With the worldwide pandemic ravaging the world, many people find more free time on their hands than they can remember. After all, going out is not really an option at the moment, and nobody knows when it will be.

But it turns out, idle hands are capable of incredible things. And thanks to the subreddit “Something I Made,” which has people sharing their most incredible pieces of work, we now have a full collection of handmade goodness for our eyes to feast on.

From an incredible dinosaur costume built from PVC pipes and foam and a "Game Over" cross-stitch piece, to pants purposefully constructed with pockets deep enough to fit a TV remote and beer, these are some mad DIY skills that may spark your inner go-doer and maker that has been deep asleep all this time.

#1

I Built A Backyard Treehouse As A Quarantine Project

I Built A Backyard Treehouse As A Quarantine Project

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Nash Nopper
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5 months ago

WOW!

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#2

I Made A Portrait Of German Shepherd With Soft Pastels And Pastel Pencils. What Do You Think?

I Made A Portrait Of German Shepherd With Soft Pastels And Pastel Pencils. What Do You Think?

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Nash Nopper
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5 months ago

love it!

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#3

My Parents Planted An Apple-Tree When I Was Born. Sadly, The Tree Died A Few Weeks Ago, So I Made A Bookshelf Out Of It

My Parents Planted An Apple-Tree When I Was Born. Sadly, The Tree Died A Few Weeks Ago, So I Made A Bookshelf Out Of It

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Toko Danganronpa
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5 months ago

That's beautiful

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The worldwide pandemic which has been ravaging the globe has not been the brightest thing in recent memory for most of us. With so many people left jobless and struggling to find hope that everything will get back to normal eventually, it’s only normal to feel more anxious and low-spirited than usual.

But engaging in DIY activities can not only give your idle hands something to work on, it can have some seriously positive effects on mental health. To find out more about the positive effects DIY activities and art-making have on our minds, Bored Panda reached out to Liza Hinchey, a psychologist, art therapist, and a doctoral researcher at Wayne State University.

“Art-making has the special power of getting our minds into what’s called 'the flow state.' If you’ve ever been doing something and found that hours went by without you even noticing, you were in the flow state of mind! Research has shown that the more time people spend in the flow state, the happier they are on average.”

#4

My Mom Is Learning How To Sew. This Chair-Cover Cooking Set Is Her Latest Creation

My Mom Is Learning How To Sew. This Chair-Cover Cooking Set Is Her Latest Creation

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5 months ago

Aww, the kiddo is adorable.

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#5

I Run An All-Volunteer Trail Crew That Specializes In Good Old-Fashioned Technical Stonework. Here Is What We Make!

I Run An All-Volunteer Trail Crew That Specializes In Good Old-Fashioned Technical Stonework. Here Is What We Make!

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PandaJon
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5 months ago

Stairway to heaven

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#6

I Painted A Whole Bunch Of Rocks During Quarantine!

I Painted A Whole Bunch Of Rocks During Quarantine!

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NAS
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5 months ago

Omg! So beautiful.

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Moreover, Liza told us that art-making can reduce anxiety by “improving 'mindfulness'—known as a nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment.” It’s “because anxiety is often characterized by thinking about the future,” explained Liza, but “focusing on the present moment is a natural antidote to anxiety.”

The psychologist added that art-making activities that “involve repetitive, similar motions (like coloring or doodling a pattern)” are particularly helpful since they “can help reduce anxious thoughts and bring us back to the present.”

#7

My Mom Hand Cut And Stained All The Pieces For This Wall. I Think It's Beautiful And She Deserves Some Props

My Mom Hand Cut And Stained All The Pieces For This Wall. I Think It's Beautiful And She Deserves Some Props

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

Lovely indeed!

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#8

I Am Groot

I Am Groot

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Jaekry
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5 months ago

This well look awesome in the right setting!

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#9

I Finally Finished My Giant Stained Glass Hippo And I'm Dying Because It Looks So Good!!

I Finally Finished My Giant Stained Glass Hippo And I'm Dying Because It Looks So Good!!

