This New Cocktail Trend Is Going to Change the Way You Make Drinks


A French press obviously makes amazing coffee recipes, but its uses lie far beyond your morning cuppa Joe. Get ready to have your mind truly blown by an innovative yet surprisingly common sense use for this flavor-infusing machine: Craft cocktail recipes. Bars all over the country are employing this new drink trend, and TBH, we're kinda surprised we didn't use the French press for this purpose years ago. If you're looking for exciting new tequila recipes, take note!

So here's the long and short of it. If you put fruits, herbs, and other flavorful delights into your French press and then pour your liquids (think booze as well as juices) over top, all those flavors are going to sit together and infuse. It's pretty logical actually — it works in the same way that coffee beans infuse hot water. After a few minutes, you'll press down gently on the plunger, squeezing the remaining flavors and juices out of your flavor-makers. Then you're ready to use the press to conveniently pour the drink into a waiting cocktail glass.

French press cocktails are all the rage at various bars across the country. The Theodore in Dallas is one of the original purveyors of this *ingenious* new trend. One of their specialties is an unorthodox version of the hot toddy, made with lemon, blood orange, lemon, vanilla, honeycomb, and cinnamon as flavor-infusers. Those ingredients are placed in the bottom of the French press, while cognac, poppy liquor, bitters, Bénédictine, and hot water form the base of the drink.

And The Theodore is hardly the only bar to embrace the trend. Provision No. 14 in Washington DC has jumped on board the French press cocktail train as well, with one of their stand-out drinks involving a mixture of orange juice, pineapple, lemon, and chamomile, all infused with orange peels, lemon peels, and mint leaves.

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If you’re anything like us, you love dressing up for every holiday occasion. Whether you’re DIYing an ugly Christmas sweater or experimenting with spooky Halloween makeup looks, no festivity goes by without fanfare. That’s why it’s no surprise that this Fourth of July, we’re getting decked out in RWB gear, from our heads down to our mani.

That’s right — this year, we’re giving our digits the all-American treatment with patriotic nail art that shouts U-S-A! From star-spangled tips to omg-worthy firework nail wraps, these manis are perfect for any Independence Day activity. Need some patriotism in your life? Here are 15 Fourth of July manis you need on your digits for Independence Day weekend.

Two and Two

Mix up your nails by rocking solid colors on a couple of your fingers and patterns on the others. It's unsuspecting, but when your only colors are red, white, and blue, it isn't too much.


Let your mani shine bright by rocking these explosive nail wraps. Mix with an accented glitter nail, ’cause baby you’re a firework (sorry, we had to).

Tricks and Treats

Pay homage to both 4th of July staples like stars and glitter *and* everyone favorite summer treat, popsicles!

Wavy Baby

Keeping your nails festive with the red, white, and blue color combo makes them great for Independence Day, but picking a pattern that's classic makes them appropriate all summer long.

Stars and Stripes

Have a little fun by doing two completely different patterns on your hands. We love how this combo of stars and stripes mixes up the colors on each nail.

Festive Accents

We always love an accent nail, and what better time to rock one than the 4th of July? Paint the rest of your nails the same color, or alternate between red, white, and blue.

Flower Child

Not a huge fan of star motifs? Keep within the patriotic color palette but swap the usual patterns for flowers, gingham, and polka dots.

Mix and Match

Take your patriotism to the next level by saluting the troops with this cute AF mani. Use a small brush for a perfectly polished look that will have you #winning all weekend long.


You owe it to your country to try these nails. This mani will look perfect with an LRD and luscious, fuss-free curls.

Vertical Stripes

Get girly with your American pride by using a top coat of glitter over your nails. Bling out your mani with star-shaped accents for an updated look on traditional Fourth of July nails.

Bold Stars

Forgo the stripes and paint all-American stars over your digits. Take it up a notch by swapping in a fire-engine red polish for an Insta-worthy design that’s impossible to ignore.

Double Stripes

Take a simple approach when it comes to your Fourth of July nails with this less-is-more style. Jazz it up with an accented firework nail that will outshine any Independence Day streamers.


