13 More Marvelous Star Wars Home Goods

We love geeky home designs and based on our site traffic, so do our fans -which is why our most popular article of all time covered an array of great Star Wars furniture. With that in mind, there's plenty more great ways to bring a little touch of the Force into your home -and here are a few of our favorites.

R2-D2 Coffee Maker

You might never be able to own a drink-serving R2-D2 like Jabba did when he was in possession of the little guy, but you can have him help you make a fine cup of java with this handy Instructable by Iminthebathroom.

Boba Fett Stand Mixer

KitchenAid mixers are a handy tool for anyone who likes to do a lot of cooking at home, but you don't have to just accept the generic one-color paint job they come with. DeviantArtist Tommy Filth proves that a little bit of paint applied in just the right pattern can make a basic mixer into something you'll be proud to display on your counter.

Star Wars Vinyl Clock

There are plenty of people who make upcycled clocks from carved vinyl, but few are as intricate and just downright impressive as this great design by Creative Time Studio.

Han Solo In Carbonite Coffee Table

He's no good to me dead -but as a coffee table, he's perfect. This impressive coffee table was made in limited quantities by R-9 and comes in three versions - basic, with side panel and (the one pictured here) with a lighted side panel.

Boba Fett Stained Glass Light

Deviant Artist McLane's Memories has a gift when it comes to working with stained glass. Luckily for the geeks out there, he applies his talents to creating uniquely nerdy windows and Tiffany-styled lamps like this Boba Fett design.

R2-D2 Aquarium

Everyone's favorite little bleep-filled droid is here again and though he may not have fallen victim of the Dagobah swamps, he is filled with water and ready to help you take care of your beloved fish friends.

Darth Vader Toaster

Expose your toast to the Dark Side with this awesome toaster available from ThinkGeek. It not only looks awesome, but it even brands your toast with the franchise's famous logo.

Han Solo in Carbonite Cabinet Pulls

If you're feeling crafty and don't have a lot of cash to spend on Star Wars home goodies, you can always try making your own Han Solo cabinet pulls with this handy tutorial from the fine folks at Our Nerd Home.

Millennium Falcon Mirror

Hopefully staring in this mirror won't make someone exclaim "She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid," but even if it does, you can rest assured this hunk of junk by Etsy seller funkymirrors is the coolest mirror in the galaxy.

R2-D2 Planetarium

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away might be hard to imagine, but this R2-D2 planetarium helps bring that world to life by projecting an image of the night sky right onto your ceiling.

Darth Vader Fridge

Created by artist Tom Sachs, this charmingly imposing beer fridge is even equipped with a vodka fountain so you can really kick back and let the booze flow through you as you imagine Darth proclaiming "Luke, I am your bartender."

Via Geekologie

Star Wars Touch Lamp

Just a little touch is all you need to turn this light on or off, but no matter how many times you hit the power, you'll never turn off the coolness it emits.

Han and Leia Hand Towels

His and her towels are a bit played out and cheesy, but when you add a delightful Star Wars twist to them, you end up with something any nerd couple would be happy to display.

Still can't get enough geeky home goods? Then don't miss these geeky doormats, organization tips, duvet covers, home theaters and nurseries.


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Great Ball of Pebbles: Dark Planet Garden Sphere by David Harber
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Lots of gardens have pebbles, but not many have this: a giant ball of pebbles made by UK sculptor and artist David Harber.

Harber, an award winning designer, started making contemporary and traditional sundials in 1992 and have expanded to create water features and garden sculptures like the "Dark Planet" sculptures profiled in this post.

Harber's Dark Planet garden sculptures are made from hundreds if not thousands of black puddle stones perfectly arranged into perfect spheres. Some spheres are wired to illuminate from within, whereas others are turned into water features, with bubbling water emanating from the top of the spheres.

For more on the Dark Planet garden spheres, visit David Harber's official website.


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10 More Brilliant Space Savers For Small Homes

Last year we brought you 18 space saving ideas and the article quickly became our second most popular piece of all time. Since that article succeeded so well, we knew you could use another 10 handy ideas to make the most of the space you have.

