time you finish this article you will realize that it …


DIY Drip Painting

<b>Alternate title:</b> Look Ma, I'm an <i>Artiste</i>! (yeah, that's right -- not artist. <i>Artiste</i>. It sounds so much better.)<p>What is art? Well in my house it's …

How to Organize Your Room

Organizing your room will make you feel more calm and in control of your own life. Going about your day will be much easier if you know exactly where …

DIY: Mosaic Ornaments from CDs + Video Tutorial

I've been itching to make holiday crafts all year and I'm so excited to share my first one. For this week's DIY project, I'm making some sparkly …

How to Refinish Outdated Tile (yes, I painted my shower)

Shares 79K<p>(Update – Click here to see how my painted shower is holding up after a year of use!)<p>Who here has outdated tile in their bathroom but …

Home Improvement

How to grow and use fall veggies

Fall veggies produce their best flavor and quality when they grow during cooler temperatures. Planting a successful fall vegetable garden requires …


How to Achieve Shabby Chic Décor

It doesn’t have to look perfect, but it can still be chic! Here are tips to achieving shabby chic in your home or apartment so that it is elegant …

Home Decorating

Simple Springtime Dishes


<i>(Music written and courtesy of Audio Network US, Inc. and Karen Altman</i><i>)</i><p>When most people think of wreaths, they picture some frilly, leafy thing to hang on your door during the holidays. But wreaths are so much more – an incredible medium for skill, style, and personality, and the people who make …

Balloon Bunch Cupcakes

Make adorable balloon bunch cupcakes out of lollipops. These would make such a fun birthday treat or a sweet circus themed treat as well.<p>Get the …


Decorating with Bright Colors

Barbara was hired to renovate this home for a family of four in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood.<p>On the second-floor landing, Barbara Bestor turned a nondescript wooden built-in into a focal point by painting it a gleaming sunny yellow. "A shiny finish makes a piece pop out, adding character to the …

Vincent Van Gogh

Martha's Flower-Arranging Secrets

Celebrate big, billowing flowers with an exuberant large-scale arrangement. This display showcases the unrestrained beauty of hydrangeas. An armful of the flowers overflows a generous glazed-iron urn-shaped vase in an effortlessly elegant way. Tendrils of clematis winding through the blooms …


Whipped Frosting

Just try not to lick the spoon when you make this basic frosting that pairs perfectly with our Versatile Vanilla Cake, , and Lemon Cake.


Simple Springtime Dishes

Handmade Party Favors

Add some pop to white boxes with gold-medallion stickers, for party favors that sparkle.

Pedestal Dishes

It's not just cake that deserves to be put on a pedestal. Using dishes you already own and flea market finds, you can build footed dishes in various styles that rise to many different occasions.<p>To create a whimsical granny-chic pedestal stand, glue a tchotchke to a gold-trimmed or floral-patterned …

Flea Markets

Sewing Tip: Clipping vs. Notching

When moving beyond sewing in straight lines, knowing when to clip and when to notch can definitely confuse new sewers. Luckily, Megan Neilsen shared this handy guide to clipping and notching—with plenty of tips and photos—to help keep novice stitchers on track!

Flashback: Wedding Favor Seed Packets

<b>Brookelynn Morris</b><p>The cliches are endless, but ring so true- “Thanks for helping our love grow.” “With your help, our love has bloomed.” “May the happiness in your life never cease to blossom.”<p>These hand-sewn paper seed packets are charming, inexpensive, and easy to make. You can choose flowers you …


How-To: Locked Diary

Whether your kid is a <i>Harriet the Spy</i> lover or a wannabe writer, it doesn’t get much better—or more essential—than a locked diary. Make your own with this simple tutorial from Willowday!<p>Such a good party favor idea for tween birthdays! Head over to Willowday to see how it’s done.


How-To: Make a Neck Cooler

The summer heat and humidity here in Austin is downright oppressive right now. Just yesterday (when it was actually cooler than the recent back-to-back triple digit days) I ventured downtown with the kiddos with a stylish folding fan in my hand, trying to whip up some kind of breeze. No luck. Even …

Flower Dyed Thank You Notes

Oh Design Sponge, you are so pretty. And so are these thank you notes that you dyed using real flowers.

Simple Tips for Using Glass Paint

With tons of new glass paint options out there, it can be a bit intimidating to select the product that will suit your needs <i>and</i> give you the results that you want. Luckily, these simple tips for using glass paint from Shannon at Madigan Made will take the guess work out of glass paint for …

Paper Clip Flowers

Glue paper clips together to create beautiful flowers. They can be made into hanging ornaments, gift toppers, refrigerator magnets, or whatever else …


Tutorial: Terry cloth burp cloths

Buttercream and a Sewing Machine shows how to make a terry cloth burp cloth, quick and easy. They’re made with a layer of quilting cotton for the …

New life for Old Poang!

<b>Materials:</b> Poang Chair, Fence boards, drywall screws<p><b>Description:</b> Poang… That iconic chair from IKEA, what do I do when I see one on the side of the …

House Design

DIY Storage Solutions for Your Everyday Clutter

Storage is a basic element in any home. Closets, shelves and furniture all combine to keep life’s daily necessities in tip-top order. But no matter …

Storage Ideas