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I honestly thought spring would never come. I mean lets be real, it was pretty dicey there for a while. But spring is finally here and I’m ready to welcome it to our house, starting with my front door. Can you believe I still have my Christmas wreath hanging? Insert embarrassed face emoji.

But have no fear, my front door has sprung forward with the help of this simple chalkboard door hanging. Here’s what it looks like now:

Rustic Chalkboard Door Decor - HGTV Crafternoon on Design Happens

Want to brighten up your door for the new season? Click through to watch my video and learn to make your own.

MAKE THIS CHALKBOARD DOOR HANGING

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While you might immediately think of Pinterest as the first social media site to hit up when you’re looking for new DIY projects, I’m here to say: don’t forget about Instagram! On days I’m feeling particularly crafty, I’ll type #diy or #diyproject into that snazzy little search box and my brain will explode with all of the DIY fabulousness that’s oozing from the minds of the most creative Instagrammers.

Here’s a list of my top four DIY Instagram superstars who make me want grab my glue gun and double-tap my heart out:

Sarah Khandjian Instagram

@SarahHearts: Sarah Khandjian‘s Instagram feed is filled with lots of pink and her sweet hound, Daisy, but most of all, there are endless ideas for simple DIY projects. I’m obsessed with these gorgeous painted bangles, and I’m dying to plaster my dining room table with a dozen of these colorful painted placemats.

tellloveandchocolate Instagram

@TellLoveAndChocolate: I’m constantly undecided about whether I’m more obsessed with tassels or pom poms, but blogger Sara Walk has put me firmly in the tassel camp after seeing her fab handmade tassel blanket. She also features some fantastic entertaining ideas that would liven up any party, like this sweet banner.

Mandi Gubler Instagram

@VintageRevivals: If handmade home decor is your thing, then you need to follow Mandi Gubler right this second because her feed is the DIY jackpot of all time. Looking to create a painted diamond focal wall or faux wallpaper? No problemo. You can even follow her adventures as she restores and decorates a vintage trailer that she fondly calls “The Nugget.”

Liz Marie Galvan Instagram

@LizMarieGalvan: If you’re looking for ideas for more substantial home decor pieces with a rustic bent, this feed will rock your world. Interior designer and blogger Liz Marie Galvan manages to put a creative DIY spin on just about everything in her home. Here’s the va-va-voom floor mirror project she whipped up one weekend, and this drool-worthy DIY coat rack I can’t stop staring at.

Who are your favorite DIY Instagrammers? Who did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!

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With spring comes ample opportunity to garden, barbecue and just relax outside. But if you’re operating on a budget, a lavish outdoor space may not seem like an option. Cue repurposed shipping pallets! With a little creativity, plain shipping pallets can be transformed into gorgeous outdoor pieces at little to no cost. So break out the circular saw and bring the farmhouse style home this spring with these 7 DIY shipping pallet projects.

Tip: You can get free or almost free shipping pallets at recycling centers, small businesses and more! Just make sure you ask before you take.

Outdoor Pallet Seating
This project takes a little time, but it’s so worth it! Just imagine relaxing this spring on a stylish and comfortable bench that you made by hand. Learn how to make this rustic, repurposed outdoor seating >>>

Need more seating? Make adirondack chairs out of shipping pallets >>>

Succulent Garden Made out of Wood Pallets

Versatile Reclaimed-Wood Wall Shelves
This is one I’ve made for my own home! What’s great about these reclaimed-wood wall shelves is that they can be used for so many different purposes. I turned mine into an outdoor succulent planter and am making another to store all my handheld gardening tools. They’re perfect for indoors or out! Get the instructions from designer Ana White >>>

5 More Pallet Projects

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I was so inspired by all your DIY nightstand makeovers that I decided to take the plunge: I’m finally ready to give my bedroom dresser a fresh look. Here’s what it looks like right now:

Modern DIY Dresser Makeover Ideas - HGTV Design Blog

With cool midcentury legs and a modern shape, there’s a lot to love. Another bonus: The tall dresser was totally free to me, left behind in the attic by my home’s previous owners. The bad, though? It’s faded and cracked in a couple of places, and the previous user left helpful notes (gloves + mittens! socks + hose! ) in Sharpie on each drawer.

Needless to say, it’s time for a facelift. But what should I do? That, my friends, is the big question. Read on to see my top design options and pick your favorite.

