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Organizing

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Picture-Frame Card with Melissa Neufeld

Steps:10
Materials
  • Two 9-by-7 sheets of paper (contrasting designs)
  • Transfer paper
  • Transfer tape
  • Picture frame card template
  • Regular and scalloped scissors
  • Wave cutter
  • 12-by-8-inch piece of card stock
  • Hole punch
  • Brad
  • 1/2-by-6 1/2-inch piece of 2-ply museum board
  • Bone folder
  • 6-by-8-inch envelope, optional
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Souvenir Box

Steps:3
Gathering and displaying a few treasured things from a trip to France and a vacation in Italy recall the exciting days spent traveling.
Materials
  • Wooden box with sliding lid
  • Glass cut to lid size
  • Utility knife
  • Balsa wood
  • Small paintbrushes
  • Wood glue
  • Fluid acrylic paint
  • Craft glue, museum wax, or pins
  • Materials tip: To exhibit keepsakes that are best displayed standing up rather than mounted, begin with a wooden box that has a sliding lid. Replace the lid with glass (cut to size by a framer).
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Colorful Crafting Table

Steps:5
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Customizing Magazine Holders

Steps:6
A pile of magazines can contribute to unwanted clutter, but a magazine holder, or a collection of them, can serve as a great storage solution. Martha transforms a plain, inexpensive wooden magazine holder she found at Ikea into an elegant object for her kitchen shelf, using a finishing technique inspired by Japanese and Chinese lacquerware.
Materials
  • Wooden magazine holder
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Palm sander (optional)
  • 320- to 600-grit silicon-carbide sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Paintbrush
  • Primer/sealer
  • Sponge brush
  • Paint
  • Varnish
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Suspended Shelf

Steps:5
Houdini wasn't the only one who could work magic using a length of chain. Read on for an easy way to conjure the stylish illusion of a space-saving suspended shelf with showstopping appeal.
Materials
  • Drill
  • Floating shelf
  • Four 2-inch loop hooks
  • Plumb bob
  • Screw anchors
  • Decorative chain (length based on your measurements)
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Artist's Organizer

Steps:9
Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY, Kids, Sewing
This lovely artist's organizer is the perfect way to easily store all of your children's art supplies for use at home or on the go.
Materials
  • Oilcloth and felt (enough for measurements outlined below)
  • Sewing machine with regular needle and heavy-duty (No. 16) needle
  • Machine-sewing thread in coordinating color
  • Two 18-inch-long lengths of ribbon in a coordinating color
  • Pins
  • Small binder clips
  • Tailor chalk or disappearing fabric pen
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sketchbook
  • Various artist's tools
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Oilcloth Pocket Board

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY
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Business-Card Cases

Steps:4
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