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Are you a do-it-yourselfer? We find the coolest and most unique retro and vintage projects to share with you. Whether you’re looking for a craft project for the kids, or want to turn vintage teacups into a functioning clock, you’ll find tons of instructions right here—and most of these projects can be completed within a weekend.

DIY: Retro Robot Halloween Costume

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If you’ve been procrastinating about a kid’s costume for the upcoming Halloween festivities, here’s a spectacular do-it-yourself robot costume we found over at Spoonful. Using odds and ends, duct tape, dryer duct and foil components, this project should take but a few hours and pack a lot of “out of this world” punch. Best thing?

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Weekend DIY: String Art!

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Who doesn’t remember making string art in art class? With retro crafts as decor making a huge comeback, it’s time to sit down and create those colorful, three-dimensional circles. And you don’t even need a kit. Chances are you have most of the supplies needed already (take a look in the garage and those junk

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Weekend DIY: Fun Felt Crafts

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This weekend’s project was designed for kids, but we say everyone appreciates simple crafts that require little more than cutting, gluing or simple sewing. The Better Homes and Gardens website has instructions for several simple projects, including this adorable retro owl artwork (which would look quite nicely as a card, too). Or, you can opt

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Weekend DIY: Turn a Cheap Nightstand into Retro Glory

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There are thousands of online images of “retro-ized” furniture made from cheap, put-together or Ikea furniture. But we think Craft Habit’s Meagan shows a stellar example and easy instructions. If you’ve been putting off visiting estate sales and antique shops because you’re on a budget, here’s a great way to turn just about anything into

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Weekend DIY: Refinish Old Folding Chairs

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If you’re like us, there are some old metal folding chairs sitting in the garage you’ve pretty much retired to outdoor use only. You might not know that refinishing them – in retro glory – is actually a simple process. And we found Christine Wisnieski’s walk-through at Design for Mankind to be nothing short of

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Weekend DIY: No-Sew Curtains

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Curtains can add a great splash of color to any room. Retro modern patterns can help transform that blah living room into a timeless getaway. Unfortunately, quality curtains are pricey, and usually it’s hard to find the exact design we want. Enter: No-Sew curtains you can make on a Saturday afternoon. And Kirsten Nieman over

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Weekend DIY: Giant Wall Picture for Under $15

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From Sugar Bee Crafts comes an awesome tutorial for creating and displaying a giant picture. This project is great for showing off those retro memories – photos of your childhood, your favorite place or family reunions. With so many outlets offering canvas prints and slicks of your favorite photographs, pricing is getting competitive. Still, we

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Weekend DIY: Colored Jars

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If you have a handful of old mason jars – or even jelly jars (anything glass will work) – here’s an easy project that will add a great splash of color to any room. Krista at Blue Eyed Yonder explains the simple and inexpensive process. Don’t have vintage jars? Standard mason jars haven’t changed much

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Weekend DIY: Suitcase Table

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What’s not to love about upcycling vintage suitcases? There are plenty of ways to display these gems, but functional furniture is always a plus! Stacie Grissom tells all in her post about creating an awesome table out of a slanted case, which is a bit more challenging than just plopping a flat suitcase atop an

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