How to Fold a Paper Rose

Diy Maven
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Photo: Lexy Ward

I  love working with flowers. Fresh or fake, they just make me happier. While not all of us have a green thumb (I am not declaring I do as I am still struggling to keep my plants alive), paper flowers are the easiest way to enjoy some new blooms and keep them around far longer than a few days. And you can make this version in a matter of minutes! So hunker down with that hot glue gun and let's get to work.      

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How to Organize Your Spice Cabinet Once and For All

Chris Gardner

 

We like to cook at our house. We'll read cookbooks cover-to-cover as entertainment, subscribe to a nearly ridiculous amount of food magazines and blogs, and think a whole day spent in the kitchen or the grill is a very fine thing to do with a weekend.

And since we like a variety of foods, we have a lot of spices. Like, a alot. Since ground spices only last about six months, we like to buy them in bulk at ethnic markets and toast and grind them as needed. Which means, of course, that our cabinets is full of all kinds of bags and shakers and chip clips and jars and complete insanity.

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Make It: Minimal Wood Desk Organizer

Stephanie Lee

minimal wood desk organiser

On any given day, if you visit our house you'll find envelopes and papers strewn all over the place because we're not yet ready to file them away. Okay, I'll admit, sometimes we're just being lazy, but for the most part they serve as a reminder to action something important like paying a bill or scheduling in an appointment. 

Regardless, while the intention is well-meaning, the resulting mess is... well, messy! So I decided to put a stop to the chaos and make us a place where we can put all the letters until we're ready to file them. Follow along for the simple how-to!

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IKEA Hack: How to Make a Modern Concrete Pendant Lamp

Bruno Bornsztein

Make an IKEA-hacked concrete pendant lamp

Are you a fan of IKEA hacking? Do you love concrete? Of course you do! This light pendant project employs ShapeCrete, a uniquely shape-able concrete that allows the user to “pack” the mixture into a form, eliminating the need for complicated knockouts and additional forming supplies (read: save money, time and headaches). Unlike traditional concrete, ShapeCrete allows us to take advantage of a huge range of pre-made molds and forms to create concrete objects like this uber-stylish pendant.

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How To: Make Paper Roses In Minutes!

Lexy Ward
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Photo: Lexy Ward

I  love working with flowers. Fresh or fake, they just make me happier. While not all of us have a green thumb (I am not declaring I do as I am still struggling to keep my plants alive), paper flowers are the easiest way to enjoy some new blooms and keep them around far longer than a few days. And you can make this version in a matter of minutes! So hunker down with that hot glue gun and let's get to work.      

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Before and After: Kid's Closet Makeover

Jennifer Farley

Kids Closet Makeover

I have an 8 year old little boy and his closet needed a serious makeover. The long list of problems was clear. Let's start with the air conditioning duct that went from the attic unit to the main floor. It had sharp edges. Kid friendly... nope. We had stained wall paper, badly painted built-ins, and cracked plaster walls. Here is how the closet looks today.   

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Before and After: An Ugly Wall to Open Kitchen Storage

Jennifer Farley

Open Wall of Kitchen Storage

I have a tiny galley kitchen that will one day be fully renovated. I know you are wondering why I want to renovate it? There is much to love here with the yellow rounded countetop, the little desk area, the hard to clean textured vinyl floor, and multi-colored brick. Here is the deal...we are planning to renovate the kitchen from top to bottom in about three years. I had no shame in living with a 70's kitchen until then, but I only have three upper cabinets and three lower cabinets (not including the sink cabinet). I needed storage. And the cheapest place to gain some storage was right here on this wall.    

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Modernize Your Boring Desk with this DIY Giant Wood Block Calendar

Brittni Mehlhoff

Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff

In an effort to get organized early in the new year, I've been making myself little desk accessories to get excited about computer work. And I'm happy to say, it's actually working. So, I thought I would share one of the projects that I recently made, for a jumbo wood block perpetual calendar. The larger size makes this calendar a statment piece and adds a fun playfulness to the typically bland work...

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14 Clever Ways to Create Extra Storage Using Everyday Objects

Stephanie Lee
Photo: Today's Creative Life

If there's one thing that's better than scoring extra storage, it's creating said storage out of unused items you have lying about the house! And lucky for us, there are plenty of great tutorials online for repurposing old items and turning them into something that's not only functional, but also looks a million dollars. Click through for my favourites! 

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Make it: Printable DIY Project Planner

Stephanie Lee

printable DIY project planner

There's something to be said for the usefulness of paper organisers. While I love online planning as much as the next person, it really helps sometimes just to have all the details for my upcoming DIYs in one spot rather than having a pin for the instructions in Pinterest, a link to the supplies in Safari, sketches in my notepad... the list goes on.

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How To: DIY Sphere Chandelier From A Glass Bowl

Jennifer Farley

Glass Bowl Sphere Chandelier

Light fixtures are my favorite things to update in a space. The only problem is that they can be so expensive. Light fixture DIY can be intimidating but it is becoming so common that stores like Lowes and Home Depot are helping out more and more with great parts and foundational fixtures to get people started. A simaliar store-bought version of this fixture is pricey but check out how this DIY version is not that hard and very affordable.   

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Make it: Printable Christmas gift wrap

Stephanie Lee

I don't know about you guys, but for me Christmas is the time of year when my last-minute tendencies really come to the fore. It's always so busy during the holiday season that between my day job, blogging, client work and family gatherings, there's little to no time left to shop for gifts, let alone wrap them!

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How To: Make Easy Literary Leaf Gift Tags (Free Template Included)

Chris Gardner

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This year, all my Christmas decor is leaning towards the paper-y and the handmade. So, when all my Christmas presents ended up getting wrapped in brown craft paper and old books, I knew the leftover red and green gift tag stickers at the bottom of my wrapping paper organizer wouldn't do.

So, I came up with this easy way to create leaf-shaped newsprint gift tags for free! And free is a lot better than the $4.00 apiece they're asking at West Elm. Here's how:

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Before and After: Refinished Tile Bathroom Makeover

Jennifer Farley

Refinished Tile Bathroom

Everyone loves to see bathroom makeovers. You know, the bathrooms that are completely gutted and completely reconfigured. Those bathrooms are fun and completely "pinnable" but for many are not attainable for many different reasons. This bathroom is pretty bad and very outdated. It was actually considered livable before the toilet, faucets, and that random turn dial light switch were taken out. In this bathroom makeover, everything you see besides the wallpaper, stayed in the bathroom.  We refinished every surface and believe me, it does not look the same...   

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How to: Modern Wire Tabletop Trees

Lidy Dipert

Modern Wire Tabletop Trees | Hello Lidy for Curbly

Everyone loves a good Christmas village or little winter scene to display during the season! I love how it adds a whimsical touch and how easy it is to create your very own without having to buy the expensive sets in stores. Simply using stackable wooden blocks and floral wire, you can create beautiful silouettes of trees to capture a magical winter in your own home. 

Materials
  • Wooden blocks (I found mine...

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