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Discover the skillful master inside you with our column Do it yourself. Following the illustrated instructions you will be able to make something useful and beautiful for your home or office with your own hands.
 

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A fireplace is usually just a black hole in the wall until it is framed by decorative elements called a surround and mantel. The mantel makes the fireplace a focal point and sets...
 
Materials: picture frame with glassclock mechanismmat boardcraft knifecutting boardrulerpencilhot glue gunmasking tapepicture hanging hooksdecorative paperSteps: 1. Place glass on...
 
A wooden plate and life preserver combine to make a unique nautical wall clock. Materials: wooden plateclock mechanismnumbersdrilllife preservertie-off cleatpaint (white, blue,...
 


Kente Strip Clock
Materials: Kente clothunfinished wood clockfusible webSteps: 1. Paint clock as desired and allow to dry. 2. Cut cloth to fit inside clock front. Press piece, and then attach...
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Building a Separate Wetland
You can create a wetland in any level area and make it suitable for most wetland plants by digging out a depression, lining it with plastic, refilling it with soil, and adding...
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The Glass, Crystal and Mirror FAQ
WindowsNever wash windows while the sun is shining on them because they dry too quickly and leave streaks When polishing windows use up and down strokes on one side of the window...
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Making Creative Clocks
Adhere a picture from a magazine, a piece of fabric or a favorite photo to a thin piece of craft wood. Decorate the clock with beads and other craft materials. Drill a hole in the...
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Mind in the Gutter 2
If you have a house with steel rain gutters, you'll want to check them for rusted patches. Catch the problem early and it's a cinch to fix. Just buff off the rust, clean off the...
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Gutter Clutter
Before fall storms come your way, you might want to spend an afternoon in the gutter... on your roof. First, clean out all the debris from the gutter. (If you own a leaf blower,...
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Gutter cleaner
An old plastic spatula makes a great tool for cleaning debris from gutters! It doesn't scratch up the gutter, and you can cut it to fit gutter contours with snips. Grime wipes...
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Mind in the Gutter
Some leaves won't make it all the way to the ground. In fact, they may land on your roof, blow into your gutter and create massive leaf-clots in your downspout. Then comes the...
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It's the Little Things
Generally, when we think about saving energy, lighting comes first to mind. Many of us have simply become accustomed to using bulbs that superfluously use energy because they are...
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Make Your Own Christmas Wreath
Do you find yourself with a lot of leftover boughs once you've trimmed your Christmas tree? Instead of just throwing them away, why not be creative and use them to make your own...
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Cover a Cornice with Fabric
A separate project described how building a window cornice can raise standard window treatments to a new decorating level by adding texture, color, and depth to walls and solving...
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Homework Furniture
For families everywhere, as the school year gets firmly underway, the space in the house seems to steadily shrink. This is particularly true in winter, when scarves, boots,...
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Fabric Seats for Chairs
Bold, bright fabric and paint to match can spruce up a dowdy old chair and turn it into an eye-catching piece. New fabric can work wonders for an old drop-in chair seat, and a...
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Fix a Leaky Toilet
The toilet seal is called a "wax ring" and can be replaced fairly easily. The hardest part is moving the toilet. You will have to lift the toilet to remove and replace the ring....
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Organizing Your Busy Kids
Some kids, we know, are fabulously organized. But if they are notMaybe there's something more you can do to help your kid get organized than to join in the weekly battle cry....
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Dollhouses
If you're reading this article, it's a safe bet that the words "crown moulding" or "Louis XVI chair" make your eyes light up, and therefore it's a safe bet you'd like to pass this...
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Colorful Kids Spaces
Gray winter days that are short on natural light and long on chilly temperatures offer a wonderful opportunity to introduce a cheerful color palette to a childs space. The...
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