Thrifty Thursday: Crafty Ideas in Home Decor

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Sometimes all we need to make a room feel complete is a final, homey touch. If what you’re looking for includes a country feel or bit of rustic charm, nothing says cozy quite like something made by hand.

There was a time when handmade goodies were something relegated to craft fairs and local shops, but these days you can find people selling their wares in abundance on sites like Etsy and eBay. For those without the time or money to invest in supplies to make their own projects, these outlets are a fantastic way to purchase them ready-made.

The above wooden piece was given a light stain, then painted by hand and sells for a whopping $2.00. The price to purchase the wood, stain, paint and brushes to create it yourself makes that listing price an absolute steal.

If woodworking is more your thing, an item like this wooden cutout with an intricate pattern would be difficult to replicate without the proper tools. List price – $19.95.

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Should you be interested in a larger piece, such as furniture, you can find that, too. A little more expensive than the above, but still less than what you’d find in department stores across the nation. Check out the vintage planter table below. The pattern on top was painted by hand and distressed to give it that lovingly weathered look. It’s listed for $52.00.

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For those of you who feel inspired to tackle some of these projects yourself, we’ve got you covered. A little searching can provide some great ideas for your own projects. A trip to your neighborhood craft store, a detailed shopping list and our help will lead you on the path to creating your own masterpieces. And who knows, you may have just found a new hobby!

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Photo Credits: birdhouseaccents, newenglandworkshop, ymeier

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