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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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Christmas DIY: Contruction Paper Garland

Dec 21, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Remember making garland out of construction paper? For decades kids made these in school and at home. The project requires nothing more than colored paper and a stapler (or tape). While crafting has gotten much more ornate, we love this back-to-basics, old-school method of decorating the tree, alcove or hallway. This Christmas take the kids

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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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Weekend DIY: Pilgrim Puppets

Nov 16, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Reminisce about the days when you took milk cartons, paper towel rolls and, yes, even toilet paper rolls to school for a fun craft project. These Thanksgiving pilgrims are made from the simplest materials – cardboard tubes, construction paper, glue and crayons. What we love about this craft is that it’s great for the kids,

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Weekend DIY: Domino Magnets

Oct 26, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

This weekend’s project is both simple and brilliant. Best of all, it can be completed right at the kitchen table. Created as a “counting” project to help kids learn to count from 1 to 12, we think the finished pieces will look great holding up family pictures or to-do notes, too! We love the idea

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DIY: Retro Robot Halloween Costume

Oct 20, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

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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