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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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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: Retro Colorize an Old (or new) Fan

Aug 23, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Don’t just rid that tabletop fan of dust bunnies. Make it a part of the room’s decor by turning it pink, or black, or maybe even retro red! Kate Starr shares her notes about this simply brilliant project at Starr Family. And to think, painting a fan never even crossed my mind. The trickiest part

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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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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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