Tag Archive: Budget: $$

Hairpin Leg Breakfast Tray DIY

Let’s talk for just a minute about how luxurious it feels to stay in bed just a bit…

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DIY Cactus Oven Mitts

Cactus oven mitts! You guys! I, Kara, am so excited to share these DIY cactus oven mitts with…

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Make Your Own Shaped Candle Mold

Apparently the other night my husband, Trey, walked into our bedroom after I had already gone to bed…

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Make Your Own Guest Room Mini Bar

I, Kara, absolutely love having guests come to visit, and what better way to make them feel welcome…

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Make Your Own Custom Color Nail Polish

If you’ve ever searched in vain for that special shade of pink or the perfect sheer glittery polish, this…

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DIY Modern Wood Plant Stands

Raise your hand if you’ve found yourself a wee bit houseplant obsessed. Now, keep your hand raised if you’ve…

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Fabric Tassel Bag DIY

I love a well-made seagrass tote, but sometimes a girl needs more excitement in her wardrobe! With a beach vacation on…

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Modern Pastel Crib Quilt DIY

  Whether you’re preparing for a sweet baby or have a few friends that are, sewing a crib quilt is…

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Try This: DIY Clear Makeup Bag 

We’re serious makeup addicts—the secret is out! There’s something about playing around with makeup that we find relaxing…

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DIY Wooden Circle Earrings — 2 Ways 

I’ve gotta say, I think the statement earring trend is the best thing to happen to crafters in…

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Cat Face Pillow DIY! 

Oh man, with just a few weeks to go until my due date, I’m getting down to the wire with…

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Make Your Own Disco Ball Hanging Planter

Oh yes I did! I, Kara, love a good hanging planter as much as the next home decor…

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Easy Floating Floral Arrangement DIY 

I love having fresh flowers around the house (who doesn’t, right?), and they are especially appropriate if you…

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How to Make Soy Candles

Something you may not know about us is that we love candles. If we could spend all of…

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Make Any Box Into a Jewelry Box!

Pretty decorative boxes are one of my favorite things to have around the house (usually in little groupings with other candles or figurine type things). A lot of the time though, I love a box or container, but I’m not sure what to actually store in it! It occurred to me that most decorative boxes are actually the perfect size to be a jewelry box, and with a few quick…

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Fabric Lion Bust DIY

While we are still kind of a long way out in having our nursery ready to go (picture nervous emoji face here), it’s been fun getting to start on some DIY projects that I can add into the space once we get all the big things in place (like this cute unicorn photo holder). Another idea that I was on the lookout for was a fabric lion bust to add…

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Make Your Own Crystal Soaps

Hello! I’m Mary Helen from Mary Makes Good, and I’m over the moon to be joining the team here on ABM. It’s pretty thrilling to tell you the truth. I’ve been following A Beautiful Mess for nearly as long as I’ve been blogging! (Hint: That’s a very long time.) A little about me—I’m a full-time blogger, freelance writer, and DIY beauty formulator living in Austin, Texas. I’m mama to one…

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DIY Camera Strap

Just sharing a little DIY camera strap I made recently. You can make one in just three easy steps, and you only need to have the ability to sew a straight line. Ha! But my favorite part is that I added my own little camera setting "cheat sheets" to one side. Yes, it’s practical, but I also just thought it kind of spoke to my love of photography. Me and…

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Kitty Rice Heating Pack DIY

Being 7 months pregnant I am allll into the things that make me feel cozy and relaxed at the moment. Every preggo has her list of ailments, so anything that can add a few moments to the "self-care" routine are much appreciated. Sore back and neck muscles are certainly not limited to pregnant ladies though, and I’ve always wanted to have one of those rice heating pads around the house….

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DIY Patch Laptop Case

We’re back with another simple DIY project! We’ve been really into the patch trend lately. They’re showing up everywhere from denim jackets to purses. Patches are an easy way to make something generic into a custom piece that shows your personality. For this project, we decided to jazz up a plain laptop case. There are tons of solid computer cases out there just begging for some flair. The patches we…

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Cute Animal Wrapping Paper Ideas!

