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Crafty: Step up your table presentation during cocktail hour with this easy cutting board project

This project requires untreated hardwood. Maple, walnut, cherry and hickory are nice tight-grained woods that work well for this project. They are high-density varieties that are not scored easily when cut upon. This keeps bacteria and moisture out for a cleaner, longer-lasting board. Hardwood can be sourced from local lumber suppliers as well as big box hardware stores. Look for a piece that is at minimum 6 inches wide. Adjust your width and eventual length according to intended use and personal preference. […]

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Block It Out: DIY Fabric Printing

Supplies Brayer (ink roller) Printmaking/linoleum block (found at art supply stores) Carving tools (found at art supply stores) Fabric printing ink Rolling pin Cardboard Paper Fabric Step One: Sketch out an image or a pattern you like on a piece of paper. You can then transfer this sketch to your linoleum block freehand, or you […]

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Crafty: Spice up your lunchtime escapades with this homemade lunch bag project

Materials • 1 yard of sturdy fabric • Thread to match your fabric • Large button • Otter wax (available at otterwax.com) Dine in style: Dress up your lunchtime tote with this DIY project that’ll place you solidly at the head of the popular table…and it’s waterproof! Step One Pre-wash and dry your fabric so […]

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Crafty: Knot your average plant holder

Macramé is a knotting art that dates to the 13th century, and while it has been popular for a while, it is definitely having a moment. Hanging planters made from knotted rope can be found in the home decor departments of big box stores and hipster retailers alike. But macramé hanging planters are cheap and easy to make on your own; they’re also a great way step up your balcony, patio garden or living room.
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Crafty: Spruce up your pillows in a few easy steps

If you’ve got basic sewing skills—meaning you can sew a straight line—you can tackle this project, no problem. With this easy pillowcase project, there are no zippers or hidden stitches, and it’s a quick way to revamp the look of your bedroom or living room at very little cost. Find your favorite printed fabric; check […]

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Crafty: Make blank walls pop with low-cost prints

Supplies Large format image Foamcore or balsa wood strips Exacto knife or scissors Spray adhesive Nail, or for no damage to your walls, a removable picture hanger (available at Dick Blick) and damage-free hanging strips (the brand Demand makes nice ones, and they are available at hardware stores. For many, it happens every year beginning […]

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