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It started like this: I had several free photos through Shutterfly,
and I wasn’t sure what to use them on.
So I ordered a bunch of prints from our wedding
and hoped I could figure something out.
On Monday (one day before our anniversary)
I was still scouring Pinterest for inspiration
and I came across this Photo Frame idea.
What could be a better way to transform boring 4×6 photos?
I found the frame at Goodwill for $12.97
It had a picture in it, so I removed the glass and matted artwork,
leaving me with just the frame.
I then used a staple gun to attach rows of twine to the back of the frame
and mounted each picture on cardstock using raised, foam stickies.
(what a technical description, I know)
I then hung the pictures using miniature clothespins.
And voila!
A framed photo collage in less than a day.

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For less than $20, I’m quite happy with it 🙂

Another project from my Goodwill adventure.

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This sad little three-legged table was $3.97. 
It was the Charlie Brown of end tables, if you will.

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Fabric from Joann’s: $6.99 for the blue and white, $3.99 for the burlap.
And plenty of scraps left over.
 

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I didn’t do anything fancy.
I’m sure there are much more complicated improvements you could do.
I chose non-complicated 🙂
This is what I did:

1) Lay the table upside down on top of the fabric
 

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2) Measure a good few inches from the edge of the table and mark with a pencil.

I did 3 and 1/2 inches, marking at 8 different parts around the diameter.
 

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3) With a pencil, connect the marks so that you have a circle about 3-4 inches bigger than the table’s diameter.

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4) Cut out the circle

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5) Using a staple gun, pull the fabric very tight and staple the fabric to the bottom of the table.
Make sure you pull tight enough so that the edges are smooth and there is no loose fabric.

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6) Next, cut long strips of burlap that are about 2-3 inches wide.
I used about 6 strips that were each 2 yards long, but this can vary.

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7) Starting at the base of the table, staple a piece of burlap to one of the legs.  Begin wrapping tightly.
How tightly you wrap and how much you overlap will determine how much burlap you need. 

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8 ) Staple every now and again as you continue wrapping to secure.
Make sure you staple underneath the following overlap so as to hide the staple.  The same holds true for when you introduce a new strip of burlap.

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9) When you get to the end of the leg, secure with several staples to hold in place.  Using scissors, clip any fabric that has frayed.  Repeat for the other two legs. 
Yes – Burlap tends to fray.  Don’t worry about it.  I think it gives it an interesting look.  If you don’t like it, though, you could easily substitute another fabric of your choice.

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And, Voila!  Done.
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It’s not gonna hold up to anything heavy duty, but for a cute little end table that only needs to house a book or two, I think it will do the job quite nicely!

Yesterday the hubby told me to get out of the house and go have some fun.
So I did something I’ve never really done before: I went thrifting.
It is a valuable skill that I do not currently possess but am trying to cultivate.
So I hit up the local Goodwill and had some fun.  (Though I must say, that part of Exton made a huge error when they tried to be like New Jersey with their idiotic interesting “exit right if you want to turn left” idea.  From the time I spotted the Goodwill to the time I actually got there a good ten minutes had passed as I desperately tried to figure out where to turn!)
Anyways, I found several treasures that I will be posting over the next few days.
First up – a fun serving dish.  I saw this tutorial for how to make your own cake stand, and when I found these fun pieces I just had to try it!

Isn’t this blue fun?

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And then there was this green pedestal.  I have no idea what it is really for, but it works perfectly 🙂

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Super glue them together and weight for several hours until dried… 

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And voila!  Done.
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Those are my very favorite kind of instructions:
Glue and stick together.
I think I can follow that…

And the final price tag?

Bowl:            $4.97
Stand:          $1.97
Super glue:  $1.00
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Grand Total: $7.94

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