Lid Organizer

Tired of having lids fall all over the floor whenever you open your cabinet to grab a pan? Then try using a curtain rod to store your lids on the side of your cabinet or even along the back wall of your kitchen.Instructables user trebuchet03 has the instructions you need to do it yourself.

Stepladder Chair

Practically everyone can use a step ladder in their home, but what about those people who don't have anywhere to store it while it's not in use? Resource Furniture has the perfect solution with their Scala Zero -a chair that can unfold into a step ladder.

Foldable Laundry Basket

Some people like to use their laundry baskets as a hamper so it's only make sense to leave it out all the time in order to collect all the clothes as they get dirty. But for those who prefer a dedicated laundry basket, UnHampered is the way to go. When you need it, it's there for you, complete with four handles, a removable divider and a compartment to hold laundry soap. When you don't need it, it folds up so you can tuck it away until your next laundry day.

All-In-One Magazine and Toilet Paper Holder

There are a whole lot of people out there that enjoy reading a magazine while they do their business. It can be hard to find a place to store your magazines if you have a tiny bathroom though. With the Read and Roll though, you can store your reading material and wiping material together in one organized space.

Corner Spice Rack

Two common problems in small kitchens are too little cabinet space and too little counter space. This makes storing things like spices particularly problematic. With this Linus Stadium organizer, you can take advantage of that often underused corner space on your counter, keeping your cupboards and counters freed up.

Pantry Spice Shelf

Alternatively, if you have tall shelves in your cupboards or pantry, this DIY from Family Handyman can show you how to make the most of that extra space with a small shelf that's perfect for storing spices on.

Corner Dish Rack

Again, taking advantage of your corners is a great way to make the most of your space and this corner dish rack helps ensure you can leave your dishes to dry while still leaving you counter space to work with.

Under-Cabinet Knife Drawer

You almost never hear someone complain that their cabinets are too close to their counters and that's a good sign that almost everyone can take advantage of the space just under their cabinets. American Woodworker has a handy tutorial for anyone interested in adding a handy knife drawer to the bottom of their cabinets.

Magnetic Stickers

Adding magnets to things is a great way to store extra kitchen goodies on your fridge, but what about your bathroom or work areas, where you don't have a giant, magnet-friendly surface to attach things to? Instead, try adding these cute stickers where you want to store stuff and then use them to hold up those metal objects you regularly need -like tweezers and nail clippers.

Command Hook Your Baskets

Chances are you have extra space under the sink and in your cabinets that's just not on the bottom where you items all sit. So grab some 3M Command Hooks and some wire baskets and get hanging like I Heart Organizing has done here in her under-sink space.

And don't miss our storage and organization category for even more clever storage solutions.


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15 Romantic Hotel Bathtubs We're Dying to Soak In

Valentine's Day is almost here and while we previously covered the most romantic beds you could hope to share with your sweetie, now it's time to explore some sweet, sexy spaces where you and your partner can relax and clean up a little before you get busy getting dirty.

GoldenEye Jamaica's 007 Suite

Jamacia's Fleming Villa is named after the famed author of the James Bond series, who owned this coastal property and wrote most of his early novels in the villa. Bob Marley was a future owner of the estate and while the 007 Suite is named after Fleming's legendary character, the outdoor bathtub on the garden patio will help you channel the spirit of Marley as you feel "One Love" with the gorgeous natural surroundings.

Atlantis Dubai's Poseidon Suite

The Atlantis' Palm offers amazing underwater suites, including a luxurious underwater bathroom where you can relax in a rounded soaking tub while looking at stingrays, sharks and other underwater fauna.

Angely Hotel's Diamond Lover's Suite

Made for romance, the Diamond Lover's Suite in the Angely Hotel features dreamy cloud-like lights above the bed and a beaded curtain around the massive tea cup bathtub. It's perfect for swinging parties and romantic couple's nights alike.

