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30 Genius IKEA BILLY Hacks for Your Inspiration

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Taking a piece of IKEA’s simple product and making it more unique and custom with some DIY tricks to meet individual needs is an IKEA hacker’s duty and dream. IKEA hacks are popular not only in the United States, but all around the world. Today I’d like to bring you the top 10 creative ideas for Ikea Billy hacks.

Ikea Billy was one of the best-known bookcases for its reasonable prices and a wealth of finish options. They come in various sizes and colors, and are perfect for the next generation of bookworms. You can mix and match the different parts to create a customized book shelving system.

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Take a look at these creative IKEA BILLY Hacks which can add style to your home. Learn how the masters make a boring boxy house look like a 19th-century charmer. With a little effort you can also make that pre-fabricated IKEA bookcase look like it was custom-built especially for your home.

DIY Stylish BILLY Built-in Cabinet

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Make budget built-ins from IKEA bookshelves. Love the side panels with sconces. Get the tutorial here.

DIY BILLY Bookcases with GRYTNÄS Glass Doors

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These bookcases are perfect for a small room because they are so narrow. Get the tutorial here.

DIY BILLY Bookshleves

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How to create a dream expensive looking bookshelf with the world’s most versatile bookcases. Get the tutorial here.

DIY BILLY Bookcases behind a Couch

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Another great example of a well styled bookcase is a long, low bookcase separating the living and dining rooms without obstructing the sight lines. Get the tutorial here.

DIY BILLY Bookcases with Height Extensions and Glass Doors

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Gorgeous bookcase made with Ikea Billy bookcases, glass doors and an IKEA lighting system. Arranging bookshelves in a corner is a clever way to maximize storage space. And what’s cozier and more satisfying than sitting in a room lined with books. Get the tutorial here.

DIY Customized Billy Built-ins

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Library wall made to look built in complete with Ikea Billy bookcases. Love this huge wall of book shelving. Get the tutorial here.

DIY Kitchen Island

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This kitchen island is composed of an IKEA butcher block and three BILLY bookcases. You can also give the island a more custom look with moulding and beadboard on the side. See more details here.

DIY Library Wall

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You will need four BILLY bookcases, good hardware and quality wood to make this gorgeous library wall at home. Get the tutorial here.

Another creative example of build-in bookcase

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Check out the tutorials here.

DIY Pantry Made with Two IKEA BILLY Bookshelves

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Mudroom Lockers

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Organize your mudroom with Ikea bookcases. Make getting out the door in the morning that much easier! Get the tutorial here.

Add a BILLY bookshelf to the baby crib

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See how they did it here.

Create a custom closet with BILLY bookshelves

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Get detailed instructionssource

Place the BILLY bookcase on top of the chest of drawers

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Then secure them to the wall to this custom and beautiful furniture that provides TONS of storage. Get the step-by-step instructions here.

Tutorial to Add Beveled Crown Molding on Billy Bookcase (Ikea)

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This is an excellent storage solution for A’s bedroom. Besides the crown molding, the custom back panel allows you to pull in other colors or patterns. This takes a little bit more work, but it will make your bookcases look built in.source

Built-in bookcases

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Here is one more example of built-in bookcases. It not only adds a ton of extra character and storage to the house, but they really can make a small house feel so much bigger! See more instructions here.

Beautiful IKEA BILLY Bookcases for Kids

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Good transformation by painting the backs in green and adding molding for the plain BILLY bookcase. This is perfect for the playroom! source

Bookcases with Glass Doors

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These X motif custom designed glass doors along with library lighting give these bookcases an inimitable look. It is a simple way to ensure that your interiors stand out from the crowd. See more here.

DIY Custom Built-ins with Crown Molding and a Sliding Library Ladder

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Create expensive-looking custom built-ins in your living room by mixing together Billy with crown molding and a sliding library ladder. See more here.

DIY Dollhouse with BILLY Bookcase

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By adding a roof, chimney, wooden details, paint, fences, walls and even windows, the Billy Bookcase becomes a chic dollhouse for your little one. Learn how to make it here.

DIY arched bookshelves

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See how to create DIY arched bookshelves with IKEA BILLY bookcases here.

DIY Gorgeous Home Bar Built from BILLY Bookcases

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See more photos and details here.

Entertainment Stand in Living Room

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Turn 3 BILLY bookcases from IKEA into an entertainment stand in the living room. Check out the full tutorial here.

IKEA BILLY Bookshelves Transformation

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Simple and clever transformation of the IKEA BILLY bookshelves by modifing and adding trim and lighting. Get a custom look for the living room. Get the directions here.

Built in Bookshelves with Window-seat

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I love this clever design. It provides us more comfy with the window seats alone with the bookcase. Get the instructions here.

Castle Bed with Upper Play Deck

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Castle bed with upper play deck using an IKEA Kura bed and two BILLY bookcases. See more at ikeahacker.net.

