DIY Organizing Tips from ShopSmart Magazine

The days of never-ending cups of eggnog and Hanukkah cards from your cousin Geraldine in Amsterdam are over.  Translation?  The holidays have officially ended, and you’re left with an armful (or two or three) of post-holiday goodies.  Yup, hand knit holiday sweaters from Grandma Rose, souvenirs from your sister who studied abroad in Minsk, and […]

How to Make Your Own Apron Hanger and/or Holder

Aprons are a fun and fabulous way of staying clean and adding style to your daily routine. From the garden to the garage and the kitchen, aprons can protect you and help you out with those handy dandy little pockets. We found some great DIY apron ideas and patterns from all over the web, just […]

How to Make a Flower Pot Pen Holder

Who knew that terracotta pots have so many craft uses? We came across this project on and loved that the simple materials and process could create something so cute. It’s a glorified pen holder that doubles as decoration for your home office or desk. When you’re paying bills, you can glance up at the […]

How to Make A Checkerboard Tray

Shouts of “king me!” will echo throughout your dwelling after you make this project. It’s a checkerboard. It’s a serving tray. It’s a breakfast-in-bed tray. Or, it’s all three simultaneously. While idly walking through our favorite crafts store, our eyes darted to a checkerboard stencil. In the very next aisle, we spotted a wooden tray, […]

How to Make Envelopes

If the envelopes on your thank you cards are cheery and unique, their recipients may forgive you for sending them months late. Okay, maybe we’re just trying to rationalize our personal faux pas. When we came upon a method for making homemade envelopes on , we were reminded of a neat seller The Budget […]

River Rock Place Cards: DIY

There’s just something appealing about bringing the elements of nature into your table design — not only does it add a comfortably rustic look, but it also is a nice way to “green” your décor. Our suggestion? For your next get-together, try making place cards out of river rocks. It couldn’t be simpler: all you […]

Customized Cutting Boards: Look for Less

Customized cutting boards can make chopping vegetables more pleasant and can do double duty in the kitchen – not only as a chopping surface, but also a pretty presentation surface for tapas, cheese, fruit, or other items that won’t soak through the wood. They also make creative, inexpensive, and totally easy host/hostess gifts — the […]