ROUGH CUTS

Mother Nature got it right: Nat­u­ral tex­tures have no short­age of ap­peal. In­clud­ing el­e­ments like wood, leather, and stone around your home is incredibly easy.

Do It Yourself - - CONTENTS - PROJECTS KAREN BRADY & SARA PEREZ PHO­TO­GRAPHS MARTY BALD­WIN WORDS LUCY FITZGER­ALD

Nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als—crys­tals, geodes, wood, and leather—are front and cen­ter in these de­signs.

BOXED IN Show off your fa­vorite crys­tals, suc­cu­lents,

or other trea­sures in a gold-trimmed, see-through box, right. Mea­sure and cut plex­i­glass sheets for the four

sides. The size will de­pend on your pre­ferred height and the size of your base (ours is a flipped-over wooden drawer or­ga­nizer). Ar­range the back and one side piece on a flat sur­face with the con­nect­ing sides touch­ing. Tape the pieces to­gether on both sides us­ing gold foil tape and

a ruler to keep tape edges even. Add the third and fourth sides, and then tape around top and bot­tom edges. Set

the box on your base.

GEO-RGEOUS, DAR­LING Bring shim­mer to an un­ex­pected place with the nat­u­ral sparkle of geodes, left and op­po­site. When se­lect­ing geodes for drawer pulls, look for halved or sliced stones that have a flat back area for ad­her­ing the screws or bolts. Clean and dry the geodes, then mix epoxy (ac­cord­ing to di­rec­tions) and ap­ply to the head of a flat­head screw or bolt that fits the dresser hole.

Rest the screw head-down on the back of the geode un­til dry. Use a washer and nut in­side the drawer to se­cure the knob.

HERE TO ROCK Give your footwear a stylish spot to dry with a cus­tom stone-lined boot tray, above. Once you se­lect a boot tray, pur­chase or scav­enge enough rocks to cover the bot­tom. The amount of rocks needed de­pends on the size and depth of your translu­cent boot tray. (You can pur­chase land­scap­ing rocks at most gar­den or large hard­ware stores.) Wash off any dust from the rocks, and let dry. Ap­ply an ad­he­sive to the bot­tom of the boot tray, and at­tach rocks in a sin­gle layer.

LOOK AT YOU! A simple mirror be­comes a state­ment piece with rus­tic leather straps and brass ac­cents, this photo. Se­lect a mirror with space on the frame to thread the leather straps through. (We used a mir­rored tray from World Mar­ket.) Mea­sure and cut a leather strap to the ap­pro­pri­ate length for hang­ing the mirror, tak­ing into ac­count the loops that you will make to se­cure the strap on the frame. Use a leather punch to make a hole 1 inch from each end of the strap. Thread the strap through the mirror frame evenly on both sides. Fold each end of the leather strap to create a loop, then mark and cut another hole where the first hole meets. Se­cure each loop with a brass but­ton screw-back stud.

Watch + learn! See this swirly wall art come to life at: BHG.com/Ab­stract

RIP­PLE EF­FECT Create strik­ing art­work us­ing simple wa­ter­color tech­niques, this photo. Spread news­pa­per over a flat sur­face, and set a large can­vas on top. Us­ing a foam brush dipped in wa­ter, sat­u­rate the en­tire can­vas. One drop at a time, add liq­uid wa­ter­color in your de­sired col­ors to the wet can­vas, al­low­ing the color to spread. We rec­om­mend stick­ing to two or three col­ors to avoid looking muddy. Press on the can­vas in dif­fer­ent ar­eas to guide the paints (see how-to, op­po­site).

Add col­ors and more wa­ter un­til de­sired design is achieved; let dry overnight.

ROUGH MARBLE SLAB + HAIRPIN LEGS = STUN­NING SIDE TA­BLE. THE LIQ­UID GILD­ING PAINT MAY SOAK INTO THE MARBLE A BIT BE­YOND THE EDGE IT­SELF, MAK­ING THE TA­BLE ALL THE MORE IN­TER­EST­ING.

WE USED DRAWER OR­GA­NIZ­ERS FOR THE BASE OF OUR PLEX­I­GLASS DISPLAY CASES. FEATHERGRA­IN WOODEN DRAWER OR­GA­NIZ­ERS, FROM $4; CON­TAIN­ER­STORE.COM

BE­CAUSE OF THE BOARD’S RAW EDGE, MEA­SURE­MENTS FOR THE TWO STRAPS LIKELY WON’T BE THE SAME. KEEP YOUR IN­TENDED HEIGHT CON­SIS­TENT AND MEA­SURE EACH STRAP SEP­A­RATELY.

NO LEATHER PUNCH? PLACE THE LEATHER ON A SCRAP OF WOOD, THEN USE A RUB­BER MAL­LET AND AN AWL OR LARGE NAIL TO POKE HOLES.

PUR­CHASE FURRING STRIPS TO FRAME THE CAN­VAS. PAINT A CO­OR­DI­NAT­ING COLOR TO FIN­ISH.

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