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8 DIY dollar store design hacks on the cheap

This honeycomb painted wall was DIYed with paint stirrers and diluted paint to create that gradient effect. It's just one of the zillion ways you can grab something from your local dollar store to craft up a cheap and cheerful design or organization project.

Here are eight of my favorite ways to turn a cheapo dollar store item into something way more useful and stylish…

You can DIY coloring pages from your own photos

We featured this in-depth tutorial on how to create DIY coloring book pages from your photos for weddings, but they'd kick ass at kids' parties, family gatherings, or just for your own zen coloring needs. Imagine a coloring book or coloring calendar as a holiday gift this year!

Yep, you can totally do this yourself if you have access to a program like Photoshop, GIMP, or Pixlr. My tutorial focuses on Photoshop, but I've linked other program tutorials in the post as well.

Last minute no-carve pumpkin ideas for Halloween (geeky, chic, or cute as hell!)

It's almost Halloween, you've got kids coming over (or adults for pumpkin-flavored cocktails!), and you're so not in the mood to start carving and de-gooping pumpkins. I'll be honest, I'm almost never in the mood, outside of when I can roast those seeds. Yum.

But if you're not down with pulling out pumpkin guts and want something a little shmancier than simply painting them one color, here are some rock 'n' roll, glam AF, and easy as (pumpkin) pie no-carve pumpkin ideas…

How to make art when you're "not an artist"

Saint Bob Ross once said, “If you don’t think you can do this — you’re not realizing how simple it is.” That's how he wanted us to look at making art. And it's true. Whether it's painting, knitting, building furniture, writing music, telling stories… the creative process is easy, and so so hard.

Here's how you can fight the fear and start making art…