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TURN A CARPORT INTO A PATIO SPACE

Nov 28 2014  |  Outdoor Projects

Whether you renovate an existing carport into a patio or decide to have a basic carport erected, the simple design of a carport allows you to set up an easy patio area in a small or large garden. And with a few design elements you can transform a carport into a comfortable and unique patio or entertainment area.

CHRISTMAS CARD DISPLAY TREE

Nov 27 2014  |  Festive Projects

Everyone needs a place to display or hang their Christmas cards and this masonite or hardboard Christrmas tree is easy to make and you can buy half a sheet at your local Builders. Then all you need are some upholstery pins or decorative tacks and colourful wood or embroidery thread.

CHRISTMAS DECOR ON A BUDGET

Nov 26 2014  |  Festive Projects

If there is one thing to be learned from the Scandinavians, it's how to decorate stylish interiors on a frugal budget. You only have to take a look at Danish and Swedish home decor and design magazines to see how they manage to transform stunning interiors using the most basic furniture and accessories.

DIY SHELF UNIT

Nov 25 2014  |  DIY Projects

Use meranti to make a simple yet practial wall-mounted shelf unit. For this shelf we show you two methods of joining the boards together; using a biscuit jointer or using a Kreg pockethole jig. You can also use dowel centres and dowels to join the boards together.

MY HERB & VEGGIE GUTTER GARDEN

Nov 23 2014  |  Garden Projects

With all the mini home improvements taking place at my house the small veggie garden that I had outside the door is no more. To take its place, and hopefully keep the kitchen supplied with fresh herbs and salad veggies, I planted a gutter garden on the one wall in a sunny spot.

EASY SUN LOUNGER

Nov 22 2014  |  Sewing Crafts

I have seen sun loungers similar to this on the Internet, but this design has a couple of practical and eco-friendly differences. First, I used old pillows for filling the sun lounger, and second, it has an adjustable back that allows you to set the angle you want to sit at. 

OIL BARRELS INTO STORAGE & DECOR

Nov 21 2014  |  Recycling

I recently featured an article on recycled materials for a practical kitchen and showed an oil barrel turned into a storage cabinet. German design group Lockengeloet have taken the idea of recycling oil barrels to a new level, with a range of oil barrels that can be used as a storage cabinet, a mini bar, and even a media centre. 

RECYCLED ITEMS FOR PRACTICAL KITCHENS

Nov 20 2014  |  Recycling

Recycling is a trend that is more than a passing fad. Around the world more people are looking at ways to re-purpose and re-use household items and waste to create recycled home decor and accessries that are beautiful and practical. We found plenty of ideas that you can put to use in your own home.

BASIC CUBES FOR MODULAR STORAGE

Nov 20 2014  |  DIY Projects

Over the years I have often extolled the uses for a basic cube, whether you add a shelf, a couple of drawers, or a door, you can make basic cubes out laminated pine, meranti or your choice of hardwood. I saw these modular storage units on a home shopping site in the Netherlands. So simple to make yet stunning when put together.

GRAPHIC WALL ART FOR ENTRANCE

Nov 19 2014  |  Living Spaces

Use printed or plain wallpaper and pine moulding or extruded polystyrene cornice to create a dramatic feature wall in a boring entrance. This clever design trick provides a  place to hang coats and accessories and also adds immediate interest to an otherwise blank wall. Finish off the project with custom touches by hanging fun hangers and hooks.

AVOID HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION SCAMS

Nov 18 2014  |  Lifestyle

If you are one of those that has left booking holiday to the last minute, consider the option for searching  online classified ads to find the perfect holiday spot. According to Junk Mail Classifieds, online classifieds are easy to navigate and contain all the necessary information for you to make an informed decision.

CHEAT'S DIAMOND-TUFTED OTTOMAN

Nov 17 2014  |  DIY Projects

I love the look of diamond-tufted furniture, but getting it right requires patience and plenty of practice, especially on a small project. After this weekend I had spare pieces leftover from the DIY Divas ottoman workshop and decided to show you an easy way to get the look of diamond-tufted upholstered pieces... with a small cheat!

NEVERWET FABRIC SPRAY TO THE TEST

Nov 16 2014  |  Shopping

NeverWet Outdoor Fabric spray should be in stock at your local Builders soon. This weekend I got to try out the spray and I am definitely impressed with how it repels water. I used it on my outdoor cushions with amazing results. Would I recommend it... absolutely!

DROP-LEAF WALL MOUNT DESK

Nov 16 2014  |  DIY Projects

This compact wall-mounted desk has a drop-down flap that serves as a worktop for a laptop that takes up very little space in a small home office or child's bedroom. When not in use the flap is easily closed to create a neat and tidy workspace. The cabinet is made of 12mm MDF which you can source from board and timber suppliers. Plus, you can still have everything cut to size to make assembly quick and easy.

PLASCON 12 & 15 YEAR GUARANTEE

Nov 14 2014  |  Decorating Products

Plascon,a  trusted name for paint products for many years, has become South Africa's first paint brand to offer up to 15 years guarantee on its exterior paint brands and a 12-year guarantee on its interior premium paint brands.

