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If you’re creative, you can decorate for less by turning low-cost items into great accessories, even standout pieces. Here’s a roundup of projects from across the web.

Give old log holders new life as rustic candle holders. This easy project took $5 and a little spray paint.

budget candleholder

Cover two log holders with a stone cutting board for a serving piece. A great look and a great way to add height to a buffet table.

budget serving piece

A little paint and imagination turned this $4 IKEA lampshade into a cherry blossom lantern. So smart and so easy.

Check out this artwork made from Monopoly and Cranium boards. Store the game pieces behind the frame; take the “art” off the wall and play.

Friends won’t have any trouble spotting your house if your front door is decorated with a fabulous mosaic address plaque. Use chipped ceramics you can’t bear to part with, or go thrifting and buy a stack for pennies.

Inexpensive books are also plentiful at thrift and used book stores. An Apartment Therapy writer came up with 8 cool projects made from the pages of old books.

Think outside the box (or the credenza) when you’ve got a piece of furniture that needs a facelift. Take a cue from an art teacher and use fabric instead of cabinet doors.

Thrifty Decor Chick says making your own decorations means more than just saving money like the satisfaction that comes with creating an oh-so-chic color blocked paint treatment .

More ideas for creative walls coming soon.

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