Display bits of fabric that you like instead of keeping it in a box. Fabric is art in itself. You can find embroidery hoops all the time at garage sales and thrift shops! Maybe even paint the hoops to give a little color to the fabric hoop wall!
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You know those DIY-writing pens with glued-on flowers stuck in flower pots you see on people's desks? Why not use this technique with colorful "whatever" (cheap plastic, rummage-sale fabric, etc.) for a cute pen topper?