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This contributor post was written by Beth of Parsimonia.

For me, the start of 2012 isn't about resolutions; I've made tons over the years and usually forget about them before February rolls around. Instead, I like to look at it as a fresh start, a year brimming with bright, shiny possibilities along with the feeling that anything is within my grasp. As such, I thought it appropriate to bring you some bright and shiny DIYs to inspire you for the new year. The last one isn't a full-out tutorial, but I know that you have what it takes to recreate it them "” you are papernstitch readers after all! Here's to a year of possibility! :)

(above) Gold Chevron Paintings by Makeunder My Life

99 Cent DIY Candles by Emily Henderson

Glittery Gold Bow Clutch by The World Is My Oyster

Metallic Gold Mason Jars by Lovely Little Details

Gold Tree Stump Side Tables via Love Maegan

Have a great weekend!

Beth is the writer behind Parsimonia: Secondhand With Style, where she blogs about her first love (thrifting) and her second love (cooking), as well as DIY projects, sustainable style and other bits of inspiration. She lives in St. Louis with one husband, one fuzzy dog and lots of dreams, and recently launched an online vintage store.


We have piles and piles of books at our house. Bookshelves are great, don't get me wrong, but I have been itching for a new way to display our ever increasing book collection. And since I love the art wall idea so much, I decided a book wall would be an equally great solution. And the best part is, the books are still fully functional for reading. They can be taken down and put back up in just a few seconds.

If you already have the books and a few other very basic supplies, it won't cost you a penny. *Book lovers: don't worry. No books were harmed during the making of this project. So anyone can try it!

Materials: 1. Hardcover books 2. Velcro 3. Scissors 4. Level (optional)

How To: 1. Grab a handful of your favorite hardback books (yes- you're going to want to use hardbacks. paperbacks don't work as well). 2. Arrange them on the floor in various ways until you come up with a pattern that you like. 3. While keeping your books in their arrangement, individually cut and apply two strips of velcro to each book (use more if the book is especially heavy). One towards the top of the book and one towards the bottom, both horizontally. Each strip should be about one to two inches shorter than the width of your book. 4. Start at one end and move to the other, securing each book to the wall with the velcro strips, following the arrangement you created earlier on the floor. You can work from the middle out instead if you'd prefer. It doesn't matter. A level might be a good tool to use as well if you have one. 5. Once everything is secure, you are done.

Now you can pull down a book and put it back up whenever you would like. And when you're not reading, you have a colorful (and original) piece of wall art. Its a real conversation starter when you have company over.

For more ideas for quick and easy projects, click here to visit the tutorials page filled with more than 40 diys.


I recently had the pleasure of being asked to participate in the Best of Blogs series for Top DIY Projects by the folks over at iVillage, and I was thrilled to see the results. My double duty dry erase board project, which you may remember seeing here a couple months back made the cut, alongside the likes of Design Sponge, How About Orange, and a handful of others.

I rounded up a few my favorites here. But there are fourteen projects in total to explore. So head on over when you have some time. I'd love to know what you think.