Make It: Affordable DIY Potato Print Art!

By: Capreek Jul 06, 2011

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A home isn't complete without art on the walls but let's face it: art can be expensive, not to mention the potential cost of framing said pieces.  If your bare walls are screaming out for a little art lovin', we've got a DIY solution that'll make a big impact on your space - not your… Continue 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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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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DIY Colorful Painted Votives

By: Kellyb Jun 15, 2011

Winter means white and summer means color in my house. It also means entertaining outdoors and things being broken easily and often. I love this affordable DIY from Once Wed for pretty painted votives that's sure to make your next get together a little more festive. You can usually pick up at least two for a dollar at your local craft store or consider buying a case. Now you just need a few more supplies and you'll be ready to… Continue Reading
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DIY Idea: Cheap Modern House Numbers

By: Diy maven Jun 15, 2011

One box of nails + one hammer = house numbers. Easier to make than Chris's Mod House Numbers, to be sure, but do we like it as… Continue Reading
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Make It: A Sleek Outdoor Fire Pit on the Cheap!

By: Capreek Jun 09, 2011

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Well, I don't know about you, but I think I just found my next project!  But, first things first...  

...are y'all reading The Art of Doing Stuff??  Now, I'm not one to tell people what to do, but this is one site you don't want to miss.  So, bookmark it, add it to your RSS feed, whatever you have to do, but READ IT.  Daily.

Update: Chris, Curbly's own editor-in-chief, came up with this great DIY concrete fire pit design using about $40 in materials.Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Gift-Wrapping Closet

By: Craftmel Jun 07, 2011

I spent a bit of time recently wrapping birthday presents, and realized that my gift wrapping storage under the bed was less than effective in keeping everything organized and accessible. Just imagine this DIYer's Before picture under my bed.  No bueno.  I'll just admit I've been slapping on those cheap bows recently just to avoid pulling out my supplies.

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I am highly considering making our coat closet (coat closets in Arizona?  What were they thinking??) into something as organized as this Before/After… Continue Reading

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Foreclosure Gets a Fun Makeover

By: Chrisjob Jun 06, 2011

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When you spend all day online hanging about the design and home decor blogosphere (as I do), it can get a little dream-y, and you can feel pretty removed from the vaulted ceilings and bright white walls, the huge windows and the $5000 chairs.

And then sometimes, you run across a project that's much closer to reality, more like home. Like, one from your own neighborhood, perhaps?

So, when I saw this transformation of a foreclosed property that's not two miles from my own house, I got pretty… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Mod Dot Headboard

By: Chrisjob May 26, 2011

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Our friend Miki has ideas that just won't stop. Wanting a headboard, but not something heavy and permanent, she came up with this brilliant, textural, tone-on-tone solution that, literally, pops off the wall.

Any guesses as to how she pulled it off. (Hint: they're super inexpensive and quite easy to… Continue Reading

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How To: Make DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Blooms

By: Chrisjob May 24, 2011

created at: 05/24/2011

On a recent visit to on-demand clothing and home goods store Anthropologie, Megan spied the stylized faux flowers above.

"How did they make these?" she, like any good DIYer wondered.

So, she looked closer. And the unexpected material emerged in an a-ha!-now-I-can-totally-make-these moment of delight. Can you guess what they're… Continue Reading

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DIY Idea: Hip Masking Tape Décor

By: Capreek May 12, 2011

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Looking for a cheap and easy way to breathe new life into your décor?  Check out this clever… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Tiered Terranium (on the cheap!)

By: Craftmel May 11, 2011

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There is something strikingly beautiful in the simple succulent- a plant that can live happily in the summertime, wintertime, or anytime. They are even more eye-catching in an inexpensive, DIY tiered… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Your Own Mid-Century Modern House Numbers

By: Chrisjob May 04, 2011

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The architect Richard Neutra is one of modernism's iconic artists. He's best known for his integration of both his residential and commercial buildings into their landscape, and for his care in matching his work with the lifestyles of his clients, rather than imposing his own vision over their needs. His attention to detail extended into every element of his buildings, including signage and house numbers. Foundry House Industries says of Neutra's type, "It is no wonder that Neutra specified lettering that was open and unobtrusive, the same characteristics which typified his progressive architecture."

You can still get house numbers based on Neutra's specifications, through a collaboration with his son Dion. They're absolutely beautiful, precisely crafted in aluminum, and, if you can afford them ($50 a piece), a lasting addition to your home. But for my four digit address, they're out of budget.

So, I made my own, for less than $20 for the whole set. And you can, too.… Continue Reading

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5 Modern Pillow Tutorials to Freshen Up your Decor

By: Craftmel Apr 27, 2011

created at: 04/26/2011

I don't know about you, but those winter blues have flown out the window now that warmer weather has set in.  And in my neck of the woods, it is hot weather.  With the changing of the seasons, I feel like my whole condo needs a facelift to change along with the temperature.  With a very limited redecorating budget (the husband says he'd rather eat, phaw!) I figure the best place to start is inexpensive throw pillows like a shag pillow made from recycled t-shirts or knit yardage?  Talk about comfortable!  V&Co shows us how to make it.  Here are a few more fun and modern pillow ideas for… Continue Reading

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