As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to love burning candles at home. I now enjoy buying seasonal scents in pretty containers, and I’ve learned to love making my own candles. With industrial-style accents becoming increasingly popular, I made a set of concrete soy candles with beautiful wood wicks using rose, one of my favorite scents.
This summer, we moved into a new studio space on a bustling avenue that cuts right through the heart of St. Paul and Minneapolis. We love it; our huge floor-to-ceiling-windows look out into the sun-filled street and sidewalks where we can watch the light-rail trains go rolling by. But the people looking back at us don't have as much to look at; our storefront is still looking a little shabby and unloved. So we decided to start out office transformation from the outside in: with a few large-scale DIY concrete planters.
Today, we're adding 10 more dining tables you can build yourself to our original 5, which you can see here. In this roundup, we're covering a variety of styles and DIY capabilities. (Although it might help to have a certain amount of DIY temerity to fabricate the last one
Once again, I'm super psyched to be able to share the second of two projects from my recently released book, MASON JAR NATION (Cool Springs Press, 2016)! (For the first project, click here.) Like the hanging air plant planter, this project can also be found in the "Crafts" section of the book. UN-like the last how-to, this one ranks easy on the easy to hard scale...
First, a bit of a digression just for shiggles... A few weeks ago I was at my local Goodwill and I spotted a crystal ring holder. Now, I'm not one for crystal, but there was something about this particular piece that caught my eye, even though it was in need of a good wash. I picked it up, checked the bottom, and, yowza, it sported a Waterford stamp. A quick
The cinderblock is just one of the most versatile pieces of outdoor equipment out there. I know, you're probably thinking, "what else can you do with it, but raise a bed?!" I've rounded up 10 cool ideas for using those guys around your backyard! The rotisserie? A definite game changer. Check them out below!
Serious props to Jenise who made--yes, MADE--this concrete vanity countertop with an integral sink. Of course, she had to make templates and build forms first (pictured below). If you're wondering how she was able to get such stunning results, that's because she
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.
Have you heard? The new Star Wars movie is out and is currently on everyone's fave list. Pay homage to the films with your own death star concrete planter! I want about twenty of these hanging out around my house now!
September is Exploring Creative Materials month, here on Curbly, and the material that I love experimenting with more than any other is concrete. So when I discovered this new concrete product that essentially turns concrete into shapeable clay, I decided to put it to the test to see exactly what kind of projects can be made with this stuff. And that's where the PVC fittings come into play. Want to see what I made? Click through to check it out.
Lately I've had benches on the mind; they're sort of like the grandfather of all seating furniture. I mean, when you think about it, almost anything's a bench, if you just find a way to sit on it. So I started looking for DIY bench ideas to try. Specifically, I wanted something of the concrete-and-wood variety, with a sleek profile and a sturdy frame. Read on to hear all about it.
Concrete seems to be the hot new material these days... it's being used to make everything from planters to candle holders to door stops. Here are twenty gorgeous concrete projects for your home.
Concrete counters. It's not a new idea to the internet, but it's always been one I've been partial to. I love seeing the different variations DIYers take on a concrete countertop, and this WHITE take is my new favorite. Definitely keeping this tutorial in the back of my mind for the day we own a kitchen!
This weekend project will have you digging through your recycling bin. Create minimal concrete planters using a milk carton as the mold and head over to the home improvement store to pick plants while you're waiting for the concrete to dry.
Before you head out for the weekend, here's one last DIY to try. Make a concrete desk from scratch to bring a more modern look into your office.
Concrete furniture is here to stay. The trend is sticking around and the furniture itself can last a long, long time! These DIY stools look so easy to make and I'm envisioning an army of them in my backyard for extra seating!
It's safe to assume that concrete can never go out of style. The stuff is so versatile and you can make it as modern or as traditional as you like! And we love when you bring concrete in the garden! Here are 10 unique and inspiring outdoor spaces that were created with concrete, tile, or another medium specific to construction!
Concrete projects are always amongst the coolest DIYs I see, but the material can seem a little bit intimidating to work with, at first glance. Luckily though, its not nearly as difficult as you may think. In fact, its actually quite simple. Want to see how you can create your own concrete DIY projects, including geometric bookends and more, the easy way? Click through for the full tutorial.
With a quick trip to the home improvement store, you can create any one of these DIY concrete projects, on your own. Make concrete candle holders, planters, coasters, and more. See all seven DIY concrete projects now.
Looking for a simple way to update just about any piece of IKEA furniture? The answer lies in a bag dry cement!