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Vintage DIY: Upcycle Watches into Photo Bracelets

Jan 17, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

From Maize Hutton comes this brilliant idea… turn non-working vintage watches into photo bracelets. Now, I wouldn’t consider doing this with a highly collectible watch that just needs some repair. But for costume watches and ones with a lot of wear, what would be sweeter than, say, showing off a photo of grandmother in the

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Weekend DIY: Framing That Beautiful Gift Wrap

Jan 10, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to take care of that crafty business from that wrapping paper or card you so adore. I typically save the nicest Christmas cards to either remake cards or to make gift tags. I also send off plenty to the St. Jude’s Ranch Recycled Card Program (kids

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Weekend DIY: Thanksgiving Turkey Table Decor

Nov 08, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Why buy expensive centerpieces and place holders when you can make them with minimal supplies and effort? A spin on the construction paper “hand” turkeys we made as kids, here are a few adorable and easy to make crafts that will spruce up the table this Thanksgiving. Pom-Pom Turkeys: This craft uses pom-poms, felt, and

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Weekend DIY: Printable Halloween Masks

Oct 18, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Back in the day the prize in (or on) a box of cereal was just as important as the taste. During Halloween season, some manufacturers provided mask cut-outs on the backs of popular cereals. Kellogg’s provided a several masks during the 1950s, including a witch, pirate, gorilla and hobo. In the mid- to late-70s, I remember

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Wall Decal Clocks Make for Easy, Unique Design

Sep 30, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Looking for a neat way to display the time on the wall? Check out these wall decal clocks, inspired by vintage and retro modern design. The designs are easy-to-apply vinyl decals, and the slim clock element runs off a single AA battery. They’re removable and reusable, which means you can move your clock to another

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Weekend DIY: Halloween Luminaries

Sep 27, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Halloween is just around the corner. That calls for making some unique home decor and costumes (which I’ll be posting more about in the coming weeks). First up are these adorable luminaries that you can use inside or outside. Julie and Gleeful Things shows us how to make these using glass jars we’d normally recycle,

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Weekend DIY: Scribbled Glassware

Sep 13, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

From My So Called Crafty Life comes another “so simple, it’s brilliant” retro DIY that’s quick, easy and inexpensive. Ashlee shares the details for this project, inspired by some Hazel Atlas pink spaghetti glasses she’d found at a thrift store. Using little more than rubbing alcohol and paint, you can transform dollar store or thrift

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