SEE THE OPTIONS + CAST A VOTE

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Back in February we sent out an all-points-bulletin asking you to show us how you’ve transformed a nightstand with a little DIY magic. We even let you peek inside our bedrooms to get a glimpse of our own bedside tables. You know, so we could get to know each other better.

Photos tagged with #HGTVmakeover began to pour in on Instagram and we were “ooo-ing” and “ahh-ing” over all your creative handiwork. You really know how to put a personal spin on tired and worn-out pieces! Your posts even inspired Marianne’s thrift store nightstand transformation with chalk paint and a little metallic love.

These are some of our favorites:

Instagram user @cate_stylemutthome combined an old flatware box and a TV stand to create this chic side table. Bonus points for added storage and cute styling!

Nightstand DIY

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @cate_stylemutthome.

@junk_styled gave his plain wooden table a modern makeover with eye-catching diagonal stripes in metallic silver.

Before and after of painted side table

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @junk_styled.

I’m slightly obsessed with the mid-century shape of this nightstand, painted a bright lilac color by Instagram user @milowickfurniture. And can we talk about those peg legs? This piece oozes personality!

Purple mid-century modern nightstand.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @milowickfurniture.

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Welcome to a special St. Patrick’s Day edition of #HGTVWeekend and a fresh new list of projects, recipes and other fun things to try. With the festive Irish holiday coming up on Tuesday, this weekend is the time to celebrate. Pour a cold mug of your favorite stout beer and learn how to spruce up your coffee table for guests, take a tour of Ireland and host a green-themed movie night!

If you try out these projects (or tackle some of your own), tag your project photos #HGTVWeekend on Instagram and Twitter and we’ll share some of our favorites right here on Design Happens. And make sure to check back every Friday for more fun to-dos!

Here’s what’s on tap this weekend:

Make Over This: Your Coffee Table

Has your coffee table become a catchall for keys, remotes and other miscellaneous items? Take back your table with these easy design tips and give your living room a focal point to be proud of. The best part? You can use items you already have around the house! Click through to check out our quick tips.

3 More Fun Weekend To-Dos

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Wallpaper has made a huge comeback recently. With new trends and styles, the look has far surpassed the country kitchens of yesteryear and is now one of the most sought after design elements on the market. My dilemma is this: I love wallpaper, but I’m a renter. Also, I change my mind constantly, so I tend to stick with flexible and inexpensive decor that I can move around or replace on the reg. So wallpaper is not an option for me, right? Wrong.

I’m sure you already know that temporary wallpaper is a thing, but lately it has become a very popular thing. Because of this, companies are exploding onto the scene with peel-and-stick products that look and feel like the real, stylish stuff you pin and pine over. But if installing temporary wallpaper still seems daunting, some pretty creative folks at HGTV.com have come up with other gorgeous and easy faux-paper methods to try as well. Check out 5 ways to bring the most beautiful and unique wallpaper trends home, sans glue…and commitment!

Peony Perfection

Left: Photo from HGTV | Right: Photo from Tempaper

Can you guess which one is permanent? If you chose the gorgeous green peony wallpaper on the left, you would be correct. Lucky for us, Tempaper, a temporary wallpaper company, makes a gold-leaf peony paper that is self-adhesive, repositionable and totally removable!

See other gorgeous designs from Tempaper.com >>>

Custom Wall Mural

Left: Photo by Erica Riggio, Design by Peter Krsko | Right: Photo by Chelsea Costa

The chic custom mural installation on the left  by D.C. artist, Peter Krsko, is an eye-catching focal point. On the right, designer Chelsea Costa created a similar, yet temporary look with just a computer, poster paper and double-sided tape! Follow Chelsea’s simple instructions on HGTV.com to create your own custom wall mural >>>

Quick tip: To achieve the framed look of the room on the left, frame your temporary mural with trim molding and attach to your wall using large picture hanging adhesive strips.

Learn how to frame with trim molding on DIYNetwork.com >>>

3 More Temporary Wallpaper Ideas to Try

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I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but tassels are kind of having a moment. They have been popping up on jewelry (loving this bracelet) and clothing (this tunic makes me pine for summer), but my favorite place to see these colorful accents is in the home. Ever since my friend Emily Henderson wrote about this gorgeous guest room, I have been obsessed with that bedding. I knew I had to figure out how to DIY them.

Make Your Own Embroidery Floss Tassels

Luckily, it couldn’t be easier to make colorful tassels out of inexpensive embroidery thread. Check out my video to learn the quick technique.

