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Folding chairs are essential if you like to entertain, but they are so UGLY. So we found a pair of basic wooden chairs at the flea market and made them fabulous with a bold stenciled paint job. Besides giving you more places to park booties, you’re instantly adding color and pattern to your setup, two of my essential elements for a stylish dinner party. Try painting each in different colors for a mix and match effect.

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I love the bohemian appeal of a tassel—they’re sumptuous and a little messy, the sort of thing some wealthy bon vivant would bring back from her travels around the globe. They also happen to be a cinch to make. So naturally I want them as part of my effortlessly chic table. We used jewel-toned embroidery thread in the same color family to make ours, but you can mix as many colors as you like (or keep them monochrome) to suit your décor. Go on, impress everyone with your worldliness!

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You put a person on a pedestal, they might fall down. You put a cupcake on it, and it just looks fantastic! Buying yourself a cute cake stand at the store can run you $50 and up—no, thanks! These were made for mere dollars, using candlesticks and plates from the thrift store. So you go on building the buffet of your dreams, and let your nibbles rise to your high expectations.

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Looking to make your Fourth of July Fabulous? I've done all the work for you rounding up projects from some of my favorite bloggers to get your home all decked out for Independence Day. Scroll down for ideas and click through to their websites for full instructions!

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After months of picking flowers from the garden, you might be sick of arranging them in the same-old vessels. This easy trick can instantly give white vases nautical flare, it’s crazy-cheap, and it’s removable, too! Just buy electrical tape in the colors of your choice and wrap it around a group of white vases in random stripes. We took inspiration from buoys, but you could do a monochromatic stripe for a preppy look or go crazy with more colors for primary-hued fun.

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We’re serious about celebrating America. But not so serious we’d spend $90 for a store-bought wreath when we could make an awesome one for under $20. For this project, we used a mix of sisal and braided rope for a nautical-inspired rope wreath that combines all my key elements of style (color, pattern, texture and shine!) in one patriotic package.

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Get that sweaty glass off my coffee table! Prevent water stains in style with coasters inspired by an all-American classic, the rag rug. This easy craft has a homespun look that’s perfect for getting color and texture onto a casual table.

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If Dad’s got more photo mugs than he has desk space, it’s time to move on to a new Father’s Day gift. Make something you can use together now that you’re a grownup: etched glass beer mugs. Use stencils of his favorite hobbies and some glass etching cream to create these personalized Father’s Day gifts. Gift them with a six-pack of the craft brew of your choice and you’ve got the best Father’s Day ever. Cheers!

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Here’s another good reason to buy Dad some beer: You can turn the six-pack container into a condiment caddy! This easy craft is a great way to reuse the cardboard instead of tossing it into the recycling bin. We covered ours with wipe-clean, water-resistant oil cloth fabric (commonly used as a tablecloth) so that the new caddy has a chance against, well, actual condiments. A rope-wrapped handle makes it extra-sturdy. Tote this cute condiment caddy outside for your next barbeque!

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Al fresco entertaining is more popular than ever, so it’s time to give your outdoor dining “room” the same attention as its indoor counterpart. Here are some of my favorite tips for creating a relaxed, elegant table in the fresh air of your own backyard.

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Starting plants from seeds is an easy way to trim gardening costs—but not at the expense of junking up your windowsill with those ugly Styrofoam or black plastic planters. Instead, repurpose old mismatched teacups from your cupboard or the flea market, grab some seedlings and decoupage a tray. Everyone will admire your green thumb and great taste, too. How DO you do it?

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Breakfast in bed is a classic Mother’s Day gift, but a bowl of cereal slopping onto her sheets won’t make her feel fabulous. What will: A gilded tray and napkins with a sweet cross-stitch message. We revamped bargain-store finds to make them as beautiful as the woman who birthed you—just don’t tell her how easy it was to do, or you’ll be hearing about those 36 hours of labor all over again. Love you, Mom!

P.S. Not sure what to make? How about avocado toast or a hash brown frittata? And while you're at it, serve it up on plates from my Effortless Table collection!

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Terracotta pots looking a little dingy? Coveting those cool paint-dipped ones you’ve seen at the pricey home décor stores but can’t bring yourself to shell out $50 a pot? Me neither. This easy paint project gives you that look by building on three big trends—metallic, neon and paint-dipped motifs—to give them a thoroughly modern makeover, for cheap. Happy planting!