Hotel Tragara's Artsuite

The 700 square foot Artsuite in Hotel Tragara is adorned with both modern and classic artworks, but when you're ready to relax and take in the sights, the tub might just be the most attractive feature in the room. Of course, that's not just because the tub is beautiful and modern, it's also because the tub happens to be placed right beside a window that is open to an amazing view of the Faraglioni rocks on the Capri coast.

Matakuri Lodge's Deluxe Suite

Talk about a room with a view, the deluxe suite of the Matakuri Lodge features a floor to ceiling window in the bathroom. The tub is conveniently set beside the massive viewing area so you can soak, relax and take in the view of Lake Wakatipu and the glorious snow-capped mountains in the background. 

St. Regis Doha's Presidential Suite

Qatar's St. Regis hotel has a lot of great features, but the Presidential Suite offers something truly spectacular in the master bathroom -a marble, freestanding bathtub positioned next to two massive windows that offer amazing views of the Persian Gulf outside the hotel.

Mandarin Oriental's Presidential Suite

A solid marble bathroom is nice, but a view of the Tokyo skyline? Now that's amazing -of course, be prepared to spend a pretty penny at the Mandarin Oriental given that this is a city where even coffin-sized pods go for more per night than most American hotel rooms.

Hotel Original Paris

Take a soak in this wonderful hotel and on one side of your claw foot tub, you'll have a stunning view of the romantic Paris skyline, and on the other side you'll enjoy the striking rainbow of colors that reflect off of an iridescent tile wall. Any way you look at it, you'll be exploring the vivid colors that the City of Lights is known for in a fittingly luxurious setting.

Boulders Lodge

Sometimes you feel like a dip in the pool and sometimes you want to soak in the tub, but in this South African resort, you can do either overlooking the Sand River in a private reserve. The luxurious tub is set beside full length windows, offering an uninterrupted view of the tub and the scenery beyond.

Sabora Tented Camp

Operated by the same company as the Boulders Lodge, the Tanzanian Sabora Tented Camp seamlessly blends glamour into the outdoors. Their open-air tents even feature lavish porcelain tubs that offer an incredible view of the African savanna.

Mio Buenos Aires

Voted the best hotel in Buenos Aires, Mio has a lot going for it, including oversized tub carved from a native Argentine wood called caldén.

Buddha-Bar Hotel's Gagny Suite

What could be more romantic than a cozy fireplace? How about an amazing Japanese-styled soaking tub beside a beautiful fireplace filled with glowing white candles? The Gagny Suite in this Parisian hotel is perhaps one of the most romantic hotels in one of the most romantic cities on earth.

Viceroy Abu Dhabi's Presidential Suite

The custom-designed tub in the Viceroy fits two people comfortably and is equipped with all you need for a romantic night in, including rose petals. It's a perfect place to relax and soak after you've enjoyed the hotel's Formula One track, as well as the suite's personal steam room, sauna and lap pool.

Rayavadee

Just on  the edge of Krabi Marine National Park, Rayavadee's rooms feature elevated circular bathtubs sitting atop a pebble and bamboo base that allow for slight runoff if you and your partner splash a little too much in the tub. And, of course, postcard-perfect views of the amazing natural scenery certainly don't hurt the experience.

Ponta Dos Ganchos

Step out of the sauna in Ponta Dos Ganchos and step into a window-lined room with a glass roof, a cocoonish tub that seats two and a view that spans across the private peninsula of the Emerald Coast.

For a more romantic experience in your own home, don't miss this article featuring another 12 great bathtubs or this amazing hammock-style tub.


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10 Brilliantly Beautiful Lighting Options

Light is something most people take for granted, but with any of these ten great lights in your home, your guests won't be able to stop thinking about it.

Cloud

Ever feel a dark cloud is hanging over your head? Why not make it literal so at least you can get a little humor out of the feeling. Besides, these beautiful lights by Richard Clarkson will actually help you light up your life, which is something everyone can enjoy.

