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  • DIY ideas for the last-minute holiday party

    Not everyone has a special stash of Christmas decor on reserve. The tree, ornaments, lights and Santa’s nine inflatable reindeer take up valuable space that, in my case, is better used to store my bike safely indoors. How then, does the urbanite throw a holiday party without holiday adornments? If you can’t convince a friend […]

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  • Tray makeover: Add mo personality

    A ’stache-themed makeover for Movember, the moustache-growing charity event Unlike a sofa, a tray is something you can make over frequently to update your decor. It’s essentially the ‘accent pillow’ of the coffee table that can be more jazzy and trendy, adding personality to those neutral furniture elements in the home. Tray makeovers are as […]

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  • Movember DIY: The board trim

    For those of us who can’t grow enough visible facial hair to participate in the global month-long charity event Movember, mo-themed craft projects are a fun fuzz-free alternative. This week I bring you a cork DIY. Why cork? It’s easy to trim, not unlike a moustache. Even at the finer points, it doesn’t disintegrate and […]

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  • Want your DIY featured in print?

    Hola DIY compadres! I write a weekly DIY column in 24 hours newspaper where I feature DIYs from around the globe. If you want to see your project featured in print, shoot me an email at julia.dilworth[at]  

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  • Halloween DIY: Jack up the jack-o’-lantern

    Whether you’re interested in saving time or fingers, the no-cut pumpkin is becoming Halloween’s most bewitching decor. If you leave the knife out of it, your creations are limited only to your spooky imagination. The possibilities are endless in terms of materials, so you can Frankenstein whatever creepy jack-o’-lantern face you like, or abandon the […]

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  • Teach an old door new tricks — Upcycle Challenge

    In high school, I chose musical theatre class over woodworking because I was afraid I’d lose a finger. It’s been 10 years but I’ve finally realized this was a huge mistake. The Vancouver Home and Design Show has, for a second year, invited me to participate in the Ultimate Upcycle Challenge. This time, there’s a twist: ‘Unhinged’ […]