See How to Make DIY Tassels

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Unless you count my 54-pound basset hound (which, truth time: I kinda do), I don’t have any kids. And yet for some crazy reason, I have an insatiable love for decorating kids’ rooms. I’m most excited by parents who up their game and treat their kids’ rooms as another space to really get their decoratin’ on. I mean, I like a little blue duck or a pink princess as much as the next girl, but it’s fun to see the evolution of kids’ room decor into an actual category of design that goes way beyond cute and ventures into the realm of chic. Speaking of chic, check out these fun ideas for upping the chic factor in your own kiddo’s room.

Kids' Room Decorating Ideas

1. Make a giant photo and art collage. This is a super fun project that the kids will be excited to join in on. Buy enough cork tiles to cover a large area of your wall, then start pinning (or taping) the sucker up! You can use family photos, your kids artwork, inspiring messages, pictures from magazines — anything, really. Once covered, your giant bulletin board will look like a large-scale piece of artwork, and best of all, it will be easy to update on the fly.

2. Add a wallpaper panel. If you’re not quite ready for the commitment or the expense of adding wallpaper to each of the walls in your kid’s room, no problem; just add a simple panel. You can use several pieces of foam core, then cover it up with a beautiful piece of wallpaper cut to size. This idea is also great option if you’re a renter and don’t have the flexibility of going for a full-blown wallpaper treatment.

3. Say it, don’t spray it…with a free art printable. We all need some motivation in our lives, and with minds like a sponge, kids are the perfect candidates for some positivity overload. Find a favorite quote or phrase online, fire up the color printer, and go to town. Here’s 60 free (!!!) wall art printables to get you started.

How do you like to chic-up your kid’s room? Let us in on all your secrets in the comments below.

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On this week’s episode of Ellen’s Design Challenge we watched as the four remaining contestants battled to create the reigning champ of sofas. And create, they did! Seeing the awesome finished products put me in the mood to build a couch of my own! But then I remembered I’m not a furniture designer and have no carpenter friends.

So I decided to do the next best thing: upholster. Below I’ve put together some easy DIY upholstering projects that any newbie (like me) could do with relative ease in a weekend or two. Yay! New furniture! (Sorta).

Design by Gaspar de Jesus | Ellen’s Furniture Design Challenge

See the other incredible designs from Episode 4 >>>

First, learn the basics.

Before starting your project, familiarize yourself with the language of upholstery. Batting? Welt chord? Huh? Learn the ins and outs of upholstery here >>>

The tools of the trade. 

Prepare like a Pro. 

Before tackling any DIY project, it is essential to prepare, prepare, prepare. To get your furniture ready for upholstery, strip away the old fabric and start over with a fresh, clean slate. Learn how strip your old furniture here >>>

How to Strip Furniture for Reupholstery - HGTV Design Happens

Upholster your little heart out! 

This arm chair upholstery project looks like fun! Next weekend’s project? I think yes. Learn how to reupholster your own arm chair here >>>

Blue and White Reupholstered Armchair

Reupholstering this bench looks pretty simple, too! Try it at home >>>

Reupholster a Run-Down Bench - HGTV Design Happens

Can’t sew? No problem! Learn how to make this gorgeous no-sew headboard >>> Quick tip: if you aren’t very good at working with wood, consider buying a pre-made wooden frame for this project.

Make Your Own Upholstered Headboard - HGTV Design Happens

I can’t wait to reupholster my old worn-out couch! Let me know what weekend upholstery projects you plan to tackle in the comments below.

Can’t get enough of Ellen’s Furniture Design Challenge? Don’t miss Episode 5 “From Trash to Treasure,” airing February 23rd at 9/8c.

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We all have that Pinterest board. The one with the flea market upcycling projects and furniture hacks that we dream of. We collect ideas and wait for the day when we find the perfect free-on-the-curb piece that needs some TLC. How does the old saying go? One person’s trash is another person’s Pinterest gold?

We thought it would be fun to see how these projects come to life in the real world. That’s where you come in.

DIY nightstand before-and-afters

Use the #HGTVmakeover hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to show us your DIY projects!

We want to show off your handy work. We’re looking to you, lovely readers, to share your prized projects with us on Twitter and Instagram.

Tag your tweets and photos using the hashtag #HGTVmakeover by next Friday we’ll share our favorites in an upcoming blog post. This month, we want to see your DIY bedside tables. Did you add custom drawer pulls? Paint it a bright color? Add fabric or grasscloth? Show us –  we can’t wait to see your transformations!