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

That.Is.So.Cool.

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And since art-making for many people brings enormous benefits for their mental health, art therapy can be useful for anyone. “While art-making outside of therapy has enormous benefits for mental health, creating art under the guidance of an art therapist can be especially helpful.”

Liza said “it’s great for small children who may not have the vocabulary to express their emotions yet, and can therefore represent them better through art; it’s used to treat trauma in adults, as traumatic memories are often most active in visual centers of the brain, so art can help people process these memories when talking about them doesn’t suffice (not to say that talk therapy is not helpful for trauma—it often is!); it’s used to treat anxiety, grief, depression, and so many other concerns.”

“One of the most powerful things about art therapy is that it can really be adapted for anyone, and requires absolutely no artistic 'skill.' The point isn’t to make a 'masterpiece,' but to explore yourself as a human being,” the psychologist concluded.

#10

I Made Sleeping Bengal Kitties Out Of Glass

I Made Sleeping Bengal Kitties Out Of Glass

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Toko Danganronpa
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5 months ago

Aaawwww

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#11

My Heart Was Heavy The Past Few Weeks And Naturally That Pours Out Into My Work And Made This Dress. I Hope Everyone Is Hanging In There Mentally, Change Will Come Here In Africa ❤️ #endinjustice

My Heart Was Heavy The Past Few Weeks And Naturally That Pours Out Into My Work And Made This Dress. I Hope Everyone Is Hanging In There Mentally, Change Will Come Here In Africa ❤️ #endinjustice

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Anne
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5 months ago

stunning dress!

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#12

I Paint With Bleach!

I Paint With Bleach!

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5 months ago

Yesss, those look awesome, I should try painting with bleach...

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Meanwhile, a study from Heather L. Stuckey, a professor at the Department of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, and Jeremy Nobel from Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, suggests that crafting and engaging in creative activities may help decrease anxiety, stress, and mood disturbances, as well as improve well-being and quality of life.

Over the past decade, health psychologists have cautiously begun looking at how the arts might be used in a variety of ways to heal emotional injuries, increase understanding of oneself and others, develop a capacity for self-reflection, reduce symptoms, and alter behaviors and thinking patterns.

#13

After Searching For A Contractor For Months And Getting Bids At 10k Plus I Decided To Attempt This Myself With No Tools And Experience. Cost Me $2500 In Materials And $500 In New Tools. It’s Not Perfect But Am Super Proud Of The Results.

After Searching For A Contractor For Months And Getting Bids At 10k Plus I Decided To Attempt This Myself With No Tools And Experience. Cost Me $2500 In Materials And $500 In New Tools. It’s Not Perfect But Am Super Proud Of The Results.

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Stacy S.
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5 months ago

You inspire me!

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#14

I Wanted To Paint My Cat, But Doing All Of Her Seemed Hard, So I Just Did The Easy Parts

I Wanted To Paint My Cat, But Doing All Of Her Seemed Hard, So I Just Did The Easy Parts

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

He he he. Clever.

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#15

My First Attempt At Making A Leather Handbag. The Hand Stitching Took Forever!

My First Attempt At Making A Leather Handbag. The Hand Stitching Took Forever!

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hobbitly
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5 months ago

very creative!

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Another study published in 2020 looked into the connection between arts and mental health, functioning, & life satisfaction. The study authors came to a conclusion that “frequent arts participation and cultural attendance were associated with lower levels of mental distress and higher levels of life satisfaction, with arts participation additionally associated with better mental health functioning.”

#16

An Origami Koi Fish That I Made With A US $1 Bill For My Tip Jar At Work

An Origami Koi Fish That I Made With A US $1 Bill For My Tip Jar At Work

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

The "eyes"! Incredible!

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#17

I'm A 16 Yr Old Blacksmith And I Forged This Whale Bottle Opener :) Hope You Like It!

I'm A 16 Yr Old Blacksmith And I Forged This Whale Bottle Opener :) Hope You Like It!

