Our friends over at BHG decided to put together two inexpensive laminated shoe stackers and make this very cool shelving unit. It’s one of those things that make you say, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’
Basically you start with one shelving unit, turn it upside down, attach a separate piece of white laminate on the top of it, and then attach a second shelving unit to the top of that. The tools needed are pretty basic as well… Continue Reading
Billed as a ‘must-have for every first-time homeowner or novice DIYer put off by the market’s large DIY manuals’, 'DIY Quick Fix' tackles the most common home improvement problems. According to a reviewer on Amazon, the book, which comes from DK, a publisher know for its high-quality photographic illustrations, includes topics such as:
- patching drywall
- fixing a bad paint spot
- removing a… Continue Reading
This creased origami lampshade is simply beautiful, and apparently quite easy to make yourself. And it beats the pants of those IKEA Noguchi knockoffs...
1 piece medium to heavyweight paper 14" x 22"
Double sided tape
Fire retardant spray
Lamp or glass candle… Continue Reading
1. Visit dmachoice.org and click on ‘Remove My Name From Those Lists’to get off the Direct Marketing Association’s mailing lists. (Online registration is good for 5 years; you should see an 80% reduction in junk mail within four months.)
2. Don’t register new products you buy; doing so puts you on mailing lists, according to Tom Watson from the National Waste Prevention Coalition.. Your original proof of… Continue Reading
No, the telephone is not a dead technology, and it's still a useful way to attach yourself to the web, send faxes, or, gasp, make a phone call. Danny Lipford, of the Weather Channel, offers step-by-step instructions to this apparently DIYable project.
1.To disconnect the line, find the telephone interface box which is usually mounted on an outside wall where the phone lines… Continue Reading
See how you rate as a DIY Man. According to Popular Mechanics, there are 25 things every man who claims the proud title of a DIY Man should be able to perform. The list covers fix-it know how as well as basic household technical finesse. Some of the skills seem a bit, how should I say, unnecessary.
1. Fix a radiator hose
2. Protect your computer
3. Rescue a boater who has… Continue Reading
Architectural student Andrés Moreno has a lamp collection entitled, 'Lamparas Caseus', which is Latin for Cheese Lamps. Although they're made of MDF and not baby Swiss, the name is still appropriate. DIYable? I’d bet my freshly-grated-Parmesan-loving behind on it. Spotted at Designboom.
Some of the bar stools you pick up at Target or Wal-Mart in a weak moment are soooo cheap. Instead of discarding this piece of manufactured junk, just reupholster it with nifty fabric and keep it in your DIY shop. I use the same techniques to recover expensive round bar stools for clients.
This EASY round stool re-do took only two hours. I found this GIRLY DIY fabric at a quilt… Continue Reading
Tripods can shoot just about every angle but one: straight down. Its very design demands that the legs will get in the way. Attaching the tripod to the ceiling or the camera to a boom stand is an option, but the thought of dangling a camera in such a way is frightening. Plus, if you’d like to use the camera for animation, keeping the camera still is essential. Professional camera stands are great, but are quite expensive.
So, here goes: A… Continue Reading
Yesterday's Weekend Edition Sunday on National Public Radio featured a story on participation in the monster DIY movement via the web. Contributer Jon Kalish interviews folks from Instructables, Etsy, and Make magazine, as well as some genius DIYsters from around the web. My fave quote comes from Jay Baldwin, of the previously glorious Whole Earth Catalog:
"When you make things by hand, it's yours; there's no mystery how it got … Continue Reading
I submitted my DIY Project to Design Sponge on Sunday evening.
I'm not sure when it will be posted, but I'll get back with you on that. Staying in line with all things dog-like, I wanted to post a picture of some of my favorite dog beds (hint of what my DS project is). I especially love these two since the fabric is a houndstooth (get it?) check. I'll be building a curved platform and headboard for the pink… Continue Reading
Lured into the dog bakery by deceivingly yummy smells, I stopped short to take in the entire wall of "designer" collars and leashes. My initial reaction was that I could easily make a knock-off of these colorful accessories. But then a light bulb went on, I realized anyone with a sewing machine can design and make their own leashes. So...here it is, easy as pie, which happens to be the name of the green and… Continue Reading
This Easter season, head to the produce aisle and dye your eggs with nature.
• Free-range eggs
• Alum powder (available at the supermarket in the spice aisle)
• White Vinegar
• Vegetables and spices, see step one
• Measuring spoons
• Wooden spoon and slotted spoon
• Vegetable oil, wax, electrical tape, leaves, stickers, etc (optional)
1).… Continue Reading
Give your seeds a little head start with this easy greenhouse on the fly.
- Wooden spoon
- Electric Drlll and 1/4" bit
- Seed-starting pots
- Loose soil
- Clear plastic container
1.) Drill holes into your plastic container for ventilation.
2.) Fill your pots with seed starting mix, and poke divets with the chopstick. Then, add your seeds.
Read the full… Continue Reading