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    Nov 7, 2014

    12 Fun DIY Projects You Can Do On A Micro Budget

    Ordinary items made extraordinary.

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary / Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed

    Pascal Anson is an artist and designer who spends his time finding ways to make ordinary things extraordinary. “I have always loved making and breaking things to find out how they work, behave and can change.”

    Pascal's new book is called "Ordinary Made Extraordinary" and contains 24 fun projects you can use to upgrade everyday items on a micro budget.

    As he explains on his website: “I design furniture, graphics, products, lighting, spaces, cars, interiors and planes. The largest thing I have designed is a Jumbo jet, the smallest thing I have designed is a business card."

    "A resourceful attitude is key to me but so is fun, playfulness, and sometimes magic.”

    Here are some of the projects featured in the book.

    1. Make a cashmere cushion cover.

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "Cashmere sweaters from the supermarket are good but the wool is thin and they wear out fast. Cutting off the arms, and a few minutes on the sewing machine, makes this gorgeous cushion cover."

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "Cashmere sweaters from the supermarket are good but the wool is thin and they wear out fast. Cutting off the arms, and a few minutes on the sewing machine, makes this gorgeous cushion cover."

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "Cashmere sweaters from the supermarket are good but the wool is thin and they wear out fast. Cutting off the arms, and a few minutes on the sewing machine, makes this gorgeous cushion cover."

    2. Waterproof your shoes.

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary
    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "Ordinary canvas plimsolls dipped in yellow rubber-paint become waterproof and look extraordinary. NB: Repeat twice."

    3. Give your car a wood grain makeover.

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "People are really nice to you when you have a wooden car. Wooden sticky-backed plastic covers the horrible paint colour on my Honda."

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "People are really nice to you when you have a wooden car. Wooden sticky-backed plastic covers the horrible paint colour on my Honda."

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "People are really nice to you when you have a wooden car. Wooden sticky-backed plastic covers the horrible paint colour on my Honda."

    4. Brighten up your cutlery.

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary
    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "Orphaned pieces of cutlery are reunified with a dip of rubber paint to make a new set."

    5. Homemade stilts.

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "Sometimes you have to think stupid to make clever. This Ikea stool is used to make someone taller."

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "Sometimes you have to think stupid to make clever. This Ikea stool is used to make someone taller."

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "Sometimes you have to think stupid to make clever. This Ikea stool is used to make someone taller."

    6. Design your own unique t-shirt.

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary
    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "Fold any garment in half, from babygros to dress shirts, and make a Rorschach print."

    7. Turn a pallet into an armchair.

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "This is a copy of an expensive modern armchair made out of free pallet wood."

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "This is a copy of an expensive modern armchair made out of free pallet wood."

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "This is a copy of an expensive modern armchair made out of free pallet wood."

    8. Get a cheap designer kitchen.

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary
    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "Cabinet doors from the bargain corner are all non-matching. Unify with a coat of grey paint for a kitchen that looks expensive, but is very cheap."

    9. Start a mirror wall.

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "Instead of collecting novelty erasers or handbags, why not start a collection of something that will fill your interior. Multiples of anything has impact."

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "Instead of collecting novelty erasers or handbags, why not start a collection of something that will fill your interior. Multiples of anything has impact."

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "Instead of collecting novelty erasers or handbags, why not start a collection of something that will fill your interior. Multiples of anything has impact."

    10. Dad jeans made cool.

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary
    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "Supermarket value-jeans are often good quality but a horrible fit. A little tailoring and they can be transformed to look a lot better."

    11. Up-cycle old signs as art.

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "Scratched, driven over and neglected road-sign: framed and hung looks like 60's pop art. Simple, bold and graphic."

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "Scratched, driven over and neglected road-sign: framed and hung looks like 60's pop art. Simple, bold and graphic."

    Pascal Anson / Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    Pascal says: "Scratched, driven over and neglected road-sign: framed and hung looks like 60's pop art. Simple, bold and graphic."

    12. Make a unique sellotape chandelier.

    Pascal says: "Sellotape (Scotch Tape) simply wrapped around a traffic cone mould makes this extraordinary light."

    For full instructions on each of the projects, and more, check out Ordinary Made Extraordinary: 24 Things to make using ordinary stuff by Pascal Anson, out now from Square Peg.

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