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5 months ago

I like it!

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#18

My Goal For This Year Was To Finish This Painting, And I Did Took Me 3 Months. I Know It’s Not 100% Perfect But I’m A Bit Proud

My Goal For This Year Was To Finish This Painting, And I Did Took Me 3 Months. I Know It’s Not 100% Perfect But I’m A Bit Proud

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Izzy_
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5 months ago

Wow!! So amazing!

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#19

The Bridge, Another Cat Tree I Just Finished

The Bridge, Another Cat Tree I Just Finished

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Nash Nopper
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5 months ago

the doggo loves it, too! awww

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#20

Friends, What Do You Think Of This My Handmade Dress?

Friends, What Do You Think Of This My Handmade Dress?

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Toko Danganronpa
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5 months ago

I AM IN LOVE

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#21

I Made This Needle Felted Albino Bat

I Made This Needle Felted Albino Bat

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Toko Danganronpa
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5 months ago

If you are selling them I will buy them :)

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#22

I Made A Stained Glass Of My Friend's Watercolor Painting

I Made A Stained Glass Of My Friend's Watercolor Painting

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

Both are incredible!

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#23

I Built This For A Family In Columbus Oh, But I’m 100% Going To Build A Full Sized One As My House Next

I Built This For A Family In Columbus Oh, But I’m 100% Going To Build A Full Sized One As My House Next

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

My inner child wants this!

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#24

I’m Only 16 But I Built A Hardwood Desk Out Of 2 Sheets Of 4x8 Maple Plywood.

I’m Only 16 But I Built A Hardwood Desk Out Of 2 Sheets Of 4x8 Maple Plywood.

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Anne
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5 months ago

At 16 that's skilled!!

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#25

Made A Purple Ombre Wisteria Mobile Out Of Felt

Made A Purple Ombre Wisteria Mobile Out Of Felt

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Toko Danganronpa
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5 months ago

I cannot express how much I love this

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#26

Trash Fort With Green Roof

Trash Fort With Green Roof

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

Great idea!

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#27

I Make Layered Animals Out Of Birch Wood. This Is 7 Layers. Hope You Like

I Make Layered Animals Out Of Birch Wood. This Is 7 Layers. Hope You Like

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Alma Mater
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5 months ago

i don't like it !! i LOVE it

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#28

My Wife Asked For A Gold Bicycle. I Bought An Old 70’s Ross Kids Bike And Turn It Into A Low Rider.

My Wife Asked For A Gold Bicycle. I Bought An Old 70’s Ross Kids Bike And Turn It Into A Low Rider.

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ADHORTATOR
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5 months ago

Wow!

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#29

Wire And Clay Whippet I Just Finished - With A Heart Of Gold

Wire And Clay Whippet I Just Finished - With A Heart Of Gold

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Mz Phit
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5 months ago

Gorgeous! I have a pit bull/whippet mix, (a "Bull Whip" ) and she absolutely has a heart of gold. You really caught the anima of this wonderful breed

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#30

I Repainted A Cabinet (I Got For Free!) And Wanted To Share

I Repainted A Cabinet (I Got For Free!) And Wanted To Share

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

...and now it belongs in a palace!!! I love how the cabinet looks in blue.

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5 months ago

The repainted version looks so much better.

F. H.
Community Member
5 months ago

No! How could you cover that lovely wood like that?

Brandi VanSteenwyk
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5 months ago

One of my most-treasured possessions is a small side table I picked up on the roadside many years ago. It's true beauty emerged while stripping the years of abuse, grime and grease from it's surface and crevices. As my first effort in restoration, it isn't perfect.... In anyone else's mind.

Laugh or not
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5 months ago

I like manual work, but I am not particularly gifted. I can see all the imperfections in what I do. It brings me so much joy looking at my projects. Perfect is over rated.

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Bubbles
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5 months ago

Looks like its stright outta "Beaty and the Beast"

Rhon
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5 months ago

So beautiful!

hi myself
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5 months ago

Both are beautiful.

