DIY with What You Have

Wait a minute! Before you toss those extra scraps and supplies, join forces with these thrifty DIY ideas to make use out of what you already have.

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    Leftover Paint

    Put your brush-wielding skills to use with this quick DIY project. Terra-cotta pots are inexpensive and easy to pretty up with leftover crafts paints. Cover pots in on-trend metallics or pastels for a glam update that's effortlessly gorgeous.

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    Fabric

    Punch up too-white window treatments with fabric scraps. Cut out fabric triangles in various sizes and colors, then sew them in a free-flowing pattern that leads the eye up, up, and away.

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    Wine Corks

    Turn your impressive stash of wine corks into a handy trivet with this pretty and practical how-to.

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    Markers

    Quickly change a burlap pillow into a cool conversation piece. Claim your ZIP code (or any number) by drawing it onto a plain pillow with marker.

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    Poster Board

    Take an afternoon to add a creative focal point above your headboard. Poster board, a small mirror, and a hot glue gun are all you need for this simple sunburst mirror.

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    Picture Frame

    Fashion a custom memo board from an old picture frame to liven up the space above your desk. To make this board, grab a hefty frame, some twine, and your hot-glue gun. Secure photos, postcards, or reminders with small clips.

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    Ribbon

    Available in a multitude of widths, colors, and textures, ribbon is a versatile DIY staple that can embellish almost any home accent. In this living room, a plain lampshade goes from so-so to snazzy thanks to bright green ribbons.

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    Rolls of Giftwrap

    Fireplaces are either a decorator's dream or worst nightmare. Fake your way to fabulous by standing rolls of leftover wallpaper or gift wrap in a nonworking fire box and secure the grouping with string.

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    Doilies

    Craft a decorative bowl from a doily picked up from a flea market, antique store, or even your own closet. It's an easy and simple project you can do in just a few steps.

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    Vintage Baubles

    Little details can make a big fashion statement. If you've been hanging onto bold baubles but haven't had the guts to wear them, use them to adorn a favorite piece of furniture. This armoire's ho-hum hardware gets a dazzling refresh thanks to a set of vintage earrings.

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    Maps

    Decoupage maps from favorite travels onto square tiles to make these wanderlust-inspired coasters. Apply felt to the back of coasters to prevent them from scratching surfaces.

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    Dish Towels

    Give dish towels new life as eye-catching window treatments. Bonus: These cafe curtains don't require any sewing!

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    Felt

    Bring warmth and style to your bathroom floor with this Pop Art-inspired rug design. Combine regular crafts felt with thick felt furniture feet pads to make this rug.

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    28 Weekend Home Decorating Projects

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