Sklenik

Don't have space for an herb garden? Don't be so sure. The Sklenik is specifically designed for urban dwellers who want a little more fresh flavors in their kitchen. The light operates as a green house, so all you have to do is add water and pick your homegrown herbs.

Octopus

If you love the magnificent grace octopi, then you'll want to get your tentacles on this gorgeous stained glass lamp by Mason's Creations in the shape of everyone's favorite cephalopod.

Fan

If thinking cool thoughts can help you chill out on a hot day, then these cool industrial-style fan lamps will help remind you to think about relaxing breezes. We've previously featured some of the steampunk designs available from Machine Age Lamps, but these fan lights really blow us away.

ColorUp

There are tons of cool colored lights available these days, but for those who just can't settle on one hue, the ColorUp by Pega is a great way to enjoy your lighting in any shade. Just touch the base to the color of your choice, squeeze the bulb and you'll have perfect lighting for your mood.

Torn Lights

Bill Loft's Torn Lights are some of the most creative lighting ideas we've seen in ages. That's because they give the illusion that your wall has been peeling back, revealing a brilliant light inside. The power cord is as invisible as the rest of the light, ensuring the illusion will keep impressing your guests every time they view these clever lamps.

Flip Flap 10

This fun light by Buero Fuer Form appears to be floating in midair. That's because an invisible reinforced cable rises up to support the lamp. The shade is clamped to the light and can be angled for better lighting or for a more shocking appearance.

Reading

Anyone who reads before bed knows the importance of a good reading lamp, but this design by Bureau Debank not only lights up your reading space, but also provides you with a stylish and convenient place to hold your books when you're not reading.

Lumio

Of course, if you ever wished the pages of your book actually were a light, then you'll want to get your hands on a Lumio, which mimics the look of a traditional book only without words.

From the Sky

Pieke Bergmans' From the Sky designs might not be practical in a typical home, but the cool, dripping light bulbs are certain to make a statement wherever they are installed.

Still looking for more wonderful lights? Then don't miss our previous roundup of 11 unique lighting options.


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The 7 Strangest Hotel Rooms On Earth

We've covered a few wild hotel rooms and even a few hotels that are totally unique, but there are a surprisingly high number of strange places to sleep on vacation. Here are a few of the oddest and coolest hotel rooms you could ever hope to book.

The Batcave

At some point or another, practically everyone has wished they could be Batman or at least like they could live like Bruce Wayne. Now, thanks to the Eden Motel, you can take your fantasy one step closer to reality by renting out the Batman room. The hotel is what's known as a love hotel, so expect to pay by the hour if you decide to indulge in your Bat fantasies.

The Glass-Bottom Hotel Room

Bali is filled with beautiful scenery and the hotels in the area take full advantage of this fact. Even so, only the Udang House offers a tempered glass floor built above a pond, offering amazing views of the crystal blue water and the beautiful fish that call the pond home. If that wasn't enough to make you feel at one with nature, the bathroom features a glass roof that lets in natural light and lets guests enjoy an indoor space under the stars.

The 727 Suite

Costa Verde, located in the west of Costa Rica, features some pretty notable rooms, but it's hard to top the Boeing 727 that has been converted into a two-bedroom, two-bathroom hotel suite. Perched on a 50 foot pedestal to give the extra illusion of flying, guests are also treated to incredible 360 views of the surrounding scenery.

The Train Suite

Wish you were around to see the luxury of the golden days of rail but get motion sickness on moving trains? Then head to New Zealand where Woodly Park offers a Train Motel. With one master bedroom and three singles in the main car section. While you might not be able to check out the passing cities and towns, the car is planted right in the middle of a farm, so you'll still have plenty of natural beauty and livestock to enjoy.

The Caveman Room

The Madonna Inn of San Luis Obispo is well known for their fun theme rooms, but the most talked about, and oddest, room is the Caveman Room, which features rock walls and animal-patterned furniture. The bathroom shower drips from the rocks on the ceiling. It's the most luxurious way you could hope to get back to your primal nature.

