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#RookieDIY Hall of Fame

First of all, we have to say we are blown away by your talents! We received so many creative & unique DIY submissions for our #RookieDIY challenge. You guys didn’t just step up to the plate for this challenge…you hit it out of the park!

Congrats to everyone for diving into the DIY world. As rookie DIY-ers ourselves, we know how addicting finishing projects can be! Once you finish one…it is onto the next. We hope that these May projects are only the first of many in your new career as a true “do-it-yourselfer.”

Tomorrow we will announce the official winner of the #RookieDIY challenge (who will without a doubt be heading right over to Target to spend those 50 buckaroos!)

Today, we’re showing you some projects that made it into our Hall of Fame…

Christine’s Jewelry Box Makeover:
“When my grandmother passed away in 2002, I inherited one of her jewelry boxes. I decided to makeover the jewelry box so that I could use it at my home. I sanded it down, primed it, and since it will be sitting on a black dresser, I decided to spray paint it white. The hardware was painted black. I love the new look and can’t wait to have something in my new home to remember my grandmother.”

Kelli’s Postcard Journal:
“I made it with old postcards, index cards and an old fruit box. Each note card is a different day so if today is May 1st, 2013, you write on that card and then next year you write below it on May 1st, 2014, so you can see everything that happened on that same day each year!”

You can read more about Kelli’s Project over on her blog

Clare’s Necklace Holder:
“I have a few necklace stands, but I have a lot of chunky necklaces that are too heavy for it. I love the new trend of showcasing your jewelry in creative ways, and thought this concept would be a way to add some wall art as well as hang heavier necklaces. I found the scrap wood in my basement and bought the various drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby for 50% off! Then I just painted the wood, drilled holes, and twisted the pulls in. I can’t wait to hang it up.”

You can learn more about Clare over on her blog

Kiersten’s Driftwood Key Rack:
“This is the best kind of DIY – cheap and easy! I made this driftwood key rack for less than $5 in less than 20 minutes. I walked the beach until I found the perfect piece of driftwood, and then added some hooks and hanging keys. Easy-peasy way to add some beach cottage charm to my house.”

You can read more about Kiersten and her project over on her blog

Casey R.’s Cork Garden Markers:
These are completely customizable, you can write on the sides, on the ends or all over. It’s up to you. I choose to write on the top end as well as twice on the side. I decided to use beer cooks because they have wider ends for writing. Then you just stick the skewer into the cork and place in the garden or container. Ours have already been through two rain storms and are still standing strong.”

You can read more about Casey’s project on her blog

Christina’s Colorful Wreath:

“First, I secured the end of the yarn to the foam ring with a drop of hot glue and began wrapping the wreath, making sure not to leave any gaps.  To make the felt flowers, I first cut a circle approximately 3″- 4″ in diameter. I then cut a swirl, starting at an outer edge of the circle working inward, to create a coil shape.  Once the swirl is cut, start with the center point of the circle and begin wrapping the coil outward to create the flower shape.  Secure the last wrap with a drop of glue. When I liked how the flowers were placed, I secured them with a straight pin and used hot glue on the edges. Next, I painted the wooden monogram letter with two coats of matching yellow paint and set it aside to dry.  Once dry, I attached the letter to the wreath with hot glue.  Lastly, I secured the wreath to my new front door with a matching yellow ribbon.”
Not only does Christina excel in her wreath making skills, she even has her own Etsy shop where she creates some pretty fabulous jewelry. Go check it out here!

Here are some of the other spectacular projects you guys submitted on Challenge Loop.
Check out more info about each project on our challenge loop page.  They’re all incredibly inspiring!

Again, you guys continue to amaze us every single day. Cheers to all of you for being MVPs.

Love,
The Rookies 

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