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Wednesday August 27th, 2014

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10 Inexpensive DIYs for Summer Break

I get really frustrated when I find a great DIY project that I want to try, but discover that it comes with an incredibly high price point. For me, DIY is all about using what you have around the house and finding clever ways to turn inexpensive materials into something that looks fantastic. So if…

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10 Beautiful Flower Projects

If there’s one thing I love about summer, it’s the incredible wealth of beautiful fresh flowers. From roadside wildflowers to huge sunflowers, this is the season when nature seems to offer up so much inspiration and color. One of my favorite pastimes is container gardening, so I love any DIY project that lets me bring…

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Wednesday August 20th, 2014

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DIY Refrigerator Update

Yesterday we got to learn more about Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess and today I’m thrilled to be sharing one of my favorite project ideas from their new book, Happy Handmade Home. We’re always excited to get a new design book in the mail, but this one stood out to me because the…

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10 Easy DIYs for Summer Break

Every year at Design*Sponge we take a weeklong break from the office to relax and be with friends and family, so I’ve been thinking about what I want to get done during my break. I have a million work projects I should be doing, but I think my mind and body would appreciate if I…

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Wednesday August 13th, 2014

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DIY Bag Tag from Jourdan Fairchild

Last week, Jourdan Fairchild, author of the recently released e-book Fly DIY: Crafts for the Modern Traveler, shared with us a project for making DIY Mini Suitcases as a way to store and display the little treasures picked up while traveling. When prepping for a recent trip, Jourdan became annoyed by how frequently she was…

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Wednesday August 6th, 2014

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Printable Freebie: Natural Dyes Chart

If there’s one thing that can strike fear in the hearts of the eco-conscious and health-minded, it’s the thought of chemical textile additives. From the oh-so-dreaded flame retardants that bathe some of our most innocuous, everyday items to the elusive artificial dyes that impart a supernatural vividness to our clothes, these ghastly things are seemingly…

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How to Whitewash Furniture

Summertime puts me in the mood for lighter tones and a more beachy, bleached-out color palette. In the spirit of adding that summery feel to my home year-round, I decided to try my hand at whitewashing a piece of wood furniture. I picked up at the flea market a table that had a beat-up, dark…

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Mini Suitcase DIY

Jourdan Fairchild is a fantastic example of how to make lemonade when life hands you those proverbial lemons. Jourdan spent seven years working in the magazine industry in New York before moving to Chicago with her husband, where she became the Chicago editor of DailyCandy. Just a few months ago, the site closed down and…

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Thursday July 31st, 2014

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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