The Cave Room

This one-room hotel was carved from the cliffs of a New Mexican mountain and sits 70 feet below surface level. To enter the underground hotel, you must first sign a liability waiver because entrance requires you to climb down a cliff and a ladder to enter. Of course, even above the mountain top, you're still quite a way above ground -300 feet to be exact, which means you'll have some pretty incredible views of the local scenery.

The Private Island

You might not be able to afford your own private island, but you can rent a miniature manmade one if you'd like. At Sweden's Utter Inn, you can rent an underwater hotel room that looks like nothing more than a floating red outhouse from outside. After you're dropped off at the space by your guide, you're left completely isolated until check out time -unless your order the deluxe package, which includes a dinner delivery to your small island paradise.

Still don't see any hotel rooms you're dying to stay in? Well, keep following the site since we'll be sure to add more hotel posts in the future.


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12 Wonderfully Geeky Doormats

A doormat is more than just a place to wipe your feet before you come in the house, it's also one of the first places for you to welcome your guests and show a little bit of your personality. That's why a good doormat doesn't just clean dirty feet, but also lets visitors know a little bit about the people that live inside. Here are a few of the best geeky doormats money can buy.

D20

D&D players will love the opportunity to score a critical hit with this great doormat. Your guests will know you're a high roller before they even ring the bell.

Bigger On The Inside

You home may not look like much on the outside, but with this cool TARDIS doormat, guests will know that you have the interior design skills of a Time Lord, guaranteeing that your space is a lot more vast than it appears to be.

There's No Place Like 127.0.0.1

For most people, home is where the heart is, but for geeks, home is also where your wifi connects automatically. This clever doormat turns the classic expression around to make a delightfully nerdy ISP joke.

Enter

Telling people to they are "welcome" is so twentieth century. Instead, get with the new millennium and tell your guests to "enter" with this keyboard-inspired doormat.

Keyboard

Of course, if you do prefer the classic "welcome" mat, you can still give it a bit of a modern twist by spelling it out on a keyboard. This cute doormat is sure to tell geeks that their kind is more than welcome at your home.

Custom

Designer Jeni Rodger created this unique doormat to let people become a little more creative with their messages. The mat comes with a number of interchangeable letters and spaces so you can personalize your message based on your expected arrivals or your mood.

One Small Step

You might not ever get to actually step foot on the moon, but this nerdy doormat will at least let you follow in Buzz Aldrin's famous footsteps whenever you step inside your house.

Like Us

A real friendship can't be bought at any price, but offering potential friends free booze sure isn't going to hurt the situation. This doormat tells guests not only what you want them to do, but also why they should do it, which can hopefully make your dinner parties and big blowout bashes all that much more successful.

Video Game Controller

If you grew up mashing the SNES controller buttons until you could no longer press B or Y, then this doormat is just right for your home. Warn friends and enemies alike that they'd better be able to stand a round of Karting if they want to hang around your pad.

Pacman

If your gaming tastes are even more retro, then be sure to get your hands on this Pac-Man doormat that celebrates one of the earliest arcade classics. You can get yours for 35 Euros from Ooo My Design.

Darth Vader

Do you ever invite friends to join the Dark Side with the promise that it will include cookies? If so, you'll want to add this lovely reminder of your alligiance to the Empire to your entryway.

Speak Friend and Enter

Only those who speak of friendship are invited to enter the Dwarven city of Moria and now you too can add a friendly restriction to your home with this fun "Speak Friend and Enter" doormat. On the other hand, if you're feeling less than friendly, you might want to put out the "You Shall Not Pass" mat instead.

Found a perfect geeky doormat but still need a few other nerdy touches to make your home complete? Don't miss these great geeky bed coverings, these amazing gaming tables or these home organization tips specifically created with geek gals in mind.


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10 Simple and Beautiful New Year's Eve Party Decorations

Ready to ring in the New Year in style? Well, if you're planning a party, here are a few simple but elegant ideas to really get your party popping.

Photo Backdrops

With Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook on everyone's lips, a great party these days should always have a handy place for guests to take great looking pictures. But you don't need to spend a fortune to make a great New Year's Eve photo backdrop.