I love baby showers, and I promise I’m not just saying that because mine is coming up soon (so excited!). You get to watch someone open presents, they feed you, everyone is excited–it’s great! I love seeing all the ways there are to wrap unique presents online, and making your gift look like an animal is one of my favorites for sure. It’s pretty easy to do, and in just…

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DIY Gold Splatter Paint Glass Plates

I can’t deny that I, Kara, am obsessed with the current splatter paint trend. Not only does it add an interesting dimension to most home decor pieces, but it is seriously addictive to DIY. I mean what’s better than splattering paint everywhere? Nothing, I tell you. These gold splatter painted glass plates are my most recent splatter paint DIY and not only are they fun to make, but these plates…

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Vanilla Latte Coffee Scrub DIY

If you haven’t tried a sugar scrub yet, let me tell you, you don’t know what you are missing! I tried one for the first time last year, and I’ve been hooked ever since. The fine grains from the sugar exfoliate while the oils keep your skin feeling soft and supple long after the shower is over. I bought a shower scrub last year that had coffee in it, and…

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DIY Easy Geometric Copper and Wood Mirrors

I, Kara, love a DIY project that looks complicated but is really a snap to make, don’t you? Especially when said DIY project incorporates some of my favorite current trends (copper and natural wood, anyone?) and costs so little. These geometric copper and wood mirrors require no more skill than kindergarten level gluing skills, but they look like they came straight from your favorite decor store! That’s the DIY dream,…

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Tabletop Standing Desk DIY!

Oh man, I am super excited to share this project with you today! So, if you work in any type of office or computer desk situation, you’ve probably heard about the benefits of having standing desk space to combat all the sedentary sitting that we tend to do when shackled to a computer desk all day (and then we go sit in our cars or on the couch at home…

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Try This: Turn a Simple Straw Clutch into the Perfect Vacation Bag!

Whether you are in college and getting ready for your spring break trip or well past the dorm life but feel Arnold’s sentiments from Terminator 2 ("I need a vacation"…), chances are you’ll be gearing up to go somewhere warm this spring or summer to get a piece of that beach life. Since picking out outfits for vacation is almost as much fun as the trip itself (at least for…

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Eye Spy A Button-Down DIY

Ha. The post title just makes me laugh. Anyway, I saw a photo of this really cute button-up shirt that had lashes embroidered over the top of each buttonhole, and I thought it would be such a fun DIY to add to my own shirt! Rather than embroider the lashes, I decided to use some good ol’ fashioned fabric puff paint (remember those puffy paint days??) to get a clean…

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Holographic Glitter Acrylic Calendar DIY

I don’t know about you, but my life and schedule has felt extra full lately. Maybe it’s because I’m 7 months pregnant, working full time, preparing for baby, completing side projects… phew! I’m tired just thinking about it! Anyway, there have definitely been more appointments and events than usual, so I’ve been wanting to make a calendar for my office to keep track of all the activities. And why make…

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Make Your Own Flower Petal and Walnut Scrub

Hey friends! Kayleigh from Crafts and a Cat here. I’m thrilled to be joining the ABM team and can’t wait to share all things DIY with you in the coming months! If you’re anything like me, your skin is less than radiant this time of year. Between cold temperatures and harsh air from heaters, my skin looks pretty dry and dull. Luckily, all it takes to refresh winter skin is…

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Naturally Dyed Ring Sling Baby Carrier DIY

I don’t know how I would’ve made it through the baby years with all three of my kids without using a baby carrier of some sort. I used the non-adjustable, pouch sling with Sebastian, the linen ring sling with Ruby, and both a jersey fabric wrap carrier and backpack-style carrier with Smith. Each type of sling had its benefits, but my personal favorite was the ring sling because I felt…

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