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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: Twine or String Dispenser

Jul 05, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Here’s a unique craft inspired by functional yet decorative string holders that donned walls of bakeries and butcher shops primarily in the ’40s and ’50s. These string holders, like the one found at Allee Willis, kept balls of string or twine in line so lengths could easily be pulled for closing boxes and paper packages.

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Weekend DIY: Yarn Pom Poms

Jun 14, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

When I was a kid, we adorned our tennis shoes with hand-made goodies, and yarn pom poms were totally in. A knitter, my mother always had remnants of skeins of yarn, and all you needed was a piece of cardboard and a pair of scissors. Yes, I know they make pom-pom makers – little plastic

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Weekend DIY: Crown Royal Bride

Apr 12, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Produced in Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Crown Royal has been a popular whisky since the 1940s. In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited the country and Seagram president Samuel Bronfman introduced Crown Royal as a tribute to the monarch and his wife. Until 1964, the whisky was only available in Canada. With annual

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10 Retro Easter Crafts

Mar 22, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Remember all those holiday crafts you made in grade school? Every holiday called for special projects – table favors, wreaths and other decor you’d take home to Mom. Easter called for eggs, chicks, bunnies and baskets in glorious pastels. I remember weaving construction paper strips to make my own little Easter basket, which we filled

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Weekend DIY: Another Fabulous Clock!

Mar 15, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

If you’ve been looking for the perfect way to upcycle that thrift store clock, Shelly Leer at ModeHomeEc walks us through her restyling of a Goodwill timepiece. The result is a beautiful, modern style wall clock that leaves us drooling. While this project might just take you an entire weekend, it would definitely be time

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Weekend DIY: Retro Fabric Swatch Portraits

Mar 01, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Looking for a creative way to put grandma’s old fabric on display? This simple yet brilliant idea posted at The Purl Bee is also inexpensive. Crafters used newly produced fabric, but well-stored pieces from decades past will add nostalgia. Other materials include wood embroidery hoops and fabric glue. You could also paint the hoops and

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Weekend DIY: Overnight Case Charging Station

Jan 11, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

If you’ve been hunting for that perfect match of vintage meets today’s tech, we just might have found it with this unique project. Via Design Sponge, SugarSCOUT’s Sara and Stacey share turning a train case into a fully-functional station for charging those gotta-have gadgets. While this isn’t a “quickie” project, we think the end result

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