Bedazzle your American flag mani with multi-colored glittered nail polish. Opt for an LBD to let your swoon-worthy nails be the focal point of your weekend ensemble.


This starry mani is too cute to pass up. After you layer a nude coat, use two different glittered nail polishes for an extra-sparkly mani that’s sure to be a conversation starter.

Playfully Patriotic

Have fun with smiley faces, top hats, and your favorite picnic foods.

Tag us with your 4th of July nails on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest for more beauty inspo!

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The quickest way to the heart might be through the stomach, but we'd also argue that cooking up delicious recipes from different cultures is a great way to see the world without even leaving your home. When we're making dinner, we always want something tasty but quick, especially when we have other things going on (like rewatching all of Stranger Things... again). That's why we love everything about pasta amatriciana. Plus, not only is this pasta recipe delicious and easy, but it also features plenty of cheese, which will literally always say yes to.

What Is Pasta Amatriciana?

Pasta amatriciana is a classic Italian recipe that features meat, cheese, and a flavorful tomato sauce. Instead of spaghetti or linguini, it calls for bucatini. Bucatini is a thicker noodle that's actually hollowed out, so you get an opportunity to have even more sauce with every bite.

Different Takes On Pasta Amatriciana

@flavorsbyale Anyone else feel like they can eat pasta everyday? 🍝 #amatricana#pasta#noodles#dinnerwithme#learnfromtiktok#italiancooking#pastarecipes♬ Cooking Italian with Romano - Fabrizio Pigliucci

This iconic dish is equal parts easy and delicious, and makes for a great addition to any summer dinner or when you need warmth on cooler evenings. A variety of ingredients — including salty pancetta and pecorino Romano, and a bit of sugar — round out the flavor.

@danilocortellini Sundays are #pastaday#pastatiktok#pasta#amatriciana#recipesoftiktok#recipesforyou#recipeshare#italianfood#pastarecipe#pastatrend#foryou♬ Italian Dinner Party - Italian Restaurant Music of Italy

Since there are so many families that make this dish, every iteration is a bit different! If you're looking to add another layer to the recipe, remove some of the fat before you start making your tomato sauce. Add in garlic, onions, or cloves to add some extra flavor you wouldn't get otherwise.

@the_pastaqueen Pasta alla Gricia, the Grey Amatriciana sauce (pecorino & pepper) #gricia#pasta#pastarecipe#thepastaqueen#quickrecipes#italianfood#cooking♬ original sound - The Pasta Queen

If you're not a huge fan of tomatoes, or you want to cut down on your acid intake, try making the recipe without them. The official name of this dish is pasta alla gricia, and the gray sauce comes from mixing the pecorino cheese with some black pepper.

How To Make Pasta Amatriciana

We got some pasta amatriciana inspo of our own fromGiada De Laurentiiswith this pancetta pasta recipe. You can finish with your go-to seasonings and herbs for even more of a personal touch. If you're super short on time, you can also swap pancetta and pecorino Romano for bacon and Parmesan.


  • 6 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Sea salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • Pinch dried crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28-ounce) can tomato puree
  • 1 pound linguine, or pasta of your choice
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino Romano


  1. Add the pancetta to a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and sauté until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Add the onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the tomato puree. Simmer uncovered over medium-low heat until the sauce thickens slightly and the flavors blend, about 15 minutes. Season the sauce with salt, to taste.
  2. Meanwhile, boil the linguine in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  3. Toss the linguine with the sauce in the skillet, adding some of the reserved cooking liquid until the pasta is moist, but being careful not to dilute the sauce. Toss with the cheese. Season with salt, to taste.

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Let's be honest: one of the most important parts of my summer travels is making sure I have super cute vacation outfits. And it isn't about taking nice Instagram pics either: I just want to look good, especially if I'm staying somewhere beautiful. The following outfits are super cute and work for a variety of vacation destinations, from a day at Disney World to a girls' trip to a beach holiday Greece.

