Best of Curbly: Top Ten DIY Lighting Projects of 2011!

By: Capreek Dec 27, 2011

created at: 12/27/2011

We get really, really excited about DIY lighting projects here at Curbly, so narrowing down our HUGE collection of awesome ideas to ten was a tough task.  In the end, we chose our favorite high-impact, low-cost projects.  Here they are in order of most difficult to easiest (they're all pretty easy, though)!… Continue Reading

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Best of Curbly: Top 10 DIY Wall & Art Projects of 2011

By: Diy maven Dec 26, 2011

created at: 12/26/2011

Starbursts and typography. Two words that were oh-so-hot for artwork in 2011. Another two words that came to mind rounding up our hands-down-favorite art/wall projects were 'unusual uses.' From cupcake liners to shoe polish, the materials used by these creative individuals was nothing less than inspirational. And did we mention that the resulting artwork was outstanding as well?… Continue Reading

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Best of Curbly: Top Ten Bathroom Makeovers of 2011!

By: Capreek Dec 21, 2011

created at: 12/21/2011

From low-budget, quick-fixes to full blown renovations, we're counting down our top ten bathroom makeovers of 2011.  Check out our picks below and let us know which memorable makeover is your… Continue Reading

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How To: Make and Upholster a Storage Ottoman

By: Capreek Dec 19, 2011

created at: 12/19/2011

Ah, the ubiquitous storage ottoman!  These multi-functional bad boys can be had for cheap, cheap, cheap from just about any discount store, thrift store, yard sale, or "super mega market".  Of course, they're usually covered in some sort of horrible quality, lime green microfiber... maybe even hot pink with sparkly purple piping.  You know what I'm talking about.  Fortunately, there's an easy solution to all this garishly-colored… Continue Reading

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Make It: Mini Wreath Ornaments

By: Craftmel Dec 14, 2011

created at: 12/13/2011

This mini wreath ornament requires few supplies: Yarn.  Ribbon.  And a bathroom decor staple?  … Continue Reading

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How To: Make DIY Leather Strap Cabinet Pulls

By: Capreek Dec 12, 2011

created at: 12/12/2011

These leather strap cabinet pulls are a gorgeous--not to mention highly clever--DIY alternative to run-of-the-mill, big box hardware.  All you need are a few simple… Continue Reading

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Our Living Room Curtain Makeover (Part 2)

By: Alicia Dec 08, 2011

Living Room Curtain Makeover (before)

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

Ok, so yesterday I showed you the unfavorable conditions of our previous living room curtains. When the folks folks at FabricDirect.com kindly offered to supply us with some new drapery fabric, we jumped at the chance (click here to see all the other FabricDirect projects we've done this fall).

After checking out samples (we looked at patterns, different textures, and several different materials) we decided on a white cotton duck. This is a medium-weight, sturdy cotton fabric often used for drapery, canvases, and even sneakers. Although we were tempted to go with a bolder pattern, we feared we'd miss the airy feel of our old curtains. But since we like to think of ourselves as living on the drapery-edge, we also feared that plain white might be a little ho-hum. So we made a… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a DIY Modern, Minimalist Nutcracker

By: Chrisjob Nov 29, 2011

created at: 11/29/2011

I feel sorta bad for the nutcracker as an object... I mean, people like to eat nuts during other, non-holiday times of the year, right? But then, some German Romantic fantasy writer decided it made a pretty good gift from a crazy, creepy uncle, and then good old Pyotr Ilyich thought that adventure made a mostly awesome subject for a ballet, and now, any glimpse of those wide-jawed wooden soldiers simply screams, "It's Christmas! It's Christmas!"

Or, perhaps, I feel bad for most actual nutcrackers...cause they're, well, kinda tacky. I mean, I know there are really quality, beautiful, carved wooden ones, especially the handcrafted ones from the German forrest tradition. But the ones sold nowadays in discount stores are low-quality, poorly sanded and hastily glued pieces of mass-produced junk.

Which means they're perfect, inexpensive opportunity for a modern, minimalist makeover.… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Awesome Paper Cut Coasters!

By: Capreek Nov 24, 2011

created at: 11/23/2011

At Curbly, we've got a little thing for paper cutting and coasters. But a project that combines two of our loves in one??  Well, that's what I like to call a… Continue Reading

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How to Make Faux Mercury Glass Ornaments

By: Diy maven Nov 23, 2011

I'm sure you've seen them: inexpensive silvery glass ornaments whose finish is starting to look a little peaked. Maybe the color is fading or even peeling off the inside of the glass. Well....Stephanie Lynn tells us how to turn those old has-beens into new faux mercury glass. And because… Continue Reading

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

By: Al40yearoldintern Nov 14, 2011

created at: 11/14/2011

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
created at: 11/10/2011 

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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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. 

Enter the Work… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 7 Awesome DIY Plastic Animal Projects!

By: Capreek Nov 09, 2011

created at: 11/09/2011

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 Your Own Scented Pine Cone Fire Starters!

By: Capreek Nov 07, 2011

created at: 11/07/2011

I love the scents of fall: all that cinnamon and nutmeg, cloves and, oh my, pumpkin!  And nothing beats warming up by a fire... except maybe warming up by a scented fire!  Am I right?  Turns out, turning your fire into a magical scent-producing machine is super easy and super… Continue Reading

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