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    5 Insanely Clever DIYs That You'll Actually Want To Try

    And that are actually easy.

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    1. Cut out type from a magazine to make free, easy nail art.

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    That also makes a statement. Get the how-to here.

    2. Use basic embroidery stitches to dress up a simple pair of white flats.

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    You honestly need zero prior embroidery experience to make these shoes — just a pair of cheap white flats, a needle sturdy enough to puncture the fabric of those flats, and thread in whatever colors you like best. Although if you're nervous and want to practice, you could pick up a small embroidery hoop and fabric in the same aisle as the floss. Here's the full tutorial.

    3. Make your own custom cake stands using wooden candle sticks and round plaques.

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    You can paint or stain them whatever color you like (or use a pretty plate, a slice of tree trunk, or any other round surface instead of of the wooden plaque). Here's the tutorial.

    4. Add a bit of nailhead trim to your Ikea Lack table ($9.99) so it looks like it came from the Horchow catalog.

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    This tutorial shows you how to nail in each head individually, but you could always simplify it by using nailhead trim like this, $15.29 for 5 yards. You could also make it even fancier by using a second Lack table top.

    5. Mod Podge cheap fabric to the back of clear glass plates to get a Pottery Barn look for less.

    Or whatever kind of patterned plates you like (you can do polka dot and stripe fabric for Kate Spade, for example) To make sure you get a neat edge on the fabric, use a sharp craft knife to cut off the excess fabric after it dries. To make sure they last as long as possible, hand wash them and try to avoid getting soap and water on the fabric backing (this technique works well for charger plates). Here's the full tutorial.

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