If your vacation has more than one destination, then it's important to note that this guide is also packing hack-friendly — multiple outfits reuse a few of the same pieces, especially accessories. Aka, you can cut down what pack. Your suitcase will thank you!

Beach Vacation

When I go to the beach, I like to pick a swimsuit that's cute enough to double as a top, like the Plunge One Piece from Kitty and Vibe. Throw on a pair of Levi's High Rise Shorts and grab a wicker Baie Bag to store your latest read. Colorful Birkenstocks are a must, and you can't forget the Sugar Oversized Square Sunglasses.

Girls' Trip To the City

I'm all about mixing textures and silhouettes. For a girls' night out, I paired these Annorlunda Color Block Pants with a structured corset top (I'm obsessed with the neckline!) and a convertible black Waverly bag. Since both of the latter are black, they let the pants take center stage. These Kimmie Black Sandals are cute and summery, and you can never go wrong with gold Dôme Hoops.

Disney World —  Disneybound of Belle

One of my favorite things to do when I visit Disney World is to Disneybound. If you're unfamiliar with the term, it just means dressing in an outfit inspired by your favorite Disney character — like Belle! This Star Spangled Mustard Yellow Backless Lace Romper has some beautiful detailing, especially when paired with a Belle Backpack. I thought the gold of the Pleated Knot Headband added some glam, and since you're walking around all day, you need some comfy footwear, like these Petrona Sneakers.

European Vacay

If you're going overseas for vacation, research the culture you're visiting before you pack. That way, you know what the locals are wearing. European style equals classy in my mind, so I wanted to go for something simple and chic. Definitely no sweatpants or leggings! A Oversized Button-Down Shirt tucks easily into a pair of Vintage Straight Jeans, and the Waverly bag ties everything together. Add the Kimmie Black Sandals and Dôme Hoops for good measure.

Cross-Country Roadtrip

When I'm sitting in a car for long periods of time, my number one concern is comfort. And what's more comfortable than Fast and Free High-Rise Biker Shorts and this oversized Here Comes The Sun Tee? Add that same pair of Petrona Sneakers and Sugar Oversized Square Sunglasses to for some added comfort that still looks amazing.

Cold Weather Honeymoon

If you're going somewhere that has a lower temperature, layers will be your best friend. The square neck on this Bardot Knit Top is a sophisticated take on the white tee that goes well with the Rib-Knit SweaterandVintage Straight Jeans. Plus, if you get hot, you can just take the sweater off. These Fair Isle Crew Socks will make the Dustlie Booties even more comfortable, and the Waverly bag is perfect for all your vacation necessities.

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Do you dream of being your own boss one day? It’s a rewarding experience but as we learn, the title requires a ton of grit and patience. This week in Selfmade Stories, our partnership series with Office Depot OfficeMax, we chat with emerging entrepreneur Rachel Lerro, founder of Most Hungry — a cooking and recipe site that “aims to un-basic your food routine” — on career pivots, learning to embrace social media, and how to love taking total control.

B + C: Where did the inspiration for Most Hungry come from?

Rachel Lerro: I was always cooking and taking photos, and I wanted to combine them into a resource for myself. I thought of it as a simple online cooking notebook. As time went on and I started to create a collection, I would have friends and family ask for recipes, and that’s when I decided I should share it.

B + C: Where were you in your life when you came up with the idea for Most Hungry?

Lerro: I was doing a lot of freelance work for everyone else’s companies and start-ups and I wanted to do something fully for myself. I wanted to be able to create a site where I was the only client and had full creative control to do whatever I wanted.

B + C: What has your career trajectory been that has led you to launch a food and recipe publication?

Lerro: I originally went to school for fashion design and that was totally how I saw my future. I was pretty determined back then, but once I graduated and worked in the industry, I realized it wasn’t for me. I went full-time freelance building websites and that gave me the experience and knowledge base to start my own site.

Most Hungry's Key Lime Cheesecake

B + C: In an age where there are plenty of cooking and recipe platforms, what challenges are you hoping specifically that Most Hungry will solve for readers? What sets your food site apart from others?