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Tired of boring old fridge magnets? These carnation magnets are just the pop of spring color your kitchen or message board needs to ring in the season right. Grab any color tissue paper leftover from the holidays, the brighter the better, and start scrunching. In no time you’ll have a garden of thrifty-chic magnets at your fingertips!

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It’s the tail end of winter and the flower section at the grocery store isn’t quite up to par yet. Outsmart the establishment and make your own flowers. From paper! They’re unexpected, they’ll never wilt and they’ll cost you a lot less than those ubiquitous roses. Thrifty and beautiful, just like you. These brilliant “spider mums” look great in a vase on your dresser or desk or even woven into a wreath form!

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Fabric Covered Flower Pots

As you may be aware, I think terracotta pots are a little dull. If you’re looking for another way to dress them up try covering them with fabric. I personally love a mix and match look— you can use leftover fabric scraps or have fun buying new to create these chic little pots. With so many options to customize, you can match your décor inside and out, just be sure to use outdoor finish decoupage!

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As always, along with the arrival of spring comes the lust for colorful floral accents. I’m sure we all wish we could tack a bouquet right up onto to the wall but of course that won’t quite work out. Here’s the next best thing—use fake flowers to create wall art. We assembled these mini anemones into an initial, but they’d be just as pretty framed in a heart shape or glued onto a blank canvas as a freeform design. This is the perfect gift for a baby shower, to decorate a nursery, or to add to your own gallery wall.

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I love a grapevine wreath. You buy one basic wreath and end up with hundreds of possibilities because you can change it with the seasons or even to match your mood. Need some inspiration this Spring? Here are my three fail-safe starting points to make a wreath my own—try one or a combination for door décor that’s truly “you”.

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Want to avoid the mess—and smell—of dying Easter eggs this year? Skip the vinegar and dye and look no further than your desk drawer! Those highlighters, and white out have been rolling around all year. It’s time to use them to add some color to your holiday. Just don’t tell your boss I told you to use them if she catches you raiding the supply closet. Click through for the how-to!

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With every holiday season overpriced décor abounds. Easter is no exception, and it is exceptionally hard to justify spending $70 on a bunny made of twigs. The solution: head to the nearest craft store! Glitter and spray paint are the perfect tools to add instant glam to dollar store plastic eggs and bunny figurines from the thrift store. Just pick a color palette—I’ve gone with cool blue and trendy copper tones—and you’re on your way. Mix color textures, some shiny, some matte, and arrange them by size, largest in the middle to smallest at the edges. All that’s left is to admire your masterpiece!

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If you want to brighten things up with a nice bouquet this time of year, you really have only two choices: an outrageously expensive florist creation or grocery store blooms that look sad and spindly fanning out of a vase. Neither one feels good. Well, now you don’t have to settle. I’m going to tell you how to make a grocery store bouquet look like a $100 + professional flower arrangement. Here are the top three tricks florists don’t want me to tell you.

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Hot on the heels of our Jelly Bean cocktail, here’s another excuse to raid the kids’ Easter basket: A topiary made from adorable marshmallow chicks. These fluffy candies are practically indestructible, which makes them the perfect candidate for crafting. Because if there’s one thing better than eating them, it’s hot-gluing them. Your waistline will thank me.

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I love succulents. The pretty little things are totally low-maintenance (spritz them with water five times, once a month—done) and come in a gorgeous array of colors and shapes. The only thing I don’t like? The fact that design stores throw a few in a container, slap on an $80 price tag and expect us to pay for it. Puh-lease: You can make your own succulent art for a quarter of the price. Lucky for you, I’m here to tell you how.

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You don’t need to wait for Spring to “sprung” to add some bohemian color and charm to your décor. Picture a Parisian flat in the 1920s: Long strands of pearls, brass cigarette holders, beaded dresses… and these fabulous birdcage terrariums. They put a girly twist on the modern indoor garden. Filled with moss, airplants and maybe a faux butterfly or two, they make a sweet centerpiece for your next party or permanent decoration for your dresser or mantel. The best part? This piece looks expensive and sophisticated but it’ll only cost you about $20!

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I love a beautiful flower arrangement and you can easily make one on the cheap, but if you are even the tiniest bit busy or lazy or distracted, you’ve probably let yours sit out until it’s brown, wilted, smelly and actually making your table uglier. So for you, I offer a brilliant table topper: The mini moss garden. Inspired by the moss garden at my own home, this deconstructed terrarium is made from craft moss and just one succulent (a hard-to-kill plant) so it requires very little maintenance for year-round green in your dining room.

