Roundup: 7 Awesome DIY Plastic Animal Projects!

By: Capreek Nov 09, 2011

created at: 11/09/2011

I don't know if you've noticed, but it's a regular ol' animal invasion on the DIY front!  Yes, 2011 is the year plastic animals finally got their due.  From dinosaur planters to, um, jungle-themed 'derriere' magnets, we've rounded up a few of our favorite plastic animal projects.  Enjoy!   Continue Reading

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How To: Make DIY Urchin Starburst Sculptures for Under $5.00!

By: Al40yearoldintern Nov 09, 2011

created at: 11/09/2011

Hi Curbly! I'm excited to be back again for the 3rd day in a row! OK so as the above photo suggests, Monday's successful wall art diy has made me even more obsessed with creating complimenting pieces in the starburst/urchin genre... and a recent visit to my local $.99 store made it easy for me to just go with it! I found the most amazingly shaped crystal picks (they have a very cool graduated triangular shape at the ends that adds so much more dimension than your usual bamboo skewer!). And you can't beat the fab price of ninety-nine cents for a pack of one hundred.  I think my little vignette (above) looks pretty awesome!

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Make It: Black Shoe Polish Text Art

By: Diy maven Nov 09, 2011

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Yes, you read that title right. This eyecatching text art was created using black shoe polish. Specifically, black Kiwi Leather Scuff Cover. Alisa tells us how to do it. In this case, she used canvas that was later stretched onto a frame. She does suggest, however, that we could go less expensive with muslin or scrap wood. To read more about the project and to view her tips for creating large art, visit Alisa Burke.

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Make It: DIY Felt Fall Leaf Coasters

By: Craftmel Nov 09, 2011

created at: 11/08/2011

Yes, I've been on a fall leaf kick lately, with a leaf runner and coordinating napkin rings already adorning my dining space.  Now I feel like I'm gravitating to all things fall leaves, but how can I not when I find simple, striking projects like this to add to my "to do" list?   Continue Reading

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How To: Make Your Own Scented Pine Cone Fire Starters!

By: Capreek Nov 07, 2011

created at: 11/07/2011

I love the scents of fall: all that cinnamon and nutmeg, cloves and, oh my, pumpkin!  And nothing beats warming up by a fire... except maybe warming up by a scented fire!  Am I right?  Turns out, turning your fire into a magical scent-producing machine is super easy and super inexpensive.   Continue Reading

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How to: Make Golden Super Starburst Wall Art (for under $10.00)

By: Al40yearoldintern Nov 07, 2011

created at: 11/07/2011Can you guess from what inexpensive material this starburst was made?

Hi, I'm Holly.First, let me say that I am super excited to be here on Curbly today for my very first guest blog post ever! Fingers crossed it all goes well....

So, I am a little obsessed (ok more like, a lot) with vintage sunbursts, starbursts, whatever you like to call them, wall art. I own some brass urchins that hang on my home office wall as well as a funky vintage starburst hanging planter that hangs on my bedroom wall. Oh, and a West Elm mirrored starburst hangs above my stove.  I even collect a certain brand of vintage mid-century dinnerware in a pattern called Franciscan Starburst: Continue Reading

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Before & After: A $50 Kitchen Makeover

By: Capreek Nov 07, 2011

created at: 11/07/2011

We're in the throes of our own personal kitchen makeover (more on that later), so my makeover-o-meter is operating on full power: everywhere I turn, spectacular makeovers of all kinds are waving their hands and shouting my name!  The inspiration is almost overwhelming, which is why I stopped dead in my tracks when I spied this $50 kitchen makeover.  Yes, folks, FIFTY DOLLARS.   Continue Reading

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IKEA Hack: Make Custom Speaker Stands from Lamps

By: Diy maven Nov 03, 2011

Polsia wanted to elevate a couple of speakers to give them a 'mod look'. The thought was perhaps using a couple of vases, but when Polsia spotted the IKEA's Lampan Lamp ($7.99), inspiration struck. InstructionsContinue Reading

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How To: Make a Fall Leaf Table Runner for Thanksgiving

By: Craftmel Nov 02, 2011

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

I've been a fan of the whole leaves-on-the-table decor for Fall decorating, and have wanted to incorporate it in my home for a while.  Unfortuately, just collecting leaves outside isn't an option, since all we've got are cacti and Mesquite trees 'round these parts.  This is where some deliciously soft faux leather came into my life, and now I've got exactly what I wanted.  Want to make one too?  Read on to find out how, and get a 20% discount on the fabrics used in this post!Continue Reading

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Make It: Vintage Ruler Wall Art

By: Capreek Nov 02, 2011

created at: 11/02/2011

Bring a little schoolhouse charm to your decor with this inexpensive and simple wall art idea!   Continue Reading

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Make It: A Vintage Suitcase Dog Bed

By: Capreek Nov 01, 2011

created at: 11/01/2011

We've shown you how to turn suitcases into chairs and even picnic kits, but this might be my favorite vintage suitcase repurposing project ever!   Continue Reading

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How To: Make Faux Leather Autumn Napkin Rings

By: Craftmel Nov 01, 2011

created at: 10/31/2011

I know that the time to host family and friends for cozy dinners and parties is upon us, so I thought it would be a good idea to make some napkin rings to make place settings a little more festive.  Read on to make this VERY easy project!Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Mid-Century Modern Makeover!

By: Capreek Oct 31, 2011

created at: 10/31/2011

Whether you're on the fence, passionately opposed, or enthusiastically in favor of painting wood furniture (see Melanie's recent post  "To paint or not to paint?"), you've got to admit that the "after" in this case looks pretty dang good.   Continue Reading

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How to Make a Rock Bowl Flame

By: Diy maven Oct 31, 2011

The flaming rock bowls pictured above are actually a product that Restoration Hardware used to sell. Although they're no longer available, knowing RH, I'm sure they weren't cheap. Enter ManMade, who got all fancy with the concrete and made a DIY concrete fire pit for about $40 in supplies:Continue Reading

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Make It: A Cozy DIY Felted Patchwork Throw!

By: Capreek Oct 31, 2011

created at: 10/31/2011

A spectrum of soft, felted wool offers up a quick, easy, and absolutely stunning patchwork throw!   Continue Reading

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