Lerro: I’m all about approachable food that anyone can make. Nothing fussy. I also have a unique approach to the visual elements of the site. I like punchy, bold flavors and I want to convey that to readers. I want you to be able to taste the food by looking at it. I want you to get excited to make something when you see it on the site.

B + C: At this point in your career, are you doing everything yourself or are you hiring freelance writers and photographers?

Lerro: It’s just me. I do it all. I currently do everything on the site myself from the cooking, to photography, styling and site development. I would love to hire someone for social media/promotion/advertising and outsource the site development so I can focus on my strengths: content creation and recipe development. In the near future I’m looking to expand and hire some talent to help to take some of those tasks off my plate.

B + C: At what stage are you at in your entrepreneurship and what are the current big challenges you’re facing at the moment?

Lerro: I’m a new mom — my son is now two months old — so figuring out how to balance my time between mom life and the site will be a new challenge. My other challenge is always how best to monetize and grow while also setting myself apart from every other food site out there.

Most Hungry's Fennel Salad With Blood Orange, Thyme, and Toasted Walnuts

B + C: What are some of the major wins you’ve experienced that have propelled you forward?

Lerro: Seeing my content featured on other sites and shared online always feels like a big win. I recently had some recipes featured on Brit + Co and on feedfeed’s recipe guides and social accounts. I’ve also created some content for brands like Nasoya and Instacart. It always feels like you’re doing something right if your content is getting shared.

B + C: How have you approached marketing your brand and raising awareness?

Lerro: Social media has been the best method to promote myself. I’m not particularly great at marketing, but I try to be true to myself and as authentically me as possible. I value the real connections you can make on platforms like Instagram to connect with other content creators, brands and build a community.

B + C: What are some of the ways you maintain your mental health or ways you stay focused while embarking on your entrepreneurial journey?

Lerro: Trying to just be myself and not comparing my progress to anyone else’s. It can be hard, especially with social media, but I just gotta remind myself I’m where I need to be and to keep making a little bit of progress everyday.

B + C: Who or what keeps you inspired?

Lerro: I get a lot of joy and energy from being creative. I love to experiment with design, styling, flavors, cooking techniques, cuisines, you name it. Once I make something I like, I get amped and just want to keep making more.

But on the flip side, when I put too much pressure on myself, or set unrealistic expectations, all that joy is completely crushed. I continually need to remind myself to always enjoy the process.

B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you grow your business?

Lerro: Selfmade has helped me to create solid long- and short-term plans for growing and expanding as a business. I was able to get input from my mentors that has been invaluable. It’s also given me the opportunity to put myself out there and get some very necessary critical feedback on the site.

Most Hungry's Red Sauce Rigatoni

B + C: How have Office Depot OfficeMax services/products helped you accomplish more in your business?

Lerro: Office supplies, getting back to pen and paper. Other than cooking, the rest of what I do on the site is digital, but there are times when I need my process to be a bit more tangible. Having supplies like paper, ink, and pens on-hand is a huge help. I feel like I would often overlook how helpful it can be to get back to simple pen and paper or even cutting up photo printouts to decide on what layout and visual elements to use when creating content.

B + C: What's next for Most Hungry?

Lerro: The next big step for Most Hungry is collaborating and partnering with brands and other content creators. I also have some design updates coming in the next month and a slightly new direction for the content on the site thanks to a lot of the input I got from Selfmade.

It’s also looking like my son has a dairy and soy intolerance (MSPI), so the next year may see lots of new dairy- and soy-free recipes, plus some recipes with new and breastfeeding parents in mind.

B + C: What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received that you would pass on to others?

Lerro: Just start. Now! Keep making small and consistent progress cause those little bits will accumulate and that’s what leads to success. Find your niche and fully embrace it. Get into the nitty gritty and be an expert at what you do.

Thanks Rachel! You can follow Most Hungry on Instagram and Pinterest.

While your road to entrepreneurship may require some trial-and-error, one thing’s for sure: Office Depot OfficeMax can help you realize your small biz dreams with a full suite of business services and solutions and access to work-from-anywhere products so you can focus on bigger-picture projects.

