DIY crafts can add personality to your living space



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Flower jars are cheap, easy and beautiful. Fake flowers are often on sale at craft stores, and a wide variety of colors lets you pick styles based on the season or room color scheme.  Hannah Boufford Buy Photos


Photo string

What you need:

Twine

Clothesline pins

Command hooks (sticky tack or tape would also work)

Photos


How to make it:

1. Decide where you are going to hang your photo string, and place the command hooks, sticky tack or tape there.

2. Tie your twine around the hooks, leaving a small amount of slack.

TIP: When you hang the photos on the twine, the twine will dip more than the slack in the twine originally did, so plan the amount of slack you want accordingly.

3. Pin your photos to the twine with the clothesline pins.



Name magnets

What you need:

Wood or styrofoam letters

Paint and paintbrush

Tarp, newspaper or other drop cloth

Small magnets

Hot glue gun and glue sticks


How to make it:

1. Lay out the letters you have chosen on your tarp or newspaper.

2. Paint the letters in the color of your choosing, making sure to get the edges.

3. Let dry and apply a second coat if necessary.

4. Flip the letters over while letting the glue gun heat up.

5. Lay a few magnets out evenly across the back of each letter, so the weight is equally distributed.

6. Place a dab of hot glue on each magnet and press, glue side down, onto the back of the letters.

TIP: The magnets will stay better if you apply pressure for a couple of seconds, but they will also get hot quickly from the glue. Use a towel or heat resistant pad to avoid burning your fingers.

7. Let the glue dry and try placing the letter on a magnetic surface. If the letter slides or does not stick, apply more magnets to the back of the letter for a stronger hold.


Flower jars are cheap, easy and beautiful. Fake flowers are often on sale at craft stores, and a wide variety of colors lets you pick styles based on the season or room color scheme.  Hannah Boufford Buy Photos


Can’t kill 'em flower vases

What you need:

Mason jars

Fake flowers of your choice

Optional: Pebbles/stones and ribbons/string


How to make it: 

1. Tie ribbons or string around the top of the mason jar as decorations.

2. Pour pebbles into the jar to hide the stems of the flowers.

3. Cut flowers to desired height based on jar size.

4. Place flowers in the jars, and set them on shelves or tables. Don’t water them.



Flower push pins

What you need:

Push pins

Small decorative flowers 

Hot glue gun and glue sticks


How to make it:

1. Heat up the hot glue gun.

2. Place a small dab of glue on the top of each push pin.

3. Quickly press flowers onto the glue.

TIP: The flowers will stay better if you apply pressure for a couple of seconds, but the pushpins get hot quickly from the glue. Use a towel or heat resistant pad to avoid burning your fingers.

4. Let the glue dry and put the push pins on a bulletin board.

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