How to: Make a DIY Upcycled Coat and Purse Hanging Station

by Craftmel

created at: 01/10/2012

With our warm winters, we don't have a need for a coat rack.  In fact, the coat closet in our condo is home to our camping gear because the very idea of having designated square footage for coats is silly when it is 72 degrees outside (which did make for an awkward situation when we had people over for dinner and they handed me their light jackets... I just stood there like an idiot holding them instead).  Even so, this fun idea doesn't take up storage space, and is pretty fun to look at too.  

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Eclectic Starburst Mirror

by Craftmel

created at: 01/02/2012


I have a starburst mirror hanging in my bedroom above the bed, and my husband is always making some comment on how he is sure he will die from being impaled by one of the "rays" in the middle of the night.  He's so supportive of my home decorating.  I also love utensil art, as we've seen in my kitchen before.  You can imagine, then, that I'd appreciate this DIY utensil starburst mirror!  

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Eye-Catching House Numbers

by Craftmel

created at: 10/18/2011

One of my biggest pet peeves when I'm visiting someone for the first time is trying to find the miniscule house numbers next to the front door, garage, or wherever.  The frustration alone is enough to scrap the trip altogether.  Here's a unique idea for displaying house numbers that would draw even me right in!  

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How To: Make Your Own Picture Frames for $5 a Pop!

by Capree K

created at: 09/20/2011

I love art, lovelovelove it.  If I could cover all my walls and even the back of my eyelids in art, I would.  Instead, I have an ever-growing stack of prints and drawings that aren't seeing the light of day.  Why??  Because framing those bad boys is EXPENSIVE.  So, when I spotted this simple DIY framing solution that brings the price to around $5 a piece, I kid you not, I could hear my stack of art rejoicing.  Their time has finally come!  

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How To: Make Your Own Solar-Powered "Sun Jars"!

by Capree K

created at: 09/04/2011

We've shared quite a few mason jar projects here on Curbly (did you see our roundup of 15 awesome uses for mason jars?) and we've even highlighted a purchasable sun jar, too.  Of course, it couldn't be too long before we found a DIYable version, right?  Well, at least not if the industrious people of the Internet have their way.  So, if you haven't yet exhausted your supply of jars from all those other rad projects and are looking for a fun, eco-friendly lighting solution, read on!  

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How To: Fix Ugly Thrift Store Paintings!

by Capree K

created at: 08/31/2011

We've all seen them: hideous paintings that look to have come from a dentist's office circa 1991.  Thrift store specialties!  But before you pass by these massive works of, um, art, consider their inherent value.  A new canvas is expensive.  A sad thrift store painting is not.  Are you thinking what I'm thinking?  Let's fix this thing with some DIY art!  

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Paprika For Your Peas: Baby Food Jars Repurposed

by Craftmel

created at: 08/16/2011

I'm a mother.  And we've been through the baby food stage twice, so far.  If I had saved all the baby food jars from our kiddos, we could have an entire room dedicated to Baby Food Jar Spice Racks.  Thankfully, I'm not that crazy, but I did find a few interesting ways to use the finished jar of peas in a new way.  Take, for instance, the colorful and magnetic jars above, from Dav.i.son.  Which one of these ideas is your favorite?  

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