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I love creating my own Valentine’s Day cards. I mean, what’s more thoughtful than making something from scratch, then filling it with your own sentimental (or sexy!) words? So here are three simple card ideas easy enough for people who don't think they're crafty—plus suggestions for text—to keep your love life humming this holiday. A paper punch does most of the work, so all you’ve really got to do is cut and paste. Cocktail anyone?

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These cards are made with materials you probably already have around the house, so you can throw them together at midnight on V-Day’s eve after you realize you forgot to buy a card or a gift. An experienced crafter knows it's always nice to add some sentimental value to your DIY and these cards are stitched with love. Make use of materials from your home—especially your kitchen or craft closet. You'll find it's surprisingly easy to gather the supplies you’ll need to make them!

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You're an expert crafter so you've made Valentine's Day cards before. This is a year for ambition! Nothing says I love you like the words jumping off the page, right? The only solution is to make DIY pop-up cards —and I would never suggest anything you can’t actually make. With bold lettering and a dash of sequins these pop-up cards will be sure to impress your sexy someone!

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Are you in a mid-workweek rut? Because it’s NSFW to bust out the cocktails during the lunch hour, take a break from your computer for a little DIY at your desk. Raid the supply closet for binder clips and rings, and you can make these festive little snowflakes in just minutes!

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Want to elevate your Christmas tree game in a snap? These Pop Art-inspired ornaments couldn’t be easier to DIY. Using thumbtacks you already own, you can use any paint palette that’ll mix with your existing ornaments and décor. Play around with patterns that express your personality. Everyone in the family can get creative with this one!

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One of our favorite things to do in the office is figure out how to make adorable decorations out of … things we have in the office! These sweet little pencil trees are fun to do with kids and coworkers alike.

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Kick up your heels! These fancy shoe ornaments have the look of gingerbread but are much easier to make. We were inspired by Andy Warhol's shoe sketches. What will inspire you?

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Who loves a good cocktail more than me? You? Prove it! I love cocktails so much I made ornaments inspired by my favorites and put them on my tree. Your turn!

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Pink Flamingos are having a moment. They've moved from tacky lawn ornament to tongue-in-cheek chic. Hey, we even make a drink in their honor: The Pink Flamingo (which would be a great holiday dessert). Now, we've turned them into the most adorable ornaments for your tree that are easy to craft with kids and cocktails alike.

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Swirly Balls

As seen on GMA! We swirled. We chatted. We laughed. A morning of fun turned into happy memories! Do the same with your family. Five years from now Little Johnny will be saying, “Remember when we painted your balls at Christmas?” Good times. Hang them on the tree or stack them in a beautiful bowl and place it on the mantel. Find more awesome ornaments here: Challenging, Intermediate and Super Easy!

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Ah, holiday gift giving. Who doesn't like seeing your loved ones open goodies you know they'll cherish? And better yet, who doesn't love opening gifts? After you've wrapped all the gifts for the good little girls and boys, use left over gift tags and ribbon to make these adorable (and free!) paper ornaments!

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Ever wonder what "reindeer games" they were playing in Rudolph the Red Nosed-Reindeer? Me neither. BUT, that doesn't mean we can't create reindeer games of our own! DIY these mod reindeer ornaments with household items and leftover supplies from your holiday decor. It'll be a nice reprieve from all that holiday shopping and a perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit with your family and friends!

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Got a lot of wrapping paper and a little booze? Press pause on your frenzied holiday prep for a relaxing round of crafting and cocktails. If you're like me, you always buy too many rolls of wrapping paper and end up with pieces that aren't big enough to wrap a gift but too small to throw away. Use those extras to create fun, fabulous baubles for your tree! And if you need a last-minute gift, just pluck one of these babies off the tree. It's already wrapped!

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It’s Thanksgiving, you’re slaving away in the kitchen and you haven't even thought about decorating the table. Don’t let this happen to you! With a little planning, you can set a beautiful table in practically no time. Use leftover decorative pumpkins and dried corn painted in bold colors that pop to create a stunning freeform centerpiece. Leaves from the backyard, painted red and affixed to inexpensive napkin rings, make cute place cards. Cheap, chic and done in no time. Bonus points if you set the table with my Effortless Table plates like I did here.