Kara Paslay Designs' backdrop (top) takes advantage of gold wrapping paper and foil tinsel curtains to create a multi-colored picture background that guests can interact with, while Oh Happy Day's design(middle) also starts with gold wrapping paper, but then covers the paper with large paper sequins. Either way you go, your guests will be sure to post dozens of happy images from your bash.

Resolution Tree

A central theme for any New Year's party are resolutions to improve over the next year. This resolution tree by Kara Paslay Design allows you to visualize these changes by making a pretty place for guests to write down and display their wishes for the upcoming year.

Balloon Ceiling

Lining your whole ceiling with balloons is a lot easier than it sounds and Wants and Wishes Design can show you how to do it with a few ribbons stringing the balloons across your whole room.

Clock Balloons

Nothing says "New Year's" quite like an abundance of balloons, but if you can't find any specific balloons for this occasion, you can always make your own with a few plain-colored Mylar balloons, some number stickers and solid-colored sticker sheets. Balloon Time can show you how it's done.

Tinsel Numbers

Nothing like adding a little tinsel to you New Year's Eve party and with 2015 sparkling brightly on your wall, your guests will certainly look forward to the promise of a shiny new year. Learn how to make your own brilliantly cheerful tinsel numbers courtesy of Ruffled Blog.

Year Candles

There are a lot of New Year's traditions that involve burning or carrying candles. Whether you plan to use yours for decoration or festivities, make them fit in with the holiday theme with a little tape, some glitter and some glue. Celebrations.com can show you how.

Golden Vases

How do you make a simple vase a little more festive for New Year's Eve? With tape and spray paint. Just follow this tutorial from Celebrations.com and your floral display will suddenly scream "party time."

Gold-Tipped Glasses

Similarly, if you want your champagne glasses to have a little more glitz, the same method can be used to bring them from drab to fab. Momtastic can show you how.

Gold Champagne Bottles

Even your champagne bottles themselves can be used as decorations when you cover them with a nice dusting of gold glitter. This Celebrations.com tutorial is particularly great for hosts who went with bargain brand bubbly.

Moon Pinata

You might not think of pinatas when you think of New Year's parties, but this moon pinata by Oh Happy Day is a fun way to ring in the new year no matter how old your guests.

Happy New Year to all the revelers out there! And however you celebrate the holiday, be sure to stay safe.


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11 Last Minute DIY Christmas Decorations That Are Easy & Cheap

Holidays have a way of sneaking up on us and whether you need to spruce up the house before guests arrive, want to add a dash more cheer to an already Christmas-y space or just want to feel a little more festive before the big day, these cute and quick last minute Christmas decorations will get your home ready for the holidays in no time.

Ornament Dishes

Dinner plates, crystal bowls, cupcake stands, candy trays, cake stands, vases and more can all be used to hold classic Christmas ball ornaments for an easy touch of holiday cheer. Fox Hollow Cottage shows that a little fake snow can go a long way in adding a touch of wintery charm. Remember to get bulbs in all shapes and colors to really enhance the display. You can also use this technique to make decorations out of all those burned out old Christmas lights you have lying around.

Branch Tree

Don't have the space for a massive fir, but still want to hang a few ornaments with cheer? Then grab a few branches, paint them white and stuff them in a large vase -voila, you now have a perfect place to hang your favorite Christmas ornaments. Fox Hollow Cottage shows how simple and classy a makeshift tree can be.

Ladder Tree

It's awfully late to get a Christmas tree, but you don't have to skip the traditional lights and ornament display. Eclectically Vintage shows that a ladder can serve as a funky and fun stand in for a traditional tree.

Sheet Music Ornaments

If you don't have any ornaments ready to hang, you can always grab a book of sheet music (or a few pages from an old paperback book) and turn them into a beautiful star ornament. Crafty Nest can show you how to make these in no time.

