Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself Winter 2013

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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projects, tools, and inspiration PS: Find Do It Yourself™ when and where it’s most convenient for you! Check out to find editions of the magazine for your tablet, laptop, or mobile device. Free holiday guide! Download our bonus Do It Yourself holiday e-book. It’s packed with ideas for decor, gift wrap, entertaining, and more. Crafting cheer Make something special for everyone on your list using this collection of handmade holiday gift ideas as your inspiration. Easy as 1-2-3 Personalize your pad with nine pretty accents. Follow the instructions for faux mercury glass, fabric rosettes, and more. Pillow talk Get comfy by whipping up a collection of simple-sew pillows.…

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editor’s letter

Handmade holidays Holiday season always finds me combing my favorite mags, blogs, and Pinterest for unique gift ideas that don’t involve impersonal plastic cards or frigid forays through mall parking lots. If you’re like me, you’ll dig our feature on how to create handmade gift kits (page 34), perfect for any crafty gal or guy on your list. Here’s how it works: You assemble the pieces in a pretty package. The recipient not only gets the cool gift (wine stoppers, a hip blanket, a terrarium), but also gets the pleasure of putting the pieces together. Totally fun. We also show you plenty of fresh ways to personalize your home for any holiday soiree, be it a comfy family get-together or a grown-up dinner party. In “Natural Glow,” page 8, tiny touches of metallics…

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try it

natural glow Shimmer and shine ABOVE: Lighting sets the tone for a party. These sparkling tea lights illuminate guests’ sense of wonder. To make your own, spray a light mist of water into a glass holder (a). Working inside the glass only, spray a light layer of metallic gold paint over the water beads, leaving the glass slightly translucent. Let dry, then add a layer of gold glitter spray (b). When the candle burns, the glitter twinkles inside, and the outside looks like matte gold mercury glass. OPPOSITE: A white pumpkin scooped out to make room for a small vase of flowers makes for a serene centerpiece. Prop it atop a slice of wood, bark intact. “Using natural materials with a contrast of unexpected sparkle evokes comfort while celebrating the season. JODI MENSING HARRIS PROJECT…

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on our radar

Carved cravings Give your personal stamp of approval to gift cards, tags, and bags with the Carve-a-Stamp kit. Create two custom stamps with a rubber block blank on front and back, a multiblade carving knife, an ink pad, and 25 image templates. $30 for kit, $5 for extra ink pads; $6 for six muslin gift bags; stuff we love 1. Fly the nest Even beginners can stitch a flock of these festive felt ornaments in a flash. The kit includes templates, needles, a fabric marker, and enough wool felt and embroidery thread to sew 16 ornaments. Available in assorted shades of red, green, pink, or blue. $45; 2. Bound beauty Take note of moments momentous or minor in a hand-bound journal. Created to your specifications from recycled paper and twine, each book features…

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make the rules

What we did ... THIS PHOTO: A striking alternative to traditional beaded board, wainscoting fashioned from yardsticks offers one-of-a-kind architectural charm. Use 1-inch medium-density fiberboard or desired wood for vertical stiles, cap, and base. We cut our base to 6 inches wide and nailed it in place. Next we trimmed and sanded all yardsticks to the exact same length, and cut our 4-inch-wide vertical stiles to that length as well. Then we nailed 12–14 yardsticks to the wall above the baseboard, followed by a vertical stile, then more yardsticks, vertical stile, and so on. To finish, we topped with a 4-inch horizontal board, then a 1×2-inch cap. Varnish if desired. TIP: Depending on condition and character, expect to pay $1–$4 each for yardsticks at flea markets and antiques stores. Or snatch…

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cool tools

stitch in time TOOLJanome HD300 Janome janome.comProject Runway Limited Edition Innov-ís 40e Brother brother-usa.cRachel BL50A Baby Lock babylock.comBernina 560 Bernina bernina.comPRICE$499$660$799$4,599BEST FORMid-level users ready to move beyond a starter machine to one that handles bulkier fabrics and offers more stitch options.DIYers who want to take their home decor projects to the next level with more built-in decorative stitches and variable stitch width. Also a great entry machine for beginning quilters.Sewists who tackle many different projects and need a machine with easy setup, more automated features, and intuitive functionality.Embroidery enthusiasts looking for a top-notch traditional sewing machine with loads of speciality embroidery extras that let you create monograms and your own fabric designs.WHY WE LIKE ITAt this price, you won’t find a more solidly built machine. One-piece aluminum casting and metal working…