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50 Ways to Make Something New Out of Something Old

To show these plastic animals the light, we applied a technique featured on thesweetestoccasion.com. First, use a drill to make a small pilot hole in the flattest spot on the back of an animal (from $3.49; anwo.com). Align the pilot hole beneath the hole in the bottom of a menorah candle cup ($9.95 for nine; zionjudaica.com). Secure the cup using a no. 5 screw (its head will rest just atop the cup's hole). Repeat to make multiple holders. Next, apply three coats of Krylon's Fusion for…

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25 Totally Transformative Flea Market Flip Ideas

All it took was a little woodworking to create this original piece, perfect for family game night. Learn more about this makeover.

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Painted Upholstered Chair Makeover (Chalk Paint

Chalk Painted Upholstered Chair Makeover - After Makeover - artsychicksrule.com #paintedupholstery #chalkpaint #diy (5)

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50 Ways to Make Something New Out of Something Old

Extend the shelf life of secondhand books. "I'm crazy for the patterns on these covers," says CL contributing editor Cathe Holden of the condensed books Reader's Digest published from the 1950s through the '90s. She often nabs them at yard sales for next to nothing; you can also find the volumes on eBay and Etsy, where they typically go for around five bucks. Here's how Holden transforms the tomes into stealthy storage boxes. Step 1: To make one box requires two books—the first will become…

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50 Ways to Make Something New Out of Something Old

These delightful little volumes (inspired by Heather Mann of dollarstorecrafts.com) throw the book at desktop clutter. To transform ordinary matchboxes into match-"book" containers, print all five dust-jacket images, sized to fit basic 300-count matchboxes, from countryliving.com/ matchboxcovers. Cut out and adhere the covers and pages to your matchboxes using spray mount. Then fill 'em up with the items referenced on the spines, and shelve .

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50 Ways to Make Something New Out of Something Old

Upgrade your picnic table with gilded DIY vases and votives. Use a foam brush to apply adhesive to the outside of a mason jar in small, irregular patches. When the sticky substance turns clear—in about 30 minutes— press on sheets of gold leaf. Then, rub away excess flecks with a paper towel for a lovely weathered patina. (Speedball gold-leaf kit with leaf and adhesive, $10.97; dickblick.com)

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50 Ways to Make Something New Out of Something Old

To brighten up a plain concrete patio stone ($1.61; 12" square; lowes.com), first brush away any debris. Then, mark the centers of the stone and your stencil (Modern Masters Endless Circles stencil, $31.95; royaldesignstudio.com). Position the stencil over the stone, aligning the center marks. Use masking tape to block off two flowers on both the right and bottom edges of the stencil to make the pattern symmetrical. While holding the stencil in place, dip a ½-inch-wide stencil brush into…

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