Christmas Pillows

How do you make an ordinary decorative pillow into a Christmas pillow? With a little gift ribbon. If you really want to spruce it up, add on a plastic ornament like Jennifer Rizzo did here.

Holiday Mittens

Have a few old mittens you don't plan on using again? Fill them with some greenery and you have a perfect holiday wall or door decoration thanks to this inspiration from Betty Sneeringer.

Christmas Card Holder

If you have a corkboard, some spare fabric and a little green ribbon, you can easily make a beautiful Christmas card display like this one. Centsational Girl has a full tutorial so you can copy idea in your home.

Doorknob Hangers

Are you door knobs feeling less than festive? Well just tie a little ribbon and some greenery on them and you'll change that in no time. Home Depot's Apron Blog has more details if you need them.

Cinnamon Candles

A sweet and simple centerpiece, these cinnamon candles look great, smell great and are easy to make. Treasures and Travels can show you how to create these beauties at home.

Bow Napkin Rings

A quick look at this picture will probably give you all the information you need to copy the basics of this idea for yourself, but let's give proper thanks to Minted Strawberry for coming up with such a cute and quick idea to improve your holiday tablescape.

Snowman Fridge

Here's one the kids will love to help with. Just cut out eyes, buttons and a nose with craft foam or construction paper, tape them to the fridge with double-sided tape or glue on a small magnet and then add a charming wrapping paper scarf. You can also use this idea to spruce up your front door.

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Still need a little help getting things together in time for Christmas? Don't miss this post featuring decorations you can make with the kiddos, or this one with all kinds of beautiful DIY wreaths.


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9 Cool Examples of Repurposed and Upcycled furniture

As time progresses, we all end up with furniture and home accessories that we just don't need. But rather than tossing them in the landfill, why not put them to good use by upcycling them into something wonderful? Here are a few examples to get you in the repurposing spirit.

Crib-Turned-Desk

There comes a time in every baby's life that a crib just isn't necessary anymore. But that doesn't mean you need to get rid of it. Instead, why not turn it into a chalkboard desk that your babe will be happy to use all the way through his toddler through elementary school years? A Little Learning for Two's example is a great place to get started.

Table-Turned-Bench

A beat up coffee table or end table can make a surprisingly beautiful tufted bench if you have the handyman skills of Crafty Sisters NC. You'll need to remove the top, cut it, apply foam and upholster the cushion, but if you have the ability, the result is well worth the effort.

Coffee Table 2.0

Of course, you don't need to entirely change a piece of furniture to make it better. This Instructable shows that a mediocre coffee table can be turned into something truly spectacular with a little hard work.

Washing Machine Drum Coffee Table

You don't need to be a furniture restoration expert to make a great piece from some old junk though. An old washing machine drum, a piece of glass, a cheap lighting kit and a few nuts and bolts can combine to make a delightfully unique coffee table that is sure to get your guests talking. While this Instructable might not feature a tutorial, the images pretty much speak for themselves.

Garage Door Dining Table

A solid garage door seems like a terrible thing to waste, even if you don't need it on the front of your garage any more. This handy Instructable shows how you can easily repurpose an old garage door into a beautiful dining room table.

Armoire-Turned-Aviary

Old armoires can have great style, but they aren't always practical and they do sometimes suffer from old age. You can take advantage of that wonderful old styling in any repurposing project, but this aviary design featured on Empress of Creativity is a particularly beautiful example.

Headboard-Turned-Chalkboard

Chalkboards are highly useful around the house, but if you want to give yours a little extra style, a headboard can make an elegant frame as Beyond the Picket Fence demonstrates.

Bed Frame Bench

A headboard can also make a beautiful backrest on a bench, which is particularly convenient, given that the bed frame can be used to make the bench. Mak and Jill show the basic process, which looks surprisingly simple.

Drawer-Turned-Ottoman

When you're repurposing other pieces of furniture, it's easy to end up with a few leftover drawers, fortunately, they too can be reused for clever furniture creations. This cool ottoman by Beyond the Picket Fence even takes advantage of the drawer's storage capabilities to make an even more functional ottoman.


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