Outdoor Fabrics are NOT Just for Outdoors!

by The Home

created on: 08/15/08
Your kids spend a few short minutes playing rough-and-tumble in the family room, and it looks like a hurricane has ripped through your home. How can you protect your furniture from this sticky-fingered, rough-housing onslaught? Upholster the room in fabric that can withstand a hurricane, of course.

Outdoor fabrics are no longer characterized by the rough, stiff canvases of decades past. New acrylic production...

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How To: Dye Pasta For Crafting.

by Chris Gardner

First, there was just plain old semolina yellow. Then, they got fancy (tacky?) and developed the tri-color by using spinach and tomato products to tint you rotini. Now, embrace the rainbow by coloring your pasta ANY shade you may choose with vibrant, punchy results. This is a great medium for kids, or for some tongue-in-cheek nostalgia...perhaps some macaroni macrame?

Materials

  • food colouring
  • dried pasta of any shape
  • ...

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DIY - Baby Changing Table

by Suzyrenovator

 

created on: 08/13/08

I've always loved giving old or antique items a new lease on life by transforming them or re-purposing them for use as something other than what they were originally intended.  A perfect example - the dirty, old singer sewing machine base that was picked up for next to nothing at a flea market then left to sit in my garage collecting more dirt and taking up space until I could find a use for it.  When I became pregnant and began the...

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Softie Book Ends

by Lilybee

This weekend in Toronto was genuinely rubbish, wet and windy and yuck. The sort of weather that kicks good intentions in the pants. I had meant to Clear, Organize and generally Improve my closet spaces this weekend. (18 months is more than enough time to acquire a bunch of stuff). Instead I curled up reading, which lead me to make these fellows.

created on: 08/11/08

They are Harald and Alec, Heraldic Lions and book ends for my...

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DIY Bubbles and Giant Bubble Wand.

by Chris Gardner

Welcome summer (it starts on Friday) with this easy and inexpensive bubble wand from Instructable member Egadsman. The materials only amount to $3, but I bet you could make them from ingredients you have about the house. The bubble potential promises diameters of two meters.

Materials:

  • Two dowel rods
  • Spool of non-absorbent string
  • Tap

Click here for full instructions, including a recipe for bubble solution.

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Curbly Video Podcast: Give Old, Shabby Furniture a Fresh, Modern Facelift.

by Chris Gardner

My three-year-old niece just moved from the nursery to her first “big girl room,” and the only thing holding back her new space’s style is this worn dresser from the 1960’s. It’s in good shape, but the finish is tired, and there are several broken pieces that are simply unacceptable for a toddler’s room. So, as a birthday gift, I wanted to turn this tattered piece into a sparkling pop bureau that suits her personality perfectly.

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New from Blik Wee Re-Stik

by DIY Maven

Blik, those purveyors of wall decals, have some new Re-Stik’s for the Wee crowd. Removable and repositionable, like all their Re-Stik’s, these high-contrast geometric shapes and friendly, hand-drawn animals are said to be fascinating to new-borns, older kids and their parents. The $38 packages include 31 decals for the Dino collection, 47 decals for the Garden collection, and 78 decals for the Jungle collection. Visit Blik for additional Wee...

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Crafty Invites

by N Cavillones

 

 

 

I was inspired by a project in the January issue of Martha Stewart Living to make my own invitations for a friend's baby shower. The original project was for a New Year's Eve party, so instead of doing a champagne glass, I did heart cut-outs. The insert has the lyrics to "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" on one side and the shower invites on the other side. Sure, it would have been cheaper and taken less time to buy pre-made cards and run them...

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The Brick Testament: The Bible Told in Lego.

by Chris Gardner

"When it comes to telling stories with Lego, Brendan Powell Smith isn't messing around.  He turned to the greatest story ever told for inspiration.  The Brick Testament is a collection of photos illustrating [Biblical narratives] using only real Lego pieces from the 60's to today."

In total, The Brick Testament has Legoed over 336 Biblical stories.

Click here to check out the Brick Testament Book on Amazon.

Via and quote: Retro Thing. 

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