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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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Weekend DIY: Retro Canister Set

Apr 05, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Looking to spruce up an old set of canisters? Want to turn those blah-ones you picked up on sale into a retro-wonder? This walk-through on flickr (username: ignutzz) tells you just how to do it. You’ll need tape, primer and paint, along with a well-ventilated area. Now you can show off those storage containers in

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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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How To: Painting Retro DIY Metal Word Signs

Mar 11, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  2 Comments

Retro Planet’s new line of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) typography signs are definitely unique. These original signs bear words like “kitchen,” “bath,” “cupcakes,” and “laundry”, and are great for do-it-yourselfers and creative people. You can paint a sign to match existing decor or just go wild with patterns and custom techniques. Crafty person that I am, I took

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DIY: Gumball Machine Fish Bowl

Mar 03, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

We’ve seen lots of great ideas for design placement and re-purposing of tabletop gumball machines, but this idea for an aquarium is brilliant! This project isn’t for everyone – you may need to get help with some of the steps, like using a glass cutter. The end result, though, is so worth it. Don’t have

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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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