Before & After: A Fun and Quirky Bathroom Makeover

By: Capreek Nov 21, 2011

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The 'before'?  Not too terrible.  The 'after'?  All I'm going to say is that it involves a paper-mâché horse named… Continue Reading

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How To: Bake a Brownie Inside an Eggshell!

By: Capreek Nov 18, 2011

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I don't know why you would ever need to bake a brownie inside an eggshell, but goshdarnit, you CAN!  Here's… Continue Reading

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How to: Turn a Tacky Glitter Reindeer into an AWESOME Glitter Reindeer

By: Chrisjob Nov 16, 2011

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I'll be honest. I'm not really into glitter. Maybe it's because I'm a guy, or perhaps because my taste lean towards the clean and contemporary. Mostly, it's cause, as my memories of summer camp and Sunday school taught me, it's messy to deal with. Open that bottle, and it's on you for life. It is, as  Demetri Martin remarks, "the herpes of craft supplies."

But this holiday season...I don't know...I'm kinda feeling it. Perhaps it's sparkles will match my beloved aluminum Christmas tree, or maybe cause the holidays always allow for going a little over the top, but they're feeling festiveContinue Reading

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How to: Easy Hand-Drawn Gift Wrap!

By: Capreek Nov 16, 2011

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While brown paper packages tied up with string are classic and timeless, we love this modernized, hand-crafted approach!   

Kate Lilley of Mini-Eco created these stunning and simple gift wrap designs using silver pens and, well, her imagination!  The metallic ink and brown paper combo keeps things looking classy, while the faceted designs keep everything up-to-the-minute fresh.  Check out more over on Mini-Eco!

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Roundup: 5 Button Christmas Ornament Projects

By: Diy maven Nov 16, 2011

Buttons. So sweet and colorful, they're just aching to be turned into Christmas ornaments. The one pictured above is from Leslie Ashe. There isn't a tutorial, but it looks like the maker used a styrofoam ball and white ball head stick pins. I particularly like the layering of the buttons. 

These next ones are perfect for a table top tree.    

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This snowflake ornament is made… Continue Reading

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Make It: 3 Easy Holiday Candle Crafts!

By: Capreek Nov 15, 2011

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Oh snap.  Did somebody say "glitter stripes"?!  You won't believe how easy this is!  Pretty soon you're going to be glitter-striping everything you own... that's a… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Easy Custom Gift Tags with Ribbon

By: Craftmel Nov 15, 2011

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The season of gift-giving is fast approaching, and if your family is anything like mine, we like to make sure all the out-of-towners get their Christmas gifts while they are visiting for Thanksgiving.  And since a drive/flight home usually results in crushed boxes and torn gift tags, I thought I'd make some that were a little more suitcase friendly while being easy enough for any gift-giving… Continue Reading

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How to: Make DIY 'Bread Clips' to Organize Your Cables and Power Cords

By: Diy maven Nov 15, 2011

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Oh ,how we loved the genius idea of using bread clips for power cord labels. However, there are a few problems with running with this hint. First, not every loaf of bread sold has this kind of clip, and, second, if we want to label all our power cords in such a fashion our carb intake will skyrocket. To circumvent these hiccups, we're going to make our own "bread clips," and get those cables organized!

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How to: Make a "Totally Tubular" Mod Wine Rack Side Table

By: Al40yearoldintern Nov 14, 2011

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So, how awesome is the really cool piece above? I wish I could take credit, but I can't - it was invented by my friend Jimmy. He's a prop master working on Hollywood films and TV shows and crafty by nature. When I saw this really cool piece in his home I had to know all about it! It looks like a mod piece of art that could be sold in a museum gift shop. It can be constructed with items found at the local home improvement store, and Jimmy was kind enough to share the full how-to with Curbly. So, read… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Colorful Vintage Ornament Wreaths!

By: Capreek Nov 14, 2011
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There's one thing that every estate sale has: boxes and boxes of old Christmas decorations and ornaments.  I've even been to a house where every room was decorated, floor to ceiling (we're talking hoarder territory, people), for a different holiday... but that's another story for another day.  When you DO happen upon one of these stashes, though, you can usually snag the whole lot for a few bucks.  And then... then you make on of… Continue Reading

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How To: Create Colorful Swirled Frosting!

By: Capreek Nov 11, 2011

created at: 11/10/2011

So, maybe you don't have time to bake crazy shapes into your cupcakes but you still want 'em to have a little pizazz.  Well, hold the phone, you're in luck!  This simple technique will have you seeing (or would that be eating?) rainbows in no time!   

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Test Lab: Work Sharp 3000 Tool Sharpener Review

By: Chrisjob Nov 10, 2011

After hanging out in the DIY scene for a few years, I've realized something: a lot of creative projects are simply involve cutting or shaping raw materials and then putting them back together again. Of course, there are "from the ground up" projects, like painting or crochet, but sewing, cooking, woodworking, paper crafting, and many more require means to break down materials like wood, fabric, or vegetables into specific shapes before putting them back together in the way you want.

created at: 11/09/2011And that, friends, requires sharp tools. Any time you use a blade, you break down the edge, twisting the metal out, dulling it and making it less useful. Even cutting regular paper with scissors. created at: 11/09/2011But here's the thing - not only are sharp blades more effective, they're actually safer. So, having sharp tools, like scissors, kitchen knives, carving tools, saw blades, chisels, and paper cutters allows you to work faster, and cut yourself less. 

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Roundup: 7 Awesome DIY Plastic Animal Projects!

By: Capreek Nov 09, 2011

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I don't know if you've noticed, but it's a regular ol' animal invasion on the DIY front!  Yes, 2011 is the year plastic animals finally got their due.  From dinosaur planters to, um, jungle-themed 'derriere' magnets, we've rounded up a few of our favorite plastic animal projects.… Continue Reading

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How To: Make DIY Urchin Starburst Sculptures for Under $5.00!

By: Al40yearoldintern Nov 09, 2011

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Hi Curbly! I'm excited to be back again for the 3rd day in a row! OK so as the above photo suggests, Monday's successful wall art diy has made me even more obsessed with creating complimenting pieces in the starburst/urchin genre... and a recent visit to my local $.99 store made it easy for me to just go with it! I found the most amazingly shaped crystal picks (they have a very cool graduated triangular shape at the ends that adds so much more dimension than your usual bamboo skewer!). And you can't beat the fab price of ninety-nine cents for a pack of one hundred.  I think my little vignette (above) looks pretty awesome!

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Make It: Black Shoe Polish Text Art

By: Diy maven Nov 09, 2011

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Yes, you read that title right. This eyecatching text art was created using black shoe polish. Specifically, black Kiwi Leather Scuff Cover. Alisa tells us how to do it. In this case, she used canvas that was later stretched onto a frame. She does suggest, however, that we could go less expensive with muslin or scrap wood. To read more about the project and to view her tips for creating large art, visit Alisa Burke.

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