We don't even want to admit the percentage of our apartment that came from Ikea. It's functional, cheap and a lot of their stuff is actually really jazzy. But we also enjoy a good craft -- especially when that craft fulfills a purpose we'd otherwise have to spend money on. And that's why we're in love with Ikea Hacker.

Jules, the resourceful lady behind the blog, was kind enough to share some of her favorite hacks with us. Want to turn a $3 clock into a personal piece of art? It can be done in under five minutes. Need a way to store all your jewelry? No problem. Want to sleep in a canopy bed, but don't want it to set you back $100? Click through for these and 12 more projects that can be done on the cheap with minimal effort.


Cheap and Easy Ikea Hacks

    Super Cute Plant Potters: Asker utensil holders ($5.99 to $7.99) hold greenery just as well as forks -- and the plants look cuter! Make sure to pick up a pack of S-hooks to hang the pots with. The six-inch variety has a hole in the bottom for drainage.

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    DIY Canopy Bed: Who doesn't want to sleep like a princess? With this little project, anyone can afford to. All you need to make your own canopy on the cheap is a rod, two panels (look for the kind with loops up top rather than just a pocket through which to slide the rod--it looks prettier) and some tiebacks. This photo uses the Index curtain rod ($1.99) with some finials -- or purchase one of the many rods that come with the decorative end pieces ($1.49 to $29.99).

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    Personalized Photo Clock: This Rusch wall clock ($2.99) is cheap but boring. For a quick makeover, remove the insert and use it to trace a new background on a photo, cool piece of wrapping paper, etc. Reassemble the clock and you're done. "Now i have a great bathroom clock that frames a pleasant memory from a trip to Japan. a new way to showcase your favorite photos!" says the hacker.

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    Kitchen Gear Turned Coat Rack: Closet organizers can he expensive, cumbersome and a pain to install--so instead, let employ a few kitchen gadgets to do double-duty. The Grundtal rail ($6.99), S-hooks ($2.99/5) and dish strainer ($10.99) come together to form this storage rack that costs half the price of traditional closet organizers and is much more customizable. This setup is small enough to fit behind a door.

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    Glam Up your Desk or Dresser: This hack uses a few packs of Lots mirrors (4 mirrors for $5), Antik knobs (2 for $5) some spray paint and some grout (to avoid drilling through the mirror without compromising the look) to convert an old student desk to a super-glam vanity. Check out the instructions here. http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/2008/11/mirrored-vanity-desk.html

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    Hold-Everything Jewelery Stand: This is definitely one of the most beautiful IKEA hacks around. Angie was looking to replicate a $1200 jewelery chest that was way out of her -- and our -- budget. But with three sets of the Fira drawers ($14.99), some stain and a few other accessories, she made this beauty of a chest of drawers. We're not the only ones smitten; the project took 4th place in the 2008 Design*Sponge DIY contest.

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    An LCD Frame You Actually Want to Display: LCD photo frames can be found on the cheap at big box stores and online, but the bargain finds aren't usually the prettiest. An IKEA Riibba frame ($7.99 and up) provides a cheap way to pretty up the frame. The frames are thick enough that the LCD screen should be able to fit inside easily, and if it doesn't, just strip off the plastic LCD frame, leaving the bare screen. Depending on what size frame you get and the size of the LCD, you might have to enlarge the mat opening, or just pickup mat board from any craft store and make your own.

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    Get Crafty With Your Knife Rack: As awesome as the Grundtal knife rack ($8.99) is as an actual knife rack, it's handy for much more than that. Try using it to store your craft supplies like tape measure, scissors, pliers, etc. Or check out Adam and Melissa's hack -- they didn't want to drill into their fridge, which was the only space they had for a knife rack. "So we took 2 Grundtal knife magnets and glued the 'non-magnet' faces together. One face sticks to the fridge while the other face is for our knives."

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    Notebook Lap Stand:
    Frustrated at the $100-plus notebook computer lap pads--you know, the ones meant to keep your computer from burning your thighs when you're actually using it as a "lap" top -- one hacker took matters into his own hands. Simply cut down the Benjamin stool ($19) and voila! We also dig the other laptop stand solutions here, which include one that hides all your cords and cables, and another that uses a paper towel holder to display your computer like a work of art.

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    Make Some Memories Table: The Lack table ($12.99) is one of the most plain, and therefore most versatile, pieces at Ikea. Combine the end-table with the Ribba frame of the same size ($19.99) and voila! A memory-box end table for half cost of buying one yourself.


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