September 10, 2010

Ditch the Tutorial: Products That May Inspire Your Next DIY

Sure, I love a good DIY as much as the next gal, but I often suffer from craft paralysis. You know the drill — you bookmark endless resources, images and tear sheets with good intentions of spending your next weekend in the craft aisle of your local market. Yet life gets in the way and you find your "inspiration folders" growing until you're forced to accept the fact that unless you're gifted a week to yourself with zero responsibilities, you're not likely to get around to that DIY project anytime soon.

When this happens, I often re-set my brain and look elsewhere for inspiration. Forget the craft aisle — these products lie online, in your favorite big box retailer, or in your local thrift shop. With just a few steps, you're bound to find five free minutes to tackle these ideas. Bonus? No instructions necessary!

Idea #1: You've seen a plethora of brass lamps at your favorite thrift shop. Why not grab that serving platter you rarely use (or a flat ceiling medallion), work the hot glue gun and remove the lamp's wiring? Instantly chic, and unique indeed.
p.s. These side tables run for $400 a piece, so if you really can't fathom a five minute DIY, you can still get the look.

Idea #2: Sure, you can drop $65 for each of these beauties, or you can re-purpose a few photo frames you have lying around. Spray paint them white and find a few spare utility hooks or a shelf to do the same. Poof! Framing your everyday shelves, books or vases provide a bold statement and showcase the beauty of your daily objects — on the cheap!

There. Now you're off to a good start. What sort of products inspire you to DIY? Share them below in the comment section!

p.s. If you're stumped, check out Pratt student's Dollar Designs – they never disappoint!

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