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Try This: All the DIY Projects You Need for Your Natural Home

Turn your household garbage and clutter into useful, beautiful home decor. Here's how.
By Natural Home Staff
March/April 2009
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Learn how to make these beautiful glasses. Visit http://www.naturalhomemagazine.com/2008-03/try-this-all-wrapped-up.aspx for instructions.
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Turn your household garbage and clutter into useful, beautiful home decor. Here's how.

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Subtle yet striking patterns give these simple-to-make bowls sophisticated personality and style.

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Inexpensive glasses are transformed into vases with a simple wrap of handmade paper made using everything from cucumbers to kohlrabi.

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This lamp looks stunning as a half-dome, but the audacious crafter with cups to spare could easily turn it into a sphere by adding to the simple pattern, one cup at a time.

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What to do with that beautiful lambswool sweater with the moth hole in the sleeve? Or the cashmere cardigan that your teenager shrunk to infant size? Turn it into a soft, warm, snuggly woolen throw you can wrap yourself in on cold winter nights.

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