STEPLADDER = CHRISTMAS TREE

Nov 14 2014  |  Christmas Crafts

Last year I shopped around for a new Christmas tree, since mine was starting to lose a few of its branches and looking worse for wear. I was shocked to discover how the price of artificial Christmas trees has gone up so much, especially if you want one that's reasonably life-like. Made me think about alternative ideas for a Christmas tree... like this stepladder Christmas tree. 

ELEGANT ENGRAVED LACE EGGS

Nov 14 2014  |  Dremel Crafts

You can make this gorgeous detailed eggs for yourself or give them as a gift. Super easy to make if you have a Dremel Multitool, you can add decoupage any image onto the eggs once you are finished to fit any occasion. You can also make unique eggs to hang on the Christmas tree.

BUY BLINDS ONLINE FROM BLINDS DIRECT

Nov 13 2014  |  Window Treatments

Buy blinds right now from the convenience of your home or office. No more waiting around for someone to come to your home and measure up while you hold your fire for a quote. Buying blinds used to be tough, but not anymore - now you can buy blinds online from Blinds Direct.

DREMEL FESTIVE PROJECTS

Nov 12 2014  |  Dremel Projects

Home-Dzine and DIY-Divas are a big fan of the Dremel Tools range. They have a tool for a wide selection of craft, hobby and DIY projects. For the festive season, we have put together a collection of Dremel projects that you can make with your Dremel tools.

BOOKCASES FOR HOME OR OFFICE

Nov 12 2014  |  DIY Projects

When you work from home, whether full time or part time, storage is essential. Building a couple of side-by-side bookcases using MDF provides ample storage for files and storage baskets, and even space to include a few decorative accessories to add a personal touch to the space. 

FESTIVE DECOR... SOUTH AFRICAN STYLE!

Nov 10 2014  |  Shopping

This festive season it's palm trees - not pine trees - that take centre stage when Skinny laMinx designer, Heather Moore, introduces traditional Christmas décor with a South African twist. While there are snowflakes and pine trees decorating the Northern Hemisphere, here in SA it's hot and sunny and definitely not the weather for anything with snow!

SANDPIT WITH SEATING AND LID

Nov 08 2014  |  DIY Projects

Young children love a sandpit and can spend hours with a bucket and spade make sandcastles and having fun. This sandpit has a lid that can be easily placed over the top to keep out cats and ensure the sand stays clean. It also doubles as a daybed or play platform when not used as a sandpit.

COLOURFUL RUGS FOR KIDS ROOMS

Nov 07 2014  |  Living Spaces

Finding matching decor accessories for childrens bedrooms can be difficult, which is why I just had to share information on the range of Lidchi Kidz Rugs. An exclusive Victor Lidchi range of designer rugs, handmade pure wood rugs with embossed designs, that are manufactured specifically for children of all ages up to 12 years old.

DIY KIDS WORKSHOP THIS DECEMBER

Nov 06 2014  |  DIY Divas

Fully supervised workshops for kids 12+ (or younger if accompanied by mom) where the kids will use a variety of smaller power tools and make a selection of projects. Using Dremel MultiTool for carving and engraving gifts and Bosch drill/drivers. Excellent introduction to using power tools for young kids who love DIY!

GABION-STYLE OUTDOOR DINING SET

Nov 06 2014  |  Garden Projects

Use gabion baskets - or make your own using steel mesh - fill with pebbles or stone and add reclaimed wood or railway sleeper tops and you have a modern outdoor dining set that is easy to make, won't cost a fortune and is practically maintenance free!

ADD GLASS PANEL TO HOLLOW CORE DOOR

Nov 05 2014  |  Advanced DIY

I have done quite a few projects that look at how to dress up a plain hollow core door. These doors are bargains and you can pick them up for about R300 at your local Builders. Sometimes even cheaper than that if they are on special. But they are also pretty boring. I'm going to show you another way to dress up a standard hollow core door by cutting and fitting a frosted glass panel into the door.

KIDS PROJECT... GIANT CHALK STICKS

Nov 04 2014  |  Kids Crafts

Kids can have hours on fun with this giant pavement chalk. They can use on a concrete patio or driveway, out on the pavement in a safe area, or buy a can of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray and paint a section of wall, or board, for mounting to a wall, where the kids can play.

MAKE A CUTE AND COMFY BABY MAT

Nov 03 2014  |  Sewing Crafts

Basic sewing skills and some scraps of fabric are all that you need to make a cute and comfy mat for baby to play on. Filled with layers of soft batting, you can use this mat indoors and out. Spray with Rust-Oleum NeverWet fabric spray (to be launched later this month) and you can protect from spills and stains.

DREMEL PROJECT KITS MAKE IDEAL GIFTS

Nov 03 2014  |  Shopping

Dremel have introduced two kits just in time for the festive season: a Home Repair Kit and Home Décor Project Kit, both of which allow users to complete a variety of projects. The kits make the perfect Christmas gift for any DIY or craft enthusiast and are available at your local Builders, via www.tools4wood.co.za  or your local Dremel stockist.

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Launched in 2005, Home-Dzine was created to realise a dream; to express my love of crafts, home DIY and decor, and share with other South Africans. As a non-commercial website I am free to express my own opinions and pass on valuable information to readers.I feel that more people can benefit by being able to DIY home improvement and home repairs - those that anyone with a bit of DIY savvy can do themselves.

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