Fieke Engelen
Community Member
3 months ago

I had to go back to make sure it was the same cabinet. Beautiful!!

Alex_cat lover
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4 months ago

Amazing

CharliAnn Olney
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5 months ago

You sure captured the essence of that cabinet in that color! So regal!

Carol Hicks
Community Member
5 months ago

Love the color and hardware.

Liz-ard
Community Member
5 months ago

As a cabinet maker my self I really think you nailed it!

Tereska
Community Member
5 months ago

I LOVE this!

Luuta
Community Member
5 months ago

Stunning

Karen Crowley Critchley
Community Member
5 months ago

Love it

Barb Braun
Community Member
5 months ago

Just WOW!

Steven Meyer
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5 months ago

Gorgeous

Roz Klaiman
Community Member
5 months ago

a masterpiece. How gorgeous

Teresa Spanics
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5 months ago

Beautiful!

Carole Strawn
Community Member
5 months ago

That is absolutely gorgeous. Great choice of color and drawer pulls.

Marcia Klucznik
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5 months ago

I’m SO in love with this.

Sandra Warren
Community Member
5 months ago

Well done!

Deborah Coalter
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5 months ago

Gorgeous#

Lynn Dougherty Quin
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5 months ago

I love that shade of blue!! You did a great job.

Dani Pret
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5 months ago

Gorgeous!!!!

Amy Jo Buchanan
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5 months ago

Oooh! Nice!

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
5 months ago

Quality upcycling!

Bored Birgit
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5 months ago

I liked die original wood much better! It looks more vivid.

J. Cole
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5 months ago

WOw. Talk about goals! Gorgeous. Great redo.

Elizabeth McCorkle
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5 months ago

Absolutely regal!

ERIN W.
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5 months ago

I'm glad you did share it turned out fantastic!

Rae Black
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5 months ago

So gorgeous!!!!

•LeXi•
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5 months ago

Love the color!

Meghan Hirt-Gehr
Community Member
5 months ago

I painted our living room walls almost this exact color blue. Love it

BabaBizzle
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5 months ago

Nice look!!!! Free to Fab!

Robin Childers
Community Member
5 months ago

OOOH, Fancy! I like it.

Logically Reasonable
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5 months ago

I'm no fan of blue, but that is something worth the time and effort!! Wow!!

Rens
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5 months ago

Wow, that's a proper up-cycle!

aesthetic.baddie27
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5 months ago

It looks so elegant!!

Nubis Knight
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5 months ago

Wow, that's impressiv! *_*

Iggy
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5 months ago

Ooh! Swanky! It looks great.

Iva Kazalova
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5 months ago

The transformation is gorgeous!

thetacotruckman
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5 months ago

the royal family: where did our fifteenth cabinet go?

Little Dino
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5 months ago

ooooh...i really like the blue!

Seaside Charlie
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5 months ago

A thing of beauty.

Zena Marsh
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5 months ago

lovely.

Sue Simmons
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5 months ago

It's beautiful now. It was hideous.

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#31

My Husband Snores And My Daughter Rotates In The Bed So I Haven’t Slept Well In Four Years...converted The Closet In The Office Into My Own Personal Bed

My Husband Snores And My Daughter Rotates In The Bed So I Haven’t Slept Well In Four Years...converted The Closet In The Office Into My Own Personal Bed

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Izzy_
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5 months ago

Genius!!! Having the bed in the closet!!

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#32

I Made Something Horrible, Or Awesome. I Honestly Can't Tell

I Made Something Horrible, Or Awesome. I Honestly Can't Tell

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Anna Banana
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5 months ago

Definitely both!

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#33

My Daughters "Sally Witch" Costume I Crocheted

My Daughters "Sally Witch" Costume I Crocheted

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Izzy_
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5 months ago

That's amazing!

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#34

After Being Laid Off In April I Spent The Last 2 1/2 Months Building This Playhouse For My Kids. I Have No Construction Experience, Just A Lot Of Youtube Tutorials. I’m Very Happy With How It Turned Out.