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If you’ve read my book, Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget, you know that I believe you don’t have to spend a lot of money to be super-chic. And when it comes to crafting, some of the most ordinary materials can yield amazing results! That’s why I love these pumpkin crafts: They take less than 15 minutes to make (excluding paint drying time), and they’re made from totally unexpected materials like monograms made out of old denim, fringe made from ball chain for blinds and a geometric belt of brass paper fasteners (tacks work, too).

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I love Halloween: But when I decorate I don’t do black and orange, too literal! Instead I like moody, dark tones that give a spooky chic feeling. This year, I chose a Spooky Boudoir theme for my table. I started with a palette of purple, burgundy and black, added silver glitter-covered skulls decorated with jewels (and lashes!), and black-painted candlesticks with crimson candles. Stack your Effortless Table plates on DIY Feathered Chargers and top them with Jeweled Spider Napkin Rings. The final touch? A feather boa artfully swagged along the wall. Sexy and scary!!

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When it comes to pumpkins, there are jack-o-lantern people (“meh, I’ll just carve a ‘face’ on it”) and there are people who want their pumpkins to be STARS. Needless to say, I want my pumpkins to be as fabulous as possible. These Day of the Dead no-carve pumpkins capture the whimsy of the season in unexpected bright colors and fun faux flowers. We used puff paint to draw the skeleton face for a cool textural element and a paper-punched vinyl stencil—it sticks to the pumpkin, then peels off—for a crisp pattern. Easy and chic? You got it!

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I love tattoo art, and Halloween is the perfect time to show it off! These Temporary Tattooed Pumpkins are the perfect expression of my wilder side. And they literally take two minutes to do. Maybe one. Peel, stick, add water, have a cocktail. Call me a tattoo artist!

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DIY Stencil Art

We’ve all got them. The only-ok painting you (or your kid) made in 8th grade, the hand-me downs from grandman that have the kissing puppies or the house nestled on a hill. Well, take them out of the attic and make this super chic Personalized Stencil Wall Art. It’s so easy, the results are stunning—the key is to seal the painting you’re using first—and it will only cost you about 10 bucks. I made mine with my own personal mantra, you’re welcome to it.

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I love a tray for organizing—it’s great for magazines on a coffee table, spices on a kitchen counter, and more—especially when you can use kick-ass fabric to turn it into a decorating element, too. That’s why this craft is the best: We used a shoebox lid (yay! An excuse for new shoes!), covered it in fabric, and transformed it into a tray that will not only corral your perfume and jewelry, but will also add an upscale look to your bedroom. TRAY CHIC!

P.S. I love this fabric because it looks like the one we used for my craft belt on The Chew!

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Guess what? It’s my birthday!! Well, not my (Clinton’s) birthday, but the anniversary of the launch of ClintonKelly.com as a resource for all the food, drink, decorating and style tips I’ve had bouncing around in my head. So in honor of our first birthday, here’s a fancy-schmancy candle holder idea for you—take a toy animal figurine, drill a little hole in it, and glue in one of those old-fashioned plastic candle holders. It will instantly transform even the plainest cake into a fabulous Pinterest-worthy dessert.

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Before there was Pinterest, there was the pin board—and I still love a bulletin board to collect inspiration, notes, (printed out!) photos and ticket stubs. I’ve seen a few at retail stores for $50 and up, but forget that: This method is basically free if you already have and old frame and some paint for another decorating project—all you have to do is get $5 worth of cork to pop into this Pin-worthy project.

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I love a seasonal wreath, especially when you can make it from stuff that’s truly sentimental—like shells you collect on the beach. Plus, a store-bought version will cost you $90—yes, $90!—and it doesn’t even have the fabulous metallic accents that ours does, which we made for about $15. If you’re not going to the beach, that’s okay, you can make the wreath with shells from the craft store. Save yourself a sunburn.

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We found simple steel lanterns at a discount retailer for about $10 each. Not bad! But they were too Plain Jane—and why be plain when you can be fabulous?! We jazzed them up with a fresh coat of paint and bright design—using paint markers for precision—to give them my must-have style elements, color and pattern. Throw in a few battery-operated candles for your next outdoor party!

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Putting together a gallery is a fun and cost-effective way to fill a big wall space, but a lot of people are afraid they’ll get them wrong. Well, I’m here to tell you that there are lots of right ways to do a gallery wall, and not that many wrong ones. The key is to have a plan before you start: Gather up your art, lay it on the floor and move it around until you like the layout. Then cut out pieces of paper and tape them to the wall in the locations where your wall décor will go. Otherwise you will make an extra ten holes in the wall and will be mad at me. Don’t do that. Here are five easy ideas:

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Aah summer! Those long evenings are perfect for parties—and there’s always something to celebrate (graduations, engagements, the home team winning a baseball game). And a little planning now will set you up for a whole season of effortless entertaining. Here are my top 7 tips on pulling together a last-minute party, anytime.