When you think of a snacking cake, what comes to mind? If you think of nostalgic foods like Twinkies and other Hostess products, you're thinking of snack cakes, as a quick Wiki search will tell you. A snacking cake, meanwhile, is a laid-back cake with one layer and little to light frosting that can be easily consumed by hand alongside your afternoon tea or coffee, according to Food & Wine. We think you'll love our Nutella-inspired snacking cake recipe. This simple and flourless cake is the perfect grab-and-go treat for any occasion.

Nutella-Inspired Flourless Snacking Cake

Cake Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut milk beverage (not canned coconut milk!) almond or regular milk work as well
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups hazelnut meal
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink salt


  • 1 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut milk beverage
  • Sprinkles, for decorating


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x13 cake pan or a square 9x9 baking pan by lining with parchment paper across both the width and length of the pan. Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray or grease with butter and set aside.
  2. Take a large mixing bowl and add in avocado oil, coconut sugar, eggs, coconut milk or milk, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract. Whisk them together until well incorporated.
  3. Next, add in hazelnut meal. Measure out the cocoa powder over a mesh sieve or flour sifter, and sift into the mixture to ensure no lumps are in it.
  4. Sift the coconut flour into the bowl, then add in the baking soda and pink salt. Whisk everything together until it is well mixed and no lumps remain.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan and place in the oven. Bake the cake for 20 minutes if you are using a 9x13 cake pan. If you are using a 9x9 cake pan, increase the baking time by 10-15 minutes, checking the cake at 5 minute intervals after the 20 minute mark to check for doneness. Turn the cake once halfway through the baking time.
  6. While the cake is baking, you can make the frosting. Add in butter to a mixing bowl and whisk with a hand mixer or standing mixer for 1-2 minutes, until butter is light and fluffy.
  7. Add in powdered sugar and cocoa powder, using the mesh sieve or sifter if needed to remove any lumps from them.
  8. Keep mixing, adding in the vanilla extract and the coconut milk as needed. The frosting should be well mixed and fluffy.
  9. When the cake is done baking, let it cool for 5-10 minutes in the pan. Carefully remove it, lifting the parchment paper to get it out of the pan and place it on a wire rack. To speed up the cooling process, place the cake on the wire rack in the freezer for 15 minutes. It should be room temperature or cooler at that point.
  10. Frost the cake across the top and decorate with colorful sprinkles!
  11. The cake can remain on the counter for a day, then store in the refrigerator after that.

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Recipe and photos by Sarah Anderson.

We’ve already done rope, and now we’re on to another rustic material we love: wood! It’s as basic of a material as clay and is constantly reinvented by DIYers, crafters, artists, hackers, and carpenters. To get inspired to create our own batch of cool wooden objects, we turned to our favorite fellow makers to see what projects they’ve come up with. Scroll down for our top DIY wood project picks.

DIY Wooden Picture Holders

Personalize your desk space and display your best shots with a DIY picture holder that calls for nothing more than a little wood, spray paint, and some inspiration. Add color as needed. (via Passion Shake)

DIY Anthropologie Wall Organizer Hack

We love Anthro *almost* as much as we love a good hack, and this sweet wall DIY falls nothing short of fabulously organized. (via Fish & Bull)

DIY Painted Birch Slice Coasters

Just in time for summer dinners with all the rosé, these pastel birch coasters make a cute (and useful) addition to rest your bev on. (via Dans Le Lakehouse)

Wooden Bungee Organizers

These organizers are made using hobby board and bungee. They’re great for organizing sunglasses, cords, and scarves, especially in small apartments and homes. (via Brit + Co)

Painted Wooden Spoons

You’ve likely seen this one kicking around Pinterest, but it’s so bright and colorful we just had to include it. (via Little Bit Funky)

Antler Jewelry Board

If you go for a wander in just about any area that has tons of deer, you will definitely find shed antlers. Turn them into a caddy for all of your necklaces. (via Rebecca’s DIY)

