Easy Organizing and Decorating Projects From the DIY Experts at HGTV.com

30 Mini Makeovers in 30 Minutes or Less

HGTV Magazine shares clever little ways to spruce things up superfast.

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1. Trade in the inserts your throw pillows came with for down-filled ones that are an inch or two bigger—they’ll make them look extra plump.

2. Replace the jumble of pens on your desk with a matching set in a graphic cup, like this chevron one ($18, seejanework.com).

3. Spray-paint the inside of your mailbox a happy color. Be prepared to smile—even if you’re picking up bills!

4. Wrap a plain drum shade with three colors of yarn. Leave about three inches uncovered at the top for the white “stripe.” Hot-glue the yarn to the shade as you go.

5. Turn leftover ceramic or glass tiles into coasters by hot-gluing cork to the back of each one.

6. Cheer up a plain throw pillow. Attach a large pom-pom to each corner with a needle and thread or fabric glue. Look for pom-poms at etsy.com/shop/stephlovesben ($7 for a set of 4). Pom-poms make a pillow pop!

7. Paint wood crates, then screw colorful casters ($12 each, coolcasters.com) to the bottom corners to make movable storage bins.

8. Put your favorite candlestick on permanent display by turning it into a lamp base with a lamp kit (available at hardware stores).

9. Instead of letting flowers spill over the top of a vase, display them in a tall glass cylinder with the blooms not quite reaching the top.

10. Stitch together place mats you love to create a one-of-a-kind table runner.

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