Before & After: A Festive Vinyl Furniture Revamp

By: Capreek May 03, 2011

created at: 05/03/2011

With the weather finally, maybe, starting to warm up it's just about time to start scrubbing off winter's dirt and grime and sprucing up that outdoor living space.  If your vinyl furniture looks like it's seen better days, consider this colorful… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Sweet, Custom Tea Bag (Perfect for Mother's Day)

By: Craftmel May 03, 2011

created at: 05/02/2011

See? Tea Bags Can Be Fun!

I'm not sure anything would start my day off better than a note attached to a favorite beverage- except maybe some hot pancakes smothered in Nutella to go… Continue Reading

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DIY Terrarium Magnets: Make Your Own Tiny Vertical Garden!

By: Capreek May 02, 2011

created at: 05/02/2011

Oh my goodness.  This may be one of the coolest DIY terrarium / vertical garden / house plant projects I've ever seen.  I don't know about you, but the thought of making my own tiny magnetic vertical garden is enough to make me want to cover every surface in my house in a magnetic material (or, at the very least, have one giant magnetic wall)!… Continue Reading

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How To: Learn Basic, Safe Kitchen Knife Skills

By: Chrisjob Apr 29, 2011

Since graduating from college, I've slowly been developing good knife technique in the kitchen. I've learned that big, sharp knifes are actually safer, have been practicing efficient and consistent ways to prep all sorts of fresh veggies, aromatics like onions and garlic, and even a bit of DIY butchering.

And, ever since I got good enough to make it look like I sorta know what I'm doing, I've been saying, "Man, I should write up a… Continue Reading

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How to Make Custom Fabric with Tape

By: Diy maven Apr 29, 2011

Have you ever shopped for printed fabric in a particular color palette and couldn't find exactly what you were looking for? It's happened to me countless times, which is why making your own printed fabric is sometimes the best way to go. I used buttons a while back to suit my needs, but here's an even… Continue Reading

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DIY: A Hip Mid-Century Modern Planter for Under $15

By: Capreek Apr 28, 2011

created at: 04/27/2011

My buddy Baz is a DIY guru, especially when it comes to anything Mid-Century Modern.  Check out these planters he made for less than… Continue Reading

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DIY Idea: Modern Dip-Dyed Baskets

By: Capreek Apr 27, 2011

created at: 04/26/2011

This DIY project has "Scandinavian Modern" written all over it!  It's also one of those "why didn't I think of that?" ideas.  The white and wood combo is at once classic, modern, and trendy.  For color lovers like myself, I'd suggest experimenting with bold hues - maybe even neon if you're feeling… Continue Reading

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5 Modern Pillow Tutorials to Freshen Up your Decor

By: Craftmel Apr 27, 2011

created at: 04/26/2011

I don't know about you, but those winter blues have flown out the window now that warmer weather has set in.  And in my neck of the woods, it is hot weather.  With the changing of the seasons, I feel like my whole condo needs a facelift to change along with the temperature.  With a very limited redecorating budget (the husband says he'd rather eat, phaw!) I figure the best place to start is inexpensive throw pillows like a shag pillow made from recycled t-shirts or knit yardage?  Talk about comfortable!  V&Co shows us how to make it.  Here are a few more fun and modern pillow ideas for… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a DIY Modern Birdhouse (No Woodworking Required)

By: Chrisjob Apr 26, 2011

created at: 04/26/2011

A few years ago, I made a mid-century inspired birdhouse, modeled after the iconic Case Study houses. I created it using my growing collection of woodworking tools, like a table saw and router table, cutting complex angles, and using joints like rabbets and dadoes. It was fun and challenging, and nearly three years outside later, it's still very strong and holding up wonderfully.

But, of course I know that most folks, even other creative-types and DIYsters, don't have access to all these tools. So, I wondered: is it possible to come up with a modern, handmade birdhouse that doesn't required bunches of power tools and knowledge of complex joinery?

Of course it is. So, here's a DIY mod birdhouse that requires only an electric drill and a few toolbox staples. The whole thing can be made for around $10 in materials, and in just an… Continue Reading

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Crafty Idea: Geometric Wall Art from Paint Chips!

By: Capreek Apr 26, 2011

created at: 04/26/2011

So, let's say you collected a ton of paint chips for that Easter Egg Garland, but a) never made it or b) got greedy at the paint store and have a bunch of "left overs"... What do you do now?  Why, make some cool, mod, geometric wall art, that's… Continue Reading

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How to Make a DIY 'Bubble' Chandelier

By: Diy maven Apr 26, 2011

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This project makes my imagination run wild. Think of all the see-through orb-like things you could string up! Perhaps a bunch of big, round incandescent light bulbs trussed up but not wired up. Or maybe even clear Christmas bulbs. Bottles might be a bit heavy, but they'd be an option. Can you think of anything alternatives? Other… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Geometric Hanging Mirror Art

By: Craftmel Apr 26, 2011

created at: 04/26/2011

When decorating a home on a budget, it is always fun to glean inspiration from the pros, and make it a DIY. That is exactly what this mom and daughter team did to recreate this mirror art from Z… Continue Reading

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Make: A Plywood Rug

By: Diy maven Apr 26, 2011

If re-doing an entire floor in plywood seems a bit too ambitious, how about making a plywood rug? Mandy at Sugar Bee did just that. Now she has a carpet protector that beats anything Staples sells.… Continue Reading

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Make: Anthropologie-Inspired Knotted Quilt

By: Diy maven Apr 25, 2011

Kojo designs turned some old ripped bedding into a rosette quilt, a la Anthropologie. The original (pictured below) clocks in at around 250 to 300. Kojo's… Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Bland Basement Turned Fantasy Playroom

By: Capreek Apr 25, 2011

created at: 04/25/2011

This basement renovation took a little over a year, but I'm willing to bet the "after" is what little kids' dreams are made… Continue Reading

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