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It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I’ve got love on the brain, big time. (Planning a wedding will do that to you, I guess?) If you’ve also got love on the brain and some mason jars on your hands, put the two together! A handmade craft is a perfect way to show that special someone you care. Check out this mason jar craft roundup and pick a project to surprise your honey. Bonus: If you’ve got little cherubs who like to get creative, most of these ideas are so easy that they can pitch in, too.

mason jar craft centerpiece
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We’ve seen a spike in the number of online readers searching for tips on how to paint furniture. It’s a quick, inexpensive way to give old pieces a dramatic new look, which can transform an entire room.

Designer Tyler Wisler says, “Painting is always the easiest and quickest way to give any outdated piece of furniture an instant makeover, but the key to all of it, regardless of the color choice, is to prep. Prep, prep, prep those pieces correctly! Just grabbing a can of paint and having at it will inevitably end in cracked and peeling paint in no time. A good once over with a fine grit sandpaper, then a thorough wipe down with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust particles, is the simplest way to get the paint to stick to the piece and will last so much longer!”

How to Paint Furniture

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Happy 2013, MacGyvers! Have you made a new year’s resolution yet? Getting fit is admirable, but a little cliche, no? How about getting your home in shape? According to my Internet sleuthing, all it takes is some ordinary clothespins and a little imagination. Take a look at these five clothespin crafts to get organized and spiff up your humble abode this year.

clothespin shelf

Photo: Country Living

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