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It’s hot. The last thing you want in the summer is more stuff on your bed. Buh-bye decorative pillows and cozy comforter. But stripped down to the sheets is boring and looks unfinished. The solution: Add a stamped detail to plain pillow shams. We used a potato print technique—an easy one for kids to help with—to get a batik-style trim to the edge of the pillowcase. Simple, stylish, and all you need to make the bed look finished.

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Let’s face it: You have a utensil problem. Your drawers are chock-full, the whisks are getting frisky with the wine opener, and you’re pretty sure the tongs tried to bite you the last time you reached for the tablespoon. So make some room by displaying your utensils neatly along your counter. We decoupaged old food tins (something you probably have laying around in your recycling bin) with scrapbook paper to create a trio of countertop utensil holders with tongue-in-cheek designs. Cute and organized, check!

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Old game pieces have a habit of winding up in the junk drawer, never to be reunited with the game again—I’m looking at you, Bananagrams letters, Monopoly tokens, and dice from any game ever. Instead of tossing them, turn them into cute swizzle sticks. It’s a super-easy craft and they’re the perfect tool to keep everyone’s drinks straight at game night!

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Outdoor Entertaining Dos and Don''ts

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party for four or a backyard BBQ for 40, follow my Top 10 Outdoor Entertaining Do’s and Don’ts to make sure you throw a fabulous fete!

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Clinton Kelly Concrete Bookends

You may do all your reading on your Kindle, but that doesn’t mean your bookshelves shouldn’t show off ead War & Peace. Corral your impressive collection with this industrial chic concrete ampersand bookend. Despite the hardware store vibe of concrete, it's shockingly easy to work with. We used Quikrete concrete mix to make ours: You just add water to the dry mix, pour it into a mold, and wait. Try this easy DIY concrete project this weekend!

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No Sew Table Linens

Sure, plain table linens are a dime a dozen at the discount store, but if you want to set a fabulous table, they just won’t do as-is. We transformed these cheap-o placemats and napkins with sweet fabric applique designs inspired by my Effortless Table place settings. The process is super-easy and requires no sewing—if you can use scissors and an iron, you can do it—and the transformation is incredible. Your guests won’t believe you made them yourself!

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Summer Hostess Gift Ideas

If you read my hosting gift guide for the holidays, you know my theory on gifts: They should show your gratitude and also make your host’s life easier after you leave. Now, while I don’t believe gifts are totally necessary for a party (I never expect them!), if you’re spending a weekend at your friend’s lake house, you don’t want to show up empty-handed. Here are five easy hostess ideas to get you started.

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Flea Market Knob Towel Rack

I love digging through bins of odds and ends at the flea market to see what I discover. A favorite find: Quirky old knobs. They’re just the right size to buy a bunch to use for… who knows what. Well here’s one idea: Paint them all the same color and mount them on a piece of wood to make a towel or coat rack. This cheerful one would work well in the entryway or bathroom.

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Clinton Kelly Lamp Makeover

Lamps are expensive—forget paying full retail when you want to freshen up your décor! Hit the thrift store instead. If you can find a lamp that’s about the size you want for under $10, you should scoop it up, even if you don’t love it. Because here’s how to love it: Paint the shade a bold stripe, spray the base in of-the-moment copper, and suddenly it’s transformed into the fabulous lamp you almost spent $100 on at the store. Well aren’t you smart?

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Clinton Kelly Mother's Day Gift Guide

For those of you who aren’t crafty, you can always shop your way to favorite child status. Here are 15 great Mother’s Day gift ideas to get you started.

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Cinco de Mayo: a holiday celebrated in the US by gorging on guacamole and margaritas. I can support that. I also support fun, fabulous parties. I challenged six chic bloggers to come up with easy, inexpensive DIY party ideas. Here’s what they created while downing tequila shooters (I imagine). Click through the gallery for inspiration and head over to their sites for the full instructions.