The Convertible BILLY Princess Row House

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A perfect hack idea for your daughter’s room. See more details here.

Built-in Bookshelf Wall in Living Room

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Create a built-in bookshelf wall in your living room by mixing and matching together IKEA Billy bookcases and Besta TV unit. See more here.

BILLY Bookcase as Kitchen Cupboards

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A good solution to make your kitchen stuffs organized. source

Use a BILLY bookshelf to build an IKEA Arcade Game

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Based on the tutorial, it wasn’t easy, but the result is awesome and worth. Check out the directions here.

Clever Shoe Storage with IKEA BILLY Bookcase

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Get a more shoe storage by adding some BILLY extra shelves to the simple bookcase. Check out more instructions here.

Mini Mudroom

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Create this mini mudroom from IKEA Billy Bookcases and a bit of beadboard and trim. It costs not much and looks like custom built-ins! A super inexpensive DIY project. Get more details here.

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Toddler DIY – Kid Friendly Christmas Crafts

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Welcome to the holidays, time for Kid Friendly Christmas Crafts.

Only this year, I have a toddler trying to help.

I went searching for kid friendly Christmas crafts and this is what I found.

I found the cutest ornament on Pinterest, so I figured I would give it a shot.

While I am putting the final result on my tree, this is totally a Pinterest fail.

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DIY Polish Star Christmas Ornaments

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My mother-in-law posted a link on Facebook the other day detailing how to make something called Polish Star Ornaments.

I watched the video and immediately fell in love with these easy, yet beautiful ornaments and thought how wonderful they would look on my Christmas tree.

Tradition of the Polish Star

In the Polish tradition of celebrating Christmas, the star has special significance.

On Christmas Eve the first star of the night is named “Gwiazda,” meaning “little star,” in remembrance of the Star of Bethlehem.

At the moment it appears, greetings and good wishes are exchanged.

Families then partake of the Christmas supper, “Wigilia,” the most carefully planned meal of the year.

Polish Star Ornaments

You will need the following supplies to make your Polish Star Christmas Ornaments:

  • A pen or pencil (to form the points)
  • Something sharp to poke a hole through the center of each piece of paper, I used a sewing needle, a toothpick would work too. If you use a compass to draw your circles, you can use that to poke a hole through the circles of paper.
  • Scissors
  • White Glue (to glue the points)
  • Jewelry Cord (to hold the pieces together, string, twine, ribbon etc. can also be used)
  • 2 Jewelry spacing beads, sequins, etc. (to keep the cord on both ends taught)
  • 5 Sheets of 8.5 x 11 Paper (scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, printer paper, brown shipping paper etc.)
  • A Compass or object you can use to draw around about 4″ wide, I used a cardboard ribbon spool
  • A Compass or object you can use to draw around about 1″ wide, I used a nickel

Instructions:

1.  Use a 3″ – 4″ circle (I used a cardboard ribbon spool that is roughly 3.5″) and draw 4 circles onto a piece of paper. Next, use your .09″ – 1″ circle (I used a nickel) and draw the inner circle in the middle of the larger circle. Do this on the remaining pieces of 8.5 x 11 pieces of paper for a total of 10-20 large circles.  Or use the template found here.

2. Cut the larger circles out.  Then Fold the circle in half, fold a second time in half (1/4), then a third time in half (1/8).

3.  Open your circles up. In the center of the circle punch, use a needle, toothpick, etc. to make a hole.

4. Cut along the folds almost to the center, but not quite all the way. You can see in the photos below where the cuts are made.

5. Put a small dab of glue on the point of one tab, then wrap the tab around a pencil or pen hold in place for a few seconds so the glue sets, do this for all 8 tabs. You can also do this without using a pen or pencil as seen in the youTube video posted at the bottom.

6. Slip a spacer bead onto your jewelry cord halfway down the cord (you can also use string, twine, thin ribbon etc.). I didn’t take a photo of this, so I used the diagram from diohomeimprovements.com.

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3 Simple Halloween Crafts to Decorate your Home

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At TotsFamily.com we like to get crafty but we are also a very frugal set of people.

When Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store challenged us to create a #SpookySpaces tablescape we couldn’t refuse.

Our table consists of three separate crafts which together make a lovely scene.

Or you can make just one or two of the crafts and add to your existing decor.

Looking for more Halloween ideas?

3 Simple Halloween Crafts To Decorate Your Home

Framed Holiday Quote

I love framed holiday quotes because you can customize and reuse it for every holiday table scape you create.

I chose the phrase ‘BOO’ for Halloween and decided to just use 1 letter per frame so it really stands out.

You could also choose whole words or phrases for each frame.

Instructions

I drew my letters, cut them out and glued them to a piece of Halloween craft paper.

Next, I trimmed my Halloween paper down and taped it to the back of the mat that is included in the frame.

I then assembled the frame back together and it was done.

Easy and effective. (You can reuse the frames with new paper for each holiday, accordingly)

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