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Here at the Everygirl, we firmly believe that being on a budget is the mother to all DIY. Tell us about your DIY projects and any tips you have to share.

I did a lot of DIY pieces thanks to the plethora of brilliant tutorials online. My wax paper capiz shell chandelier, fur stools, pouf ottomans, bubble chandelier, and blue nightstands would not have been possible if it weren't for the collective guidance of the creative minds of the blogosphere. Everything I did was my first time, and I had so much fun getting inspired by others and finding ways to make projects my own and unique by adding adjustments and embellishments.

One of the easiest and simplest DIY projects that I did was making my own decorative trays. Trays can be pricier than you expect, so I used the lids of boxes and picture frames (just remove the backing). They're not strong and can't actually transport anything, but if you're just looking for a stationary tray atop a table, dresser, bar, nightstand, or coffee table, they'll do the trick. I just cover the tray in decorative tape or use pretty fabric or paper to cover the bottom. Voila.


I also found the ability to sew my own throw pillow covers an extreme advantage. Pillow covers can be ridiculously expensive, especially the ones with designer prints. Even if you find the discounted ones from TJ Maxx or Target, they can still cost $20 per pillow. Multiply that by four to six pillows and it can add up! I simply purchased cheap pillow inserts from Ikea (or you can just cover existing pillows) and then went to town at my local fabric store. I got to customize my sofa to my liking but without breaking the bank.

My biggest advice for DIY: If it feels like work, don't do it. Sometimes it's better to try to purchase something if the thought of making it stresses you out. You don't want to get frustrated half way and quit a project because it's too difficult. If I saw a fantastic DIY idea online but it seemed like too much work, I looked for something else. It had to excite me and be attainable and realistic with my skills. Certain projects, such as my wax paper chandelier, campaign dresser or blue nightstands, are tedious and take a few days to complete. It wasn't always easy but I tried to enjoy the whole process as much as possible. DIY is best when it's fun. The more you love doing it, the better your projects will turn out.

Source: Monica Wang for The Everygirl

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