That's a Wrap: DIY Storage Ideas for Unruly Wrapping Supplies

By: Capreek Mar 10, 2011

created at: 03/10/2011

Somehow, the closet in our guest room was bestowed the unique honor of being the gift wrap storage center.  It's perfectly suitable for the job but, let's face it, my perpetually sliding stack of paper could use some help.  And don't even get me started on the ribbons which, as a girl barely pushing 5'4", are annoyingly out-of-reach.

I know I'm not the only one with A) a wrapping paper hoarding problem and B) a wrapping… Continue Reading

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5 Rolled Magazine DIY Projects

By: Diy maven Mar 07, 2011

Two things glossy magazines have going for them: they're colorful and plentiful. This also means they're a perfect medium with which to make other stuff. The starburst pictured above seems… Continue Reading

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How To Make Beautiful Remnant Fabric

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 01, 2011

Who can turn down free fabric? In my business it's not uncommon to be offered discontinued upholstery fabric samples. If you know a little trick, it's simple to create your own patchwork upholstery fabric yardage.  Thrifted chair, free… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Memo Board from Upcycled Wine Corks

By: Chrisjob Feb 28, 2011

My mom has been "saving" wine corks since the mid-90s. She puts them in a basket on her countertop, and says,she'll make a wreath out them. "For Christmas?" I'll ask. "No, for every day. Someday."

My mom will not be making a wreath out of wine corks.

But since she's got a whole heap of them, I'm thinking we need to create one of these upcycled wine cork… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Scandinavian-Inspired "Rag Light"

By: Capreek Feb 23, 2011

created at: 02/23/2011

We love a good DIY lighting project here at Curbly and this Scandinavian-inspired number is beautifully unique and incredibly easy.  Want to see how it's done?  Read… Continue Reading

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Ellen's Amazing Upholstered Chair

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 21, 2011

One week ago, Ellen, author of NouveauStitch and my new online BFF, purchased this "before" chair at her local HomeGoods store with the intention of slipcovering it. As always, she knew exactly what she wanted and set right to work creating a slipcovered version of her inspiration chair. Well, things didn't go as planned. Here's where her passion and perseverence paid… Continue Reading

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Valentine's How To: Make Typographic Stones

By: Chrisjob Feb 10, 2011


created at: 02/10/2011Lynn wanted something personalized, handmade, and decidely not cheesy to give to her special someone this Valentine's Day. She recalled a project she'd seen on Poopscape, and decide to turn it into a custom typographic art project for her… Continue Reading

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Inspiration: 4 Mod Pillows to Make Yourself

By: Capreek Feb 10, 2011

created at: 02/10/2011

It's no lie: I love me a good pillow.  But modern pillows tend to be on the pricey side and I definitely don't love that.  When faced with this dilemma, I say bust out your sewing machine and get… Continue Reading

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Massive Collection of Free Valentine's Printables

By: Chrisjob Feb 10, 2011

created at: 02/10/2011


Even if you don't have the time or gifts to create an original piece of art for your loved ones on Valentine's Day, you can still show them how much you care by finding a piece with just the right sentiment, printing it out, and placing it in just the right context. And what's better than finding those lovely things for free, and all in one… Continue Reading

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Before & After: Bedroom Makeover for Under $100

By: Capreek Feb 08, 2011

created at: 02/08/2011

Would you be up to the challenge of transforming a bedroom from drab to fab with a budget of $100 and a restricted time frame?  It sounds almost unfeasible (and incredibly stressful), but this crafty homeowner did just… Continue Reading

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How To: DIY Hanging Succulent Garden

By: Chrisjob Feb 07, 2011

created at: 02/07/2011

I just finished drying a load of dishes, and looked down upon my Skinny LaMinx tea towel and noted I hadn't gotten an update from Heather's blog in ages, and wondered what happened to all her juicy content.

Turns out, something went awry with my feed reader, and I've been missing all kinds of cool stuff: new prints, patterns, and how-to projects like these awesome handcut cork magnets and my favorite: this DIY hanging garden project. I love the idea of hanging planters, but the macrame work on secondhand pieces I could fine was always a bit stale and 70s-ish, and the new ones way too Tuscan and overwrought with wrought iron. 

But, with a bit of time, you can create your own hanging garden that's vintage-inspired, but still… Continue Reading

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Rebecca's Bold, Graphic Chair Makeover

By: Chrisjob Feb 04, 2011

created at: 02/04/2011

Often, furniture makeovers on Curbly are the stuff of DIY legend: a lone thrifter, spies a chair or a credenza with good bones and a terrible finish, and whisks it away, painstakingly coaxing all the joy to the surface with an adventurous stripping, sanding, painting, or re-upholstery. The story always goes: old, cruddy item becomes refreshed with a little elbow grease, and face it, lots of… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Modern Quilts to Delight and Inspire!

By: Capreek Feb 03, 2011

created at: 02/02/2011

February is bedroom month here at Curbly and what could be more appropriate than a roundup of fabulous quilts?  If you've got a soft spot for textiles, prepare to be… Continue Reading

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Curbly Roundup: Totally Sweet Valentine's Day Cards for Her

By: Chrisjob Feb 02, 2011

created at: 02/02/2011

This year, Curbly asked Carina Murray of Crow and Canary, an artisanal stationary firm based in Portland, Oregon, to select some clever and creative original Valentine's Day cards from independent designers and artists. Her picks for the guy in your life were totally spot on, so we're equally thrilled to share this roundup of lovely and adorable cards for the wonderful women you want to… Continue Reading

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Curbly Roundup: Seriously Awesome Valentine's Day Cards for Him

By: Chrisjob Jan 31, 2011

created at: 01/31/2011


With two weeks left before February 14th, we figured it was about time to find this year's most thoughtful and heartwarming greetings. But, in 2011, it's becoming increasingly difficult to find the best way to say "I love you" at the card store at the mall, or worse, the aisle at the supermarket. Times have changed, and there's a whole world of stationary out there to help you share your warmest thoughts.

For help, we turned to our pal Carina Murray of Crow and Canary, an artisanal stationary firm based in… Continue Reading

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