Wooden Orbit Mirror

On the left, an $1,800 mirror from Anthropologie. On the right? Our $20 hack! (via Brit + Co)

Mops, Brooms, Gardening Tools

Who says chores have to lack style and color? Add a bit of spunk to your household essentials with paint, glitter, and shellac to seal the deal. (via Brit + Co)

Pallet Dining Set

Definitely on the more involved side of our DIY spectrum, this dining set looks beautiful on a porch or terrace. (via Brit + Co)

Nail String Art

A few pieces of wood, nails, and string are all you need to create this simple piece of art. Use words, shapes, or states for designs. (via Brit + Co)

Western Wood Panel Shirt

Add a little flair to your favorite button downs by attaching painted wooden panels. Think “neon goes west.” (via Brit + Co)

The Ultimate DIY Accessory Organizer

If all your jewelry won’t fit on this huge organizer, you might have a hoarding problem… we’re guilty too. ;) (via Brit + Co)

Driftwood Drawer Pull Necklace Holder

Another spot for organizing accessories? Don’t mind if we do! (via Visibly Moved)

Pallet-Top Desk

You might need to hit the flea market to make this one happen. Add a pallet topper to an old vintage desk, and you’ve got a stylish new setup. (via Thistlewood Farms)

Wooden Photos

Transferring photos to wood is an easy way to get that rustic vibe without sacrificing the bold hues you love. (via Apartment Therapy)

Wood Grain Tins

It’s not actually made from wood, but we love this kitschy, woodgrain-look way of dressing up tins and containers. (via Kirtsy)

Handmade Wooden Bangles

For a seriously rustic and bohemian look, use a wood-burning tool to create custom designs. (via Alisa Burke)

Paint-Dipped Candle Holders

Such a gorgeous and minimal centerpiece for a table, mantel, or non-working fireplace. (via Anne Sammenmaerchen)

Pallet Headboard

Create your own unique slumber decor from repurposed pallets. (via This Old House)

Chalkboard Cheese Tray

Do you want cheese with that? Um, obviously! (via Brit + Co)

Wood Bunting

We love this take on bunting — it would make for an upgraded gift tag or table decor. (via Hank + Hunt)

Rustic Pencil Holder

Armed with a few trusty drill bits, it would be easy to customize this for any pencils, writing tools, or markers you have. (via Strawberry Chic)

Little Wooden Houses

Little houses on the hillside, little houses made of ticky-tacky…” (via Minted)

Wood Plank Wine Rack

It doesn’t get more minimal, simple, and functional than this. (via Camille Styles)

Painted Wooden Bangles

You can usually find plain wooden bangles at a craft store. This tutorial shows you how to jazz ’em up! (via Kollabora)

DIY Candle Centerpiece

Turn an off-cut into something practical and oh-so-pretty! All you need is a big enough drill bit and some paint. (via Damask Love)

DIY Wood Frame Holder

Invite Mother Nature to your desktop with these tiny wood frames. (via The Things She Makes)

Color-Blocked Two-Tier Coffee Table

Bring a zing of color-blocked mid-century-modern goodness to your home with this totally doable project. (via A Kailo Chic Life)

Wood-Striped Utensil Holder

Simplicity and natural tones at their best. Once you master the process, you’ll want to make some matching pieces. (via A Beautiful Mess)

DIY Sofa Arm Table

This is the DIY you didn’t know you needed. No more mopping up a drink after your cat spills it when jumping onto the couch. (via Love & Renovations)

DIY Bead Chandelier

Beaded boho goodness. Start looking for a good price on wooden beads, because you’re gonna need ’em in bulk! (via The House That Lars Built)

DIY Wooden Hoop Earrings

Rummage around — you may already have everything you need to create these stunnas. (via The Merry Thought)

DIY Wood Jewelry Holder

Simple, compelling, and handy. You could also use it as a key holder by the front door. (via Fun 365)

DIY Painted Wood Placemats

The opportunity for customization is what gives this project its cool factor. The placemats would make a wicked birthday gift too. (via A Bubbly Life)

What cool wood projects have you been making? Tag us on Instagram!

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