How To: Make a Cactus Pincushion & Geometric Planter

by DIY Maven
Cactus pincushion in geometric planter
Photo: Delia Creates

To recap--it's unauthorized succulent week here at Curbly. Monday: Cactus Watercolor. Tuesday: Gumball Machine Turned Succulent Planter. Today: A Cactus Pincushion in its own DIY Geometric Planter. Yes...it's a twofer! First, Delia made the cactus's pot using air-dry clay, which you can see by clicking here. Then, using a high-quality olive green wool felt, she started in on the cactus. The results are...

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How To: Make a Concrete Mason Jar Lid

by DIY Maven
Concrete Mason Jar Lid Feature Image
Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

Once again, I'm super psyched to be able to share the second of two projects from my recently released book, MASON JAR NATION (Cool Springs Press, 2016)! (For the first project, click here.) Like the hanging air plant planter, this project can also be found in the "Crafts" section of the book. UN-like the last how-to, this one ranks easy on the easy...

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How To: DIY Ink Crosshatch Art

by Jennifer Farley

DIY Ink Crosshatch Art

I really love simple art and I have been looking for something I could DIY for my guest bedroom. I am drawn to the movement of ink crosshatch. Artists do some seriously cool things with crosshatch, but my experience with it is what I doodled on my paper in college when I should have been taking notes. I decided to make a simple piece of art drawing lots of lines. Here is how I did it.   

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Roundup: 10 Outdoor Party Essentials

by Lidy Dipert

10 Outdoor Party Essentials

Photo: West Elm

Hosting those summer dinner parties are always a must - it's where you share and make lasting memories with close friends and family. Here are 10 must-have outdoor party essentials to help you plan the perfect evening with your loved ones. Think minimal and modern with lots of great textures! 

 

10 Outdoor Party Essentials

Photo: Scandinavian Designs

1. It's important to start thinking from the ground...

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How To: Make a Mason Jar Hanging Air Plant Planter

by DIY Maven
Mason Jar Hanging Air Plant Planter Feature Image
Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

So psyched to be able to share the first of two projects from my recently released book, MASON JAR NATION (Cool Springs Press, 2016)! This DIY hanging air plant (tillandsia) planter is found in the "Crafts" section of the book and it's one of my favorites. (Although, to be honest, there are a lot of favorites in the book--as it should be, otherwise they wouldn't have made it into the book!) This project ranks medium on the

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How To: Make DIY Concrete Ring Cones

by DIY Maven

 

concrete ring cones feature image
Photo: DIY in PDX

First, a bit of a digression just for shiggles... A few weeks ago I was at my local Goodwill and I spotted a crystal ring holder. Now, I'm not one for crystal, but there was something about this particular piece that caught my eye, even though it was in need of a good wash. I picked it up, checked the bottom, and, yowza, it sported a Waterford stamp. A quick

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How To: Transfer Images to Wood and Make a Tropical Palm Tray

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How To: Transfer Images to Wood and Make a  Tropical Palm Tray

There's so many brilliant DIY techniques in this world that I probably shouldn't be surprised when one comes along that I haven't yet attempted. 

And yet here I am, gobsmacked that I hadn't thought to try transferring images to wood before. This super easy and very versatile technique is one of the best ways I've seen to get patterns onto timber, and you needn't draw the line at shapes - you can also transfer photos or text so there's lots of room to experiment and have fun!

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Make It: Minimal Wood Spice Rack

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Minimal Wood Spice Rack

When I first started exploring the world of DIY, I decorated some spice jars in the hopes of introducing just a small amount of order into my otherwise unlabelled, disorganised and chaotic kitchen.

Fast forward two years later and the spice jars have stood the test of time, but sadly I can't say the same about my good intentions to re-organise my kitchen. All the other items in my pantry remain unlabelled and my spice jars lie strewn all over the kitchen counter along with the other condiments that vye for precious bench space - eek!

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Quick and Simple Guest Room Makeover

by DIY Maven
Emily Henderson guest room makeover before
Photo: Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson recently took her friend and client Susanne's ho-hum guest room to new heights with a few simple changes that didn't break the bank. New curtains, linen, and bed (courtesy of World Market) add much-needed personality, yet the room still maintains the neutral vibe Susanne

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How To: Give an Old Wooden Bowl a Gold Leaf Makeover

by DIY Maven

 

supplies for wood bowl goldleaf makeover
Photo: Delineate Your Dwelling

I don't know about your favorite thrift store, buy mine is LOADED with wooden bowls and canisters and stuff. Honestly, I don't spend much time in that aisle. After seeing Amy's wooden bowl makeover I just might be making a beeline for that particular aisle on my next visit. Some inexpensive gold leaf, glue, Martha's patterning tape, and a soft-bristle brush is all you need. And...

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