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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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Weekend DIY: Tin Can Lanterns

Sep 06, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

This simple and inexpensive project turns old or new tin cans into beautiful decor. Using little more than a hammer and nail, ice, and spray paint, you can create luminaries or buckets that are just as nice—if not better—than those you’ll find in home decor stores. Grow Creative shows us how to make these little

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Weekend DIY: Upcycling Cookie Sheets into Memo Boards

Aug 30, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  2 Comments

I love simple projects that make a great impact, especially in the kitchen or laundry room. If you have an old, shallow baking pan, you can easily make it a functional part of your home decor. From painting to lining with fabric, these metal pans can be quickly transformed into magnetic memo boards. I found

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Weekend DIY: Colorful Play Dough

Jul 12, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Remember making homemade glue and play dough as a kid? Me too. But none of those projects were as colorful as this one I found at Art Nest. Imagine, you can create any color you want—even flamingo pink and turquoise! Susannah Kate shares the easy directions (though if you’re getting kids involved you might want to

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Baker’s Twine – A Simple Treasure

Jan 30, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Years ago it was common to carry home fresh bread, cakes or pastries in boxes or paper held closed with decorative twine. This twine was commonly red-and-white (and sometimes blue-and-white). Many would untie it carefully and save it for future fix-it use. Some refer to baker’s twine as butcher’s twine, though the twine the butcher

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Weekend DIY: Button Christmas Tree

Dec 14, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

It’s time to clean out the bottom of that old sewing box. This year we’ve run across some great ways to repurpose those old buttons. At the top of our list? A button Christmas tree that can be used as a centerpiece or unique gift. This holiday craft is easy to make and inexpensive as

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