After Being Laid Off In April I Spent The Last 2 1/2 Months Building This Playhouse For My Kids. I Have No Construction Experience, Just A Lot Of Youtube Tutorials. I’m Very Happy With How It Turned Out.

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Nadine
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5 months ago

This is incredible!!

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#35

I Really Wanted Wallpaper In Our Bathroom, But I Couldn’t Afford It...so I Painted It! I Used Leftover Paint Samples From Another Project. I Hand Sketched The Flowers Based On A Marimekko Pattern

I Really Wanted Wallpaper In Our Bathroom, But I Couldn’t Afford It...so I Painted It! I Used Leftover Paint Samples From Another Project. I Hand Sketched The Flowers Based On A Marimekko Pattern

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Anne
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5 months ago

And this will be much more water resistant than wall paper!

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#36

I Made 3-Prong Wooden Hair Fork With Cat Ears Headband

I Made 3-Prong Wooden Hair Fork With Cat Ears Headband

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Evelína Zlá
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5 months ago

Or Batmann hair fork... :)

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#37

After 40 Hours And A Lot Of Black Embroidery Floss, I Finally Finished This Crow Embroidery!

After 40 Hours And A Lot Of Black Embroidery Floss, I Finally Finished This Crow Embroidery!

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5 months ago

Beautiful.

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#38

Partner And I Hand Made A Sliding Door Over The Weekend! What Do You Think?

Partner And I Hand Made A Sliding Door Over The Weekend! What Do You Think?

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Eva the Egg
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5 months ago

Gorgeous. The bathroom is so cosy too

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#39

Made This Beautiful Vintage Dress For My Engagement Photos And Just A Mini Shoot! Aiming To Make My Entire Wardrobe To Be Vintage

Made This Beautiful Vintage Dress For My Engagement Photos And Just A Mini Shoot! Aiming To Make My Entire Wardrobe To Be Vintage

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Eslamala
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5 months ago

It's lovely!

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#40

I Made This Cute Bernie Sanders Toy

I Made This Cute Bernie Sanders Toy

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R L
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5 months ago

The mittens :-)

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#41

A Little Weekend Project My Wife And I Just Finished

A Little Weekend Project My Wife And I Just Finished

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That is such an improvement.

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#42

I Made A Stained Glass Quilt!

I Made A Stained Glass Quilt!

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Wow.

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#43

I Made This Mini Lime Out Of Polymer Clay!

I Made This Mini Lime Out Of Polymer Clay!

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Toko Danganronpa
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5 months ago

Wow!

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#44

Made A Giant Squid Out Of Microfleece, 'Cause Why Not?

Made A Giant Squid Out Of Microfleece, 'Cause Why Not?

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5 months ago

Excellent.

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#45

Made These Glass Piano Jewelry Boxes A Bit Ago In Support Of Pride!

Made These Glass Piano Jewelry Boxes A Bit Ago In Support Of Pride!

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Jelly the Bean
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5 months ago

Oh my gosh I love them!

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#46

I Made A Phone Stand To Turn Your Smartphone In A Cozy Fireplace

I Made A Phone Stand To Turn Your Smartphone In A Cozy Fireplace

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Aski Markup
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5 months ago

Genius!

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#47

I Made This

I Made This

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Toko Danganronpa
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5 months ago

🤯

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#48

Bragging About My Mugs

Bragging About My Mugs

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

These are the mugs Elves drink from!! I want one!

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#49

I Made A Dress Out Of The Leaves In My Garden. It Was Either This Or Rake Them All Up, Seemed A Shame For Them To Go To Waste.

I Made A Dress Out Of The Leaves In My Garden. It Was Either This Or Rake Them All Up, Seemed A Shame For Them To Go To Waste.

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Toko Danganronpa
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5 months ago

I would totally wear it

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#50

Finally Had Success With Resin Lacing!

Finally Had Success With Resin Lacing!

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Toko Danganronpa
Community Member
5 months ago

ooohhhh

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