How To: Make Dramatic PVC Uplights

by DIY Maven
Dramatic PVC Uplights
Photo: Dremel Weekends

Our friends over at Dremel Weekends feature this absolutely lovely trio of uplights made of PVC. They look great with white interiors, but I'm wondering what they might've looked like sprayed on the inside, perhaps with something metallic like gold.

Besides the PVC pipe and a roto tool and bits (preferably Dremel, of course), other things we'll need to make them include spotlights, clamps...

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How to: Make Your Own DIY Spa-Inspired Pebble Bath Mat

by Lidy Dipert
DIY Pebble Bath Mat
Photo: Lidy Dipert

 

For all those stay-at-home moms who have very busy lives, this DIY is for you! Or anyone who loves an excuse to be pampered just a bit every day. 

Unfortunately, going to the spa isn't a realistic or practical option for many of us. Which is why something as simple as this DIY Pebble Bath Mat can make the world of difference - so take comfort the next time you get a spare minute to soak in some suds! 

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Embracing Simplicity: DIY Clothesline Photo Wall Display

by DIY Maven

 

inspiration for clothesline photo wall display
Photo: Umbra

 

As my new office space started coming together, I realized I had a very large blank wall that needed some major artwork. On the opposing wall, I have a small trio of frames, so I didn't want to do the same on the big wall. But I didn't want just one big image either. So I did what we all do, I searched the internets for some inspiration. One product popped up from Umbra (pictured above) that caught my attention immediately. The 30" x 26 1/2" configuration would be perfect photographs that hold a special place in my heart but have yet found a special place enlarged on my walls.

The store-bought version costs a very reasonable $20, but I knew I could make one for next to nothing. Which I did. Actually, I made two

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Shopping Guide: 10 Must-Have Art Supplies To Jumpstart Your Creativity

by Faith Towers

SHOPPING GUIDE: My 10 Must-Have Art Supplies To Jumpstart Your Creativity

As someone who crafts for both business and pleasure, I spend a lot of time at local art supply stores and on websites that sell craft goodies. But there are a handful of materials that I use all the time, so I make sure to always have them on hand. And I thought I'd share that list with you, so you can fill out your craft supply collection with all of the necessities.  

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Embracing Simplicity: DIY Ceiling Light Fixture Revamp Using Earth Magnets and a Barrel Shade

by DIY Maven
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There are just a few incidentals left to complete, and then my home office will be finished. (I get a little giddy just thinking about it.) The hard stuff-building, painting, staining, and sanding is done. Now it's just a matter of making things look pretty.

One of those things is the room's ceiling fixture. I haven't seen any (excuse the expression, but it fits) boob light revamps on the interweb that hides their appearance.

Although I did see one project that suggested making a pretty bra (made of beads) for the thing. Yeah, that wasn't going to happen. It still looked like a boob light--just ready for some action. Okay, I'm getting off track.

So! I had also seen a bunch of projects where the makers removed the glass part of the fixture and wired up a barrel shade to the original flange of the old fixture through which they drilled holes.

The outcome looked okay, but, because they had to leave room for their fingers to do the wire-twisting, the shades couldn't be flush to the ceiling--something I wanted. However, if the makers

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How To: 'Dye' Clear Glass Any Color (We Test Two Techniques)

by DIY Maven

 

Dyed glass feature image
Photo: DIY Maven

 

A few years back, we profiled a new technique to 'dye' clear glass any color. The original maker included instructions that called for mixing acetone (nail polish remover) with Vitrail glass paint. Since posting the profile of the technique, the original how-to has vanished from the internets. We decided to take our own stab at the technique to see if we could replicate the outcome and devise our own how-to

With some trial and error, we were able to do it...but not without some 

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Embracing Simplicity: DIY No-Sew Mail Organizer

by DIY Maven

 

DIY Mail Organizer Feature Image
Photo: DIY Maven

 

I'm happy to report that my office makeover is proceeding nicely. The big stuff--desk, bridge arrangement, seating, even the craft cubby is nearly complete. The only things that remain on the bullet list is artwork, light fixture, and mail organizer. In today's installment of Embracing Simplicity: A Home Office Makeover, we're going to tackle the last on that list. 

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