Furniture Designer Legally Employs Young Sons to Add Imperfect Finishing Touches

By: Chrisjob Jan 10, 2012

created at: 01/10/2012

Dutch industrial designer Lucas Maassen painstakingly creates smooth, straight-lined designs, flawless and contemporary in their construction, then pays his kids to mess it up.

"Thijme (9 years old), Julian and Maris (both 7 years old) work in compliance with Dutch child labor laws. This means, they’re limited to working only three hours per week. The three sons work every Tuesday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a 15-minute break in between. They receive €1 per furniture piece completed and have employee benefits such as 12 vacation days per year and receive a 5% salary vacation allowance per annum."

Watch this excellent video to see the boys… Continue Reading

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Random But Cool: How to Make Bouncy Balls from Common Household Items!

By: Capreek Jan 04, 2012

created at: 01/04/2012

I realize that this how-to strays a bit from our normal fare, but goshdarnit, it's too cool not to share!  Maybe it's the overgrown kid inside me or my love of science (have I told y'all I was in the science club in high school??  Geek to the max.), but the idea of making bouncy balls--from scratch--out of regular ol' household items totally intrigues me.  If you're equally intrigued, or just want to impress your five-year-old, check out what you'll need… Continue Reading

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Makeover: A Bomb Shelter to a Kid's Playroom

By: Miki40 Dec 27, 2011
created at: 12/27/2011
Why is six afraid of seven? Because seven ate nine...
 
You know that one, don't you? Well, for my son, it's the other way around: "nine ate seven..." as seven has disappeared from his counting routine! What's a mom to do? Armed with stencils, I simply numbered the stairs going down to my kids' playroom, and within minutes, seven came back from its long exile! The little guy now simply enjoys playing with his toys according to numbers all day long.
And since I was already in a decorating mood, I renovated this corner in my kids' playroom...which is a… Continue Reading
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A Glitter-y Vintage School Desk Makeover

By: Bruno Nov 10, 2011

Schooldesk makeover, before

Against all my expectations, my daughter Ayla is a princess-loving, pink-obssessed, necklace-wearing girly girl. She's two, and yet she often demands wardrobe changes several times per day. Honestly, I don't know how this happened; I always kind of thought I end up with a tomboy, but no, her favorite games are 'jewly' (jewelry) and and dressing up her 'babies.'

It's cool, though. I can adapt. And here's proof: this fall I was… 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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Make It: Vintage Ruler Wall Art

By: Capreek Nov 02, 2011

created at: 11/02/2011

Bring a little schoolhouse charm to your decor with this inexpensive and simple wall art… Continue Reading

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Pallet Craft: Rustic Baby Nursery

By: Craftmel Oct 25, 2011

created at: 10/24/2011

Instead of the run-of-the-mill baby nurseries that are in every catalog out there, this mom-to-be wanted her little guy's nursery to have something extra that would stand out and grow up with the baby.  That called for something a little more masculine than Winnie the… Continue Reading

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Craft It: Kid-Friendly Halloween Rock Paintings!

By: Capreek Oct 10, 2011

created at: 10/10/2011

Every kid loves rocks; it's a universal truth.  Capitalize on that fascination and have a little fun by turning all those beloved stones into Halloween creatures or phrases--it's the perfect project for kids or… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Your Own Upholstered Cornices for Cheap!

By: Capreek Sep 28, 2011

created at: 09/28/2011

It's no secret: custom window treatments are EXPENSIVE.  Excessively so, it seems.  That's why I flipped my lid when I spotted this tutorial for making your own DIY cornices (those fancy box-like things at the top) for about $15 a piece.  Yes, fifteen dollarsContinue Reading

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Make It: A DIY Paper Popsicle Memory Game!

By: Capreek Aug 31, 2011

created at: 08/31/2011

Kids of all ages (and even kids at heart - I'm lookin' at you!) will get a kick out of this colorful DIY memory… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Crafty Back-to-School Gift for Teachers and Kids!

By: Capreek Aug 25, 2011

created at: 08/24/2011

Whether you have kids returning to school or friends who work as teachers, here's a simple DIY gift to kick off the new school… Continue Reading

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Make It: Kid-Friendly Popsicle Stick Magnets!

By: Capreek Aug 23, 2011

created at: 08/23/2011

Here at Curbly, we love a good magnet, especially if we can make a bunch and make 'em ourselves.  What could possibly be better than that?  Super colorful magnets made from recycled materials that allow for spontaneous creativity and fun in the kitchen!  Sold?  Read… Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Colorful DIY Play Kitchen!

By: Capreek Aug 15, 2011

created at: 08/15/2011

Breathe new life into thrift store or garage sale finds all while making little ones happy with this easy DIY play kitchen… Continue Reading

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Interactive Food & Fold Placemats

By: Kellyb Aug 05, 2011

Meals at the kitchen table don't have to be boring! We love these Food & Fold Placemats from nood that makes meals and cleanup tons of fun with their origami-like shapes. Each book of placemats comes with fifty pages and five different… Continue Reading

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How to: Make Original Abstract Art with DIY Milk Paint

By: Kellyb Aug 04, 2011

I have no children of my own, but can remember what the long and sometimes uneventful days of summer vacation felt like even now. You can only read so many comic books and build so many forts and play so many pool games before your mind is yearning for a little bit more substance. Like, say, an arty experiment of… Continue Reading

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