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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.

15 Responses

  1. Pat Franco says:

    brick pavers to create door stops, decorate them with paint or cover them in fabric

  2. Lisa Wynn says:

    I saw these on Lanette Lorsungs blog called Cottage Elements ( <a href="http://www.cottageelements.com)” target=”_blank”>www.cottageelements.com) when she designed them. So glad to see HGTV loved them too! (HGTV – this woman needs her own show. She is that good. Many of her things have been featured in magazines, her home in the Holiday Parade of Homes in Minnesota. A guest appearance she would make! her home a 4 page spread at the holidays. Killer mix of old and new…

  3. It wasn't spray paint that was used – it was clear poly. Flip on over to the blog these images were taken from to read the original article, and to see Lanette Lorsung's decorating ideas and photographs in their entirety on her blog Cottage Elements! http://cottageelements.blogspot.com/2010/02/from-

    It's great to see HGTV recognize fabulous decorating ideas from a blog I've loved and followed for a long time already. It would be even better to see them recognize the blogger herself, rather than just "borrowing" her copyrighted images for their own column.

    Kim Adams-Plehal

  4. alice hanson says:

    I also agree with Kim. Lani is a real talent and should be recognized as such! Man up HGTV!!!!!
    Alice Hanson

  5. Gail Olson says:

    Ah, hahahaha! Design doesn't just happen…especially on a budget. Now for you, on the other hand…maybe it does. Lifting other peoples ideas, creativity, photography, and efforts sure makes your job easy, however it does not make you look very good. i am a follower of Lanette's fabulous blog and of her work as a contributor on JUNKMARKET Style the leading website in the field. Looks like you've been cruising sites to make yourself look good. Oops didn't work. You would think that HGTV might employ actual experts rather than hacks. Not too much to much to worry about. I can see what kind of following you have. And as Kim said you can't even get the directions right.

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