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Clinton Kelly Ombre Mosaic Picture Frames

Did you know that I am a mosaicist? Yes, it’s true. There was a time when I was obsessed with making mosaics out of pretty much anything. It’s very soothing to puzzle all those pieces together (especially after you’ve broken them apart!). So I’m really good at making mosaics, but if you’re new to it, these frames are a great place to start. Using a couple of plates in the same color family gives the project a modern ombre twist.

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Clinton Kelly Woman's Day Fold a Fitted Sheet

You may not know this about me (or maybe you're not surprised at all), but I'm a bit of a neat freak. That's why the Woman's Day team asked me to make this video about how to fold a fitted sheet. Now, I'm not saying it's rocket science or that I invented this technique, but it WORKS, dammit! And if you want to take it to the next level, do what I demo'd on The Chew: Once you're done folding, tuck the stack into the matching pillowcase, fold it over, and put the whole bundle together in the closet. Perfectly tidy!

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Clinton Kelly DIY Designer Pillows

I love a decorative pillow, it’s such an easy way to transform the look of a room (especially for serial redecorators among us—can’t get a new sofa every three months!). Designer pillows can cost an exorbitant amount, for what’s basically two great-looking handkerchiefs sewn together. Forget that! Update plain pillows instead with this smart technique, which uses freezer paper for a stencil that temporarily adheres to fabric, so you can create a super-precise metallic design with no mess.

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DIY French Memo Board

Even in this digital world, we’ve all got paper mementos we want to hold on to (see: ticket stubs, postcards, business cards from your favorite restaurant, etc). The challenge is how to keep them without turning them into clutter. A French memo board does the trick: It’s better-looking than a bulletin board, pretty enough to leave empty, and looks even better filled with your memories. Now, there are stores out there that will sell you these for $60 and up! My version you can make for about $10. Here’s how.

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Clinton Kelly DIY Scented Drawer Liner

Has anyone ever told you that you have stinky drawers? Hope not! That being said, adding lightly scented paper to the inside of your bureau can cover up a new (or old) furniture odor and make your clothes smell nice, too. But instead of buying scented liners, which tend to be overpriced and often too small for real drawers, you should make your own. It’s super-easy!

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DIY Scented Candle

Ah, the siren call of the scented candle. You read those exotic-sounding ingredients in such glamorous combinations (tuberose-cassis-jasmine! lime-basil-bergamot!) and suddenly you’ve parted with 50 of your hard-earned bucks for a little wax in a jar. That you burn for only seven minutes at a time—and only when guests come over—because it better last a year for the amount you paid for it! I say make your own. It’s shockingly easy to do and will cost you 1/10th the price. Here’s how.

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Room Color Ideas

Designers love grey. It’s elegant, tasteful and goes with everything. That being said, if every wall in your house is one of fifty shades of grey, it can get pretty boring. So I’m here to tell you that you have options. And if you’re having trouble picking a hue (I know that’s the hardest part!), let me just tell you a few that I’m loving. Live in color, my friends!

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Black and White Bedroom

Short days and chilly nights are two good reasons to jump in bed with someone—but the more time you spend there, the more likely you are to notice that threadbare comforter and drab decorative pillows. So why not revamp your bed for the New Year? Here are three gorgeous beds to covet and tips to transform your own space. Because if you wind up sleeping more, you might even wind up prettier, friendlier and smarter!

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Clean Green Clinton Kelly

There are some stains in the bathroom or kitchen that look like science experiments. That’s when you break out the heavy-duty cleaners (and question your spouse’s hygiene). But for everyday tidying you would be wise to have fewer chemicals in your life. Kids inhale it. Dogs inhale it. Why risk it? Your pantry is stocked with products to keep it natural and save money. I say: New year, fresh start.

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Thoughtful DIY Hostess Gifts Clinton Kelly

I don’t expect guests to arrive at my home with hosting gifts. (“Hosting” because I am a man and not a hostess, per se.) Instead of adding to your hostess's mostly-unused candle closet, bring something that shows your subtle gratitude for the invitation and that will also make her life a little easier the day after the soiree. Here are 5 DIY “thank-yous” that will give her a simple pleasure to look forward to in the morning.

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Berry Wreath Clinton Kelly The Chew

You loved them on The Chew so here are the directions for my Very Merry Mantel crafts. I'm starting with this chic wreath. Check back soon for more additions from this festive series.

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DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces

I gave a task to three outstanding crafters: design a charming and easy-to-replicate holiday centerpiece.

Find inspiration for your festive Thanksgiving table – whether it’s service for 20 or a relaxed meal for 4 – with these three fabulous ideas. Thanks, guys. You're the best.

