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Wednesday July 30th, 2014

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DIY Papier Mache Cacti

David Stark is the king of FUN. Whenever I want to feel inspired or get creative “outside of the box” ideas for my home or a get together, David’s site is the first place I look. From huge events that turn shoes into a tornado to parties that showcase colored pencils as centerpieces, David knows…

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DIY Marbled Coasters

I’ve never been someone who was very precious with their things. I like to save up and buy things for my home that mean something to me and have stories behind them, but I also believe that objects were meant to be used and lived in, so stains and little scratches aren’t my biggest concern….

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Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

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5 Wine Bottle DIYs

I don’t know about you, but I always feel a little twinge of guilt when a wine bottle ends up in the recycling bin. It just seems like I should be finding a way to reuse such a functional object. And now that’s we’re fully into rosé season, I have a few more bottles than…

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Printable Freebie: Gemstone Bookmarks

Last week, we offered up some snazzy gemstone-themed bookplates for all your summer reading needs. This week, we find ourselves still very much on a bit of a gemstone kick, but come on—can you really blame us? Gemstones, whether they’re the real deal or just lowly made-at-home printouts, have the ability to elevate quotidian tasks…

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Wednesday July 16th, 2014

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DIY Mirrored Trellis

Right now I can’t get enough of my garden. To be honest, it was kind of a dirt pit at the beginning of spring, but since then a lot of work has gone into it, so I’ve really been taking time to appreciate the fruits of my labor. We’d added a fence for privacy, but…

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Printable Freebie: Gemstone Bookplates

One of my favorite online discoveries of the last year was the British Library’s Flickr stream. Not necessarily what you’d expect from a social media page, The British Library’s Flickr functions as a massive, searchable online compendium of scanned imagery, largely in the public domain. In other words, a crafter’s goldmine! Ever since I discovered the…

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Wednesday July 9th, 2014

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Printable Freebie: Watercolor Luggage Tags

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Summer travel season is in full swing and although getting out of the city and stretching your proverbial wings is great and all, the act of actually getting there can be a true pain in the neck—long lines, cramped seats, the TSA probing wayyyy further than necessary…. We here at Design*Sponge can’t prevent flight delays, crying babies…

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Wednesday July 2nd, 2014

Wednesday June 25th, 2014

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DIY Project: Paper Flower Bouquet

Despite my recent good luck streak with growing plants at home, I still have a soft spot for paper flowers because of their relative ease of care (minus a little dusting now and then). I rounded up 14 of my favorite DIY Paper Flower Projects earlier this spring and shared these waxed paper magnolia branches…

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10 DIY Projects to Make for Your Next Picnic

After such a long winter, I’ll take any opportunity to eat alfresco. And if that meal can take place surrounded by nature, even better. I’m not very good at the spontaneous picnic thing. I usually feel the need to plan things out, confirm schedules, plan menus. But I’d like to get better about saying, “It…

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Wednesday June 18th, 2014

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DIY Project: Beautifying Track Lighting

Recently I helped our senior director of communications, Danielle, put some finishing touches on her DIY apartment kitchen update. My favorite solutions were these feather-covered lampshades. They are super simple to make and disguise the less-than-attractive track pendant lighting. Keep reading for all the details on how I adapted these shades to work with the…

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DIY Project: Waxed Paper Magnolia Branch

Magnolias are one of my favorite flowers. When magnolia trees are at their peak they’re stunning, but before you know it, they’re gone. With a just a bit of paper and patience, you can enjoy branches of magnolias all year! This quirky version of the flower combines dyed, sculpted paper and a real branch. A…

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Wednesday June 11th, 2014

Wednesday May 28th, 2014

Wednesday May 14th, 2014

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DIY Bed Canopy

Are you missing a headboard? Look no further than this sweet summertime refresher: a simple overhang canopy constructed with just a length of fabric and two curtain rods. I made this canopy for my friend Eileen in just one afternoon. Keep reading for my step-by-step guide to this glamorous and easy project, and be sure…

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Friday May 9th, 2014

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DIY Plant Recipe for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and for years, I haven’t lived close enough to my mom to do much more than send something in the mail or call her on the phone. But I do have dreams of living close enough that I could pop by with something beautiful like this Aconium plant…

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Wednesday May 7th, 2014

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DIY Project: Peg Wall

When I moved into my studio fifteen months ago, I knew I wanted to create a feature wall near the entryway that felt curated, functional and peppered with color. It’s a place where I’d greet clients and a space to display my work and objects I’ve collected. While I would have loved to contract a…

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