9 Ways to Save Money on DIY Projects

By: Chrisjob May 20, 2011

created at: 05/20/2011

Spring is the time for working on home improvement projects. If you're thinking about stocking up on supplies for an upcoming improvement, or are finally feeling empowered to attack that to-do list, consider these ideas to save when DIYing.

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DIY Idea: Baking Sheet Turned Snazzy Decorative Tray!

By: Capreek May 19, 2011

created at: 05/19/2011

I've been on the lookout recently for some sweet decorative trays that fit my style, budget, and decor... and then I found this awesome DIY… Continue Reading

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IKEA Hack: Angie's DIY Rustic Modern Entertainment Center Created from...Kitchen Cabinets!

By: Chrisjob May 18, 2011

Curbly reader Angie and her guy, Randy, just completed this amazing handmade Scandanavian-inspired media unit. She says, "When we completed our basement, we were in need of an entertainment center. We shopped around and looked at everything out there and we just couldn't find anything we really liked. I also found that the average entertainment center didn't have enough depth for the important part of the the entertainment center, really nice audio components. :) From looking around, we determined that we liked the look of the low profile entertainment centers with wall mounted TVs...so we set out to build… Continue Reading

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Guess What This Art Is Made Of! (And Then Make It)

By: Diy maven May 18, 2011

Can you tell what these loverly prints are made of? If you look closely, you'll see. If you… Continue Reading
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How To: Awesomely Painted Walls Using Contact Paper

By: Craftmel May 18, 2011

created at: 05/18/2011

The trouble with renting apartments is that they often come with a "no painting" clause in the contract.  This is truly the bane of my renting existence, but hope is not lost!  When Interior Designer Stephanie Sabbe found herself with walls with a bad case of the "no-paint blahs", and put herself right to work.  The result is something that would also make my walls very… Continue Reading

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Crocheting Gone Wild: The Ultimate Yarn Bomb!

By: Capreek May 17, 2011

created at: 05/15/2011

In March, Brittany showcased some fantastic works of "yarn bombing", where artists take to the streets armed with crochet needles, covering everything from tree trunks to subway seats.  Now, one artist takes this trend to a whole new level: covering her entire apartment, bathroom fixtures and all.  Creative, brilliant, or just plain nutty - you tell… Continue Reading

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How to Make a Super Simple Outdoor Shower

By: Diy maven May 17, 2011

outdoor shower

Who wouldn't want to be able to strip down outside after a hot afternoon in the sun doing yard work? Of course the neighbors might not appreciate it, but still.... If you have the spot and the inclination,… Continue Reading

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How to: DIY Wine Cork Bath Mat

By: Craftmel May 17, 2011

created at: 05/17/2011

When I first saw this project, I was instantly in love with the idea of a cork bath mat. I love the natural look, the simplicity, and the comfort factor.  I was even more in love with the fact that I could make it myself with only three supplies, and you can… Continue Reading

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Make: Anthropologie-Inspired Confetti Glass

By: Diy maven May 17, 2011

Confetti Partyware

Amanda got her doodle on when she was inspired to make confetti glass inspired by Anthropologie's Saturated Speckles Vases. She used bottles and… Continue Reading

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DIY: Turn a Salad Bowl into a Super Modern Pendant Light!

By: Capreek May 16, 2011

created at: 05/15/2011

If you've ever spent time looking for contemporary lighting for your home, you know how expensive it can be.  Fortunately, we've spied this super simple, super chic DIY lighting idea that'll set you back less than… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Tree Branch Magnets

By: Chrisjob May 12, 2011


created at: 05/12/2011

Last summer, in the midst of the August showers, a neighboring building lost a beautiful maple tree in a major thunderstorm. It was quickly disassembled by the electric company, presumably so it wouldn't fall onto the power lines. And there it sat. For weeks.

Then, a month or so later, I heard a loud grind out of my open windows (horray for open window weather!), and spied a big truck with a wood chipper in their yard.

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DIY Idea: Hip Masking Tape Décor

By: Capreek May 12, 2011

created at: 05/12/2011

Looking for a cheap and easy way to breathe new life into your décor?  Check out this clever… Continue Reading

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Make: A Cherry Blossom Lantern

By: Diy maven May 11, 2011

created at: 05/11/2011

Joey took a plain old Ikea paper lantern and turned it into a garden of cherry blossoms. She used a bit of paint and faux cherry blossoms. However, if you'd rather make your… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Tiered Terranium (on the cheap!)

By: Craftmel May 11, 2011

created at: 05/11/2011

There is something strikingly beautiful in the simple succulent- a plant that can live happily in the summertime, wintertime, or anytime. They are even more eye-catching in an inexpensive, DIY tiered… Continue Reading

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Before OR After: Chalkboard Paint vs. Wallpaper!

By: Capreek May 10, 2011

created at: 05/09/2011

Many of the "before and after" projects we feature are stark contrasts: obvious improvements that border on jaw-dropping (fantasy playroom or party garage, anyone?).  So today, I'd like to present a makeover where the "before" isn't necessarily bad, just a different style.… Continue Reading

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