Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself Fall 2015

Packed with step-by-step projects, Do It Yourself is the go-to guide to personalizing your home. Find inspiration and instructions for simple room renovations, home decor projects, budget-savvy style, flea market makeovers, outdoor living ideas, and more. From power tool reviews to pillow projects, we cover the DIY spectrum and empower the reader to tackle new techniques and ideas.

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United States
Meredith Corporation
USD 7.99
USD 15.99
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3 min.
modern metal

Found art BELOW: Create a custom wall hanging by uniting different pieces of metal into one stunning whole. Sand the edges of a piece of plywood (ours is 36×36 inches). Paint edges, overlapping the front edge about 1 inch. We cut squares and rectangles from vintage tin ceiling tiles, galvanized air ducts, and galvanized-tin roofing with tin snips and a metal abrasive blade fitted in a circular saw. Starting at one edge, overlap each piece by 1/4 inch into a design you like. Use a 1/8-inch drill bit to make holes in the corners of each piece and secure with 1/2-inch steel brads. Hang from two D-rings (weighted for 40 pounds) attached to the back. Tidy tin THIS PHOTO: Keep your household organized with a personalized message board. Measure and cut boards for…

3 min.
one white frame

ACRYLIC PAINT $4 GOLD SPRAY PAINT $12 NAILHEAD STICKERS $3 CORNER BRACES $4 BUILDING A GREAT ART COLLECTION DOESN’T HAVE TO BREAK THE BANK. THESE RESOURCES BRING IT WITHIN REACH. UGALLERY.COM This site sells high-quality artwork by emerging and midcareer artists. 20X200.COM This shop offers limited editions in a variety of sizes and affordable prices. ACRYLIC PAINT $8 WASHI TAPE $2 LABEL HOLDER $5 ACRYLIC PAINT $4 SOCIETY6.COM Put the art you love on everything from framable prints to cell phone cases. ETSY.COM Find artwork from makers from around the world. SAATCHIART.COM Original artwork by international artists is chosen by an A-team of gallerists. MINTED.COM This go-to stationery site has started to create awesome art at an even better price. ACRYLIC PAINT $4 FLORAL FABRIC $30 TINY SHOWCASE.COM Each week this site releases a limited run of prints for sale, so sign up for the newsletter to…

5 min.
snap happy

What we did ... THIS PHOTO: These glass displays give new meaning to the phrase “message in a bottle.” Cut photos to fit bottles. Use a foam crafts brush to coat the front of a photo with decoupage medium (we used Mod Podge in Gloss), then press it face down onto the outside of a bottle, smoothing out air bubbles with fingers. Let dry. Cluster bottles on a shelf or mantel. Write special messages on paper and drop inside a bottle or two. (We suspended ours with gold wires pushed into the cork toppers.) TIP: If using ink-jet copies, spray them with a few coats of clear matte acrylic fixative or several coats of clear polyurethane to keep photos from bleeding when glued. BUDGET Breakdown Bottles $5 Color copies $2 Decoupage medium $6 TOTAL $13 What we did…

4 min.
on our radar

Stuck up Combine magnetic wall primer and a tinted top coat to create a nail-free gallery wall that's a cinch to revamp whenever the mood arises. Polymagnets affixed to the corners of frames and canvases hold five times more weight than any other type of magnet, giving you unlimited decorating flexibility. Magnetic primer, $20 per quart; Hooked on Paint Hanging Magnets, $10 for four; 1. Ace of vase Whether you’re giving the gift of fall foliage or showing of a bouquet of your own, these paint-it-yourself vases will steal the show. Fun for kids and adults alike, the kit includes five small vases, painter’s tape, and vibrant pens. $25; 2. Lookin’ sharp Keep shovels, axes, and blades in tip-top shape with the AnySharp Edge device. With an ergonomic handle, finger guard,…

2 min.
nice work

Whether it’s an entire room or just a tiny corner, your home and life will function better with a dedicated work space. Let modular, color-coordinated containers, opposite, keep things orderly, and maximize wall space with shelves and magnetic paint. 1. To the letter You’ll want to stock up on these 4×2¾-inch alphabet trays, selecting individual initials or spelling words. The eclectic catchalls are decorative, are food-safe, and come in charming gift boxes. $12 each; 2. Stack it up Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, these modern desk accessories mix, match, and fit together in a modular display of chic colors. $5–$18; 3. The drawing board Here are a couple playful variations of the classic clipboard! One comes with a chalkboard surface and the other with a dry-erase surface. As…

3 min.
keep calm and upcycle

I spy the DIY THIS PHOTO: It’s hard to tell old from new (and renewed) in this serene space that’s as stylish as it is comfort-driven. Pick one project, or do all five, and change the color palette, if needed, to suit your existing design aesthetic. Renewed illumination RIGHT: Tired and shabby, an old lampshade with good bones is a cinch to remake. Simply wrap wood veneer edging strips (we used white birch), piece by piece, over the old shade, hot-gluing at regular intervals to hold in place (a) and overlapping the ends. Hide the vertical seam with a piece of veneer, and stain according to your color preference. Fall for felt LEFT: Autumn leaves offer all the templates you need for this done-in-a-snap pillow. Purchase a pillow with a plain cover. Lay fresh-fallen leaves…