DIY Snowy Pine Cones

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After years of crafting, I separate DIY projects into three categories: easy and useful, beautiful but so much wasting time, and “so you” in order to be neglected, yet difficult. The previous years I have made many DIY Christmas ornaments and decorations. Some of them have survived, some were donated, but a lot of them didn’t make it. So, this year I decided to spend my time on a project that will be easy, practical and useful. Continue reading “DIY Snowy Pine Cones”

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DIY Advent Calendar 2016

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Hello, everyone! Happy December! We have reached winter as the temperature goes down and down. Yesterday we saw the first snow of the year … yeah!!! And, my 5-year-old son and I had a crafty mood. We put our pens, scissors and chocolates on the desk in order to create our Advent Calendar for 2016. It is difficult to give guidelines in a strong-willed kid that believes his way is better but we cooperated well by leaving space and choices, eating some of the chocolates and making folders for more than 24 days!

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DIY – Easy String Hanging Planter

This is my first DIY project after a long time. During summer I was impressed by all these beautiful hanging planters that were featured in several photos for living room and balcony decoration. So, I remembered the wooden slices that I had asked my father-in-law to cut during previous Christmas and I thought it would be perfect in order to make my own string hanging planter with the easiest and more affordable way.

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DIY • Repurposing Map Wall Art

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The maps in decoration have something exotic and cosmopolitan. They can serve easily many different styles in interior design from classic to contemporary since we can choose from a large variety of products to add to our space; antique, old, silver, colorful, monochrome, etc. Many of us gather free or cheap maps from our travels, or maybe have some double maps. This could be great material for some easy and beautiful DIY projects. Almost everything can be covered by a map; tin cans, vases, small decorative plates, side tables and dressers. Spray adhesive and decoupage glue are some of the options to make the attachment. Other beautiful and easy crafts with maps are tags, envelopes, garlands, gift wrapping, coasters and of course instant wall art decoration.

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DIY • Easy Sunburst Mirror

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I never thought that it would be so easy to make a sunburst mirror and especially a mirror that would seem nice from very close. The inspiration came from Healthy, Wealthy and Diy’s blog and I decided to transform a beautiful handmade round mirror that the last three years was hidden in my closet because it didn’t match with our current furniture and home decoration. So, the first step was to paint it silver and the second step was to change it to a sunburst mirror in order to hang it over our fireplace. My main problem to this project was that I don’t use spray paint because I can’t handle their flow and I don’t like their smell. Fortunately, the result was very good despite the fact I used acrylics and the bamboo sticks for rays, which here in Greece are the synonym of our famous food “souvlaki”, made the project very affordable.

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DIY • Easy Glass Tile Mirror Frame

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All started with a photo on Pinterest that I found when I was searching examples of sunburst mirrors. Then, I remembered two glass mosaic tiles we had bought in order to decorate our fireplace, but later we changed our minds and didn’t use them. It was the kind of a purchase that you return to your home only to discover your mistake and say: “OK! It’s very beautiful but still useless”…

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