This time of year, I'm all about organization (along with most of the rest of the world). And my costume jewelry collection is probably the area that needs the most help. So I went digging for some fun DIY projects to get myself organized. Here's what I found.
I love when I see a wall of mirrors done right. It can be a pain to search for ones that don't look cheap. But that doesn't mean they don't have to BE cheap! These mirrors are the perfect wall accent and can be found at the most affordable store on the planet!
I'll be the first to admit that my jewelry organization situation is pretty horrendous. The knobs on my closet doors are home to countless necklaces, half of which fall off if one happens to even glance in their general direction. Fortunately, there are DIY jewelry holders aplenty, a few of which I have my eye on for upcoming weekend projects. Check out all 25 below and let me know which one is your fave!
It's time to celebrate the hardworking moms (wives, sisters, and even grandmas) in your life! To help you out in the gift-giving department, we've rounded up 20 stylish gift ideas any lady will love. Happy Mother's Day!
I'm guessing my fellow Curbliers love colored pencils as much as I do. So why not show our love by wearing them? Granted, the original how-to was a back-to-school project challenge, but those beads are so cute, they really shouldn't be limited to the classroom. Also, what a great way to use up 'nubs?!' To see how to make each of these items
If your DIY skills aren't quite up to snuff, but you're still wanting to give handmade gifts to loved ones and friends, you're in luck! We've rounded up 23 fabulous hand-crafted items from talented artists, craftsmen, and creators across the Internet. Enjoy!
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. Enjoy!
A little turquoise spray paint, some brass hooks (for feet) and an old kitchen grater makes for a kitschy and cool earring holder. Unconventional, yes, but we LOVE unconventional earring/jewelry holders here at Curbly. A perusual into our coffers is evidence of such.
The lamp/earring holder, whis is totally diyable:
It seems like every which way we turn this summer there's another great do-it-yourself jewelry project using polymer clay. This one is no different, learn how to make these colorful swirled bangle bracelets perfect for back-to-school, gifts, or decorating your own wrist.
Megan, whose thriftastic office we featured last week, has created some of the most clever - and prettiest - magnets you've ever seen!
Marvelously metallic or too plumber-y?
Anyone who lives near a university or remembers their own college days can attest to the massive amounts of furniture that sit curbside during early summer. I happen to live near one of the country's biggest, which possesses a huge post-graduate population, and thus lots of transitions year round. On any given week, you can expect to find an entire room's worth of furnishing within a few blocks.
Of course, most of it is trashed and cheap laminate covered particleboard, but every once in a while, there are the gems. I found this foldable outdoor table (and the mirror in the photo next to it!) atop a pile of trashbags...with the price tag still on. It was a tiny bit bent, but no worries...I had other plans.
Want a little something special to wear for the holidays? How about this Anthropologie-style Toasted Meringue Cuff? The original would set you back a whopping $198 bucks!! Trisha's homemade version costs just $1.25! Here's what she used to make one:
Fresh off the PhotoJoJo presses is a tutorial for making Shrinky Dinks jewelry (or magnets or zipper pulls) out of your favorite photos! Here's what you'll need:
Planet June does some really cools stuff with Shrinky Dink plastic. She makes rings out of it! Supplies you'll need to make 'em is minimal and includes the following:
What is it about this time of year that makes folks want to dress up their tables? For 9 months of the year bunging down a plate and some cutlery and chowing down is just fine for me, but from thanksgiving to new year that just doesn't seem to cut it. I want pretty and festive and shiny and this year I also want cheap.
So, in the spirit of 'use what you have' I raided my jewellery box and dragged out my accessories to dress up my table.
Jewelry is not a usual topic here on Curbly, but when I spotted these String-Rings, I just had to post them. Of course they are a play on the old notion of tying a string around your finger to remind yourself of something; but these .925 sterling silver bands raise the practice to something much more beautiful. And meaningful. Each ring, sold for $25, comes with a gift bag, polishing cloth and 20 different-colored strings. It’s up to you to...