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

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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

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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

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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:

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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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Our DIY Paver Stone Project: Part 2

By: Bruno Jun 20, 2011

Over the last two weeks, I've been making-over our mildly pathetic back yard with a brand new paver stone walkway and patio. In this part of the series, I'll show you how I planned the whole thing out (including a sweet 3D rendering), and how much I spent on materials in the first (of several) shopping trips. 

It's all over on the HouseLogic blog, and I think you'll be really surprised to hear how I my costs under control. Go check it out!

PLUS: HouseLogic is giving away a $100 gift card to a randomly selected person who leaves a comment on my guest post (hurry, you have until Thursday, June23rd at 11:59 pmContinue Reading

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DIY Modern Concrete Planter

By: Kellyb Jun 20, 2011

The landscaping around my house – if you could even call it that – has been the aspect of my home I'm least proud of. And the reasoning is simple, my modern tastes can make things really expensive really fast. But with a little elbow grease, these DIY concrete planters just might be the start of something wonderful for my home's curb… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Bathroom Transformed

By: Ethan Jun 20, 2011

Our guest bathroom was in sorry shape- cracked floor tiles, vanity falling apart, even the toilet wasn't salvageable. So, we knew it was due for a major overhaul.

Here's what we planned:

  • Retile the floor: It was obvious that the subfloor was uneven causing the tiles to break apart. We needed to remove all the tile and put down concrete board to provide a nice, even surface.
  • New vanity: The bathroom vanity was original to the… Continue Reading
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Roundup: Sweet DIY Summer Treats

By: Kellyb Jun 17, 2011

No one wants to fire up the oven burners when it's in the triple digits. I want to eat raw things, I want to eat cold things, and I want to eat sweet things. (Not necessarily in that order!) But I also like being able to serve my house guests food that I've made with my own two hands, instead of out of a… Continue Reading

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How to Make a DIY Industrial Coat Rack

By: Kellyb Jun 16, 2011

I know, I know. It's June and we're not exactly in the middle of jacket weather. But this DIY industrial coat rack from you_have_broken_the_internet is so genius that I want to run out to the hardware store and make it… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Modern Paper Lamp Shade

By: Chrisjob Jun 16, 2011

created at: 06/15/2011

Q: What's more fun than a brightly colored, modern, pleated paper lamp shade?

A: A brightly colored, modern, pleated paper lamp shade you made yourself!

Because paper is somewhat rigid and requires only minimal interior framing, it is perfect for making lamp shades. You start this project with a rectangular sheet of paper, pleat it in two different directions, and then, to make a sphere, reshape the pleats by arching them open one row at a time—no cutting involved. It’s a really cool process with… Continue Reading

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