Light It Up: DIY Stir-Stick Pendant Lamp

By: Craftmel Jun 29, 2011

created at: 06/28/2011

Sometimes, and idea can be so easy and so great that I find myself wondering how the rest of us missed doing it ourselves.  Take, for instance, a pendant light that has been spruced up by some simple (and free)… Continue Reading

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Craft It: A Robot Centerpiece for the 4th of July!

By: Capreek Jun 28, 2011

created at: 06/28/2011

PatriBot 3000 is what I'm calling this quirky Fourth of July centerpiece.  With a belly full of cookies and a head full of forks, he'll be the star of the festivities (after the fireworks, of course)!  Ready to make a DIY robot of your own?  Great.  Let's get this freedom party… Continue Reading

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How To: An Easy Solution to Prevent Fly-Away Tablecloths

By: Craftmel Jun 28, 2011

created at: 06/28/2011

I was at an event recently where the pretty outdoor tablecloths were blowing every which way in the wind, knocking over table settings and just being outright annoying.  The solution the hosts used was to tie the tablecloths onto the table, ruining the table staging.  Let's face it, even those tablecloth clips break up the beauty.  I knew there had to be a solution!  So, with a few scrap pieces of fabric, I came up with a rockin'… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a 3D Maze Rug

By: Chrisjob Jun 27, 2011

created at: 06/27/2011

Buddy, check this one out. This is not a purchase rug with a manufactured texture. It's straight-up, everyday home improvement store carpet, with a handmade, labyrinth-like pattern.

Can you guess how they pulled it… Continue Reading

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Make It: Summer-Worthy Citrus Coasters!

By: Capreek Jun 27, 2011

created at: 06/27/2011

Nothing says 'summer' more than a giant glass of ice-cold lemonade!  Capture that feeling now (and all year) with these citrus-inspired felt… Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Roundup of Spectacular Garden Makeovers

By: Capreek Jun 27, 2011

created at: 06/27/2011

If you're looking for more outdoor inspiration, here's a collection of garden makeovers that's nothing short of… Continue Reading

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Make: Homemade Bacon Jam!

By: Kellyb Jun 24, 2011

A little sweet, a little tangy, a lot bacon-y. With the bacon trend showing no signs of going away – or even slowing down – it was only a matter of time before the treat made its way even deeper into the foodie realm. This time in a gourmet "jam" that you can make in your own kitchen. If you're thinking this is just going to be a greasy, fatty mess... STOP , because we promise you will be oh so pleasantly… Continue Reading

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Make it: Hip Hemp Pendant Lamps

By: Kellyb Jun 24, 2011

The entryway to my home is small, but I love the idea of having some sort of statement piece present. Every space needs a little interest, but because all the real estate I can offer is in ceiling height I'm mainly limited to a killer light fixture. The second I saw this project for hemp pendant lamps I knew I'd found the one to fit my style. And my champagne tastes can rest easy, knowing that I'll be spending less than on a nice dinner… Continue Reading

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Make: Clever DIY Cork-Covered Vases & Containers

By: Kellyb Jun 23, 2011

I've been obsessed with covering something, anything really, in cork ever since seeing a lamp base in a now defunct shelter magazine a few years ago. Who couldn't use a little extra place to pin an important note or photo? Somehow the material manages to fit into any number of decor styles, making it super versatile and useful. Ready to find out… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Super Easy DIY Wine Cork Bath Mat

By: Capreek Jun 22, 2011

created at: 06/22/2011

And by super easy, I mean if you have any motor skills AT ALL, you can make this bath… Continue Reading

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3-D Cinderblock Planter Wall: Yes, Please!

By: Craftmel Jun 22, 2011

created at: 06/22/2011

We've seen some fun DIY outdoor planters lately, but here is an oldie but goodie that has me scrambling to find spare cinder… Continue Reading

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Make It: The Best DIY Kids Activity Ever!

By: Capreek Jun 21, 2011

created at: 06/21/2011

For whatever reason, nothing seems to make kids happier than playing with water, especially during the summer!  Here's a great DIY activity project that will a) get them outside and b) keep them there (not to mention keep them entertained for hoursContinue Reading

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Outdoor Decor: 5 Beautiful DIY Paper Lantern Projects

By: Craftmel Jun 21, 2011

I know what you are thinking: paper and outdoors?? Well, perhaps not permanantly, but for those non-rainy summer gatherings, you will want your outdoors do be as fun and welcoming as your indoors. Paper is inexpensive, comes in a bazillion varieties, and makes a big impact! Here's a big tip: start with a ready-made paper lantern and gussy it up a bit!… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Winsome Wind Chime

By: Diy maven Jun 21, 2011

created at: 06/15/2011

First a short story. Last August I went to a well-regarded local garden center and spent about 40 bucks on a wind chime. After ONE MONTH, this is what it looked like:

created at: 06/15/2011

The wood was split and the finish (yes, it had a finish) was peeling. So, when I determined to design/make a wind chime, I decided early on to use a durable wood. My first thought was to use redwood, but redwood here in the Midwest is hard to come by. Ultimately I… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Simple Outdoor Dining Table on the Cheap!

By: Capreek Jun 20, 2011

created at: 06/20/2011

Outdoor dining season is upon us and if your setup is anything like mine (aka nonexistent) or you'd just like to have some fresh outdoor decor, here's a simple DIY project that'll have you hosting summer soirées in no… Continue Reading

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