How To: Make a DIY Wood Cube Pendant Light!

By: Capreek Apr 30, 2012

created at: 04/30/2012

This might be one of the coolest lighting projects I've seen in a while! It's big, bold, modern, and kinda rustic all at once... win-win-win-win in my book!   Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Cardboard Chandelier

By: Diy maven Apr 26, 2012

Am I the only one that loves the smell of new cardboard? Not quite like paper and not quite like wood, its scent evokes a sense of possibilities. I'm guessing Kayte, author of Paper Made, knows exactly what I'm talking about, for she created this so-cool chandelier of that very lowly material. She tells us it takes some careful cutting but virtually no Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 DIY Outdoor Lighting Projects

By: Craftmel Apr 25, 2012

created at: 04/25/2012

When the outdoor evening temperatures are too perfect to go inside, you'll need something to keep your outdoor living space lit to enjoy it as long as you can. Something you made yourself.  These DIY lighting ideas,Continue Reading

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How to: Homemade Outdoor Fireflies

By: Diy maven Apr 24, 2012

created at: 04/23/2012

If you've ever spent a warm summer night next to a wetland area, you've probably seen lampyridae. Their name might not ring a bell, but their tiny glowing bodies do. Lampyridae are fireflies, those belly-glowing beetles that seem to take people's breath away, especially when seen in multiples. In our second project from Lorene Edwards Forkner's book Handmade Garden Projects we're going to be making our own fireflies.

"Dazzle evening garden party guests with a fanciful flight of homemade fireflies. By day the informal cluster Continue Reading

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Make It: A DIY Hanging Light Bulb Chandelier!

By: Capreek Apr 23, 2012

created at: 04/23/2012

Part rustic, part industrial, part awesome! With a few basic hardware store supplies, this DIY chandelier is a cinch to make.   Continue Reading

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DIY Letter Pendant

By: Diy maven Apr 18, 2012

letter lighting

My penchant for letters and punctuation make me squeal for this idea. A white paper lantern filled to the gills with sticky-back vinyl lettering purchased at Michaels. Picture the letters less random, spelling out words and names. Perfect for a kid's room or even decorations at a party or wedding! A tutorial's probably not really necessary, but to show your love, visit The Swell Life.

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Roundup: 5 Magical Ceiling Fans

By: Diy maven Apr 10, 2012

created at: 04/09/2012

What makes these 5 ceiling fans magical? Some disappear when not in use, others are what dreams are made of. The first one is the Marea fan from bellacor in oil-rubbed bronze. The blade, which seems to sweep the air, is made of frosted acrylic. It comes in satin nickel too andContinue Reading

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Why You May Want to Learn to Love Your Popcorn Ceilings (And How to Lessen Their Visual Effect)

By: Diy maven Mar 28, 2012

created at: 03/26/2012

Recently, I had the opportunity to bend the ears of two professional drywall installers. Our conversation included a discussion about the pitfalls of removing popcorn ceilings, either by a DIYer or a pro. For the sake of this post, I'm not going to go into the whole asbestos discussion. Nope, for this post we're going to talk about paint, because if your popcorn ceilings are painted--according to the pros--you will Continue Reading

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Make It: Twine-Ball Garden Lights

By: Diy maven Mar 20, 2012
Craft, DIY, Featured on Rock n Roll Bride, How-To, Light Garland, North West Wedding Planner, Party Decor, Pocketful of Dreams, Tutorial, Twine Ball, Wedding Craft Project, Wedding Decor, Wedding DIY, Wedding Stylist Michelle Kelly (3)

Garden light season is right around the corner, and I spotted a great DIY project to kick this off. Michelle made her string of lights using twine, but to give them variety in the color department, she shot them with Rustoleum. To check out the entire tutorial, head on over to Pocketful of Dreams.

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Guess What This Pendant Lamp is Made From!

By: Diy maven Mar 20, 2012

created at: 03/19/2012

This glamorous pendant lamp is made out of one of the most UN-glamourous things imaginable. Here's a closer shot. Want to venture a guess?Continue Reading

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DIY Idea: Using Umbrellas as Lampshades

By: Diy maven Mar 07, 2012

Scraphaker's roundup of umbrellas used as lampshades has made me pea-green with envy...because I wish I had thought of it first. Be damned bad luck, you'll want to Continue Reading

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How To: Make a DIY Folded Paper Star Lantern!

By: Capreek Mar 06, 2012

created at: 03/05/2012

First that outdoor deck/daybed makeover and now these outdoor star lanterns... I think it's safe to say we're itching for warmer weather!  While sunshine and blue skies are still a few weeks (or months) off, that doesn't mean we can't start perfecting our paper-folding skills.  I, for one, am definitely going to try my hand at these paper star lanterns!   Continue Reading

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Inspiration: Turn a Branch into a Floor Lamp

By: Diy maven Feb 28, 2012

created at: 02/28/2012Hard-wiring overhead lighting can be intimidating for a DIYer, which is why floor lamps are often the preferred way to go when you want overhead light. However,  'conversation area' type floor lamps can be really expensive. Nice to know we can make one using a branch and some hanging lights. Here's a few lamp alternatives I foundContinue Reading

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Roundup: 9 Cool & Creative Uses for Old Coffee Cans

By: Diy maven Feb 27, 2012

created at: 02/27/2012 

My mom and dad--and grandma and grandpa--all shared the same obsession with empty coffee cans. They didn't meet one with which they could part. It's rubbed off on me, I'm afraid. Conversations surrounding the topic in my house go something like this:

Him, while holding up an old coffee can stashed in some corner Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Stylish DIY Zip Tie Lamp Shade!

By: Capreek Feb 20, 2012

created at: 02/18/2012

I know the words "stylish" and "zip tie" don't often go together, but in the case of this DIY lamp shade I think they work mighty fine!  I might even throw "quirky", "artsy", and "totally awesome" into the mix.  Just sayin'.   Continue Reading

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