Is it hot where you are? Strike that — without even knowing from where you hail, we can tell: it's probably pretty dang hot there. Our preferred method of beating the heat on summer's notorious Dog Days is staying as close to the AC as possible. Aside from spending hours reading The Fashion Spot, we head straight to one of our favorite sources of endless inspiration, Pinterest, to see what other types of indoor activities with which we could engage.
With surprisingly simple tutorials for everything from reworked drinkware to surprising uses for plastic cutlery, we've rounded up 10 of the images that are most inspiring us to put down the TV remote (or step away from the keyboard) and pick up a glue gun. Read on for our picks and let us know which ones are encouraging you to get in touch with your more-handy side!
Childhood Crafts, Rewired
Don't Shop Sonia -- Make It!
Say No to Taxidermy, Yes to Wet Newspaper and Paste
Pinterest is on a serious papier-mâché kick, but who could blame pinners? With all these superb DIYs, we are all but running out to grab the necessary supplies. This faux-taxidermy bust is super-cool because you're unlikely to find the real deal in your typical slice-n-stuff shop (though if you ever do, please give us a shout.)
Martha Knows Best
This classic Martha Stewart craft is giving us good reason to buy all the sweet little teacups we typically pass on while thrifting. Fill with wax, add a wick and presto, your own shabby-chic home candlescape.
Lighting Is Everything
Yes we are really into lighting on this site. With rad, easy DIYs like this one — reminiscent of some amazing, mythical fairy forest land — how can you not be into good lighting?
Actually, Simple Is Everything
We are so drawn to crafts like these painted vases — so simple a child could figure it out from the pictures, but easy on the eyes. Vintage colored glass is so tempting, but now you can whip up some of your own.
From Spoons to ... Flowers?
We're not entirely sure what's happening here, but we know that we like it. From plastic take-out spoons to chic flower charm? Don't mind if we do.
The Summertime Staple
In case you need a refresher on how to make the best friendship bracelets, this pin's got you covered.
From Souvenirs to Baubles
You know all those quirky pressed pennies you're always getting while on vacation (we're not the only ones, right?), here's the perfect use for them — a charm bracelet — which doubles as a portable travel showcase!
Now, Reward Yourself
Whew! You've made it this far, time to reward yourself with something totally decadent. Like those notorious fried-onion appetizers available at certain steakhouse chains? You're gonna love this. Also, gotta love Pinterest users' great taste in photos, which makes this low-brow dish look totally beautiful.