How To: Bat Craft Crazy

By: Diy maven Oct 05, 2011

Bat chandelier at Pottery Barn Kids

I have bats. Not in my house, thank goodness, but in my yard. We see them flying in their ungainly way amongst the treetops at twilight. They are always welcome, but at this time of year, when the wee beasties become a bit more scarce and hibernation is around the corner, the bats make fewer visits. Good thing there is bat crafts to fill the void. 

The chandelier pictured above was actually a Pottery Barn Kids item. Although it doesn't seem to be available this season, it could be easily knock-offed. Wood embroidery hoops painted black, felt bats, black pom-poms and some black string a you'd be good to go. (Spotted at Posh Posh.)

If PB's chandy is a bit to fussy, here's a simple… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Simple Wool Blanket Window Shade!

By: Capreek Oct 04, 2011

created at: 10/03/2011

It's time to cozy up for fall!  Turn wool blankets into repurposed window shades in a few easy steps--then sit back and bask in the warmth of your… Continue Reading

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How To: Scherenschnitte with X-ACTO

By: Diy maven Oct 04, 2011

created at: 10/04/2011

A few weeks back the folks at X-ACTO offered to send over a few of their items for me to review. My first thought was, "What could I possibly have to say about X-ACTO that my fellow Curbliers don't already know?" My next thought was, "Since I've never actually owned an X-ACTO, I can't really answer that question." I know, I know! How has a chronic DIYer never bought an X-ACTO?! Because such purchases occur to me when I'm at the checkout. You know, where they sell the knock offs for a buck or two. And, honestly, I figured one… Continue Reading

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Make It: An Easy No-Sew Colored Pencil Roll

By: Capreek Oct 03, 2011

created at: 10/03/2011

For students, artists, kids, or crafters this simple no-sew pencil holder is the perfect DIY project--or… Continue Reading

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Make It: Hip Chevron Decoupage Pumpkins!

By: Capreek Sep 29, 2011

created at: 09/29/2011

Sure, we've decoupaged desks, trays, even ceilings... but pumpkins??  That's just crazy talk! Or is it?… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Natural Moss Wreath From Dollar Store Finds!

By: Capreek Sep 27, 2011

created at: 09/27/2011

This oversized moss wreath sure is a doozy, don't you think?  It'll blow your mind even more when you find out what the $1 wreath form is made out of... Care to wager a guess?… Continue Reading

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Make It: Colorful Painted Chair Cushions!

By: Capreek Sep 26, 2011

created at: 09/26/2011

After honing your painting skills fixing all those thrift store paintings, you should be more than ready to take on this project!  Learn how to turn plain canvas seat cushions into functional works of art--for… Continue Reading

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Make It: Mod Paper Pumpkins for Fall

By: Kellyb Sep 23, 2011

created at: 09/18/2011

As soon as Labor Day has passed fall decorations are fair game! These paper pumpkins can be as classic or as funky as you'd like and take about five minutes each to whip… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Your Own Picture Frames for $5 a Pop!

By: Capreek Sep 21, 2011

created at: 09/20/2011

I love art, lovelovelove it.  If I could cover all my walls and even the back of my eyelids in art, I would.  Instead, I have an ever-growing stack of prints and drawings that aren't seeing the light of day.  Why??  Because framing those bad boys is EXPENSIVE.  So, when I spotted this simple DIY framing solution that brings the price to around $5 a piece, I kid you not, I could hear my stack of art rejoicing.  Their time has finally… Continue Reading

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Make It: Easy DIY Silhouette Wall Art!

By: Capreek Sep 19, 2011

created at: 09/19/2011

While cameos and silhouettes of loved ones have been found in homes for, well, a long long time, they have recently made a comeback in more modernized forms - like this easy DIY plywood version!… Continue Reading

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Make It: Colorful DIY Treat Stands!

By: Capreek Sep 13, 2011

created at: 09/12/2011

Ready to party?  Cool.  Ready to put some tasty treats out on display on a colorful and easy stand you made yourself??  Right on!… Continue Reading

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Apple Decor: 6 DIY Projects Using Fall's Favorite Fruit

By: Diy maven Sep 12, 2011

apple bombs

This time of year means one thing and one thing only, as far as produce goes that is. It's the beginning of apple season. Lucky for us, however, it's pretty much apple season all year round. Whether it's New Zealand Braeburns or Minnesota Honeycrisps*, there's always something delicious to choose from. So, in celebration of that dependable--and yummy--fruit, I decided to surf the waves for how-to's using them in decor projects. Here are… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Colorful DIY Ruffle Pendant Light - For Cheap!

By: Capreek Sep 08, 2011

created at: 09/06/2011

Colors, glorious colors, oh how I love you!  I especially love when you show up in unexpected places and blow my mind with your brilliance.  Because seriously, what you're doing for this DIY pendant light is OUT. OF. CONTROL.… Continue Reading

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How to: Create Your Own Graphic "Wallpaper" with Patterned Fabric

By: Chrisjob Sep 08, 2011

Friend o' Curbly Jessica Jones says, "I couldn't stand our boring white door anymore. Something had to be done. So over the weekend, we wallpapered it with a big, fun piece of fabric. I love it. And it's useful, too. There are four white doors in this corner of the apartment—bedroom, bathroom, coat closet, and outer door—and sometimes departing guests get confused about which one they came through. Now we'll just tell them to exit through the… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Natural Dyes from Common Food Items!

By: Capreek Sep 07, 2011

created at: 09/06/2011

I learned a long time ago how to dye fabric using fruits and vegetables (thanks to my mom and her degree in "3D textiles": she would dye all her own materials and make sculptures from resin-saturated fabrics... I know, right!?).  Alas, the wisdom she bestowed upon me escaped my "vault of knowledge" along with a great many other things over the years.  Fortunately, the Internet exists.  And extra fortunately, someone decided to show us all how it's done!  Ready to start putting those groceries to new… Continue Reading

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