Weekend Do-It-Yourself Projects: Repurposing 10 Ordinary Items

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Springtime brings bugs. D.I.Y. bugs, to be exact. And if done right, D.I.Y. can be an affordable way to refresh your home. There's just one caveat: Doing things yourself takes time—and patience.

There's the planning, the research, the scavenging for materials, the first coat of paint, the second coat of paint . . .

Knowing that your patience could wear out long before that paint dries, here's the perfect compromise: 10 projects from around the web that are cheap (you'll be using things that you already have) and quick—you can knock each of these projects off in under an hour.

1

Wine Bottle Vases

Wine bottles, jars and even old drinking glasses can be transformed into colorful storage containers and vases. All you need is a fresh coat of paint and a well-ventilated work space.

2

Picture Frame Sunglass Holders

For this project, you just need to string two rows of wire or sturdy ribbon across the back of a frame, nail the ends to the frame and then hang your favorite glasses across each row.

3

Teacup Candles

By melting candles into old cups (here's a simple tutorial on how to do it), and adding some wicking (available at craft stores) before the wax sets, you'll create one-of-a-kind candles to use at home or give as gifts.

Read the rest of the article on LearnVest.com.

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