 

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Brrrr! We woke up to a dusting of snow here at HGTV Headquarters, but it’s certainly nothing compared to our team in the Northeast. (Stay safe and warm, you guys!) If you’re spending the day hunkered down indoors, we’ve got some resourceful ways to overcome cabin fever. First, stay in your PJs all day. Take advantage of this, people.

Snow Day IdeasPhotos: PJs / Cocoa / Blanket / Fort / S’mores / Jewelry

1. Again, wear pajamas all. day. long. We suggest flannel or fleece-lined sets to keep you nice and cozy during single-digit temps.

2. If the kiddos are out of school (or even if they’re not), now’s the perfect time to get creative with the guest linens by building an indoor fort. Bring in the laptop or iPad for a special movie screening, and don’t forget the twinkle lights.

3. Warm up in seconds with sweet, spicy and boozy hot chocolate recipes.

4. Break open one of this month’s must-reads. (Download it on your e-reader or iPad to start right away.)

5. Break for a warm, indoor campfire treat: oven-baked s’mores.

6. Feeling productive? Tackle some household to-dos while stuck indoors, like accessory organizing or getting those shoes in order. HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder spent part of her snow day getting her kitchen knife drawer arranged. (Those Laguiole knives — swoon!)

 

Feeling crafty? Try these winter-inspired crafts.

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roller blind diy

Photo: Shade, Ikea; Gold Scotch Tape, Paper Source

When I told you all about my winter break clean and purge the other week, I mentioned small changes that make your home feel more designed and loved. I needed a few of those myself. My poor bedroom often gets the least love because, honestly, I can close the door on it. I’ve had roller shades up for quite a while just to keep the early morning sun out and to give privacy. They were not my favorite, but they did in a pinch. Besides, they were supposed to just be up until I decided what to do for window treatments.

Turns out that I didn’t decide on anything and have been living with bland shades for too long. I wanted to give the shades a quick makeover without spending too much money just in case I actually do get around to buying nice curtains. We’ve done lots of washi tape tutorials and thinking of those, I began scouring my tape collection. Luckily, I had this great gold tape left over from Christmas and in five minutes I had embellished shades for exactly $0. I made a very simple double-stripe that looks polished and fun. You could make as many stripes as you like!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Decorative tape (I used a non-transparent gold but there are loads of options here)
  • Roller shade
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Measure up about an inch from the bottom of your shade. Make small pencil mark at the inch mark at 4 or 5 spots across the shade. Start applying the tape following your marks, letting the tape hang over the edge of the blind a bit. Once it’s in place, carefully trim the ends off so that they’re flush with the blind. Measure again from the top of your tape at a height that you like (I chose another inch) and  make pencil marks across the shade again. Apply your next tape stripe and trim. I  stopped here, but if you want more stripes, just repeat until you get the look you like.

And voila! You have better looking shades than you did five minutes before. The best part is if you change your mind — or find a tape you like better — you can change up your look in a cinch.

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I admit — I haven’t even started holiday shopping yet. I’m so bad, I know. But that’s what overnight shipping is for, right? With less than a week until the big day, you probably need some quick yet thoughtful gifts to pack up for your Christmas road trips. Crafty or not, we’ve got you covered.

For Anyone: Personalized Gift Baskets

Holiday Gift Baskets

Gourmet gift basket ideas >>

For Her: Vintage Hair Comb

Vintage Hair Clip

Get this plus even more handmade gift ideas >>

For the Chef: Rustic Bread Board

Rustic Bread Board

Make a bread board in six steps >>

Gifts for Him, the Pet + More

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You guys, it was SO FUN seeing your response to our last few videos. Whether it was pattern mixing, party planning, or gallery gazing, each video really seemed to make an impact. Judging by the awesome comments, it looks like you guys want to know more, and so over the next few weeks we will be breaking down some of the individual projects. First up: Remember this centerpiece?

Himmeli Ornaments on HGTV's Design Happens

This structural, modern showpiece is made up of Finnish himmeli ornaments. We used plastic drinking straws and yarn to create these simple shapes. Click through to watch the video and discover how simple it is to make your own.

Learn How to Make Himmeli Ornaments

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Ah, the fireplace mantel — a homemaker’s canvas and a stylist’s playground. The mantel has always been an outlet for stylistic expression. New artwork, fanciful mirrors and decorative candles are always welcomed to my mantel. But during the holidays, this versatile shelf space can easily become a rest stop for less-than-spectacular holiday staples.

What do you say we step up our fireplace game this year with some new designs? Here are a few unexpected ways to wow your holiday guests starting with your mantelpiece.

