Arts & Crafts

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Dragonfly Garden Decor using a Wire Whisk + Skewer

Summertime is coming and I'm enjoying spending more time in our garden. I'm always looking for cute craft ideas that I can do with the kids while school is out. When I saw this great idea for making a wire whisk dragonfly on Morena's Corner,…
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Love Your Home Challenge

My blogging friend Melissa Michaels just published a wonderful new book to help you "Love the Home You Have." She focuses on simple things you can do to embrace the home you live in. With easy suggestions and achievable goals, she breaks…
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How to Paint a Giant Mandala Deck Tattoo

As promised, I'm back today to show you how to paint a giant mandala tattoo on your deck. Painting a design on your deck can turn an ordinary deck into a beautiful retreat. Add a few colorful accessories and you'll have a backyard Bali getaway!…
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Build a Vintage Produce Crate Centerpiece – No Power Tools!

It occurred to me the other day that many woodworking projects may deter people simply because they don't have power tools or they don't know how to use them yet. For that reason, I created this tutorial to help you Build a Vintage Produce…
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Inexpensive Faux Copper and Patina Metal

Do you love the look of copper, but the price makes your head whip the other way? Have no fear my dear! You can create inexpensive faux copper and patina for a fraction of the cost. I was introduced to Modern Masters Metal Effects at Haven…
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Cute Sock Snowmen

I have a very special guest for you today. This woman is a very talented artist and art instructor in Northern Virginia. She is the one responsible for my artistic genes and half the equation for my DIY passion. This woman is my fabulous…
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DIY Metallic Color Blocked Canisters

I'm back with another easy Lowe's Creative Idea this month. When you get tired of your cobalt blue canisters you can easily spray paint them with a metallic color block pattern. That's exactly what I decided to do with my thrift store canisters. I've…
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Floating Wood Block Picture Frames {Lowe’s Creative Idea}

We are days away from Christmas and I'm sure there is someone on your list that you just can't figure out what to get for them. I have the perfect solution! Make them a wood block floating picture frame using scrap 2x4" lumber and plexiglass. If…
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Mosaic Tile Coasters {Lowe’s Creative Idea}

Want an easy and inexpensive gift idea to give out as a hostess gift for those upcoming holiday parties? How about Mosaic Tile Coasters? They are quick and easy to make. Last month, for my Lowe's Creative Idea I created a unique lamp shade…
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Build a Giant Vintage Chalkboard

Have you scoured antique stores or Craig's List looking for a big giant vintage chalkboard? Those vintage school green chalkboards are highly sought after. But, hard to find. I have good news for you! You can build a Giant Chalkboard any size…
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How to Make a Mosaic Tile Lamp Shade #Lowes Creator

Want to make a lamp shade that will bring some style and bling to your home? All you need are a few mosaic tile sheets, a lamp shade top piece, and some thread. In no time you'll have a beautiful Mosaic Tile Lamp Shade! Materials: (I've…
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Chalkboard Memo Board – The Time I Made a 4th Grade Teacher Use a Power Tool

Before the end of the school year a REALLY GOOD friend of mine asked if I would give a talk in her daughter's class about what I do for a living. I hemmed and hawed because I rarely have the free time. But, the main reason I was hesitant was because…
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Building a DIY Marble Toss Game with Dremel Fortiflex

The summer is dragging on and the kids don't have any summer camps for the next few weeks. That means: 1) I need to find a way to keep the kids entertained. 2) I need to keep them from pushing me over the brink of insanity. 3) I need to…
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101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for Friends

I'm excited to share 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends. I am joining creative forces with Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week along with over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots of inexpensive ideas and free printables! The…
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Why I’m NOT going to participate in Teacher Appreciation Week anymore!

Two weeks ago was Teacher Appreciation Week at my son's school. Every year I have a bit of a knee jerk reaction to this week. Is it because I don't appreciate my sons' teachers and administrators? Definitely not true! I appreciate them more…
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How to Make a Chalkboard Surface Desk

As part of the makeover of my son's bedroom, I wanted to create a fun chalkboard desk surface for him to write and build legos on. The idea of a chalkboard coated surface came to me when I remembered how much he liked the mini-chalkboard decals…
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Best of #PrettyWaterlogueApril Week 4

I have to send everyone who participated in #PrettyWaterlogueApril a big thank you! Thanks for participating because you blew up my Instagram feed with gorgeous images everyday! I truly couldn't wait to check the hashtag feed to see all the…
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Best of #PrettyWaterlogueApril Week 3

Happy Easter! Once again, you amazing Waterlogue artists have amazed me. And again, I was tasked with narrowing down my 100+ favorites this week to 20. Perhaps it is from Spring in the air or Easter, but I was definitely drawn to some seasonal…
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Tips for Better Waterlogue Pictures + Best of #PrettyWaterlogueApril Week 2

Everyone participating in the #PrettyWaterlogueApril challenge are amazing artists! I had chosen 80 favorite Waterlogue images this week, but force myself to narrow it down to just twenty images. This has been torturous! If you don't see your…
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Best of #PrettyWaterlogueApril Week 1

I am absolutely blown away by all the Waterlogue artists that are partipating in #PrettyWaterlogueApril on Instagram. There are so many beautiful images. Some would make beautiful greeting cards or garden flags. Others need to be framed and…
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How to Cut an Art Mat Like a Pro

