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How To Make an Origami Fortune Teller — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

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Sometimes it’s just more fun to let a little piece of paper make a decision for us, be it paint color, vacation spot, or dinner delivery. You might remember these paper fortune tellers (also known as cootie catchers, chatterboxes, salt cellars, or whirlybirds) from your grade school days, made to pass time and bring a laugh or three. They’re great to play around with for nostalgia sake, or when you just can’t make that really “difficult” decision on your own.

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Posted on Sep 20, 2017

How to Remove Labels From Jars (and Turn Jars Into Glassware) — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

The key to this admittedly non-revolutionary method is regularly consuming something that comes in a wide-mouthed glass jar — a beloved brand of almond butter, for example, or salsa.

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Posted on Sep 19, 2017

Easy Ways to Hang a Tapestry In 20 Minutes or Less

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Let’s talk tapestries. They’re the perfect solution for that big empty wall, for helping sound proof thin walls, for replacing headboards when headboards aren’t an option, and they’re typically pretty renter-friendly art. Most can be hung with a simple dowel rod and a nail or two. Maybe you just inherited a piece from your grandmother, or stumbled upon a brilliantly patterned textile at the flea market, or maybe you made your own wall hanging. Either way, you’ll probably need to hang it. Here are a few easy ways to get that beautiful masterpiece up on the wall for all the world (or at least your houseguests) to see.

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Posted on Sep 16, 2017

How to Stain Wood & Give New Life to Old Furniture — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

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Wood stain can dramatically transform the look of furniture. Whether it’s an old valuable beauty you’re giving attention to, or a newer inexpensive piece, wood stain is completely worth the while.

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Posted on Aug 30, 2017

How To Make Your Own Tassels — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

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Tassels are a great way to add color and texture to absolutely anything. Beautiful additions to gift wrap, home decor, and fashion —they are a project you should absolutely add to your DIY repertoire.

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Posted on Aug 28, 2017

5 Tried & True Methods For Removing Rust — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

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When water finds its way to the surface of a metal tool and sits there for days on end, the result is that an oxidation process can take place and leave your tool rusty. But this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the end of the road for that item; it will take elbow grease, but you’ll be glad to know that pesky rust can be removed from a metal surface.

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Posted on Aug 27, 2017

Propagation Station: How To Make Plant Babies

Learn how to “go forth and multiply” your favorite houseplants–for free–with these helpful resources on popular plant propagation and beyond.

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Posted on Aug 23, 2017

How To Make a Quick & Easy Folding Room Screen — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

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Privacy screens are like folding sculptures, both visually interesting as well as functional. In an outside space, they are a buffer between you and the neighbors, or can block out the bright sun. Inside, they divide spaces, hide clutter, or even serve as a headboard. Making a custom screen is also (surprisingly!) a quick and easy DIY.

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Posted on Aug 22, 2017

How To Make a Terrarium — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

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Making your own terrarium is fun and surprisingly easy – and equally easy to maintain. Whatever the climate may be in your large, expansive home or your teeny tiny apartment, a terrarium—given a healthy dose of indirect light and an occasional spritz of water—will be happy as a clam.

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Posted on Aug 16, 2017

Wall Art Alternative: How To Frame Vintage Clothing

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Framing a garment can seem like an intimidating process, but it’s actually quite easy to do yourself. The framing pros have a lot of specialized tools and tricks (like using a tagging gun instead of hand stitching, for instance), but for us weekend warriors, it’s all about using simple tools and getting the job done so we can enjoy our completed gallery wall that much sooner. So grab your grandpa’s letter sweater or your grannies floral girdle and get to framing!

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Posted on Aug 16, 2017

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