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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Zen Garden on a Budget

By: Diy maven Jul 25, 2008

created on: 07/25/08

My sister Barbara was shopping for a zen rake, and it occurred to her that I should make a zen garden for Curbly. Well, here it is...a zen garden on a budget. (Thanks for the idea, sis!)

Stuff you’ll need:

A thick-ish picture frame; 8" x 10" works well. (I found the perfect specimen at the thrift store for $2.80. Sweet.)

A glue gun and glue sticks

Beach sand (Since I don’t live in an area notorious for its lovely beach sand, I had… Continue Reading

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Paper Furnishings

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 25, 2008

created on: 07/25/08

The love affair with paper continues.  And why not?  It's just about the perfect material--biodegradable, beautifully handpainted, or just plain minimal and subtle.  It takes a little more than dexterity to cleverly construct origami birds and such, but a decoupaged chair sounds like it's right up my alley.  Other delightful and useful home accessories are featured in The Paper Home, such as this paper… Continue Reading

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How to Upholster a Tape Measure

By: Diy maven Jul 25, 2008

The clever babes over at Spoonful of Sugar Girls have come up with something you probably hadn’t considered doing before: upholstering your tape measure. So sweet, even non-hardcore-crafters will want one.

What you need:

a retractable tape measure
fabric scraps
spray starch
Vliesofix, optional (it's double-sided webbing used for applique)
embroidery floss, optional

What you do:

Head on over to Spoonful of Sugar Girls for aContinue Reading

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How-to: Make a Slipcovered Vase

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 25, 2008

created on: 07/25/08

This easy tutorial came to my attention through Paper and Stitch when I was googling one of my past tutorials to find sites where it was picked up.  Ugh, shameful self-centeredness.  Nevertheless, it led me to this simply adorable vase slipcover.  I'm considering some vase projects these days, so this will go in my "great ideas" folder.   This also makes good use of small fabric scraps or "fat quarters"… Continue Reading

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How to get rid of everything that annoys you.

By: Diy maven Jul 24, 2008

How to Get Rid of Things is a website devoted to ‘helping you prevent, eliminate or remove common annoyances from your life.’ Included in their list of irritations are pests of the bug variety; common household issues like odors and stains; personal hygiene nuisances like warts and ringworm; and cosmetic gripes such as cellulite and man boobs. So, to finally rid yourself of whatever pains your ass, check out How to Get Rid ofContinue Reading

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Easy Citus Slices Flower Arrangement

By: Diy maven Jul 24, 2008

BHG has this really simple but very effective flower arrangement idea. All you need is a clear glass pitcher, a tall glass, some lemon slices and flowers.

First, slip the glass inside the pitcher.

Then slice lemons into 1/4" slices and arrange them between the glass and the pitcher. Of course, you'll start at the bottom and then overlap the slices a bit as you go.

Finally, gently pour water over the lemon slices and… Continue Reading

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The Weymouth Beach Sand Castle Hotel

By: Diy maven Jul 24, 2008

In an effort to entice Brits to vacation at their own seaside resorts, sand sculptor Mark Anderson created a sand hotel on Weymouth Beach, UK. The hotel will be on display until July 27th. No word if you can actually book a ‘room’ in the giant sand castle, but if you’re really interested, your best bet is to contact  Via Uncooped.

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How To: Hand-stamped Dishtowels.

By: Chrisjob Jul 24, 2008

Derek and Lauren from Design*Sponge have a new tutorial each Wednesday, and this one's too adorable not to share. These hand-stamped dish towels are endless

ly customizable, and a perfect weekend project... i wish they had stamps like these at my local craft store.


-rubber stamp set
-dish towel
-fabric-friendly stamp pad
-paper towels

Click here for the full instructions.

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Swiss Army Keys!

By: Chrisjob Jul 24, 2008

No more jangles: this brilliant hack from Pyro222 (inspired thusly here) custom fits all your keys into a compact Leatherman/multitool. The design even allows you to leave in a few tools and bits in the case for when the time arises.


Leatherman Micra - find an inexpensive copy at the hardware store
Keys - Make copies!
Something to cut the keys with, like a Dremel with a cutoff wheel.

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The Dot Candy Bench.

By: Chrisjob Jul 23, 2008

When I was a kid, I ate candy dots once a year...on our family vacation to Canada, and I freakin' loved 'em. The folks at Jellio must have too, as the inspired them to create the Button Bench. At $1400, its one heck of an investment for a novelty item, but a trip to Ikea and some painted playground balls could get you there as well. Via.

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