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Clinton Kelly's Freaky Doors From The Chew

What? You haven’t decorated for Halloween yet? Don’t be the lamest house on the block! Last week on The Chew I demonstrated five quick and easy crafts that will subtly show the neighbors just how fabulous you are. Plus, they’re pretty inexpensive so you won’t be too pissed off when a flock of disgruntled teens rips them down around 9:30.

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No-carve pumpkins Clinton Kelly

I already gave you some fabulous ideas on how to gouge a pumpkin with sharp tools in order to create fabulous holiday décor. But some people just shouldn’t play with knives. This is for those people. Here are six smart no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas that will allow the art to last much longer than their sliced up brethren and prevent you from losing a finger.

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Halloween Decor Clinton Kelly

Halloween decorating can leave your house looking like a drug store-aisle display. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! But some folks prefer a more, shall we say, upscale approach to All Hallows Eve. If that’s you, think about sticking to the color scheme of black, white and metallic. Here are some fun products that might help.

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Game Night party tips

When it gets too chilly for a pool party or a backyard bbq, it’s time to rethink your entertaining to keep a big group happy indoors. How about a Game Night? No need to turn your home into a casino (though if you’ve ever seen the Bingo room at Foxwoods, if may be tempting), just pull out the Bananagrams, serve some food and drink, and let the conversation—and friendly competition—flow. Here’s how to make it work.

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What do you do when your old board games expire? It’s hard to part with them—even if they’re beat-up and missing pieces and you only play games on your phone these days. Well, here are some smart ways to repurpose them around the house. What I especially love: You’re decluttering a closet from stuff you don’t use any more AND giving your home some personality, too. Win-win!

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A couple weeks ago, I reached out to my favorite home bloggers with a challenge: Come up with a unique pumpkin idea, using only items they had around the house, that took under 30 minutes to execute. I sent them my own example—a Carrie made from a tiara, fake blood, and straw that I thought was pretty genius (find it on Instagram @clintonkellyofficial)—to see if they could come up with anything better. Well man, was I blown away! Check out their fabulous creations below and click through to their sites for the full instructions.

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When it comes to observing Oktoberfest, not everyone has a local beer garden primed to host hoards of lederhosen-clad lads waving steins of beer. But I bet you kind of want to put on a dirndl and drink like a rowdy German. So why not host a few of your friends for a classy, civilized beer tasting party? A little more casual than wine tasting, but definitely more refined than tossing a few Buds into a bucket, it’s a fun way to add some friendly competition to a gathering. And look, if you all end up standing on your picnic table, singing loudly with your arms around each other at the end of the night, I won’t judge you. Okay? Here’s how to:

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Mason jar crafts

Alright, so you got a little too ambitious with how much pickling you were really going to do—now what to do with all those extra mason jars? Fortunately, the web is full of ideas. I’m sure you’ve seen them holding craft supplies and pantry staples, but guess what? You can use them for much more than storage. A few genius ideas:

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Now that it’s getting chilly outside, I want to layer my home with soft, cozy textiles and snuggle up by the fire with a good book and a glass of wine… or maybe just the wine. The easiest and cheapest way to do it is with accessories—trade a few things out for the season and your space’ll feel like new. Three things I’m currently craving:

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DIY Centerpiece ideas

I love a centerpiece, yes I do! It’s the finishing touch to a nicely set table, and it classes up the dining room when you’re not using it, too. Just like your wardrobe, your table needs a seasonal update. In the summer, it’s all about fresh flowers from the garden, but come fall and winter, I like to mix it up with produce, greens and bold colors. Here are a few great centerpiece ideas from the blogosphere that I’m excited to try this season.

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DIY Black lacquer

I was lucky to spend time in a gorgeous hotel in Italy this summer, and they had black lacquered furniture everywhere. Mi piace! Bold, slick and stylish. An interior designer once told me that every room should have something black in it—maybe Italy’s where she learned that lesson. Jill tackled a beat-up blond wicker side table at her house with a few coats of high-gloss black spray paint, and sure enough, it was transformed into Italian chic!

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I’m always so excited to decorate for summer—the colors! The energy! But when it comes to fall, some of those brights seem a little… enthusiastic for the season change. That being said, I don’t want to have to redecorate the whole house every season. Here are some colors I love to decorate with in the summer, and how to work them through the fall.

