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Quick and affordable decorating ideas for Christmas

Quick and Affordable Decorating for Christmas

Here are some quick and affordable decorating ideas for Christmas.  The only expense is a few rolls of wrapping paper, some ribbon and tape.  I find that some of the best holiday colors and designs are hiding right on a roll of gift wrap, and if used correctly, it can really make a room pop […]

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Cookie Tin Gift Disguise (Part 2)

Here is a list of 50 cookie tin gift ideas that are affordable gift ideas for friends, family, teachers, co-workers, and almost anyone you know. Most of these gift ideas can be tucked or wrapped right inside a cookie tin for easy gift wrapping, as shown in Part 1 of this post. However you choose […]

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Cookie Tin Gift Disguise (Part 1)

Looking for gift ideas for Christmas?  Give the gift of “not cookies” in a cookie tin this holiday season.  This is a clever idea for those of you who have plenty of left over cookies tins from previous years, with no plans of baking cookies anytime soon.  Cookie tins can be so cute and compact, […]

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basic tutorial on diy storage box with lid for the man cave

Man Cave DIY Storage Box

  This man cave storage box with lid idea is so very basic and rudimentary, but why re-invent the wheel?  They are so easy to make, they are inexpensive and pretty nifty for organizing and de-cluttering any garage, basement, work shop or man cave. Step 1: Make your own storage box with lid, or use […]

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Faux Canvas Wrapped Photo Framing

I framed these great photos, taken from my son’s recent deep sea fishing trip in Cancun, Mexico. I wanted to get a canvas wrapped look for these photos, but I didn’t want to spend money to buy canvas frames, so I cut up some left over plywood and no longer needed mdf shelving to use […]

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Elf Stocking Ornaments-made from cardboard-StowandTellU

Elf Stocking Ornaments

These elf stocking ornaments are super cheap and easy to make.  They’re made from card board, can you get any cheaper than that?  These would be great as a whimsical gift for someone special or for your own Christmas tree.   Once you cut out the elf stocking patterns from the card board pieces, you can […]

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Textured Tray

Re-purposed Textured Tray I re-purposed this tray by adding some texture with joint compound.  Joint compound is fairly easy to use and allows you to create a multidimensional look.  By letting the joint compound begin to harden, then smoothing it down with your hands, you can obtain a surface smooth enough to stand items on […]

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Storage box with lid decorating ideas

Easiest Way to Decorate a Lidded Storage Box

If you are interested in making your own storage box with lid, and you want to spruce it up just a bit, here is one of the easiest ways to decorate one of these boxes, so that you can place the box on a shelf, in full view, and not be disenchanted by the look […]

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diy storage box with lid

DIY Lidded Storage Box

These might be kinda ugly, but…. one of the most common and practical solutions for organizing and de-cluttering is using a storage box with a lid.  Store bought boxes with lids can be costly, especially when you need to buy several; so, I decided to make my own. Although these aren’t very pretty, they are […]

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Wrapping Paper Keepsake Box

A keepsake box can be a great gift, and even better if it’s handmade.  I made this keepsake box from a few items including a storage box with lid ( I used a computer paper box), wrapping paper and decoupage.  Applying decoupage and paper to the cardboard makes the box more durable and long lasting.  […]

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DIY Gift Holder

Make your own gift holder for the holidays.  This cute and easy to make  gift envelope can be used to hold anything small you can think of that you want to package creatively. I filled mine with seeds from my garden, but you could fill it with jewelry, gift cards, movie tickets or even cash.  […]

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Backgammon Decoupaged Nesting Tables

  Nesting tables are great space savers.  You can store the smaller pieces under the larger piece when not in use and pull the smaller pieces out when you need to use them.  I picked up this set of nesting tables for a great deal.  It was missing the top inserts, but with a little […]

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Turn Your Closet into a Mini Mud Room

    As EMBARRASSING as this is to show you just how cluttered and messy my front closet was, I think the transformation really proves worth it.  Since I completed this mini mud room makeover, I can honestly say that it has been much easier to keep it in order.  I live in a small […]

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Re-purposed Sweater to Cat Cozy

  This sweater has seen better days, though someone in my house doesn’t seem to think so. Cleaning out my closet, I put this sweater in the donate pile, only to find my cat, we call him Kitty,  laying on top of it the very next day.  Then a light bulb went on:  why don’t […]

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New Fangled Old Fashion Recycling Bin

If you are looking to earn a little extra cash or reward points, consider saving beer and soda cans then turning them in to your local recycling center for a refund.    Ken enjoys woodworking and made the Can-Do Can Crusher from plans he found online at Woodworker’s Journal.  The can crusher works great, but […]

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