$10 Crafts to Update Your Home

With just 10 bucks and a half-hour (or less!) you can instantly update any room in your house.
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With just 10 bucks and a half-hour (or less!) you can instantly update any room in your house.

Studded Nightstand

In just minutes, you can transform worn-down furniture into eye-catching works of art. All you need is some metallic trim.

1. Measure the length and width of the area you'd like to decorate.
2. Cut a strip of nail head trim to size, then line it up along the edge of your furniture.
3. Firmly tap the nails into the wood with a rubber mallet.

Trim On! We're addicted to studs. Try trimming even more pieces around the house like a leather ottoman, a wall mirror, a bathroom vanity, a photo frame, a mailbox or bookends.

Studded Nightstand

Belted Lamps

This one is a cinch: A chic belt adds modern glamour to an old light.

1. Choose a flexible belt long enough to wrap around the bottom rim of a lampshade. (If you have two coordinating belts, trim the top rim, too.)
2. Glue in place with hot glue. Tip: If your belt is longer than the circumference of the shade, snip off the excess with strong scissors or just slip it through the buckle and keep wrapping.

Belted Lamps

Dip-Dye Pillows

Dunk a white pillowcase in your favorite color of dye. Gravity takes care of the rest.

1. Pour fabric dye into a bucket filled with warm water.
2. Submerge the bottom one- to two-thirds of a washed cotton pillowcase into the dye bath and cover the bucket with foil to keep the heat in.
3. Check the fabric after about 10 minutes -- the longer it soaks, the deeper the color will be. 4. Once the bottom is dyed to a color you love, remove the pillowcase, hang from a line with clothespins or a skirt hanger (colored side on top) and let dry completely.

Dip-Dye Pillows

Jean-ius Denim Bulletin Board

You won't believe how easy (and satisfying!) it is to tear apart outdated jeans and, in just two steps, turn them into stylish pin boards.

1. Rip well-worn denim pants, shirts and/or jackets along the grain.
2. Starting at the top of the corkboard, secure one strip to the board with a thin line of hot glue.
3. Continue layering strips, securing each strip to the board and to the fabric it's overlapping. Let dry.

Jean-ius Bulletin Board

Keep the crafting going!

Recycled Craft Projects

Looking for more projects? Check out these recycled craft projects from green-decorating expert, Danny Seo.