Use What You Have: Practically Free Upcycled Organization Ideas

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If you've ever gone on an organizing spree, I probably don't have to tell you that the cost of stuff to organize your stuff can really add up. But if you want to get organized on a budget, your best bet is to create solutions with things you already have. Things that might instead end up in the trash or recycling, so you're saving the planet at the same time. These upcycled organization ideas for every room in the house prove that with a little creativity, you don't have to spend big bucks to create an organized space.         Continue Reading

Get Organized: DIY Hacks to Curb Office Clutter

DIY hacks to curb office clutter

The festive season is usually a busy one, and if you’re anything like me, this leads to a serious build-up of mess around by the end of December. Which isn’t great when you’re trying to get back to work in the new year. All those bits and pieces left lying around can clutter up your head space as well as your office space, affecting your productivity!        

DIY hacks to curb office clutter

The good news is that it’s really easy to organize your desk and get the year off to a fresh start with a few quick and simple office hacks that won’t break the bank. Continue Reading

How to: Repurpose an Old Drying Rack into a Stylish Magazine Rack

DIY Leather Magazine Rack

I love to read magazine and so does my family. Long live the paper subscription! So, I wanted magazine storage for our living room to keep them all in one place. So, let’s get to it: how to make a simple and stylish wood and leather magazine rack. 

 First the research: I am really drawn leather and brass/gold magazine racks like this one.

I was originally going to attempt this with a vintage folding tray table but realized quickly a folding tray table is too tall for magazine rack. Continue Reading

70 Amazing Apartment-Friendly Decor Projects

70 amazing apartment decorating DIYs to totally transform your rental space!

If you're currently renting an apartment or studio, you might feel limited in the projects you can undertake. Not true! There's no reason let the homeowners hog all the fun. While extreme renovations like tearing down a wall are definitely out of the question, there's no end to the amount of landlord-friendly do-it-yourself projects out there. For those of you wondering how to decorate an apartment, we've rounded up 70 of our favorite rental-approved DIYs. From temporary transformations to space-saving projects, there's lot of DIY to go around in the world of apartment decorating. Continue Reading

Make It: Upcycled Wood Floating Shelves

Upcycled Floating Shelves

I love these super simple, modern floating shelves from Happinest. They’re a great way of using up scraps and offcuts and by mixing and matching the grains and stains you can create unique and organic sculptural elements.

 

DIY Modern Shelving via Happinest Continue Reading

How To: Turn a Pizza Box into a Laptop Stand

Every wondered what to do with that empty pizza box? Look no further, assuming of course the double crust, extra cheese you ordered hasn’t left an unsightly mess inside. I love this upcycling project, all you need is a ruler, box cutter, pencil and stapler. Have fun!

Laptop stand made from a Pizza box via Behance

Make It: DIY Upcycled Water Bottle Chandelier

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Part installation piece, part upcycling genius, this DIY water bottle chandelier is a cinch to make!   

 

created at: 05/09/2012

Party decor and DIY queen Jordan Ferney created this unique, hanging objet d’art from discarded plastic bottles (and a few coats of colorful spray paint). While this version isn’t a functioning chandelier in the traditional sense, it wouldn’t be difficult to string some low-wattage holiday lights throughout. (I’m thinking white bulbs with white strands/wires would look best here.) What do you think? Continue Reading

DIY Idea: Turn Jeans into Textural, Recycled Wall Art!

created at: 01/16/2012

We’ve made bowls and bins from jeans, but now it’s time to make a little somethin’ somethin’ for those bare walls: highly textural and striking recycled denim wall art!   

 

This DIY idea comes from Bel Rossa Boutique, a blog and Etsy shop featuring hand-crafted textiles created from salvaged materials.  Inspired by the book “Layered, Tattered and Stitched” by Ruth Rae, these denim canvases are pretty simple to make (although a little time consuming)!

created at: 01/16/2012

While there isn’t a tutorial on Bel Rossa, she suggests cutting your denim into strips and then sewing them one-by-one onto a fabric backing, working in layers.   Continue Reading

Geek Chic: Make Your Own DIY Floppy Disk Planters!

created at: 07/25/2011

Ah, yes, “ye olde floppy disk”.  If you happen to have some floating around or, per chance, were hoarding them for use as some sort of futuristic currency, it’s time to turn them into something of actual value: indoor planters.  I’m even going to go out on a limb here and say that were you to sport a few of these on your desk at work, you’d have the coolest cubicle in town!  

Even if you don’t have a cubicle, you’ve got to admit that these floppy disk planters are kinda sweet.   Continue Reading

DIY Idea: Recycled Paint Can Planters!

created at: 07/19/2011

Okay you guys.  If there was ever a “Why didn’t I think of that?!” project, this is it!  I mean, we’re talking beyond brilliant, beyond clever, and beyond EASY.  This DIY idea is just plain smart.  

Leave it to the always clever, always crafty Kate from Centsational Girl to come up with a creative use for old paint cans.  If you’re like me and have an ever-growing stash of nearly-empty paint cans from projects gone by, this is one thrifty DIY you’ll definitely want to jump on!   Continue Reading