17 Tips for using Chalkboard Paint

Here is a fun little project. If you are a not a crafter or spend a lot of time looking at home decor on Pinterest, you might not know that chalkboard paint is a thing. That’s right: paint that makes any surface a chalkboard. Isn’t that fantastic? Awesome people use it for all kinds of […]

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A DIY Dinosaur Wreath

Well, it’s that time of year again. Drinking hot cocoa, curled up watching the fireplace on Netflix, starting to think about seasonal decor and how to incorporate more dinosaurs with it. Wait, what? Yes! Today I bring you the DIY Dinosaur Holiday Wreath. I’m not sure which holiday it’s for. Right now it’s for Hallowgivingmas, […]

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How to Make a Handcarved Stamp

This is a fun project to do if you like carving, drawing, rubber stamps, letterboxing, making stationery, scrapbooking, or trying new things. First, let’s gather some materials. Tools and Materials: Rubber stamp blocks. These can be found in many art stores, often next to the linoleum for printmaking. A flat eraser also works well. Linoleum […]

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How to Make a Handbound Book

Bookbinding is an old art that is simultaneously useful as well as beautiful and creative. If you want to get into bookbinding, we live in the glorious age of The Internet, and there are about a billion resources out there, from stitching tutorials to creative ideas, to tips on materials, to extensive information on leatherworking […]

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How to Sew Bunting

“Bunting” is apparently what those little triangular flags hanging in a line are called, like you would see at a swim meet or maybe a carnival. Apparently they are all the rage, and since there’s nothing I like better than fitting in and doing what the crowd is doing, I thought I would make some. […]

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How to Paint Shadow Stripes

“Shadow Stripes” are a wall painting technique where you alternate flat and glossy stripes of the same color to make a dynamic effect that changes with the room lighting. You could use the same technique to paint other patterns, such as swirls, harlequin diamonds, or other graphic patterns. Horizontal stripes seem to be popular right […]

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How to Paint the Front Door Red

It’s Spring here at the Neeland Cottage! Today, I painted our front door bright red, because every cottage needs a bright red front door. It’s true. Look it up on Pinterest if you don’t believe me.   I thought I’d take this opportunity to school everybody on how to paint doors. How to Paint a […]

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How to Make Body Scrubs with your Kitchen Ingredients

This past weekend, I attended a Bath Party. Now, there’s a good chance you hear that and think one of two things: something adult with lots of bubbles, or one of those things where a friend of a friend tries to sell things at you, but you go anyway because there’s free food. This was […]

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How to Make Soap Dispensers from Various Bottles

Hello, Internet. Today we are going to make soap dispensers from various bottles. This is one of those how-to articles that seems ridiculously simple, but then I think about how simple I need other people’s directions to be, and I figure, why shouldn’t I write a lengthy tutorial describing what can be shown in a […]

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How to Make Fantastic Hanging DVD Storage Panels

Today I am going to show off our new DVD storage panels, and share how we made them. It’s not exactly a how-to, in part because I got help, and in part because I am not a professional, but feel free to use this pattern and instruction to help with your own projects if you […]

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