Want to save some money and mat your own prints and artwork? It's not hard, but having the right tools will really help you cut a straight, clean and beveled mat. I've been giving the boys' bathroom a little updating and one of the things…
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Simple Vases using Radiant Orchid {Lowe’s Creative Idea}

There I was digging things out of the recycling bin again. Pretty Handsome Guy gave me a raised eyebrow, but he knew better than to question my motives. I had that idea bulb flashing over my head, and I was ready to transform some jars and…
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Valentine’s Day Garden Flag from a Placemat

I love making unique garden flags. My go-to material for these outdoor accessories are Dollar Tree placemats! You read that right. $1 fabric placemats! But, if you don't live near a Dollar Tree and you have old placemats, you could upcycle…
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All You Need Is…Valentine String Art & Engraving

All you need is some scrap wood, and maybe a little string. And a few nails. And how about a gum wrapper? If you had all those you could be like MacGyver and build some kind of cool device that would catch fire. But, since I had everything…
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DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique

This is another one of those tutorials that I've been dying to share with you! Like sitting on my hands and anxiously waiting to type it out. But after taking 2 weeks off from blogging, I'm back and ready to give you this fabulous tutorial…
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Rosemary Wreath, Juniper Garland Tutorial

Winter is upon us and with the temperatures dropping we have our windows closed and doors shut. Thus sealing in the stale air and odors. Not to mention cold and flu viruses. Ugh. But, I have a few easy and inexpensive tips to give your home…
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How to Make Giant Lighted Ornament Balls

A few years ago we discovered a street in our city that is lit with giant hanging lighted ornament balls. We drove down the street with our low beams on and were truly speechless. It was magical, ethereal and beautiful seeing giant orbs of…
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Très Frugal DIY Gift Idea Round Up

Can you believe all the wonderful DIY gift ideas that we had for you this past month? 31 DIY gift ideas that are frugal and attractive in this Très Frugal DIY Gift Idea Round Up. And if that's not enough, you can view 10 DIY Gift Ideas that…
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Hanging Ornaments Table Runner by At the Picket Fence

I have half of the dynamic duo from At the Picket Fence today and I couldn't be more thrilled! Heather and Vanessa are the sibling duo who create and blog about their beautiful homes and share scrumptuous recipes! I'm honored to have Vanessa…
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Marbled Picture Frames by Sarah M. Dorsey

Today I am so excited to have the very talented Sarah joining us with a fabulous très frugal DIY gift idea. Sarah is the creative genius behind Sarah M. Dorsey Designs. I am in love with her design style in her home. The coolest thing about…
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Canvas Art with Loads of Fun Laundry Quote

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you get your fill of food and family time today. I need to give a big congrats to the Silhouette Portrait Giveaway winner, Kelly Crumpler Kelly! Woo Hoo, you'll be making all your gifts with the Silhouette Portrait…
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Hostess Gifts in a Paint Can {Lowe’s Creative Idea}

As the holiday party invites start to roll in, you might be struggling to come up with a new hostess gift idea. These chalkboard painted buckets are a quick and easy way to throw together a unique gift basket that will fill the recipient with…
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Scrap Wood iPad Tray by Infarrantly Creative

Today I have the honor of having the Queen of DIY here to show you how to build an iPad tray stand! Beckie from Infarrantly Creative is a triple threat DIYer (she manages three blogs.) I am so excited about this frugal gift idea, I can't…
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DIY Ring Holder by DIY Show Off

Today I have one fabulous thrifter and DIYer! She's well know for her DIY projects as well as showing off yours! Please welcome Roeshel from DIY Show Off. Hi, Pretty Handy Girl friends! I'm Roeshel from DIYShowOff and today I'm excited…
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Faux Cross Stitch Tea Towel

How about a cheap and easy DIY gift idea today? Faux Cross Stitch Tea Towels are sure to please anyone and they cost less than a dollar! I bought several of the red striped Tekla tea towels at Ikea that cost .79 a piece! I came up with…
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Pen & Ink Sketch Decorative Plates

My goodness, November is flying by! Get it...flying...insects. I crack myself up. But seriously, I have been having a blast coming up with new creative gift ideas that you can make. This idea for making pen and ink sketch decorative dessert…
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Easy Wooden Chalkboard Sign {Countdown to Christmas Idea}

Do you keep scraps of wood and say to yourself, "I might need that for something someday." Well, today is your someday! Grab a scrap (or ask Lowe's for their scraps) and create this super easy wooden chalkboard sign. When you're done, you…
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DIY Stamped Spoon Necklace from Thistlewood Farms

Today I have the honor of introducing the extremely creative KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms. She's showing us one of my favorite gift ideas from her idea farm ;-). DIY Stamped Spoon Necklaces! Hello Pretty Handy Girl readers! My name…
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Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial

Once again I've created a DIY gift that I want to keep for myself! It's true, I've fallen in love with these stenciled and dyed scarves that I created this week. In particular, I'm rather fond of the blue/gray and yellow ones. So, my question…
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Handmade Greeting Cards by Just a Girl

Today I have a great DIY blogger, friend and cohort when it comes to appreciating a handwritten note in a handmade greeting card! Chris from Just a Girl has a wonderful tutorial for creating handmade greeting cards that would make a wonderful…