21 DIY Trends That Dominated 2012

We learned a lot about Making Things with Our Hands this year.

1. Before 2012, were you aware that you can make anything out of a Mason jar?

Create a soap dispenser of your very own.

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Anything at all?

Directions here.

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You know you want to make this.

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You’ll be the cutest camper there ever was.

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2. Also, you can cover anything that has corporeal form with chalkboard paint.

Yes, that is a motorcycle helmet, thine eyes do not deceive.

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3. Chalk isn’t just for the playground anymore.

Chalk your hair!

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4. And sprinkles aren’t just for eating.

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5. Is something not cute enough? Put a pom-pom on it.

Because putting a bird on it is so 2011.

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It’s a pom-pom cloud mobile.

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Sew them on your blankets.

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6. Now we know there are PRACTICAL uses for nail polish.

Which is why we need to own as many pretty colors as possible.

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This family has some interesting ideas about naming.

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Make a necklace.

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Clear nail polish over a mosquito bite will provide instant relief.

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7. Always keep a garland on hand as an instant party decoration.

You never know when you’ll have to throw an emergency party.

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Learn how to make this yarn bow garland here.

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8. Bunting makes an easier cake decoration than messy icing dispensers.

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9. “Decoupage” can actually look cool.

This ain’t your mom’s decoupage!

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10. We discovered that Japan has invented really cool tape.

Get more washi tape projects here.

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Get the directions here.

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11. Paint chips are free, and therefore you should make art with them.

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And lampshades.

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Also calendars.

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And wedding photo booth backdrops.

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12. Glitter brings instant elation to one’s life.

And therefore we should cover everything in it. Like this Starbucks cup.

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Get more glittery craft projects here.

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13. Cats are the new owls.

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DIY cat pin.

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14. A sock is a girl’s best hair accessory.

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15. Your T-shirt is boring. Turn it into something else.

Like a market bag. Check out the tutorial here.

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16. Ombre the bejeezus out of everything.

Here is how to make this adorable pumpkin.

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Nail art is its own DIY animal.

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17. Dip-dyeing is like ombre, but oh so different.

Find out how here.

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18. Back to nail art!

There are some great tricks involving Scotch tape.

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Hand-draw on white nails with a Sharpie.

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19. Make stuff from your Instagrams.

Or those of your friends or loved ones or, if you’re totally creepy, strangers. Find out how here.

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20. Printables made our printers relevant again.

Get this gift tag printable here.

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Print out a template for this vase.

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21. OK, hold up: Everyone seemed really pumped about this glowing Mason jar DIY this year, but has anyone ever actually done it?


Be the first.

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