Jourdan Fairchild is a Chicago-based creative consultant who banged the keys as a writer and editor at national magazines like In Style, O at Home and Country Living. Fairchild recently penned “Fly DIY: Crafts for the Modern Traveler,” a crafty e-book reviewed by Conde Nast Traveler, Racked and others. Jet setters might want to thumb through the collection of a dozen simple projects that were inspired by a trip to Africa that the author took after losing a job. Talk about squeezing out some sweet lemonade from life’s lemons.
Fairchild offers some trendy, yet easy DIY ideas that also happen to be inexpensive.
For the Design Lover
Gold macrame hoop wall hanging with fringe. “This takes two seconds to make using hot glue,” Fairchild says.
For the Cat Lover
Cat coasters made of cork and suede. “I’ve made these for friends,” Fairchild explains.
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For the New Parents
Instagram magnets or coasters of new baby. Because there are never enough pictures around the house of the new baby. Fairchild suggested this idea based on See Kate Sew.
For the Gardener
Rope basket planters (using $5 gift baskets from Container Store). “This idea is as easy as it sounds,” she says.
Simply use an inexpensive rope basket as a planter for an indoor plant.
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Jacky Runice has been a columnist with the Daily Herald Chicago since grunge music and flannel was the new black. Her fingers and gray matter have been busy as travel editor of Reunions Magazine; penning a column that was syndicated around the nation via Tribune Media Services. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.