Iconic mid-century designer Alexander Calder’s background in engineering and mathematics inspired him to make art that was three-dimensional and kinetic. But you don’t need a degree to make your own mobile! It just takes a little imagination and a lot of balance. In this project, you’ll learn how basic shapes can come together to create a spinning, swaying, stunning work of art for any room. For less than $10.00.
Hi! I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest. I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life. It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun. And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’ll be here showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends.
All week I have shown you how to host...
Yesterday, I fixed a charming little cocktail and today, an appetizer to go with it: Goat & Fig Pizza. A homemade pizza makes a really fast and easy appetizer. I love making little pizzas with a homemade crust and seasonal ingredients from the garden or the farmers market.
This super simple appetizer is really delicious and can take as little as ten minutes. Which means you have no excuse not to entertain! Have fun, have a party!
Ahh, washi tape. The craft-o-sphere's wunderkind! This seemingly all-purpose material can be found gracing the surfaces of everything from Easter eggs to vases and now... walls! Check out a few of our favorite unexpected decorative uses for this craft supply miracle!
Simple, useful, and handmade. These are the kinds of projects the DIYosphere lives for.
From EvilMadScientist: "We said that it's simple, and it is: it's a brick wrapped in a piece of paper...hese are "cement bricks" -- red dyed cement-- and cost about $0.25 each. Wrapping them up keeps them from scratching up your shelves and books." These left-brainers chose some Psis and brackets for their physics texts, but the technique is simple and could...
Children. Pets. Power tools. Library books. Groceries. We ask alot of our cars...and, we put a lot of stinky things in 'em too. And with dark interiors and constant sludging back and forth, it's not always clear how dirty they get. Well, until the funk happens. It's like one day, you open the door, and sit down, and say "Oh, know...it's here."
So, here's seven inexpensive deodorizers intended with the unique interiors, shapes, and smells of your...
Matt had a blank wall. And, so, he decided to do something about it.
"I wanted a solution that was cheap and easier than painting. Then it came to me—common crepe paper party streamers. They come in a variety of colors and cost as little as five bucks for a 500-foot roll. The only other thing needed is a little double sided tape to hold them in place at the top and bottom."
Super cheap, and super effect. Visit Readymade for Matt's technique and...
The thrift store. It's eco-friendly. It's cheap. And most importantly. the limitations force you to work creatively.
So, take CasaSugar's approach and go for it: use those second-hand gems as central items in your decor. You may be surprised.
Every television design show lauds the ease of the basic Roman shade, which can be endlessly customized. Well, fine, but I still don't know how to make one...and those strings intimidate me.
Luckily, I have Jennifer's how-to from Apartment Therapy. "Jennifer took simple, plain and inexpensive Roman shades from Target and completely transformed them with a graphic patterned fabric from IKEA — providing customized window...
February 14th can actually be fun, non-commercial, and quite inexpensive...if you plan ahead. And since it's on a
Saturday this year, there's no excuse no to embrace these very fine ideas from Dumb Little Man to show your sweetie you care.
- Make dinner at home.
- Have an inside
- Go out during “happy hour” when food and drinks are less expensive.
- Plan a progressive dinner...
Make it beautiful, and make it cheap. Holly Becker has collected ten tips from her own experience of decorating a small one bedroom in Germany. Go and do likewise.
1. Take IKEA seriously.
2. Yard sales!
3. Bargain at flea markets and secondhand stores
4. Share a car.
5. Shop online at places like Craigslist, Ebay, and Amazon
6. Do it yourself.
7. Bundle your services like phone, internet, and cable.
If you're in a pinch for a fresh, modern looking area rug, and are feeling frustrated by your choices at the local home improvement outlets, just make your own and and save $$$...
Nothing makes a second hand mattress and box spring on a basic mattress frame sit within its own dreamy location like a proper headboard. A bed is an expensive investment, sometimes out of the reach of many. So tuck your bed into its locale with these 13 budget friendly headboard ideas.
Domino has put together a slide-show of 31 cheap and creative decorating tips. Some are easier than others, but all are inspirational. Two ideas that really appealed to me....
Lavanya put a softboard up inside the chimney of her non-working fireplace. She then wrapped wire around toothpicks that she slipped under the softboard. From the wires, she hung glass balls into which she placed tea lights. Lovely effect!
Designer Mariana Leung spent all her funds purchasing and renovating her new home, leaving very little to decorate her new space. So, she turned to her fabric scrap bin to create this handmade wall mural out of leftover felt. And with some felt, painter's tape, and scissors of your own, you can follow her tutorial and do such yourself.
Plywood. It's good for nearly everything, including the kitchen counter. This how-to article from This Old House describes this easy, and significantly inexpensive option (could be less than $1 a square foot). The best part is, you don't even have to remove the old countertop to install it. Sure, it may not by high end exotic hardwood slabs, but it beats the pants off 80s pink or 90s hunter green laminate.
It's easy to justify junk food habits with a "it's way cheaper." Not anymore, potato chip monster. Web MD has assembled ten healthful foods available to you for under one US dollar. Lotsa fruit, lotsa grains, lotsa flavor.
3. Baby Carrots (in bags)
4. Canned Beans
5. Canned Tomatoes
6. Oranges (extra large navel oranges)
8. Lentils (dry)
9. Pearl Barley (dry)
10. Yogurt (plain, lowfat, or fat-free)
Switch up the vibe of your wake up space without making any major purchases with these tips from eHow.
The cost of a home-security system can be intimidating, or even preventative. Even everyday folks deserve a safe home, so take a peek at this article from the Smarthomesecurity blog.
1. Trim your garden.
2. Lock up your tools.
3. Make it look like you're home often, even if you're not.
4. Replace outdoor lights.
5. Don't advertise big purchases.
6. Better hide your emergency house keys.
7. Lock your door!
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Check out Swalsh's Army Men Side Table, created for under $5.00 using supplies solely from the dollar store, plus a little glue, a few nails, and some brainpower.