Holiday House Mantel
Add Height: Here, watchful owls and glam trees add staggered height alongside more vertically-challenged holiday fare: ornaments and plush toys. Learn how to make a rustic mini tree here.

Joy Marquee

Light Bright: Sparkling lights of any kind are a quick way to freshen up your mantel, but a DIY marquee sign will really set your style ablaze. These simple instructions will show you how to design your very own, a feat that will turn any guest Grinch-green with envy.

White Wantel

Winter White: When in doubt, hone in light. Bright whites never look dull when paired with new neutrals. See how designer Brian Patrick Flynn decked out this crisp winter mantel. Bonus: Metallics and neutrals go together like Santa and cookies. Make your own gold-leafed log candle holders or mercury glass votives for an extra splash of holiday magic.

Chalk Mantel

Chalk in Spite: No fireplace? No problem! Design the holiday hearth of your dreams in just a few easy steps. Keep this warming accent up all season long for heaps of added cheer. You can even hang handmade stockings or a DIY pinecone garland for an extra kick of kitsch.

Don’t get caught in the same old same old. Fancy up your furnace with these simple steps and your holiday style will be ho-ho-hot!

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In lieu of today’s Mood Board Monday, I’m sharing some ideas to warm up those cold hands — DIY advent calendars. I’ll be honest, the only Advent calendar I’ve ever made has been a construction paper chain-link garland. I’m just too impatient to hold out for a treat each day. (Must. Have. All. Treats. Now.)

I know it’s December 1, but it’s not too late to craft a beautiful countdown to showcase in your home. Not sure where to start? Here are some easy-to-create ideas we love. Plus, they’re kid-friendly, too.

Takeout Boxes

Takeout Box Advent Calendar

Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Upcycled Shirts

Upcycled Advent Calendar

Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Cardboard Tubes

Cardboard Tube Advent Calendar

Get the step-by-step instructions >>

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We all remember our holidays at the kids’ table — that small, isolated table in the kitchen is one Thanksgiving tradition you don’t want to uphold. Reverse the trend this year by setting up a few fun activities that kids will love to do and parents will love to see.

Thanksgiving Kids' Table

Let’s start with the kids’ table itself. Don’t settle for parking that old fold-out table in the middle of the kitchen — dress it up a bit. This adorable Thanksgiving kids’ table will give little ones a grown-up space of their own.

Foam Turkeys

While kids are waiting for the meal to be served, keep excess energy at bay with this fun foam turkey craft. Simple instructions are great for any age and will give them a cute memento to take home at the end of the holiday.

More Kids’ Crafts They’ll Love

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I’m always searching for Thanksgiving and Christmas decor, and it’s nice to see something different pop up. The moment I saw how easy it was to make these festive, no-sew table runners, I knew I had to share them with you all.

Rustic Twig Runner*

Twig Table runner

It’s difficult to get place mats to play nice with table runners. This runner is the perfect solution because it allows you to drape two table runners horizontally over the table, replacing traditional place mats, while still having a visual focus running the length of the table. Make your own with these instructions >>

*This one is my absolute favorite!

Upholstery Webbing Runner

Webbing Table runner

Doesn’t this tablecloth just feel like fall? I’m usually not a huge fan of burlap, but the weave technique and the black-notch details give it a unique look. The best part about this cloth is that you can easily adapt the size and shape to fit whatever table it will cover. See just what you need to make this one here >>

Monogrammed Runner

Monogrammed Table Runner

Everyone loves a good monogram. This no-sew sew table runner with black accents is perfect for more modern holiday decor. You can customize your monogram to be more embellished or more clean and sleek — the style is up to you. Swap out the black for your favorite color, or keep it the same for more drama. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Snowflake-Embellished Runner

Snowflake Table Runner

I love how this feels whimsical and light and can last all season long, not just for Christmas. Dress it up with pinecones and evergreen earlier in the season, then swap in glass ornaments and faux snow when Christmas approaches. Make your own with these instructions >>

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Gold-Leafed Log Candleholder

One of my favorite fall and winter design trends is the beautiful mixture of metallic and earthy textures. I love holiday trees decked out in sparkly gold ornaments or twinkling silver lights dressing up mantels where warm log fires burn. Rustic and metallic elements are the perfect combo (the Batman and Robin of holiday home decor, if you will). This fall I crafted some log candleholders, but to make them extra glitzy I added gold leafing. I just love the rich texture that the gold leaf paper creates.

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