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Sometimes you need a change. Not a big one (like lining up a new husband), just a little one (like crushing on your barista). Temporary and harmless. And that’s why I like washi tape. This colorfully decorated paper tape sticks to just about everything, but comes off easily, too—so it’s an easy way to revamp a tired space without a) buying all new stuff or b) making a long-term commitment to a new look. Here are five of my favorite ideas from the blogosphere for using it to update your home decor.

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Is there anything sadder than a plain white plate? Okay, sure: Hunger, poverty, cancer, to name a few. But in the entertaining world? No! It may be tempting to stay safe when you’re purchasing (or registering for) the dinnerware you plan to use every night, but I’m here to tell you that sometimes, simple is just… uninspiring. That being said, if you’ve already made the commitment, it’s easy to mix things up by making just a few little changes using my formula of adding color, texture, pattern and shine. Here’s a quick step-by-step:

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As you know, I am a huge fan of color. It has the power to transform a bland space into one that’s calming, uplifting or any other emotion you want to evoke. When it comes to your workspace—whether it’s at home or in a cube farm—it can give you the energy to power through your day, even if you walk in with a case of the Mondays. Don’t believe me? We put it to the test. Click through to watch this desk transform into two different colorful looks, all through changing out the accessories.

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I’m all for mixing up your table when it comes to dishware and linens—love that eclectic look!—but when it comes to setting the table, there are RULES, people. Your momma probably taught you when you first got to sit at the grownups’ table, but you probably forgot them in the hazy Ramen Years. So here’s a refresher on how to set a table.

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When you’re faced with a big, blank wall, the instinct is to go for Big Art. But unless your great-grandpa was, say, Picasso, it’s unlikely that a real piece of artwork is in the budget. Before you resign yourself to hanging a—gasp!—poster (or that tapestry from your hippie period), consider putting together a gallery wall. Small art is cheap, and when you add it all together it can cover a lot of surface area. Use these tips to get your gallery wall right:

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Isn’t it lovely to stroll through the sand, collecting seashells? The problem is: These babies tend to accumulate—and possibly multiply—but how can you part with the one you found the night of your first kiss with Danny Z? I combed Pinterest for my favorite ways to incorporate sea shells stylishly into your home. Let the summer lovin’ continue!

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August is the time of year when the garden starts to look a little wild—and the inside of your house starts to feel a little stale from all that conditioned air. Freshen up your dining room with these tips to turn prunings from your yard into a lush centerpiece that only looks expensive.

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When the going gets hot, the tough get planning! Summer is prime moving time, but once you get those boxes in your house, I give you permission to sit back, relax, and hold off on unpacking until the weather gets just a little cooler. Because here’s the deal: If you plan your space now, you’ll be happier with it in the long term. So here are my decorating rules to contemplate while you wait for the weather to cool down.

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My garden is bursting with buds, so I’ve been drinking wine and scouring Pinterest for some fresh ways to bring them inside. Here are my some of my favorites so far:

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I’m seeing ombre all around this season, in fashion, home—even hair. And it makes perfect sense that we’d love it right now: ombre combines the breeziness of tie-dye with the structure of a stripe, two summer design staples. Want to give it a try? Use this dip-dye technique to freshen up a boring off-white mat with a vibrant raspberry edge.

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Something about a sultry day makes you want to cozy up to a guy with a a really big… beach house. But if you want to keep getting invited back all the way through Labor Day, I have two words for you: Host Gift. (What did you think I was going to say?!) This S'mores Kit will do the trick—a sweet treat that’s suggestive of late nights and as easy to enjoy in the microwave as it is around a campfire.

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Sure, in the winter you want to nestle under a fur blanket, cover your windows with velvet drapes and plant your toes on a plush wool carpet. But come August, those heavy materials just make your home feel even more hot and humid. Try swapping natural ones into your decor to lighten it up for summer. A few favorites:

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If you’ve got any outdoor space at all—backyard, front stoop or even a fire escape—I encourage you to take advantage of these long summer days to host an al fresco after-work cocktail. Why? Because drinking at the office can get you fired (unless you’re me!). Here are my tips to make it chic, even if you’re drinking boxed wine in your UPS uniform.

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This will always be my favorite picture of my mom, because it displays the sheer joy in her face as she reaches for her favorite present-- a roll of twenties. Happy Mother's Day, Terri. You really are the best! ❤️❤️❤️ (And Happy Mother's Day to anyone else reading this, if it applies. And if it doesn't, have a fabulous Sunday!)

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