Scrabble Coasters: Chances are, you haven’t pulled out your old Scrabble game since your first invitation to play Words with Friends. Rather than letting the box collect dust on your bookshelf, put those neglected tiles to use and make your own coasters. In addition to the tiles, you’ll need some cork or cardboard and a little heavy-duty glue. Each coaster is 16 tiles – four rows of four-letter words. Make them drink-themed (wine, beer, soda, shot), a nod to your city (Cubs, lake, snow, wind), or your roommates’ names or nicknames. Cut your backing to fit, glue on the tiles and voila, you have a new place to set your drinks. Automatic triple-word score if you can form words both across and up and down.
Source: Erica Wacker
Decoupage Collage: Have an old coffee or end table that needs some sprucing up? Rather than painting or staining it, use pages from your favorite magazines or an old calendar to turn your ratty furniture into a conversation piece. All you need is some Mod Podge and a sponge brush to spread it. Lay out your pictures on the surface you want to cover, and play around with the arrangement until you’re happy. Take a picture to remember where you want everything placed, as you’ll need to take them off before you start Mod Podging. When you’re ready, spread the sticky stuff on the backside of your picture, place it on the surface and apply Mod Podge over the top. Repeat until your surface is fully covered. Now, stand back and admire your unique new piece of furniture.
Source: Erica Wacker
No-sew bed skirt: This project is slightly more time consuming, but it’s worth the effort and doesn’t require a sewing machine or even a spool of thread. You’ll need an old bed sheet (it won't show, so the color/pattern doesn't matter); four yards of fabric; one spool of stitch witch; an iron and ironing board; a damp cloth; scissors; and measuring tape or a ruler.
- Cut the old sheet to the size of your box spring and your fabric into three pieces: two the length of bed and one the width of the bed (a panel for the head of the bed isn’t necessary, but can be added if you want one).
- On your ironing board, line up the edge of the fabric with the edge of the bed sheet, with the front of the fabric face-down on the sheet.
- Cut a long piece of stitch witch and place it between your bed sheet and fabric panel. Place a damp cloth on top and steam iron it on the wool setting for 10 seconds. Repeat this step down the full length of your panel, then flip it over and do the same with the sheet on top.
- To create hems on all three sides of the panel, use your measuring tape to fold and iron the fabric in a straight line, lining it up with the end of the bed sheet. Place the stitch witch between the fabric and steam iron it on both sides per Step 3. For the bottom of the panel, measure the distance from the top of your box spring to the floor and hem the fabric accordingly.
- Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for the other two (or three) panels.
What DIY project are you most proud of?