DIY Roundup: 10 Stylish, Budget-Friendly Lights to Make This Weekend!

By: Capreek Jul 21, 2011

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Well, you probably can't make all ten this weekend (if you somehow manage to actually accomplish that feat, well, let's say I owe you a lollipop).  But, if you're itchin' for a new light fixture that's both stylish and easy on the wallet, here are ten separate weekend projects for your consideration!  (Pick and choose, people.  We don't want anyone getting… Continue Reading

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Make: Cocktail Umbrella Lantern

By: Diy maven Jul 21, 2011

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The wizards at Etsy Labs show us how to EASILY make a cocktail umbrella lantern for our next 'outdoor soiree', BUT it's so cute, you'll want to hang it INSIDE. The project is… Continue Reading

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Make It: Colorful Paint Swatch Boxes

By: Kellyb Jul 21, 2011

Some would say I have a bit of a "problem" with paint swatches. When I walk into a home improvement store I've got to get my hands on them... with no real plan of painting. When I get home they go into a box in my studio and there they remain. Until now that is, because I just came across these boxes that are perfect for little gifts or organizing office… Continue Reading

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How to Make a Backyard Movie Screen

By: Diy maven Jul 20, 2011

The folks at Pottery Barn give us all the deets on how to transform our backyards into an outdoor theater, including how to make a movie screen. Supplies are minimal and… Continue Reading

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How To: Turn Logs into a Natural Raised Garden Bed!

By: Capreek Jul 20, 2011

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So... let's say you just finished up an epic weekend of tree pruning and yard clearing, or just happen to have a pile of sticks and logs hanging around.  If you're a resourceful Curblier, you know there's something to be done with all that yard waste besides tossing it or turning it into a giant bonfire.  But what?  We have the answer… Continue Reading

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From This to That: More Clever Repurposing DIY Projects

By: Bruno Jul 20, 2011

This July, we're focusing on all things thrifty, recycle-y, and makeover-y. Last week, I rounded up a bunch of cool repurposed projects, and this week, well, I'm doing it again (notice a trend?).

First up: DIY-Maven's craft room arty abacus uses spools of thread in a creative way:

Art abacus using spools of thread

Have a spare wine barrel lying around? How about turning it into a delicious-smelling coffee table (or, better yet, a wine table, if thatContinue Reading

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Make: Custom DIY Rubber Stamps

By: Craftmel Jul 20, 2011

created at: 07/19/2011

All right, how many of us have a few pink erasers stashed away from our school days?  Time to break them out and give them a new purpose... personalized… Continue Reading

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DIY Idea: Perpetual Calendar/Memo Board

By: Diy maven Jul 19, 2011


Such a clever idea this is! Six steel bars painted wikth punchy colors, numbered magnets, plus seven days of the week and twelve months combine to make a perpetual calendar, which also serves as a memo board. The magnet sheets can be… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Super Easy, Super Quick Low-Cost Graphic Art

By: Chrisjob Jul 19, 2011

This month, Krylon is sponsoring a series of thrifty, creative DIY projects:

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Artwork. For my money, it's the number one way to add personality to a room. Sure, a $25 can of paint can make a big impact, but I'll take a white room with loads of art over boldly painted walls any day.

But, of course, you can't just go to the artwork store and scan the aisles until you find just the right piece of scale and color that matches your decor. Real art takes time to create, and fetches appropriately not-cheap prices, and isn't widely available at the local shopping center. Sure, family photos are nice, and an artfully framed poster will do, but don't you dare head to that kitchen and bath supply shop and paw through the faux-Tuscan paintings.

Instead, make your own. Quickly, easily, inexpensively, and no artistic… Continue Reading

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DIY Idea: Recycled Paint Can Planters!

By: Capreek Jul 19, 2011

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Okay you guys.  If there was ever a "Why didn't I think of that?!" project, this is it!  I mean, we're talking beyond brilliant, beyond clever, and beyond EASY.  This DIY idea is just plain smartContinue Reading

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How To: Turn Logs into Affordable Wall Art!

By: Capreek Jul 18, 2011

created at: 07/18/2011

Last week, we shared a budget-friendly wall art idea that used doilies and cupcake liners.  This week, we're back in log land (What can we say?  We love logs!) with this super simple, super affordable art… Continue Reading

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Water Damaged to Wonderful: A Chic Dresser Makeover!

By: Capreek Jul 18, 2011

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This flea market find was in dire need of some TLC.  Fortunately, it landed in just the right hands!  Ready for the after?  Read… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Your Own Colorful Baker's Twine for Cheap!

By: Capreek Jul 14, 2011

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It's no secret that I'm obsessed with wrapping paper and ribbon (Remember my closet? And yes, it still looks the same, only now it has even more wrapping paper... and about three times as much ribbon!).  One of my favorite go-to, wrap-it-in-a-pinch, easy peasy gift wrapping strategies is the no-fail "brown paper package tied up with string" approach.  The best string to use in such a case?  Baker's twine.  It's got just enough pizazz to keep things looking pulled together and charming.  There's only one problem: it can get pretty dang expensive.  So, what's a crafty gift wrapping fiend to do?  Make her… Continue Reading

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Make Your Own Stylish Sunglasses Pouch

By: Kellyb Jul 14, 2011

When I'm not losing a pair of sunglasses to life, I'm losing them to scratches. I am awful at keeping them in a case or pouch while they're not on my head! That means they're in my purse, banging around and scraping up against whatever happens to be floating around in my bag that day. I just couldn't find a pouch that fit my requirements, but then I saw this sweet project idea to make my… Continue Reading

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Two Crocheted Rose Pillow Patterns

By: Diy maven Jul 13, 2011

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You know those rose pillows that are hugely popular these days? The look really was made for re-creation in crochet as evidenced by these two lovely patterns. The first one (pictured above) comes to… Continue Reading

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